November/December 2002

Features in this Issue

Restoring Piter

Anniversaries are a time-honored pretext for municipal restoration in Russia, and St. Petersburg is making the most of its coming 300th birthday celebration.

Holiday Gift Ideas

Where we reveal where to buy everything from Russian cologne to Russian videos.


Sixty years ago, the stage was set for the most significant military battle of the 20th century--a bloody struggle for the Volga city that bore Soviet leader Josef Stalin's name.

The Artist's Will

Pavel Korin was a painter of uncommon talent and immense tenacity. His paintings reflect an indomitable will to create great art despite difficult circumstances.

Aiding Siberia

While the Russian Civil War raged, a few hundred American Red Cross volunteers labored in far-flung Siberian cities to help refugees and wounded soldiers. Florence Hoffman was one of those volunteers three-quarters of a century ago, and this is her first-hand account of her year in Siberia.

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