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The Hedgehog
November 01, 2015

The Hedgehog

By Konstantin Dubkov

The news is filled with stories of refugees, migrants and barbed wire, to say nothing of xenophobic laws and sanctions. So when we came across this award-winning comic book tale by a Yekaterinburg-based artist, we had to share it.

Stealing Brides
March 01, 2015

Stealing Brides

By Marina Marshenkulova

The Caucasus is a region rich in tradition and often impenetrable to outside understanding. The modernized ritual of “bride kidnapping” is a case in point; we asked a local journalist to guide us.

Soviet Redux
January 01, 2015

Soviet Redux

By Maria Silina

It seems the more removed in time the USSR becomes, the more nostalgia grows for its symbols and traditions. Increasingly, these elements are worming their way back into Russian life. If they ever left.

Season of Scandals
November 01, 2014

Season of Scandals

By Maria Antonova

As summer turned into fall, a series of highly public spats broke out in Russia, with celebrities and cultural figures demonstrating deeply polarized attitudes about the crisis in Ukraine, the Kremlin, and history.

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