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Contents of issue April 2009

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Galina Vishnevsakaya
It is hard to find suitable words to describe Galina Vishnevskaya outstanding opera singer, prima of the Bolshoi Theater...
Passport Picks

David Lynch Bring Harmony to Moscow
Four-time Oscar nominated director David Lynch is headed to Moscow on April 5 just a day after his David Lynch Foundation presents a World Harmony Concert.

Easter Festival
Commemorating Rostropovich. Brainstorm Take Step. Paris Moscow in jazz. Tapestries of Jean Baptiste Vermillion at Tsaritsyno. Definite State of the World?..

The Beginnings of Russias Club Scene
This is the first installment of a new series of articles on Moscow nightlife.

Russian Lesson
How to answer the question

Masterpieces of Russian icon Painting XIV-XVI centuries
The exhibition Masterpieces of Russian Icon painting of XIV-XVI centuries is dedicated to the 100th anniversary of iconography as art.

English Divorce through Russian Eyes
Show me a man who hasnt deceived his wife. Not too many such men around, unless you include single men.
Art History

Georgy Filippovsky, Catcher of the Elusive
Many works created by artists repressed or silenced during the Soviet times were saved by private collectors.
High Days and Holidays

April Holidays
State and Religious Holidays in April
Expat Life

Successful Broomball Season
Even though there were delays of the games due to some spells of warm weather, the Moscow Broomball League managed to finish its playing season outdoors, as befits tradition.
Expat Exodus?
Exchange rates may have stabilised since Christmas, but expat employees continue to feel the pinch as jobs are cut and salaries lowered.
City Beat

Scottish Dancing in Moscow
Scotland has experienced a growing interest in traditional forms of dancing over the last two decades, a surge that has been mirrored abroad amongst both expatriate and local communities.
Stalinist Architecture
In the early 1930s, Josef Stalin became the sole leader of Soviet Russia and was able to focus on the industrial development of the country that he had been fighting so vigorously for with his rivals.
The Mayakovsky Museum
A normal upbringing (like most later-to-be revolutionaries) in Georgia (like You Know Who), socialist even before being expelled from school for not paying the fees.

Help When You Need It
We were flying back to Moscow after a break in Dubai over Christmas. I started to feel the same discomfort that I had felt over the past few days.

The Stanislavsky and Nemirovich-Danchenko Ballet
The ballet troupe of the Stanislavsky and Nemirovich-Danchenko Musical Theater plays a very significant and perhaps sometimes undervalued role on the Moscow dance scene.

Paris Wine Excursion
In the time most expats spend in Moscow traffic every day, that expat could be near one of Europes great wine regions or certainly land in the worlds wine and gastronomic capital Paris.

Book Review
Utopia - a land where the credit crunch does not exist, a place where the homeless are as happy as the oligarchs and your friends possess the powers to protect and provide.
Restaurant Review

Black Berry
The new Black Berry in Moscow is not a smartphone, its a trendy, comfortable upscale restaurant on Tsevtnoi Bulvar, evidenced by the blackberry monogram on the door.

Real Estate
Can I break the lease contract if I want to move apartments due to the drop in rental prices?
Each month Daniel Klein fields corporate legal questions posed by Passports readers.
It is unavoidable, though regrettable that this monthly column on Russian economic prospects has to start on an extremely pessimistic note.

Serve and Volley
Though tennis and badminton are not of Russian origin, most Russians have taken a likening for these games.
Residence permit

Residence Permits
If you take travel costs into account and add on the cost of acquiring a work permit, getting a visa to live in Russia now costs thousands of dollars a year.
Out and About

London Art Welcomed in Moscow
Baibakov gallerys new project, a show of contemporary art from London has become a real sensation in Moscow.
Venetian Ball in Moscow
Guests of International Women Club enjoyed a masquerade ball in Moscow on February 27th as they gathered for one of the clubs major annual charitable event the IWC Embassies Ball.
RBCC and BAC Joint Event: Russia What Happens Next
On the 12th of March at the British Embassy, the British Alumni Club together with RBCC held an event entitled.
CEO Night
On March 3d, Passport Magazine in conjunction with the Moscow Times, sponsored Moscows first CEO Night at the exclusive Grand Havana Room business club.
The English Press in Russia
February 24 saw another lively and interesting lecture in the English Language Evenings series.
Sunday Night at Night Flight
Leave to one of Moscows best-known and unusual tourist destinations to schedule a special promotional event at 10pm on a Sunday night.

English-language bookshops in Moscow
English-language books can be found in small numbers at bookshops throughout Moscow, but the best and largest selections are listed below.
The Last Word

Gerald Gage, Real Estate Maestro
We caught up with Gerald Gaige as he prepared to relocate back to the U.S. after 15 years working in Russia and the CIS countries.

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