Cover: Victor Bogorad
There will always be a rivalry between Russia's "two capitals"--Moscow and St. Petersburg. Since it is St. Petersburg's birthday, we give the floor to a noted journalist from the "Venice of the North," that he might share his thoughts on what sets the two cities apart.
Thousands upon thousands of pages have been written about Piter during its three centuries of life on the Neva. But what does it take to understand this strange city like a native? These 20 "signs of life" offer a tiny part of the answer.
Many palaces and estates can be found in and around St. Petersburg. Yet few have been as little disturbed by regime change as Oranienbaum. Oh, and then there is the roller coaster.
The Birthplace of the Revolution is striving to once again become a part of Europe. But some legacies of the Soviet era just do not want to wither away. Like these distinctly proletarian eateries.
Throw away your guidebooks and load up your knapsack. Our off-the-beaten track tour of St. Petersburg begins now.
In my childhood, I spent every school vacation in Leningrad. Our closest family members lived there.
Readers comment and correct.
The latest from the travel front.
All the news that fits from all across Russia.
Dates and anniversaries that coincide with May and June.
Mikhail Chemiakin, one of Russia’s most compelling and acclaimed contemporary artists, turns 60 on May 4.
On June 16, 1963, 40 years ago, the first female cosmonaut in history, Valentina Tereshkova, launched into space aboard Vostok-6.
June 6 marks the centennial of Aram Khachaturian (May 24, old style), a prominent composer of Armenian origin (who was actually born in Tbilisi, Georgia).
Moscow vs. St. Petersburg, linguistically.
It takes a trained eye to see the uncommon beauty of common things in any city, particularly one beseiged by tourists and dusty with the detritus of a failed empire. A photo feature with some literary interludes.
A light sample of a French influence on Russian cuisine--zhulyen. Try this and trace your link to Tolstoy!
A review of George Kennan's previously unpublished Caucasus Journals.
Ever wonder how the Russian visa system got to be the way it is? Blame Gogol and Bulgakov.
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