May/June 2010

Features in this Issue

Defending Sevastopol

Where we visit this most Russian of cities on Ukraine’s Black Sea coast. Vibrant, sun-drenched Sevastopol suffered under two horrific sieges in its recent history. Is a third underway?

Hero of Two Nations

Joseph Beyrle is believed to be the only U.S. soldier who fought in both American and Soviet units during World War II. This is his remarkable story.

The City of Chagall

Just over Russia’s border in Belarus is the remarkable city of Vitebsk, birthplace for a surprisingly influential artistic community that flourished just before and after the Revolution.

The Dialog Coach

How one expat got Americans, Brits, Russians, Germans and an admixture of other Europeans to all speak the same language in very different ways.

The Meskhetians

Banished to Central Asia in 1944, chased from Uzbekistan in the 1990s, this persecuted minority has been scattered to the four winds, unable to return to their ancestral homeland.

Departments and More

  • Nations Without Borders

    Readers of a publication called Russian Life may wonder why there is a picture of Kyrgyzstan on the magazine’s cover.

  • 5

    Letters to the Editor

    Readers comment and correct.

  • 7
    Note Book

    Blaming the Messenger

    In the aftermath of the March 2010 bombings on the Moscow metro, political leaders have taken to blaming the press.

  • 8
    Note Book


    All the news that fits from all across Russia.

  • 14
    Travel Notes

    Travel Notes

    The latest from the travel front.

  • 19
    Russian Calendar

    The Pride of Moscow

    On May 15, 1935, Moscow's amazing metro system was opened. Since then, it has become the pride of the city and still the most reliable way to get around the capital.

  • 21
    Russian Calendar

    Transforming Nature

    A profile of Ivan Michurin (1855-1935) the leading Soviet horticulturalist and father of Soviet Darwinism.

  • 24
    Russian Calendar

    From St. Petersburg to Moscow

    In 1790, Alexander Radishchev "betrayed his class" with his scathing call for reform of Russia's social and political system in "From Moscow to St. Petersburg." But he was only doing what he was raised to do.

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    Survival Russian

    Seeing Red

    How to find the "red price" when haggling for goods and services.

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    Organic Containers

    Where we consider the work of Alexei Venetsianov's "Girl with a Birch Bark Container" and how Russians used natural containers to preserve things like sour cream, which is this issue's recipe.

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    Under Review

    Ravens, Enemies and Crumbs

    Reviews of: "The Raven's Gift" by Jon Turk, "Know Your Enemy," by David C. Engerman, "A Mountain of Crumbs," by Elena Gorokhovaya, "Russian San Francisco," by Lydia Zaverukha and Nina Bodgan, and "Peter the Great," by Derek Wilson.

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    Post Script

    Moscow Calling

    Author Peter Aleshkovsky recounts his personal impressions in the aftermath of the March 2010 Moscow subway bombing.

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