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PEOPLE in Russia

Fantastic! I applaud you! The Russia issue (PEOPLE, April 6) had me smiling and shaking my head from cover to cover. Once again I am reassured that people are people, regardless of their political ideologies. With two nationalities who are so inherently the same, “peace in our time, for all time” is a distinct possibility. Bravo to the Soviet and American people, and to PEOPLE for bringing us this wonderful collage of life!

Bradley P. Audette

Portland, Maine

As far as I’m concerned, your PEOPLE Goes to Russia was a complete waste of my money! I can understand a feature or two, but a whole issue dedicated to Russia? Come on! How boring. I want to hear about the people I’m familiar with—famous, interesting people, American people especially. You can do a lot better, PEOPLE. Get with it!

Heidi Garbisch

Wisconsin Rapids, Wis.

I want to commend you on your excellent issue on Russia. In showing us walking, talking, breathing Russians in the process of living, you made the important statement that people are people everywhere. I feel this one issue did more to contribute toward peace between our two nations than all the antinuclear efforts by so many in the last decade. I do not want to nuke Nika Turbina, the 12-year-old prodigy, off the face of the earth! For this, I extend my gratitude, my respect for what you accomplished, and a suggestion: How about Red China for an encore?

Lucy Murray

Belmont, Calif.

Nyet! Nyet! If your readers want to get educated about foreign cultures, there are many magazines and books on such subjects. However, I daresay most of us avid PEOPLE readers read the magazine for its entertaining, relaxing, gossipy, informative, current happenings on all types of people.

June S. Hession

Fort Washington, Md.

What a treat to be privy to a slice of life in the Soviet Union. I applaud you for making the effort to show us the faces and hearts of these people. If we can accept that our political ideologies are different and not feel the need to change each other, we can proceed on a humanitarian level to become friends. This planet is too small to dwell on our differences. The choice is simple—live together or burn together. Thanks for being part of the solution.

Carmen G. Volcansek

Piano, Texas

I was disappointed in your special issue. I can readily understand a partial section on Russia, but an entire edition—no way. It was very boring and of little interest. Since Russia has little use for us, I find it difficult to understand your interest in dedicating an entire issue to them.

Bill Herren

Aurora, III.

Great idea; great writing; great reading.

Keasha Palmer

Rockford, Mich.

Come on. If I want to read about Russians, I’ll pick up Newsweek or tune in Tom Brokaw. Give me sex, scandal and gossip. If this is a taste of things to come, I’ll switch to watching TV news. It’s boring and it’s free.

Ashley Q. Linton

Fort Worth, Texas

I simply can’t imagine that life in America could have been that slow last week.

Barbara Crescione

Lodi, N.J.

The Russian issue of PEOPLE, especially the article on Leningrad School 307, afforded me a marvelous update on life in the U.S.S.R. today. Fourteen years ago, in October 1973, I was in Leningrad and Moscow for a 10-day visit. I requested and got a Russian guide to take me to the University of Moscow to see how English was taught to Russian students. I teach in the Intensive English Program at the University of Miami, and I was most favorably impressed with the methods they were using then. I should love to go back to Moscow to see what is being done today. Vevgeny llyin is the kind of teacher I aspire to be—how I would love to talk to him!

Lyla Gorman Dix

Coral Gables, Fla.

Many of us read your article on the Russian fur trade with interest. I was glad to see that your writer had the clarity to see the fur “farm” as a fox concentration camp. As for the trapper really loving the animals, and the woman weeping for the breeding foxes that “have to go,” spare us please. The whole bloody business is the ugly link between the two countries. There is so much we can share that is positive—literature, music, art. Too bad that the bloody skin trade is such a significant one.

Elaine Miller

Trumbull, Conn.

I just couldn’t put it down! The special issue on Russia was a revelation; a riveting documentary of a warm people that we, in the West, make little effort to understand. Their misconceptions about Americans are surprisingly similar to ours about them. Your reporters gave us first-person accounts of a nation that we have always regarded with suspicion. And it wasn’t so surprising to learn, after all, that they share many of our concerns and dreams. Let’s pass it around: Russians are PEOPLE too!

Pepi Berényi