The world’s biggest country, in a magazine. Since 1956.
16: Good Night! Sleep Well!
A profile of the beloved children's TV program, Spokoynoy Nochi, which turns 40 this month.
18: Andrei Platonov
The writer Andrei Platonov was a trend unto himself. One of the greatest Russian writers of the 20th century, he did not live to see most of his work published.
22: Saving Baikal
You would think it would be easy being the deepest, cleanest, most ecologically diverse lake in the world. But Baikal has had a rough go of it this past century. We report on how a handful of non-profits is working to reverse civilization’s assault.
30: The Forgotten Ones
By some estimates, there are 2,000,000 orphans in Russia. We look at their lives and some of the things Russians are doing to improve them.
37: To Queue or Not to Queue
An exploration of the language of queueing in Russia. Lines did not disappear with the end of the Soviet regime, so neither did the language of this cultural institution.
38: The City That Should Not Exist
One of the world’s five northernmost cities really should not be there at all. Norilsk is a dirty, cold outpost that is completely dark or totally sunlit much of the year. So why won’t people stop moving there?
46: Fall in the Morning, Winter in the Afternoon
The change from summer to fall invokes many rituals and holidays. The holiday of Pokrov is rich with traditions of marriage.
Notes from a Russian Village
48: North to Narym
This island of internal exile dates to the tsarist era. Even Stalin was sent here. And it is still quite difficult to get there or away.
54: Living with the White Storks
It is the Year of the Stork in Russia. What better reason to hear about this majestic animal’s life cycle as played out in Western Russia?
:: Illustrations/Images by Igor Shpilenok
60: Lenten Beef
Fish is a staple of the Russian diet. And dried fish - Vyalenaya ryba - occupies a signal position in the fish pantheon. This issue's column looks at the writer Sergei Aksakov's love of fish and offers a wonderful recipe for dried fish.
61: Books, Virtually
Where to find Russian books online, from full-text stories and novels, to real ink and paper books you can order from online stores. For links noted in the article, see: this page.