Cover: Valery Shanin
One hundred and twenty-five years ago, Lev Tolstoy made the first of several walking journeys from Moscow to Tula – a distance of nearly 200 kilometers. A pair of Americans retrace the great writer’s journey, in a considerably different Russia.
A group of divorced Russian men have banded together to battle for equal child custody rights. The Russian legal system, they say, is stacked against them, and they have no intention of surrendering. We meet them and hear their side of the story.
Praised in Russian folklore, Stepan Razin reigns as Russia’s most memorable and popular rebel. On the 340th anniversary of the Cossack-led uprising, a noted historian considers the lessons of Razin for the Russian state.
There is a certain breed of expatriate in Russia who puts down deep roots and seems destined never to return home. Perhaps it is because, whether they admit it or not, Russia is now their home. We meet five American long-term expats whose ?stories reveal as much about them as about the attractive mystery that Russia exudes.
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The end of American shuttle flights gives Russia a de facto monopoly on carrying humans to the International Space Station. What does this mean for the future of manned space flight?
All the news that fits from all across Russia.
Where we visit the annual summer Seliger Youth Camp - where the Powers That Be cultivate young activists.
The latest from the travel front.
Murmansk was founded 95 years ago this October. We look back at the history of its founding and its appearance in a particularly important piece of literature.
The recent visit of Hollywood megastar Cameron Diaz to Moscow – to promote the launch of the movie Bad Teacher – started Mikhail Ivanov's creative juices flowing toward a seasonally appropriate theme: school slang.
it was on October 19, 1811 that, in the presence of His Highness Emperor Alexander I, the Lyceum at Tsarskoye Selo was inaugurated. The institution’s first years, like everything associated with the name of Alexander Pushkin, has long since become the stuff of legend within Russian culture.
The story of Pyotr Arkadyevich Stolypin, arguably Russia's most significant reformer, can be told in very different ways.
This issue's Uchites language learning section focuses on writer Sergei Dovlatov, who would have been 70 this month.
A look back at the many variants of Soviet Fast Food.
Reviews of three non-fiction histories (Leningrad, by Anna Reid; Bloodlands, by Timothy Snyder; The Damned and the Dead, by Frank Ellis) and three works of fiction (The Sky is Falling, by Caroline Adderson; The New Moscow Philosophy, by Vyacheslav Pyetsukh; Separate Kingdoms, by Valerie Laken).
An obituary of Yelena Bonner by a fellow dissident.
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