The poetry of the issue is presented by new poems by Alexander Kushner, Inna Lisnyanskaya, Alexander Shatalov and Vladimir Zakharov. We are publishing the end of the novel “Freedom” by Michail Butov. Alexander Solzhenitsyn continues his essays of exile “A Seed Got Between the Two Millstones”.
In the section “Philosophy. History. Politics” physicist Yuri Simonov in his essay “Liberalism and Christianity” reflects upon the attitude to Christianity in the modern world. The article “Destruction of Psychotechnics” by Nikolay Kurek deals with the school of psychology which was severely criticized and forbidden in the Soviet period.
In the section “Far Nearness” we are publishing an article by Irina Surat speaking about Pushkin’s death.
In the article “Kharms’ Case or the Optical Illusion” Alena Zlobina enters into polemics with the book by Michail Yampolsky about Daniil Kharms.
Literary criticism of the issue is presented by the work “The Inimitable Oddity” by Irina Rodnyanskaya on amateur poets.
The questionnaire of the issue contains questions of the use of obscene words in belles-lettres texts as well as of the modern Russian colloquial language. Ludmila Ulitskaya, Galina Shcherbakova, Michail Butov, Yelena Nevzglyadova, Valentin Nepomnyashchy, Valery Belyakovich, Vera Pavlova answer the editors’ questions.