Russian Life

Articles from Vol. 46, No. 2, March-April

A Fierce War Being Catholic in Russia
There may be as many as 200,000 Catholic believers among Russia's population of 145 million. As the Russian Orthodox Church has sought in recent years to reassert its primacy as the "one, true church" within Russia, Catholic believers have come under...
A Gogol for the 20th Century
Nikolai Zabolotsky, one of the great poets of twentieth-century Russia, remains little known in the West. Part of his obscurity stems from the fact that his poetry is difficult to categorize. The last link in the Russian Futurist tradition, Zabolotsky...
A Single-Minded Man
If one were to strip Sergei Prokofiev of his music and consider the rest of his life, there would not be much left. Like millions of his compatriots, he was an ordinary man, not a fighter. Closing his eyes to the brutal totalitarian dictatorship of...
"A Spring Day Feeds You for a Year". (Notes from a Russian Village)
The arrival of spring to our tiny village of Chukhrai -- population 18 -- means that soon the rutted, ice-covered, puddle-riddled forest road that connects us to the outside world will become passable. Slowly, the babushki and dedushki emerge from...
Bering Strait. (under Review)
Bering Strait Universal South, January 2003 $17.98 Russian Life ran what was likely the first Western story on Bering Strait in Sep/Oct 2000 ("The Russians are Coming"). At that time, the Russian country band's CD was said to be coming out...
Calendar
DESIGNER FROM AN ARTISTIC DYNASTY On April 15, 1933, Boris Messerer, a talented theatrical designer, artist, scene-painter, book designer and a man of many awards, was born. Messerer comes from a distinguished dynasty of artists. His father, Asaf...
Changing Channels: Shake Up at NTV Has Media Watchers Shaking Heads. (Notebook)
NTV, Russia's third most watched TV channel, changed hands again this January. Its head, US-born businessman Boris Jordan, was replaced by former pulmonologist Nikolai Senkevich, son of Yuri Senkevich, the famous announcer of the "Around the World"...
Lost & Found in Siberia
On August20, 1944, pilot Richard McGlinn and his crew often took off from a base in southern China. Their plane, a B-29 American superfortress dubbed "St. Catherine," was destined for a bombing raid on the industrial target of Yawata, on the Japanese...
Midwinter Fish Fest. (Cuisine)
Come winter, Russia's rivers and lakes freeze over with a thick layer f of ice. This is the moment thousands of Russians have waited for, when they can head out onto the ice for a favorite winter sport--ice fishing (see page 26). Bundled in padded...
Mysteries of Ice Fishing
As a rule, a city person who doesn't make his living from fishing spends a lot more money on a fishing trip than he earns back in fish. But this isn't such a big deal, is it? He who decides to go ice fishing deprives himself of the urban pleasures...
Of Fish and Cockroaches. (Survival Russian)
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Tatarstan: Travel in the Heart of Multicultural Russia
Of all the images only Russia can create, there is one I will never forget: the four minarets of the new Kul Sharif mosque springing up alongside the onion domes of the Cathedral of Annunciation in the Kazan Kremlin, the historical heart of Tatarstan....
The Cats Who Guard the Hermitage
If you think that St. Petersburg's Hermitage Museum is famous only for its great collections and masterpieces, you are mistaken. It is a little known fact outside St. Petersburg that this city's most prestigious museum has the largest feline museum...
Unofficially Speaking. (Post Script)
"Article 6: When using the Russian language as the State Language of the Russian Federation, it is forbidden to use common, insulting, or borrowed words and expressions, or foreign words for which the Russian language has analogs in wide usage." ...
What Goes around. (from the Editor)
In early February, Russian President Vladimir Putin was in Germany to inaugurate the "Year of Russian Culture in Germany." During that trip, after Putin stressed that Russia sided with France and Germany against a war in Iraq at this time, reporters...