December 1996

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The Changing of Customs?

Often feared and even more frequently derided, the Russian State Customs Committee is slowly recovering its mettle after five years of post-soviet hardship. Our cover story peers beyond the hype, offering an exclusive, behind the scenes look at the guardians of the green channel.

The Holy Image Makers

The ancient and noble art of icon painting has been a part of life in Russia for eleven centuries. As Olga Listsova discovered, the creation and preservation of icons in Russia is far from a lost art. In quiet, close workshops around the country, masters of the art continue their toil.

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