Cover: Katya Korobkina
Paul E. Richardson
In honor of this, our 100th issue since July 1995, we went in search of 100 Things Everyone Should Know About Russia. We returned with over 300 and packed them into this colorful, browsable feature. Time to test yourself! The 16-page feature includes contributions from Stanislav Shvabrin, John Freedman, Maria Antonova, Darra Goldstein, Jeanmarie Rouhier-Willoughby, Tamara Eidelman, Marcus Levitt and Laura Williams, with wonderful original illustrations by Katya Korobkina.
A cobblestone’s throw from the Kremlin walls, there was once a rabbit-warren of crooked streets and tall buildings called Zaryade. For a time, it was the capital's Old Town and considered a prestigious place of residence. Neglected, the area deteriorated in the 20th century and most of it was torn down. But the memories remain.
Be it in films, literature, television, music or art, Russia has a long tradition of cloning western (and eastern) cultural icons and making them its own. We survey several of the more interesting and recent instances, from Alice in Wonderland and Winnie the Pooh, to The Wheel of Fortune and Big Brother.
Readers comment and correct.
The mayoral election in Sochi sets the stage for the 2014 Winter Olympics, and for municipal democracy.
All the news that fits from all across Russia.
The latest from the travel front.
This is the 55th anniversary of the peak period of Soviet deportation of national groups.
What do we really know about Sergius of Radonezh, Russia's patron saint? What is he venerated for, and why?
Russia's victory over Sweden at the Battle of Poltava was geopolitically very significant, while the feast that took place amid the carnage was obscene...
Forecasting the weather in Russia is a national sport. And a fertile ground for linguistic growth.
One fine spring day, a new telephone appeared in the village of Chukhrai. A beautiful thing. But it connected to no one or no thing.
Sometimes the simplest foods offer the most sublime and satisfying of gustatory experiences.
Where we review four recent films from or about Russia and a new television series appearing on PBS.
We check back in with Nikolai Gernet, on how the economic crisis is affecting Arkhangelsk oblast.
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