The world’s biggest country, in a magazine. Since 1956.
16: Slava Polunin: The World's Greatest Clown
A biography of the amazing performer, whose clowning and shows are like no other.
18: Ilya Mechnikov: Scientist from Birth
He discovered the link between white blood cells and the body's natural protection against pathogens, and it won him the Nobel.
22: War-Torn Language
In honor of the 60th anniversary of the end of World War II, we look at how war language has infiltated the civilian argot.
:: Illustrations/Images by Victor Bogorad
24: Stalin’s Folly
Why did Stalin stubbornly ignore mounds of intelligence and repeated warnings from his top generals that Hitler was preparing to invade the Soviet Union in June 1941?
30: The Bryansk Forest Sternly Stirred
One of the most important fronts in the Great Patriotic War was the one in the forests, villages and fields behind enemy lines – where partisans took on the German War Machine.
:: Illustrations/Images by Igor Shpilenok
36: War and Peace
Sixty years ago, the spring of 1945 dawned with hope for a new era, an end to World War, a return to music and dancing...
44: Reindeer Nation
Just north of Chita, in Siberia, is a little-known and rapidly diminishing nomad people, the reindeer-herding Kalar Evenks.
52: Hearing Voices
Three thoughtful young female singer-songwriters reflect the aspirations, moods and emerging worldview of Russia’s youth.
59: Fungi are Friends
Russians have a special bond with mushrooms that is not paralleled in the West. In this issue, a special recipe for mushroom-stuffed eggs.
60: Spies, Reindeer, Empresses and Partizans
Book reviews of Spy Handler, Running with Reindeer, Five Empresses and War in the Wild East. Links are provided here for purchasing these books online.
64: Remembering a Giant
An obituary and tribute to one of the greatest Kremlinologists ever, George F. Kennan