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Contents of issue December 2008

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Passport Picks

Editors Choice
Wintertime, and the Listenin is Easy. Christmas Music in Moscow. Greetings from Gergiev. A Christmas Moonlight Serenade.
Museums and Galleries
Silver Cameras and Gold Medals. The Art of the Sublime Porte. The 250th Anniversary of Vladimir Borovikovsky. Evergreen, Ever Japanese.
This Month in History

December in Russian History
Important Dates in History.

Russian Lesson
Art History

The Quixotic World of Silis and Lemport
Inside a two-story studio in northwest Moscow, the quixotic world of two Russian sculptors is preserved in bronze and other media.
High Days and Holidays

Holiday Traditions in Russia and Around the World
Geseënde Kersfees! Shuvo Naba Barsha! Fröhliche Weihnachten! ¡Feliz Navidad! S Rozhdestvom!
Tis the Season
The Moscow Protestant Chaplaincy (MPC) is about to celebrate its 46th Christmas in Russia.

Bands of the CIS
Moscows music scene is never short of surprises.

Book Review
Christmas is the ideal time to encourage your loved ones to lose themselves in a book.
Music Review
Troubled British star Amy Winehouse is one person who will gladly say goodbye to 2008.
City Beat

Tagansky Secured Command Post
Living in Taganka as I do is very pleasant. On one of Moscows seven hills, there is an agreeably old town feel to the area.
Star Interview

Pas de Deux
The Moscow Classical Ballet is one of the bestknown ballet troupes in Russia, unofficially ranking third after the esteemed Bolshoi and the legendary Mariinsky.

Tallinn Old Town is everything that central Moscow is not.
Black Sea Coast
The Caucasus Mountains looming over the sub-tropical resort of Sochi are framed in a sky of blue and bathed in the glorious golden sunshine of a winters late afternoon.

Hitting the Slopes for the Snow-Deprived
With winter fast approaching, its time to think about winter sport. As soon as the first snows appear, Moscows parks will fill with brightly clad cross-country skiers.

Best of Wine 2008
There are essentially four wine boutique chains in Moscow: Grand Cru, Kauffman shops, the Magnum and Decanter shops, and Kollektsiya Vin.
Hospitality News

Hospitality News
New Years Disco Fever At The Marriott Grand Hotel. Give the Gift of Happiness! Welcome the New Year at the Ararat Park Hyatt. IWC Winter Bazaar 2008. Café Wok Studio...

The Year in Film in Review
The year 2008 has turned out to be quite an eventful one for the Russian film industry.

Holiday Shopping
The holidays are a great time of year. Who doesnt like to get presents?
Dining Out

Best Moscow Eats 2008
Passport decided to create some buzz of its own by picking the Best of Moscow dining and wining.

Daniel Kleins Legal Line
Each month Daniel Klein fields corporate legal questions posed by Passports readers.
World-Class City for Tourists? Not so fast
I got into an argument with a Russian colleague of many years the other day.
Lipp Service: Moscow on My Mind
This December I bid my readers adieu with my final column for Passport aft er a threeyear run.
Reflections on Nine Years
It was just nine years ago this month that Fred, Wilma, and Fred Jr. moved into their newly renovated flat northwest of Bedrocks Garden Ring near the river.
Out and About

Oriental Museums 90th Anniversary
On October 30th, Moscows State Museum of Oriental Arts celebrated its 90th birthday, and the festivities marking the occasion were as elegant as the venerable institution itself.
Moscow Fashion Week
From October 22 to 27, Gostiny Dvor hosted the 20th annual Moscow Fashion Week.
AWO Craft Fair 2008
The American Womens Organization held its 15th annual craft fair on November 13th at Moscows Park Place.
The Fourth Moscow Food Festival
This fall, the nations capital was the setting for the Fourth Moscow Food Festival: A Taste of the Moscow Autumn.
Trafalgar Ball Raises Over $16,000 for Local Charity
The annual flagship event of the British Business Club in Russia, the black-tie Trafalgar Ball 2008 raised more than $16,000.
RBCCs RussiaTalk 2008
On October 21-22, 2008, the Russo-British Chamber of Commerce held its annual RussiaTalk Investment Forum.
Winzavods Wicked Halloween Party
This year, October 31 fell on a Friday night, setting the perfect stage for the Halloween celebrations that are becoming increasingly popular in Moscow.
Bartending with Flair
From October 14-16, Moscow played host to the 2008 Pro Flair World Championship.
Passport Poll

Whats the Best Present Youve ever Received?
A ride in a white limo with champagne and flowers...

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