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Apr 12, 2005 - The Train Trip

It was just after noon when the Voronezh-bound train pulled out of Yelets station. I was seated in the platskartny carriage (the third-class wagon, outfitted with some 54 beds and fold-down tables), which is like an alternate reality of the Russian universe. Russians were wandering about the train in slippers, making themselves at home and in general showing a jovial side rarely seen on the city streets. At a table near my bunk, one man was working away at a crossword puzzle, calling out for assistance from nearby passengers: 'What's a...

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