The world’s biggest country, in a magazine. Since 1956.
Leading Architectural Preservation Site Great site full of all the latest information on architectural preservation (and destruction) in Russia (mainly Moscow). [in Russian]
Word Champ This site has lots of flashcard sets you can access, plus a nice audio implementation; it seems to be used by lots of teachers. You can create your own flashcard sets and work through them, and can also connect up with language tutors. Different paid membership plans, starting at $9.95.
LinQ Several levels of membership, from free to $79/month. Learn vocabulary online or by downloading audio files (everything from radio talk shows to short stories) to your iPod. There are online lessons and you can arrange writing consultations with tutors via Skype, or join in live conversations.
Quia Like LingQ, this is a cross pollination of social networks and language learning, with the ability to find teachers, interact with activities and quizzes, and use online exercises to improve your language skills. Intended largely as a supplement to classroom courses, it can nonetheless be used by individuals.
Live Mocha Probably the best-known of the sites we visited, this nice service integrates friends and an online community with learning resources, language skill tests, and interactive flashcards. Users help one another and there are tools for beginners through intermediate level.
Teach Russian Mainly an online resource center for Russian language teachers, it nonetheless is full of useful reference materials for students. Loads of free exercises you can download and work through. (Disclosure: This site is run by the folks who helped us compile our Uchites insert.)
Lingro A very cool glossed reading tool that lets you use the web to learn to read Russian better. Enter a Russian website address (like a news site)?while at the lingro.com site, and indicate that you want to translate from Russian to English. The page loads (in Russian)?and then you can click on any unknown word on the page and up pops a dictionary balloon.
NYT on online language learning More resources and ideas.
The Tournament of Shadows Best history of the Great Game in Central Asia, now out in paperback.
The Russian Diaspora in Afghanistan Fine article on the Russian legacy in Afghanistan.
RNO Site The official site of the Russian National Orchestra.
What Yaroslavl has planned ...for the 1000th anniversary
Virtual Yaroslavl Loads of great pictures of the city you can download.
Yaroslavl for Me A great blog on Yaroslavl by local residents Elina and Yevgeny