Recently in Russia Category
- The Economist: on the new Russian mythology and on the upcoming sham elections (1, 2).
- James Wood takes on the new War and Peace translation, covering a suitably vast amount of territory. (Aside: Wood's jump from The New Republic to The New Yorker was much heralded a few months back. Judging from his reviews so far, Wood himself seems to have deemed the move momentous. So far for The New Yorker, Wood has reviewed Phillip Roth's latest sandwiched between translations of the Psalms and War and Peace. Where does one go from there?)
- Putin's Power Grab - Sakhalin Island, a former gulag off the coast of Siberia, sits atop one of the world's largest known deposits fossil fuels.
- From The Walrus - A Russian Tragedy - on the death of the Russian village. It's approved by Mama-Lu, the real Lu-family russophile.
- On Point: radio interview with translators of new War and Peace edition. The NY Sun says it's too late to read the book, catch the movie instead. Also (via TSO), Newsweek (which has a snazzy new design, more compact and much more visually appealing than the old one): asks and asnswers the question: "Why do we need another translation of War and Peace anyway?" Also, the NY Review of Books calls it a triumph for the Russian language, "Tolstoy's Real Hero."
- Chronicles runs an article on Russian foreign policy from the Russian Minister of Foreign Affairs that the journal Foreign Affairs wouldn't run without severe editing (the article is less than 2500 words).
- Former Russian political prisoner and curret opposition candidate for the State Duma Sergei Kovalev tries to explain "Why Putin Wins."