March/April 2006

Features in this Issue

The Land of Wars

Straddling the border between Russia and Estonia, nestled along the shores of Lake Peipus, where Alexander Nevsky defeated the Livonians in 1242, lies the ancient region known as Setomaa. Here the dwindling Seto people, renowned for their lyrical singing and hybrid pagan-Orthodox beliefs, struggle to survive the 21st century.

More is Less

High-priced four- and five-star hotels are the norm in Moscow and St. Petersburg. So what is a budget-minded, independent traveler to do? Rent an apartment, of course. In our annual Travel Russia section, we talk to agencies about their offerings, review the options and provide everything you need to make your first reservation.

Chernobyl: 20 Years On

On April 26, 1986, the Number 4 reactor core at Chernobyl exploded, spewing radiation across Ukraine, Belarus, Russia and much of Europe. It is still the worst nuclear power plant disaster in history. What lessons has Russia learned, and what is the current state of the Russian nuclear power industry?

Kapustnik: More Than Cabbage Pie

It is what Russians call a cabbage pie, while at the same time it is the rather appropriate name given to eclectic, humorous entertainment events, including everything from community “bring in the cabbage” bees to fundraisers for theater actors.

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