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Boring Old Russia
May 01, 2000

Boring Old Russia

By Paul E. Richardson

After a decade marked by coup attempts, parliament sieges, wildly optimistic economic programs, cabinet reshufflings and Caucasian wars, boring is good.

The First Decade
March 01, 2000

The First Decade

By Paul E. Richardson

On March 10, 1990, in a dingy, ninth-story apartment in Moscow’s seedy northern outskirts, two grizzled American expatriates hatched a business plan.

Happy New Year?
January 01, 2000

Happy New Year?

By Paul E. Richardson

It would be fascinating—if it were not so scary—to watch how fast Russians have fallen in line to support their new prime minister, Vladimir Putin.

Of Thieves and a Gentleman
October 01, 1999

Of Thieves and a Gentleman

A lot of water has passed under the bridges over the Moskva river since our last issue of the magazine. 

What Real Men Eat
May 01, 1998

What Real Men Eat

By Paul E. Richardson

“Real men don’t eat quiche” was a popular cliché in the US during the testosterone-charged 1980s. And while it may seem passé here in the late 1990s, it certainly would have resonance in today’s Russia.

Let the Campaign Begin
April 01, 1998

Let the Campaign Begin

By Paul E. Richardson

Crowning mounting speculation about his political successor, President Boris Yeltsin recently intimated that he may throw his weight behind his daughter Tatyana Dyachenko, who currently works on the presidential team.

The Agony and the Ecstasy
February 01, 1998

The Agony and the Ecstasy

By Paul E. Richardson

At first glance, the many stories in this month’s issue might seem to have little in common. In fact, there is a common thread. Each story is about the triumph of talent and beauty amidst incredible adversity.

The Year of the Tiger
January 01, 1998

The Year of the Tiger

By Paul E. Richardson

Since this summer, Russia has been initiating a much more pragmatic, multilateral, innovative foreign policy. Long gone are the days when ideology and the politics of superpower brinksmanship set Russia’s foreign policy. 

Where the Revolution Failed
November 01, 1997

Where the Revolution Failed

By Paul E. Richardson

The 1917 Bolshevik coup d’etat is arguably the most important event of our century. As historian Richard Pipes has written, “had there not been a Russian Revolution, there would very likely have been no National Socialism; probably no Second World War and no decolonization; and certainly no Cold War, which once dominated our lives."

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