On April 12, 1961, Yuri Gagarin became the first human being to orbit the earth. By all accounts, they could not have chosen a better man for the mission.
Two young Americans decide to ride across the breadth of Eurasia, and spent 162 days traversing 6000 miles of Russian roads (and non-roads). They survived. And they brought back this tale.
Legend has it that a British frigate which sunk off Balaclava during a freak storm was loaded down with millions in gold for troops fighting in the Crimean War. The hunt for the mysterious treasure spanned more than a century, and gave birth to a venerated institution.
Easter and Maslenitsa are just two of the holidays that Russians celebrate to herald the end of winter and the beginning of spring - a time of rebirth and new life. In this counterpart to our Nov/Dec 2009 article on winter holidays, we explore the Russian rites of spring.
What makes this magazine different is not the people creating it, but the people reading it.
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The January 24, 2011 suicide bomb in Domodedovo airport, which killed 36 and wounded over 100, was aimed, President Medvedev said, at "bringing Russia to its knees."
All the news that fits from all across Russia.
A look at the recent spate of disasters and crises.
The latest from the travel front.
A look back at the life and work of Isaac Levitan.
1921. Russia is on the brink of collapse. Lenin takes a step back from the rapid communization of the economy and allows free market reforms.
In 1811 Alexander I was on the brink of sweeping reforms to Russian autocracy. Until he read an essay by historian Nikolai Karamzin.
A consideration of Russian leaders and eminences who have left their imprint on the Russian language
A look at Vladimir Mayakovsky as painter and poet, and a recipe for Tyanuchki - a candy-like fudge.
A review of the film "My Perestroika," and the books "Dacha Idylls," "Molotov's Magic Lantern," and "The Road."
A consideration of the photo exhibit and 80th birthday celebrations to honor Mikhail Gorbachev.
The 11th installment of Uchites takes off from the article in this issue on Cycling Across Russia, to examine things such as verbs of motion.
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