The world’s biggest country, in a magazine. Since 1956.
16: Alexander Galich
A biography of Alexander Galich, noted writer, poet and bard.
23: Vegetarian Disses and Disguises
A veritable salad of linguistic phrases based on vegetables to spice up your Russian.
24: Miracles on a Shoestring
The Russian Space Program has enjoyed a remarkable string of successes and firsts over the past half-century. But, since the fall of the USSR, it has been forced to adapt to new, more commercial realities. We sent Nick Allen to Baikonur, the main Russian launch site, to report back on how the program is fairing.
32: Kalmykia: Reviving the Dusty Plain
A huge expanse of desert and grassy plains, this southern Russian republic has an austere beauty all its own. Of course there is also Chess City and the horse races...
:: Illustrations/Images by Igor Shpilenok
40: Pickle This!
Pickled Garlic is our featured recipe in this issue.
41: Where East Becomes West
Last year, we sent St. Petersburg writer Ilya Stogoff to the opposite end of Russia in the dead of winter. It did not improve his mood. But he did have some interesting experiences. This, his first of four installments on his travels throughout Russia's Far East, is a fun read.
46: Defending Russian Nature
Over the last century, Russia has created a system of preserves -- zapovedniki -- where wilderness holds sway and humans are rarely allowed. It is the world's largest system of strict nature preserves. We meet some of the heroes quietly working to preserve these zapovedniki, despite miserly allocations from the government.
54: Russia Goes to the Polls
Nikita Khrushchev once said, "Politicians are the same everywhre: they promise to build a bridge even where there is no river." As political observer Natasha Yefimova shows, there have been surprisingly few promises made or platforms pronounced in the run-up to this December's Duma election. The reasons for this are quite interesting.
60: Matroshkas, Dachas, Travel and more
In this issue, we review a book on the history of matryoshkas, a revised travel guide, a book on dachas, on Putin, some fiction and much more!
64: Where the Russians Are
A color-coded map of the US, showing which states have the highest percentage of Russian immigrants.