May/June 2008

Departments and More

  • 4

    A Tale of Two Bottles

    Two graphic turning points in my life - both, as it turns out, had to do with a bottle.

  • 5

    Letters to the Editor

    Readers comment and correct.

  • 14
    Travel Notes

    Travel Notes

    The latest from the travel front.

  • 8
    Note Book


    All the news that fits from all across Russia.

  • 7
    Note Book

    Staffing the Army

    A look at the expectations and realities surrounding the spring call-up.

  • 19
    Russian Calendar

    The First Woman in Space

    Never "one of the boys," Valentina Tereshkova became an icon, a symbol for Soviet space achievements. But she only ever went into space once.

  • 21
    Russian Calendar

    Independence Day

    It did not seem like such a big deal at the time, Russia declaring its sovereignty on June 12, 1992. Everyone was doing. Maybe that is why so few people can remember the holiday now...

    History Holidays
  • 23
    Russian Calendar

    The Tunguska X-File

    What really happened over the Podkamennaya Tunguska river on June 30, 1908? And why do people get so obsessed about it?

  • 26
    Survival Russian

    Far & Away

    A consideration of the many Russia ways to signify the boondocks, the middle-of-nowhere, etc.

  • 28

    Torzhok: Ancient Crossroads

    This ancient river town long stood at the crossroads of Russian commerce and travel. It may even have once saved Rus' from the Horde. Today, it has a more modest goal: reclaiming its heritage and becoming a thriving tourist destination.

    Cities & Towns History
  • 36

    Floating Churches

    If the people can't come to church, then it may be time to take the church to the people. Alexander Mozhayev takes us on a visit to a church that makes its home along the river, aboard a converted barge.

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    Crossing Russia by Boat

    Nearly four decades ago, some intrepid adventurers came up with the idea to cross Russia by river. Nora Favorov recounts some of the highlights of their four-month, 14,000 kilometer odyssey.

  • 50

    Russian Vancouver

    Had history taken a different turn, today's western reaches of British Columbia might instead by the southeastern tip of the Russian empire. Nathaniel Christopher explores the impression Russia left behind in Vancouver and British Columbia.

  • 58

    Russian Food With a Twist

    At Moscow's fashionable GQ Bar, Chef Konstantin Ivlev cooks up a new style of Russian cuisine. Here we present a flashy Baked Chicken Breast with Garlic, Potatoes and Truffles.

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    Under Review

    Cold War, Terrorism and Culture

    Review of The New Cold War, The Magical Chorus, Angel of Vengeance and The Silencing. Plus a look at two fine new language learning books.


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