In May, US President George Bush became only the sixth sitting US President to visit Russia. On the eve of this visit, we met with one of Russia's leading Amerikanists, Georgi Bovt, and got his read on what to expect for the summit and the months beyond.
With this, our ninth installment, we bring to a close our year-and-a-half-long series “One Hundred Young Russians To Watch in the New Century.”
Invite Vasily Chikov to a party and it's likely he'll turn up in a birch bark vest and hat ... and serenade you and your guests with a flute made from, you guessed it, birch bark!
Dmitry Azarov has a gift for catching public figures in private moments, as this two page photo essay demonstrates.
Want proof Russia's economy is on the mend? Look no further than the newsstands. New national magazine brands are being introduced every week. So we sent Editor Mikhail Ivanov to look at what is behind the boom in publishing and where it is going.
Readers comment and correct.
The latest from the travel front.
All the news that fits from all across Russia.
In depth profiles of Valery Brumel, Valery Todorovsky, Andrei Bitov, Mitrofan Grekov, Alexander Kalyagin and Robert Rozhdestvensky
Sixty-five years ago, on May 27, 1937, the writer Andrei Bitov was born in Leningrad. Widely considered one of the best Soviet writers of the 1960s, Bitov came to literature the hard way.
Poet Robert Rozhdestvensky (1932-1994), a cult figure of Soviet and Russian poetry, would have been 70 years old on June 20.
Russia’s most renowned living actor, Alexander Kalyagin, was born on May 25, 1942. He is also presently chairman of the Union of Theater Workers of Russia (in his second term).
Legendary athlete Valery Brumel, Olympic high jump champion, will be 60 on May 14. Brumel won the gold in the 1964 Tokyo Olympics with an Olympic record—2.18 meters.
The influence of lapti in Russian speech, and a bit about lyko too.
A great dish for summer dacha days is this sorrel soup. Try it at home!
Portrait of Tsar Nikolai I (1796-1855, ruled 1825-1855), by Dmitry Slepushkin (see page 40), painted under a special commission for display in the Kremlin’s Great Kremlin Palace.
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