November/December 2003

Features in this Issue

Moving Pictures

The masters of Russian and Soviet animation rank among the world's greatest artists of the genre. But not many outside the industry know their names or have ever seen their work.

We Once Had a Poet Called Tyutchev

Many consider his lyrics to be the best ever written in Russian. On the 200th anniversary of Tyutchev's birth, we offer a tribute.

(Very) Old Ladoga

It was, for a time (a millenium or so ago) Russia's capital. But that title passed to another, helping to preserve a bit of the history of this idyllic, 1250-year-old northern town.

Kustodiev's Art World

His art was a Volga thing, a devil-may-care, reckless thing, full of sun and music, with fairs and farces, troikas, traktirs and banyas, samovars from Tula and trays from Zhostov -- it was motley as lubok and as subtle as a Flemish painting.

Descendants of the Swan

In the remote, open landd southeast of Lake Baikal, beyond typical tourist itineraries, where Genghis Khan once roamed, live most of Russia's 370,000 Buryats. We decided to pay them a visit.

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