Sept/Oct 2007

Departments and More

  • 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

    Tempest in a Teapot

    A look at the present Russo-British spy spat in the context of a long bilateral history of bumpy relations.

  • 15
    Note Book

    Vermont Victory

    A photo feature on the July Russian FedCup victory in Stowe, Vermont.
  • 19
    Russian Calendar

    Sputnik: The Satellite That Changed Everything

    Beep... beep... beep... In October 1957, a tiny satellite sailed round and round the Earth. Launched from Russia, it kicked off the Space Race and changed how we viewed our world and Russian science.

  • 21
    Russian Calendar

    An Inspired Publisher: Alexander Smirdin

    Alexander Smirdin was one of Russia's first, great publishers. He loved books more than money and that may have brought about his ruin.

  • 23
    Russian Calendar

    Kaluga's Rocket Scientist

    Konstantin Tsiolkovsky was the father of Russian space travel. A quirky, half-deaf teacher, he inspired generations with his idealistic views of the age to come.

  • 26
    Survival Russian

    The Best Dandruff Cure

    The language of hair is, well, a bit knotty...

  • 28

    Saving the Amur Tiger

    The magisterial tigers of Russia's Far East are on the brink of extinction. Threats to their survival are legion: from poachers to Chinese "healers" to nervous villagers to corrupt bureaucrats. All told, just a few hundred Amur Tigers remain in the wild.

  • 34

    Sochi 2014: Russia's New National Idea

    Some 90 years after the first modern Winter Olympics, Russia, likely the country most identified with winter, will finally host its first Winter Olympic Games. Now it's time to get building.

  • 40

    Borshch For the Russian Soul

    Russia has ever been suspicious of modern psychotherapy, and the Soviet regime had its own way of dealing with (and defining) mental illness, which made it something of an international pariah. Luckily, those days are behind us... or are they?

  • 48
    Photo Feature

    Colonial Russia

    Perched on the rocky cliffs of California's Pacific coast is Fort Ross, a National Park commemorating the southernmost point of Russian colonial settlement in the Americas. Each July, thousands flock to the Fort for an annual celebration.

  • 52

    The Poet of Passions

    Marina Tsvetaeva was born to wealth, but her adult life was shaped by hardship and tragedy. For this reason, her literary work is all the more passionate and enthralling.

  • 60

    Space Food

    The history of food in space, through Russian eyes. Plus a great recipe for an Apple Zefir so light and ethereral it will make you feel like it floats.

  • 61
    Under Review

    Russian Worldview, Rafting, and Sophia Tolstaya

    We review a new book on Sophia Tolstoy's photography hobby, an excellent translation of Andrei Sinyavsky's book on Russian folk belief, and a great armchair travel book on rafting down one of the world's wildest rivers.

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    Post Script

    An Animating Genius

    A look back at the life of Alexander Tatarsky, a genius of Russian animation who passed away this summer.

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