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Editor's Letter

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When I look at what is in the magazine this month: the cheapest way to call home, what to wear for a day at the races, the Bolshoi dancing the cancan, buying a bullet-proof Hummer, a wine tasting, a flying winemaker I think not only that you wont be able to put the magazine down, but that the very varied contents reflect the many different ways in which Russia itself is expanding.

Not the Bolshoi, however, which is closing very soon though not forever, it is scheduled to reopen in 2008. Appropriately, our star interview is with Alexei Ratmansky, the very talented and somewhat outspoken Artistic Director of the Bolshoi Ballet.

In Dinner with the Editor I meet with Igor Chapurin, Russias very own Armani.

Ratmansky and Chapurin are working together this month at the Bolshoi, on Les Presages, one of the three one-act ballets in the evening of Ballets by Leonide Massine.

Ratmansky and Chapurin represent the very best of a new generation of Russians gifted, successful, at home in Moscow and abroad. They love Russia, and yet they are not afraid to speak their minds. If only there were more of them.

This is a very Russian month. The dacha has always played a large part in the lives of Russian people, and in their literature and painting. It is possible to rent a dacha but it can be expensive. In our article Rent a Dacha we show you some alternatives of where to go if you want to escape from summer in the city. In our Books section we even suggest what you can take with you to read.

Say the words Russian wine and people will think that you mean Georgian or Moldovan wine; but we have discovered a winery in Russias Bordeaux country. Chateau le Grand Vostock has French equipment and French know-how, but the wine is very Russian.

Our wine panel of experts let you know how it tastes. To your good health! !

Jeremy Noble

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