Cover: Asya Lisina
Half a century ago, the profession of geologist was both popular and revered in Russia, shrouded in a halo of romance and adventure. We see what it is like today, first-hand.
A woman returns to the village of her birth and an unlikely and fateful connection ensues.
Moscow is seeing religious symbolism crop up in unexpected places. It’s not the first time, but there is something different about what is going on now.
A death in the family not only proves the maxim that you can’t go home again, but also that home is probably not what you remember it to be.
“Geography is destiny,” Napoleon is said to have uttered. Shortly afterward he invaded Russia, proving both his maxim and that of one of his imperialistic predecessors, Julius Caesar: “It’s only hubris if I fail.”
When environmentalists sounded the alarm this time about a spill of diesel fuel from a power station reserve tank near Nadezhda Metallurgical Plant, the government response was uncharacteristically serious.
News, quotes and tidbits from around Russia.
An excerpt from a new book about a quest to find an elusive owl, in which an expedition member tells a harrowing tale of survival.
Excerpt from a new book in which the author recreates the famous journeys of the photographer Sergey Prokudin-Gorsky.
A look at the history and cultural influence of dachas.
When cosmonauts and astronauts linked up in space, it represented far more than a technological achievement.
On the founding of the Russian Geographical Society 175 years ago.
As the коронавирусная пандемия (the coronavirus pandemic) still affects just about every aspect of our lives, it has, of course, been changing the way we speak.
In this issue's language learning section, we let a little sunshine in...
We asked our editors, advisors, and frequent contributors to share a Russian literary work they felt was particularly apt to read during The Great Pause.
A beet-based cold soup to spice up your summer soirees...
The cover of this issue of the magazine is the final of a series of four seasonal images we commissioned from Asya Lisina. We asked her to explain how she went about crafting this image.
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