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19: The Russian Invasion
Watch out Nashville! These seven, hypertalented young musicians from Obninsk are set to take the American country music world by storm.
24: How does your garden grow?
For everything there is a season. And it's time to harvest some garden/dacha-related idioms.
28: Tuber or Not Tuber
The potato, a beloved staple at the Russian table, was first met in Russia with riots and superstition.
32: To Russia With Potatoes
In Holland, land is expensive and hard to come by. So Steven Lawtiens headed East, to grow potatoes in Russia.
36: Not your everyday potato
Kartofelnaya zapekanka, a baked casserole with potatoes, onions and mushrooms, is the dish of choice for this issue's recipe page, which is part of our annual Russian Flavors section, focusing this year on potatoes.
37: 125 Russophiles in Search of the Perfect Vodka
So what is this year's best vodka? Here's what 125 Russophiles at our Third Annual International Vodka Taste-Off concluded.
41: Omsk: Siberia's Southern Outpost
Founded on bloodshed, a crossroads for exiles and a crucible of the Civil War, this Siberian city is now a model of diversity and perserverence.
:: Illustrations/Images by William C. Brumfield
50: The Poet from the Black List
Alexander Chyorny is a poet often hidden by the shadow of Pushkin and other "greats." Yet his work deserves much more attention.
53: House No. 1
One hundred years ago, ground was broken for Moscow's Hotel National, a veritable institution with an incomparable view of the Kremlin.
64: How Beer Can Save Russia
The title says it all. Beer is making a comeback in Russia, and one can hope that vodka consumption will take a hit.