March/April 2011

Features in this Issue

50 Years in Space

On April 12, 1961, Yuri Gagarin became the first human being to orbit the earth. By all accounts, they could not have chosen a better man for the mission.

Cycling Across Russia

Two young Americans decide to ride across the breadth of Eurasia, and spent 162 days traversing 6000 miles of Russian roads (and non-roads). They survived. And they brought back this tale.

Black Sea Mystery

Legend has it that a British frigate which sunk off Balaclava during a freak storm was loaded down with millions in gold for troops fighting in the Crimean War. The hunt for the mysterious treasure spanned more than a century, and gave birth to a venerated institution.

Spring Rites

Easter and Maslenitsa are just two of the holidays that Russians celebrate to herald the end of winter and the beginning of spring - a time of rebirth and new life. In this counterpart to our Nov/Dec 2009 article on winter holidays, we explore the Russian rites of spring.

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