The world’s biggest country, in a magazine. Since 1956.
4: Two Minds
Most Russophiles are of two minds on Russia these days, struggling to reconcile the Russia they love with the one they hate.
7: Blacked Out
On the continued relevance of Malevich's Black Square.
16: Turkey Trot
On how a close enemy becomes a friend overnight.
22: The Krasnodar Riot
A little known riot in Soviet Krasnodar in 1961 was a sign of the times - inept reforms, and pent up resentments. It resonates to this day.
:: Translation by Nora Favorov
27: The Tale of a Fisherman and a Little Fish
This issue's language insert excerpts this famous Pushkin fairy tale in search of anachronistic words.
28: The Hunt
According to an Udege proverb, “If you see a tiger for one second, he has been watching you for an hour.” And what happens if one unwittingly unleashes a tiger’s bad side? You must, the Udege believe, hunt down and kill the tiger – not an easy thing.
:: Illustrations/Images by Álvaro Laiz
36: Gogol on the Rocks
Nikolai Gogol was born in Ukraine and is revered in his homeland. So why is the house where he lived in Odessa in such disrepair, and will anything ever be done about it?
44: Russia's First Photojournalist
One hundred and fifty-eight years ago, Russia’s first photojournalist was born... ?as a serf. How he overcame his difficult youth is a great story. How he turned photography into a tool for social change is an even better one.
:: Illustrations/Images by Maxim Dmitriev
52: Dating Games
How are busy, young Russians coping in the era of Tinder and online dating? Our reporter finds it to be largely a world of scammers and sketchy apps.
58: A Bear's Feast
Where we look back at a 1912 feast, scrutinizing the menu to learn how the upper crust of Russian society ate.
61: Fiction, Ukraine and Civil War
Reviews of "The Big Green Tent," by Lyudmila Ulitskaya, "The Gates of Europe," by Serhii Plokhy, and a new translation of "Red Cavalry," by Isaac Babel.
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