19: Leading Russians
Our fifth article in the series 100 Young Russians to Watch introduces 10 more young Russian leaders whose ideas and actions are shaping Russia in the new century. Meet mega-popstar Alsou, a bell maker from Tutaev, an alpinist, an activist, a hockey player, an editor, a jazz musician and more!
30: The Genius of Shostakovich
No musician in the 20th century has been more judged for what he wrote--versus what he composed or performed--than Shostakovich. We asked one of the participants in the controversy surrounding the prolific composer's biography to fill us in.
36: To Tula! Samovar optional ...
Don't bring your samovar to Tula is just one of the idiomatic expressions related to tea and coffee in this issue's column.
37: In the Footsteps of Andrei Rublyov
Andronikov Monastery in Moscow was long the capital's easternmost outpost, a fortress erected at the end of the Tatar Yoke. Editor Mikhail Ivanov takes a trip down memory lane, which just happens to lead past this beautiful monument.
43: Bringing up Vanya Smith
Thousands of Russian-American marriages in the past few years have an inevitable outcome: children. These mixed-culture families face a set of unique challenges. Lynn Visson, who has been interviewing Russian-American spouses for over a decade, offers a look at what it means to grow up half-Russian, half-American.
58: Steeped in Tradition
Some may think that vodka is Russia's national drink, but the truth is that Russians can live without vodka, but they cannot survive without tea. In fact, there are few places on earth where more tea is consumed per capita than Russia. We take a look at the origins of this obsession, from samovars to tea with jam to torts and pryaniki. You'll be brewing a cup yourself before you finish.
64: Plum jam fit for piping hot tea
Plum preserves is a traditional fall dish served with tea and cakes. Here's an easy recipe as jams go.