Cover: Vitaly Berkov
Russia’s best known poet was born 250 years ago, and his last name was not Pushkin.
Krylov on democracy and how leaders are chosen: "However just the rules and laws, in unjust hands or beaks or paws they can be bent to serve the goal of leaders loath to lose control."
Lydia Razran Stone
Our translator of Krylov's difficult fables shares how she approaches translation of this most colloquial of poets.
Krylov on how one negotiates with wolves. Hint: one doesn't. "Of wolves I’ve learned a thing or two. With them there’s only one sure truce."
In 1947, on the 17th day of February, one of the largest meteorites to strike the Earth in the twentieth century fell in the Russian Far East. Its landing site was a perfect spot from which to watch the Geminid meteor showers.
“What have you done to my magazine?!"
Living on ice, the boorocracy, profiling perps, naming cities, and where smoking holds sway.
Curling snow drifts along the Dnieper River remind of a Hokusai painting.
Stats on HIV, salaries, doing business, death from bad eating habits, and more.
The story of a real-life military factory told through monologues collected from anonymized workers, managers, and engineers. (novel excerpt)
Catherine the Great was a prolific letter writer and her missives offer a uniquely intimate view of her personal life and political development (to say nothing of her humor and passion).
Pavel Bazhov, Russia's greatest modern fabulist, had a complicated and eventful life.
How salt riots and a young tsar led to a Zemsky Sobor and a new body of laws, The Council Code.
Russia has its own way of marking Twelfth Night (Ephiphany). But as a Christian holiday it misses the mark.
Some thoughts on backwardness, falling behind, and the challenges of change.
In this issue’s Uchites, we look at a popular song by the poet Bulat Okudzhava and the composer Isaac Schwartz. It is about love and separation.
In Russia, valenki are as near as you can get to the country's number-one footwear after regular leather boots.
“Grandfather” Ivan Krylov was widely known for his gargantuan appetites and for the dinner parties regularly thrown in his honor. Our recipe for Ukha should satisfy.
Photos captured by an unknown Czech Legionnaire, during those troops’ long sojourn in Russia from 1916-1919.
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