Just finished a memoir that intertwines a family's history, the cooking heritage of Russia and Russian historical events of the twentieth century. That's the new volume by Anya von Bremzen, Mastering the Art of Soviet Cooking: A Memoir of Food and Longing (2013). Not a bad read. Found the coverage of the short Gorbachev era very interesting, as I continue to find it amazing just how much the Russians hated him (and his anti-alcohol policies).
ps. Four days until the Sochi winter olympic games. Read this by Kathy Lally, Olympic dream in Sochi: Internet in the hotel. Unsure how much focus the games with bring to Putin and his policies in the Caucasus, Syria, Ukraine and at home.