The world’s biggest country, in a magazine. Since 1956.
7: Olympian Drama
The mayoral election in Sochi sets the stage for the 2014 Winter Olympics, and for municipal democracy.
Russia's victory over Sweden at the Battle of Poltava was geopolitically very significant, while the feast that took place amid the carnage was obscene...
:: Translation by Nora Seligman Favorov
29: 100 Things Everyone Should Know About Russia
In honor of this, our 100th issue since July 1995, we went in search of 100 Things Everyone Should Know About Russia. We returned with over 300 and packed them into this colorful, browsable feature. Time to test yourself! The 16-page feature includes contributions from Stanislav Shvabrin, John Freedman, Maria Antonova, Darra Goldstein, Jeanmarie Rouhier-Willoughby, Tamara Eidelman, Marcus Levitt and Laura Williams, with wonderful original illustrations by Katya Korobkina.
:: Illustrations/Images by Katya Korobkina
45: Zaryade: Moscow Quiet Nook
A cobblestone’s throw from the Kremlin walls, there was once a rabbit-warren of crooked streets and tall buildings called Zaryade. For a time, it was the capital's Old Town and considered a prestigious place of residence. Neglected, the area deteriorated in the 20th century and most of it was torn down. But the memories remain.
:: Translation by Peter Morley
52: Cultural Clones
Be it in films, literature, television, music or art, Russia has a long tradition of cloning western (and eastern) cultural icons and making them its own. We survey several of the more interesting and recent instances, from Alice in Wonderland and Winnie the Pooh, to The Wheel of Fortune and Big Brother.
:: Translation by Deborah Hoffman
58: Faith in Progress
One fine spring day, a new telephone appeared in the village of Chukhrai. A beautiful thing. But it connected to no one or no thing.
Notes from a Russian Village
60: Meals from the Heart
Sometimes the simplest foods offer the most sublime and satisfying of gustatory experiences.
62: Into the Screening Room
Where we review four recent films from or about Russia and a new television series appearing on PBS.
65: Uchites 03
The third edition of our Uchites language insert, sponsored by Russkiy Mir Foundation, uses the theme of plagiarism to explore grammar, build vocabulary and facility in reading Russian.