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Sense and Sensibility at the World Cup

I've sworn, after learning about the latest kleptocrat billionaire to buy a club, or scrambling from the clash between hooligans and riot police, or hearing a homophobic chant rise up from the stands, I would give up on the game. Anyone with sense would.

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What Happened to Imperial Russia's Most Powerful Aristocratic Families?

In Former People, Douglas Smith follows the fates of two families during the revolutions and Civil War that played out across Russia between 1917 and 1922, and he continues to track the fates of those who chose to remain in the Soviet Union.

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Koett: Lost Time

Koett's Lost Time is an animate, unruly offshoot of electronic jazz-fusion, oozing the class and style once associated with the music released by Gilles Peterson and Eddie Piller's lauded Acid Jazz imprint.

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'Silent Souls' Is a Quiet Reflection on Life and Death

Silent Souls is reminiscent of Winter’s Bone, where a sad human tale unfolds within a cold and aloof yet beautiful-in-its-own-way natural environment.

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Inna Zhelannaya: Cocoon

Cocoon, with its thread-artwork and the title that signifies concentration and enclosure, seems to be casting its references back a few years to Bjork's Vespertine.

Deanne Sole
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A Surgeon Cool with a Handgun and a Scalpel

A surgeon doing charity work to make up for the sins of his violent past changes his priorities after learning that his new wife married him for an unfathomable reason.

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There Once Lived a Woman Who Tried to Kill Her Neighbor’s Baby

At 72 Petrushevskaya is a relatively late émigré to the English literary scene, but she arrives carrying the requisite overstuffed suitcase of hardships.

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The Russian Dreambook of Color and Flight by Gina Ochsner

Gina Ochsner engages with the diversity of post-Soviet Russia by taking a microcosm of the country's demographic and chronicling its travails.

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Rasskazy: New Fiction from a New Russia edited by Mikhail Iossel and Jeff Parker

This collection of post-Soviet short stories from Russian authors born in the waning days of the once-powerful empire raises some important questions. Namely, what is the New Russia?

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Mumiy Troll: Comrade Ambassador

Proof that ex-punks from Vladivostok are as capable of creating mainstream-indie "rockapops" as anyone else anywhere on the planet.

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¡Forward, Russia!: Life Processes

¡Forward, Russia! should be commended for asking questions of themselves when they could have sat pretty and cemented their position as dance-punk heroes.

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The Rough Guide to Europe on a Budget by

This guide will help you pinch your pennies along the journey so you can splash out when it counts.

Lara Killian
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Perunika Trio: Introducing Perunika Trio

Not all of the songs work around the drone and the whip, but it's these yips and yelps that have lingered; the intense sound of high-pitched and precise female explosions.

Deanne Sole
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Death of a Dissident by Alex Goldfarb, Marina Litvinenko, Marina Litvinenko

Absorbing both these books resembles downing one's skulduggery straight, on an empty stomach, without any "sweeteners."

Carlin Romano
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¡Forward, Russia!: Give Me a Wall

The band is best in small doses, and could use some development; but this post-punk Bloc Party fallout compensates with plenty of aggression

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