By People Staff
April 06, 1987 12:00 PM

ON THE COVER

Welcome, tovarishch! Did you know that sable hunters ride into the forests on the backs of reindeer? That the Russian Orthodox always stand in church and sing the entire service? That an American ex-GI belongs to a Siberian veterans’ organization? For an unprecedented peek at everyday life throughout the Soviet Union, read on

UP FRONT 32

Our first regular issue ever on a single subject begins with an essay about our travels in the U.S.S.R.

MAIN STREET 42

Scotty Sclocchini of Philadelphia weds Lida Maevskaya and brings a bit of America to Irkutsk

COUPLES 46

Marriage is a long-distance duet for rocker Stas Namin and singer Ludmila Senchina

ARTS 52

Next time you think of Winnie-the-Pooh, bear in mind kindly Soviet illustrator Boris Diodorov

SCREEN 57

Gorbachev’s “openness” leads to a long-banned opening for director Gleb Panfilov’s film Tema

ON THE JOB 61

Can you dig it? Like many workers on the frontier, Vladimir Shityikov mines unique rewards in Siberia

ON THE MOVE 68

Legend says God’s hands froze over Yakutia and He dropped all His riches, but Siberia’s women are its most precious resource

SONG 76

Joan Baez soundalike Janna Bichevskaya hits a responsive chord playing musical archaeologist

BIO 81

Thriller writer Yulian Semyonov has earned a life-style of the rich and famous by spinning inside tales of Soviet espionage

TO THE TOP 88

Factory and government worker Galina Fedyanina is the kind of Communist Lenin dreamed about

OUT OF THE PAST 92

Yakob Kazakov works against time to restore the Catherine Palace

IN THE MONEY 98

Siberian hunter Nikolai Marfsalov traps sables that eventually are bought by New York’s 7th Avenue

TEACHER 104

The verve and fervor of principal Fyodor Mikhailov and star teacher Yevgeny Ilyin have brought national attention to their school

JOCKS 108

Estonian twins Tynu and Toomas Tyniste are Soviet sailing’s wave of the future

SPIRIT 110

Orthodox monk Hieromonk Methody and Lutheran pastors Vivian and Juri Raudsepp keep the faith in their atheist state

SPECTATOR 114

A relative visits American John (Reds) Reed’s grave at the Kremlin and observes the setting of Ten Days That Shook the World

HERO 121

Scientist Vladimir Fialkov fights to save the world’s largest body of fresh water, Lake Baikal, from pollution

PAGES 127

Revered novelist Valentin Rasputin writes movingly of the fate of the earth

STYLE 133

Designer Slava Zaitsev gives his country and his comrades a fashion boost

MAIL 4

PRONUNCIATION GUIDE 13

PICKS & PANS 14

TAKE ONE 31

LOOKOUT 67

ENCOUNTERS 136

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