July/August 2010

Features in this Issue

Kayaking in Karelia

Where we tag along with a group of 40 intrepid Russian explorers on a week-long trip through the rivers and lakes of northern Karelia, far from the lights and comforts of civilization.

Art in Utero

St. Petersburg’s Russian Museum has inaugurated a program to acquaint pregnant women with the arts, on specially guided tours. Those who participate swear it is making them, and their children, better off.

The Spy Who Was Abel

Rudolph Abel was one of the most accomplished Soviet intelligence agents of the post-war period - an "illegal" who was legendary, not slipshod and sloppy, like the 11 "illegals" detained in the US in June 2010. Nikolai Dolgopolov peels back the mask to give us a look at Abel’s life and profession through the eyes of his daughter.

Involuntary Parenthood

During the recent controversy about American adoption of Russian orphans, we learned of a small Russian village that is using adoption as a way to save its school, and perhaps even its way of life. This is their story.

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