November 1996

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A Woman of Substance

Two hundred years ago this month, the death of Empress Catherine II brought many things in Russia to an end. Russia said goodbye to its last female ruler, and to the last ruler in its history to be given the title "veliky" (great). The period known as the Golden Age of the Nobility also drew to a close. Nikolai Pavlenko tells the story of the controversial and strong-willed German princess who siezed ppower in a vast foreign country and earned the ardent respect of her subject and outsiders alike.

Taking Fashion to the French

Of the brave first generation of Russian fashion designers, no one is as flamboyant and extravagant as Valentin Yudashkin. Our correspondent finds out what lies behind the success of this eccentric aesthete.

Operation Whirlpool

Forty years ago this month, an uprising in Hungary tested the liberal credentials of the new Khrushchev regime and ended a warming trend in the Cold War. Noted historian Roy Medvedev describes the events of autumn 1956 in Budapest from a contemporary Russian standpoint.

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