Russian Life

Articles from Vol. 37, No. 1, Winter

Celebrating the Wunderkinds
Child prodigies have always and everywhere been the objects of special attention and care. The Soviet Union had its own, highly developed, system of selecting and training talented youngsters. In the 1930s, at Joseph Stalin's personal behest, a network...
Holiday Blini
Russians have always considered themselves a hospitable people. Guests are treated to everything that the host has to offer. Russian cuisine, in particular, is famed for its foods made of dough, such as blini (thin pancakes), pirogi (pies and hot rolls...
In the Temple of Russian Fashion
"I want the artist to feel valued, to feel that he or she is important and talented," says Yelena Korchak, head of the Khram (Temple) Russian Couturiers Association. Korchak's solicitous attitude toward the creators of haute couture is partly the result...
Partnership for the Sake of a Single, Peaceful, and Democratic Europe
The unification trend in Europe is clearly weaker than the fragmentation trend, with its emerging threats and risks. Which trend eventually prevails will depend heavily on decisions taken at the NATO summit this past January and at the summit of the...
Russian Citizens on the December 12 Election Results
The extraordinary elections held in Russia on December 12 brought Russia a new parliament. At the same time, a national constitutional referendum was held, which approved the new Constitution. RUSSIAN LIFE correspondent Igor Konstantinov asked Moscow...
The Amazing Amphibious Boy
World-famous "water-baby doctor" Igor Charkovsky has a prize pupil in little Vasya Rezenkov. Vasya, a Moscow toddler not two years old, swam thirty-three kilometers, two hundred meters in fifteen hours, two minutes, and twenty-eight seconds. The purpose...
The Eagle Has Landed
The eagle has landed. The double-headed eagle, the national emblem of Russia since the late 1500s, has returned to the Moscow Kremlin, its original nesting place. Its return came after seventy-five years of forced exile and near-extinction. In March...
The Kremlin: A Time to Gather Stones Together
The Moscow Kremlin, which has rightfully been placed on the UNESCO list of humankind's greatest cultural treasures, is undergoing extensive renovations. Architect Lev Lavrenyov, head of a design studio for the restoration of monuments of history and...
The Moscow Summit: Success at the Summit
WHAT: The second summit meeting between Russian President Boris Yeltsin and U.S. President Bill Clinton. WHEN: January 13-14, 1994. WHERE: Moscow, capital of the Russian Federation, in the Kremlin. WEATHER: Snow. High: 22 |degrees~ Fahrenheit. Low:...
Torzhok: Revisiting an Ancient Town
Those of our readers who were also readers of SOVIET LIFE magazine will already be familiar with the town of Torzhok. In February of 1991, SOVIET LIFE published an article about the ancient town, concentrating primarily on its long, rich history. This...
Who's Who in the Russian Parliament
On December 12, 1993, the citizens of Russia elected a new parliament and adopted a new Constitution of the Russian Federation. Russia has acquired a solid constitutional basis, which will help stabilize the situation in the country by legal and legislative...