On the occasion of President Vladimir Putin's 50th birthday, we look back at how far Russia has come since January 1, 2000, and where it appears to be going.
Lyudmuila Putina, the president's wife, has chosen to keep a decidedly low profile. We reveal why in this insider's portrait of Russia's most powerful woman.
In this second article in our series, Russian-America, we visit the largest "pocket" of Russian emigration in North America.
It is a bit hard for political cynics like us to devote so much space in our “magazine of culture, history, people and places” to a single politician.
Readers comment and correct.
All the news that fits from all across Russia.
The latest from the travel front.
Dates and anniversaries that coincide with this issue.
September 26 is the 70th birthday of Vladimir Voinovich (born 1932), one of the most influential dissident writers of the late Soviet era.
October 20 is the centenary of the birth of Mikhail Yanshin (1902-1976), a member of the “second wave” of MKhAT theater actors who made their debut when Konstantin Stanislavsky was director there.
Actor Anatoly Papanov (1922-1987) would have turned 80 on October 31. Generations of Russian children associate his voice with that of the Wolf in the popular cartoon Nu Pogodi! (“You just wait!”).
Gymnast Lyudmila Turishcheva was born on October 7, 1952—50 years ago. Turishcheva won every imaginable title in gymnastics, both on the world stage and nationally.
September 16th is the 65th birthday of the aptly-named champion in free wrestling, Alexander Medved (medved means “bear” in Russian).
In WWII, in Nazi-occupied Kiev, local soccer stars were forced to play several matches against Nazi teams. The price for winning was death; for losing the price was even worse ...
We review four new books: The Secret Plot to Save the Tsar, A Year of Russian Feasts, The Shaman's Coat: A Native History of Siberia, and Beau monde from A to Z.
Come late August through early September and millions of Russians begin streaming into the woods in search of the beloved meat of the forest. Here we offer a profile of their obsession...
A look at how the mushroom has invaded the Russian tongue.
A few brief news items from the food front.
How to prepare those wild mushrooms in your korzina...
"Glamurny" and other English invasions are perverting the Russian language. Or are they?
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