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Contents of issue April 2008

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Passport Picks

Editors Choice
Nouvelle Vague and their new album Bande A Part. Faberge: A Symbol of Russian Easter...
This Month in History
Important Dates in History

Russian Films: Between Victory and Defeat
As the international film award season begins, the issue of Russian cinemas reception abroad again comes to the fore.
Black Earth: A Journey through Russia after the Fall
I return to a book that examines Russia and its people during Putins early years at the countrys helm.
Thank you, Zemfira!
The Ufa-born vocalist and her self-named band shot to fame in the late 90s in Russia and other former Soviet states.

The Presidential Baton Passes to the Bear
When it comes to economic issues, Russias new president will have some big shoes to fill.

Intellectual Property
Only serious countries take intellectual property seriously.
Wealth Explosion is a Heyday for Private Bankers
Everyone knows and everyone is talking about it: wealth is just exploding in Russia; no denying it!

Novodevichy Cemetery
As it is the season of both Easter and spring, there can be few places more worth a visit in Moscow than Novodevichy Cemetery.
Cover Story

Its Easter, Russian Orthodox-style!
Laurens van der Post describes in his 1964 book Journey into Russia the experience of hearing Russian choral music.

Notes From Underground IV: The Dark Blue Line
The dark blue line, Arbatsko-Pokrovskaya, opened on March 13, 1938 as a part of the same expansion project.

Sports: Not Just Fun and Games!
Interview with Dmitri Svishchov
Real Estate

Olympic Fever In Sochi
Nowadays those keeping abreast of the Russian real estate scene will hardly be surprised to hear that the Sochi market is one of the most dynamic in the country.
The Changing Face of Moscow
James Brooke is director of external relations and special projects for Russia and the CIS at Jones Lang LaSalle.

A Nice Burg With a Heart of Gold
If the most famous girl of the American gold rush is Clementine, then her Russian equivalent is Katya, or Empress Ekaterina I.
Kazan: Phoenix in the Snow
Cobblestoned Kremlyovskaya Ulitsa in Kazans upper town, looks like the well-preserved and lovingly restored center of any Russian provincial city.
The Arts

The Real Socialist Realism
In the 1960s, a thaw in Soviet cultural life brought about emancipation for artists.
Russian Star: Andrei Bartenev
Andrei Bartenev is well-known on the international contemporary art scene.

The Hills are Alive
When an upcoming business trip to Vienna prompted the decision to focus on Austrian wines, we set to scouring Moscow for appropriate subjects.
One Night In Vienna
A wining and dining evening in one of the worlds great cities.
Restaurant Review

Bonus Intra Melior Exi
Observatoire is located at the entrance to the glitzy Copernic building, which faces the President Hotel from the north.
A Chance Encounter on the Road of Destiny
If every career path begins at home, then Thomas Vincent Bluy is no exception to this rule.

The Quick and the Dead
Who needs the Trans-Siberian or dogsledding in Chukotka?
The Ten Commandments
For those of you who do not follow the works of the Vatican, you might like to know that last year it published a Drivers Ten Commandments of the Road.
Eating out for Kopeks
Eating out in Moscow is a sobering experience.
Out and About

Love on the Rocks
If you get that unexplainable feeling of awe when you see ice skaters making music come alive on ice, you will enjoy the History of Love ice show at the Ice Palace on Khodinskoye Polye.
The Last Word

Andrew Sherlock on living and working in Russia
Andy Sherlock is an English businessman who first came to Russia ten years ago.
Out and About

They Jumped So High...They Reached the Sky
The stars of the ski slopes were truly out in the Moscow sky at the International Ski Federation (FIS) World Cup Freestyle aerials competition in March.
Indian Culture in Concert
On February 27, The Art of Living Foundation presented Indian popular singer Sahil Jagtiani in concert plus a glamorous Indian fashion show.
Spotlight Singapore
On March 12, the Embassy of the Republic of Singapore hosted a reception to announce Spotlight Singapore, a cultural and economic festival to be held in Moscow at the beginning of June.
New Heritage Gallery
In Moscow a new art gallery called New Heritage has opened. The gallery shows the work of Russian and Soviet artists who lived and worked abroad as well as contemporary art.
Hallelujah to Love Forever and Again -Turetsky Choir
When you dont know how to tell someone you love them, sing it to them!
Singing Politicians
A legislators job is to write and pass a countrys laws. He or she should be dispassionate and unsentimental, without flourish or melodrama.
The Pharos Trust
The Pharos Trust, a Cyprus-based nonprofit cultural and educational foundation dedicated to the promotion of the arts and humanities, hosted a sparkling midwinter concert at the Tchaikovsky Conservatorys small auditorium.
Cinderellas at a Charity Ball
Balls dont happen these days as often as they used, but on February 9 the International Womens Club held its annual charity ball.

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