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Beloved Friend
November 01, 2016

Beloved Friend

By Paul E. Richardson

Renowned conductor Semyon Bychkov has initiated a new project in appreciation of Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky. We tracked him down in Paris to find out more.

A Photo Bug
May 01, 2015

A Photo Bug

By Paul E. Richardson

We catch up with a Russian émigré who has turned his love of photography and his hankering for business into one of the most successful online photo marketplaces.

Extreme Russia
May 01, 2012

Extreme Russia

By Maria Antonova

Roofing and spelunking underground passages are so 2011. So says 22-year-old Vadim Makhorov, whose photos from atop vertiginous towers, about crumbling Soviet-era factories, and inside tunnels of working metro systems have wowed internet users and made his blog one of the most popular in Siberia.

The Hotline
September 01, 2009

The Hotline

By Paul E. Richardson

In which we explode yet another myth. The Washington-Moscow Hotline does not employ glowing red telephones and is actually very rarely used. Yet it is still a fascinating institution, one apparently designed to sidestep common human shortcomings.

Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
September 01, 2008

Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

By Paul E. Richardson

Reclusive, frank, astoundingly industrious and uncompromising, Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn was the most influential writer of his age, and he did more to topple the Soviet Union than any other individual in the 20th century. We spoke with his wife just a few months before his death.

Tending the Goals
March 01, 2007

Tending the Goals

By Nikolai Dolgopolov

Many consider Vladislav Tretyak to be the best hockey player of the 20th century. We chat with Tretyak about his second act – in an arena where things can get tougher than on the ice: politics.

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