The world’s biggest country, in a magazine. Since 1956.
4: Mr. Smith Comes to Montpelier
On meeting heroes where you are.
7: Picking Brains
Grappling with Russia's ongoing brain drain.
16: Crimea River
On Prime Minister Medvedev's gaffe and ensuing viral internet video... and on unconventional protest methods.
This issue's language insert focuses on a poem by Daniil Kharms.
28: One Karelian Village
Recently tapped as Russia’s most beautiful village, the tiny Karelian settlement of Kinerma (population 5) was also an unforgettable stop on The Spine of Russia journey.
:: Illustrations/Images by Mikhail Mordasov
34: In My Grandfather's Footsteps
Seventy years after his grandfather’s escape from a military labor camp, photographer Michal Iwanowski retraces his steps, discovering both Russia and himself along the way.
:: Illustrations/Images by Michal Iwanowski
42: When a Book is More Than a Book
2016 is the fortieth anniversary of the release of Hedrick Smith’s pathbreaking book, The Russians, the first book to truly take readers behind the Iron Curtain and into the everyday lives of Russians.
50: Russian and Not Russian
Ukraine’s bustling Black Sea port is one of that country’s most Russian of cities. And while there seems to be some dispute about how old the city is, there is no disputing that Odessa is distinctly Odessan.
:: Illustrations/Images by Susanne Kries
61: Wither Russia?
In which we review four books: I’m Going to Ruin Their Lives, by Marc Bennetts; Black Wind, White Snow, by Charles Clover; The Less You Know, the Better You Sleep, by David Satter; and The Invention of Russia by Arkady Ostrovsky. All reviews are posted in our Book Reviews section.