The world’s biggest country, in a magazine. Since 1956.
16: Alexandrovo Sloboda
A history of Ivan the Terrible's retreat to a little village outside Moscow, where he set up the oprichniki and razed boyar power.
:: Translation by Nora Seligman Favorov
24: Taste of Russia 6
Warm weather, blue skies and large crowds made this year’s annual festival a big success. We present a photo montage of the event.
28: A World Apart
For 70 years, the Moscow Metro has pulsed below the surface of the capital, transporting workers and visitors, shoppers and students between stations that look more like palaces than public transport sites.
36: Target 8255: The Strangely Lucky Flight of Mathias
Nearly 20 years after Mathias Rust landed his Cessna near Red Square, the full story of his flight can be told. In Rust’s first extensive interview about his flight, he recounts amazing details of the event that forever changed the world’s perception of the Soviet Union.
48: A Southern City By the Sea
Had the tide of history turned just a bit differently, Taganrog could have become Russia’s new capital instead of St. Petersburg. Take a visit to this sleepy southern town on the Sea of Azov.
54: Searching for Slavkas
Chess champions and Russia go together like blini and caviar. Or so it used to be. Russia’s chess world is in crisis after some humiliating losses. What is the next move?
58: Two Book Reviews
We review Olga Grushin's "The Dream Life of Sukhanov" and Hugh Barnes' "Gannibal," plus the Russian film "Nochnoy Dozor."
60: The Lesson
Villagers teach a horse a lesson. Or not.
Notes from a Russian Village
62: Food on the Run
A look at Russian fast food over the past century, in honor of our story on the Moscow Metro. The recipe is for toasted sunflower seeds.
64: The Ultimate Choice
Ruminations on Mikhail Khodorkovsky's battle with Vladimir Putin and the Kremlin.