June 1, 2023

Scott Ritter

disarmament race»

Publishing house “Komsomolskaya Pravda”

On December 8, 1987, Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev signed the Treaty on the Elimination of Intermediate-Range Missiles in Washington. So the arms race suddenly turned into a “disarmament race”. Soviet rockets were made at a factory in the city of Votkinsk (Udmurtia), the homeland of Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky. A group of American inspectors was sent there, who were supposed to make sure that the “Soviets” carefully and steadily fulfilled their obligations. One of them was Scott Ritter, who wrote a book about it all thirty-odd years later. Very interesting, despite the fact that it would seem that we are talking about the affairs of bygone days. He tells not only about his mission – his book contains many personal impressions of life in the Soviet Union during perestroika, from tragicomic cases in the process of mastering the difficult Russian language to how a reception was being prepared in honor of the arrival of the American ambassador to Votkinsk.

The book was published by the Komsomolskaya Pravda Publishing House with the assistance of Alexander Zyryanov, Director General of the Investment Promotion Agency of the Novosibirsk Region. At the end of April, the book goes on sale and will be available on all marketplaces and offline sales points in the country.

Maria Zhuravleva

“Under the Skin”

Publishing house “Komsomolskaya Pravda”

Dermatologist and blogger Maria Zhuravleva loves to watch people in the subway. “Here is a teenage girl who is embarrassed by rashes on her forehead. Her skin is dry and looks dull from the abundance of alcohol lotions. Here is an anxious young mother, wrapping her baby warmer. His skin looks red, he’s feeling hot. And here is a beautiful stately lady, about forty years old. She has a thick layer of make-up on her face, and in her hands is a large bag from a Korean cosmetics store. I would like to warn her: “Be careful: excessive care can also be harmful.”

In the book, Mary both warns, and explains, and gives advice. One of the sections is entirely devoted to children’s skin, the other – to the skin of adolescents (and their age-old problem, acne), well, and the third one is advice for everyone. And it tells why the sun can be a fierce enemy for the skin, why expensive creams do not improve skin condition, what to do with moles and psoriasis … Myths are debunked, but the right recommendations are given – how to treat diseases and keep your skin beautiful longer.

Daria Levina

“Romance of the cottage”

Publishing house “Komsomolskaya Pravda”

“These pages are about a nostalgic, almost inexplicable tenderness for dilapidated panel houses on six acres, vintage services, lace curtains on wooden windows and creaky furniture. About the passion that captured me for alterations, repairs and design. And of course, about the old dacha, so similar to the abode of fairies. In her wonderful book, Daria Levina (known online as daryadarcy) traces the history of dachas in Russia, starting with Nicholas I and his wife Alexandra Feodorovna; shares lyrical and touching memories of the dachas of her parents and great-grandfather, where she spent her childhood; tells how she equipped and repaired her own dacha, which she bought in 2021; and, finally, advises how to get the most out of country life. Plus, of course, recipes for typical country, cozy meals – from “Tsvetaevsky pie with pear and almonds” to “mother’s cinnamon and poppy seed buns” and “Siberian bird cherry cake”.

Emma Nikitina

“Let Mom Hear”

Publishing house “Komsomolskaya Pravda”

Psychologist Emma Nikitina offers not just a collection of tips for women who have recently become mothers, but a whole “philosophy of parenthood”: in her opinion, fathers and mothers “need to strive for the role of a wise, all-forgiving and largely supportive guide.” However, there is a lot of practical advice in her book. How do you carve out time for yourself while taking care of your child? Why are playpens, walkers and jumpers bad? What is a “crisis of three years” when a child begins to answer almost all sentences “I don’t want, I won’t”? How to protect a child from pedophiles and what types of pedophiles exist (unfortunately) in this world? How to raise brothers and sisters friendly? What to do if the child is a “little girl” (and “little girls”, by the way, are both true and false)? In general, this is a whole encyclopedia of raising a baby, literally from the cradle; both young mothers and those who are just preparing for the birth of a child, it is necessary to read it.

Yuri Rost

“You will be third. Conversations in the Stables”

Publishing house “Boslen”

“Stable” is a small extension in the courtyard on Pokrovka, in which the legendary photographer, former Komsomolskaya Pravda journalist Yuri Rost equipped his workshop. His guests there were many good and famous people: from Mikhail Gorbachev to Georgy Danelia, from Yuz Aleshkovsky to Vadim Abdrashitov. Rost recorded many conversations with guests on video (naturally, with their consent); from the transcripts this wonderful book turned out. Bella Akhmadulina explains why she loves Pushkin’s words “poetry must be stupid”; Marina Neelova declares that she sometimes does not know what is more real – her life or her extremely vivid dreams (and, for example, she also recalls how she once had a terrible quarrel with the famous hockey coach Anatoly Tarasov, the father of his girlfriend Tatyana, after which he shoved a young artist in a snowdrift); Oleg Tabakov tells how, as a schoolboy in February 1953, he organized with friends a “society to overthrow a tyrant” (that is, Stalin, who had a few weeks left to live) … “You will be the third,” as Rost writes, this is not a question, but an invitation: the reader, as it were, it is proposed to become the third in the dialogue, to join it, even if only as a grateful listener.

Lana Parshina

“Passion for Rasputin”

Publishing house “Komsomolskaya Pravda”

Everything you wanted to know about assassination of Grigory Rasputinbut there was no one to ask. The first part of the book tells in detail about the investigation of this crime, conducted in 1916-1917. Interrogation protocols, testimonies of everyone who could know something about Grigory Efimovich’s last evening … The second – and very interesting – part deals with Rasputin’s only child who lived to an advanced age: Matryona, who died in 1977 in Los Angeles. Her fate was not easy: she emigrated with her husband to Paris, after the death of her husband she was left alone with two little daughters, danced in a cabaret, then began to perform in a circus with wild animals, and it ended up being attacked by a polar bear … However, she survived; later, during the period of McCarthyism, she still proved to the American authorities that, being the daughter of Rasputin, she could not be a communist! And, finally, in the third part, Lana Parshina conducts her own investigation into the murder of the “old man” using modern methods and with the involvement of highly qualified specialists.

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