Cover: Asya Lisina
As if trapped in a time warp, a remote village school in the Mari El Republic preserves a largely forgotten style of schooling, mostly cut off from the twenty-first century.
On the occasion of the great writer’s 160th birthday, we offer up one of his lesser-known classics, newly translated.
Guard duty sends an old villager back to school, and down a broad and dusty lane full of memories.
A group of intrepid preservationists toil quietly in Russia’s northern realms to preserve old wooden churches and izbas that are just a snowstorm away from perishing.
Here’s the thing about history: you can’t see everything that is going on when you are living it, and then, when you try to dredge up what really happened, all you’ve got is your frail memories.
Something virtually unprecedented happened this winter: five Russian policemen were arrested and charged with framing up an innocent man.
In which Russia discovers old frescoes, a lost grave, and a new PM. Among other news.
An excerpt from Darra Goldstein's new cookbook, Beyond the North Wind, in which she ruminates on the place of birch in Russian culture, food, and history.
300 years of book burnings, banishments, and censorship in Russian books.
If you believe the papers, Russia is in the grips of протестное настроение, which literally means a mood for protest, but which might be better translated as “loaded for bear.”
In this issue we look at the shape of things Russian.
Reviews of a history of punk rock and a novel about a not very likeable woman.
Ah, spring, when nature wakes from its winter slumber, and the farmers markets come alive with fresh greens like spinach, sorrel, and green onions.
If a vessel is unlucky enough to be berthed as a river ferry in Yakutsk, it will spend most of its life frozen into the surface of the Lena River.
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