The world’s biggest country, in a magazine. Since 1956.
7: The Barefoot Shoemaker
Despite having some of the world's largest oil and gas reserves and being a huge energy exporter, Russia faces the prospect of energy shortages this winter and many winters to come.
9: Anna Politkovskaya Murdered
We report on the signal assassination of leading investigative reporter Anna Politkovskaya.
19: Bolotnikov's Rebellion
Four hundred years ago, a rebellion to put False Dmitry II on the throne almost succeeded. Led by Ivan Bolotnikov, a colorful peasant, it laid seige to Moscow and relied on subversive distribution of propaganda.
:: Translation by Nora Seligman Favorov
26: 1991: The View From Moscow
Fifteen years ago, the Soviet Union imploded just before it was to be renewed. We look back.
42: St. Petersburg’s Reclusive Genius
Russian scientist Grigory Perelman was offered the world’s top math honor. So why did he turn it down?
46: Spetsluzhb Goes to the Movies
The FSB (heir to the KGB) has been influencing Russia’s recent film releases. Propaganda is new again.
52: Fyodor Mikhailovich
Dostoyevsky is treasured the world over for his psychological novels, many written under hurried deadlines. We look at his life and art, and talk to his relatives.
62: A Taste of the Wild
Want a fresh taste of Kamchatka? Then it has to be salmon. Here we consider the many different Russian words for salmon and offer a great recipe for flash-freezing the delicacy.
64: Leaving with Style
What do you do when you are a forty-something translator and forced to attend a Madonna concert?