Cover: Nina Bogdan
Soviet Russia was never more threatened than when the Czech Legion nearly turned the tide in the Civil War (1918-1922). We follow the story of one noble family, whose fate was wrapped up in this dramatic historical episode.
As the old saying has it, you can never tire of watching fire, water and other people working. Northerners would also add that you can look endlessly at ice drifting down a river.
One summer night in 1764, in a provincial Russian village, a dispute broke out between two cousins. Words were exchanged, a pig was thrown, and a 30-year legal battle was born.
He was a poet, revolutionary, memoirist, publisher and emigre. He was a scion of the Bolsheviks, but he would have wanted nothing to do with them.
Every language has words for which it is known the world over. Troika is one such word in Russian, and this equine configuration was critical to the history of Russian letters. And by that we don’t mean literature.
Polls and what Russians think about the man in the Kremlin.
Readers comment and correct.
How Putin will win the election, by focusing on the desire for stability.
All the news that fits from all across Russia.
A round-up of travel related news from around Russia, from a new torture museum, to Moscow cafes that charge by the minute.
A look at the signs of the times: the flavor and signage at Russian demonstrations.
It is difficult to imagine anyone in Russia (or the former USSR) who does now know who Kornei Chukovsky is.
Of all the figures that have risen to prominence throughout the history of Russian culture, few have been so plagued by misfortune as architect Vasily Bazhenov.
Pariahs Germany and Soviet Russia make a pact in 1922 that sets the stage for decades of suffering.
Navigating the two different words for "blue" and their many hues in meaning.
A biography of Chukovsky and a poem by the master.
Biscotti have nothing on Russian rusks. We offer a simple recipe, plus a rumination on a famous photo from the 1920s.
Reviews of fiction with Romanov themes: The Fallen Queen, The Last Romanov, The Winter Palace. Shorter reviews of Notes on the Cuff, The Russian Origins of the Civil War, Russia: A 1000-year Chronicle of the Wild East
"Instead of mass heroism, we now engage in mass cowardice..."
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