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Cover: Victor Bogorad

23: Beet Top & The Marsh Mushroom
Ilya Stogoff
There will always be a rivalry between Russia's "two capitals"--Moscow and St. Petersburg. Since it is St. Petersburg's birthday, we give the floor to a noted journalist from the "Venice of the North," that he might share his thoughts on what sets the two cities apart.
Features

29: Dueling Capitals
Naum Sindalovsky
Moscow vs. St. Petersburg, linguistically.
Survival Russian

30: 21 Slices of St. Petersburg Life
Polina Fomina
Thousands upon thousands of pages have been written about Piter during its three centuries of life on the Neva. But what does it take to understand this strange city like a native? These 20 "signs of life" offer a tiny part of the answer.
Features

38: Russia's Disneyland: Oranienbaum
Anatol Shmelev
Many palaces and estates can be found in and around St. Petersburg. Yet few have been as little disturbed by regime change as Oranienbaum. Oh, and then there is the roller coaster.
Features

44: Eat Like a Prole
Marina Nikolaeva
The Birthplace of the Revolution is striving to once again become a part of Europe. But some legacies of the Soviet era just do not want to wither away. Like these distinctly proletarian eateries.
Features

50: Hidden St. Petersburg
Peter Morley
Throw away your guidebooks and load up your knapsack. Our off-the-beaten track tour of St. Petersburg begins now.
Features

56: Routine Beauty
It takes a trained eye to see the uncommon beauty of common things in any city, particularly one beseiged by tourists and dusty with the detritus of a failed empire. A photo feature with some literary interludes.
Photo Feature

60: An Aristocratic Appetizer
Darra Goldstein
A light sample of a French influence on Russian cuisine--zhulyen. Try this and trace your link to Tolstoy!
Cuisine

61: George Kennan's Caucasus Journals
A review of George Kennan's previously unpublished Caucasus Journals.
Under Review

64: A Terrible Vengeance
Peter Morley
Ever wonder how the Russian visa system got to be the way it is? Blame Gogol and Bulgakov.
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