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Between the ongoing problems of space station Mir and the release of The Peacemaker, Russia hasn’t been getting very good press lately. Come to think of it, the land that gave the world V.I. Lenin and Yakov Smirnoff hasn’t had a very good century in the American media. But that hasn’t stopped it from trying: At this weekend’s Russian Festival, get a taste of the Russia that existed before Bolshevik dictators and capitalist kitschmeisters. Highlights include Russian food, drink, books, and knickknacks, plus church tours and musical performers like the Slavic Male Chorus, which performs Sunday at 1 p.m. From noon-6 p.m. today and tomorrow at the Russian Orthodox Church of St. John the Divine, 17th & Shepherd Sts. NW. FREE. (202) 726-4989. (Michael Schaffer)