The world’s biggest country, in a magazine. Since 1956.
4: Bricks in the Wall
Where you stand depends on where you sit.
7: Bridge of Contention
On the one-year anniversary of the assassination of Boris Nemtsov.
16: Leonardo da Putin
What do Leonardo DiCaprio and Ramzan Kadyrov have in common? Why Vladimir Putin, of course.
27: Lost and Found in Translation
Test your knowledge of idioms of both domestic and foreign origin.
28: Raising the Shtandart
In the spring of 1703, Peter the Great oversaw the building of Russia’s first Baltic fleet flagship. In 1995, Vladimir Martus decided to build a replica.
:: Translation by Eugenia Sokolskaya
34: Peter's Ship
Fifteen years after the new Shtandart launched, boat builders on Solovetsky created a replica of an even older ship: the first Russian naval ship built on Russian soil, in 1693.
:: Illustrations/Images by Sandra Reddin
38: Life Along the BAM
It was one of the greatest building projects of the Soviet era, inspiring thousands to pick up and move to Siberia. Author Edwin Trommelen traveled the route and got to know Bamovtsy.
:: Translation by David Stephenson
46: Soviet Dissent: Genesis and Heirs
Half a century ago, the Soviet dissent movement began when two young writers were put on trial for publishing their works abroad and “slandering the state.” We consider how this relates to modern events.
50: Those Who Return
They left Russia in droves after the Revolution, now some Old Believers whose ancestors put down roots in South America are returning to live in the Russian Far East.
:: Translation by Sarah Richardson
:: Illustrations/Images by Álvaro Laiz
Religion & Spirituality
61: Putin, Poetry and Spies
Reviews of Putin Country, by Anne Garrels, Russian Silver Age Poetry, Sibelan Forrester and Martha Kelley, eds., and Near and Distant Neighbors, by Johnathan Haslam.