Off limits for eight decades, the Kurile islands are a treasure trove of natural history and geological wonders. We travel to the southernmost island, which is just a stone's throw from Japan.
The Cold War is over and Russians badly want to reform their military forces to face new realities, both within the country and without. There's just one thing: the military brass doesn't want to fall in line.
While politicians and generals debate the pace and scope of military reform, Russia's Cold War conscription army stumbles along, perpetuating astonishing abuses. Over 70% of Russians are in favor of ending the draft. Here's why.
Russians love their dachas. They are a place of rest, escape and exhilarating labor. We welcome sumer with a look at this venerable institution, and offer tips on dacha peeping and even dacha rentals.
From Peredelkino to Nikolina Gora, each dacha community is different in its own way...
J. Lee Jacobson
Russia's Buddhists have a rich, ancient religion that is deeply in tune with the natural world and rooted in the beautiful mountains southeast of Lake Baikal. We take a spiritual walk up Mount Alkhanai, one of the holiest Buddhist sites in Russia.
An arranged marriage put Pskov on the map (or so the Chronicle says). But, since then, for 1100 years, Pskov has been an important crossroads between Russia and Europe. For a millenium, Pskov has withstood countless attacks and seiges, while facilitating trade and commerce. Its biggest challenge today is integrating with the wider world, while preserving a hold on its historic past.
As this issue was going to press, our American media was focused on the so far fruitless effort to find Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) in Iraq.
Readers comment and correct.
The latest from the travel front.
All the news that fits from all across Russia.
Vera Kholodnaya, a legend of Russian silent film, made her debut on the silver screen in 1915, when she was 22. She died just three years later, in February, 1919.
Short takes on some historical dates with anniversaries during this issue's publication period.
Where we look at twisted proverbs and aphorisms.
Summer is berry time in Russia. We look at all the favorite varieties and offer a recipe for that summer favorite, cranberry mors.
Summer is hay-cutting time and time to battle with the weeds and pests that embroil the private plot. Visit summer in the village of Chukhrai in Bryansk region.
Where our intreprid reporter brings visits Red Square, the sequel...
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