Cover: Gala Poliakova
The nuclear research city of Sarov has been closed to outsiders since the 1940s. What is it like to live in a city with no future of opening up?
James Blake Wiener
When the daughter of one of Europe’s most respected kings married the tsar’s son, it seemed like a match made in Heaven. And then the Kremlin court rivalries began.
On Vladimir Nabokov’s little known hiatus as a farm hand.
It mows and fertilizes. What could possibly go wrong?
The extraordinary life of the advocate Lev Kupernik.
We didn’t realize how connected we were until we had to disconnect.
Looking back at the early Soviet years when the young state launched anti-handshake campaigns.
Overlooked and under-read news from all over Russia.
Russian literature is rich with experiences of isolation. We check in with a few famous writers of the past.
On the 75th anniversary of the end of WWII, we offer two excerpts from a new translation of Viktor Nekrasov’s In the Trenches of Stalingrad.
On the occasion of the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II this May, we look back at how Soviet and Russian cinema has depicted the war.
The little-known fates of the wives of Ivan the Terrible's son.
May 5 marks the bicentennial of the birth of one of Russian history’s greatest scholars: Sergei Solovyov.
No matter what Russia does, it can’t seem to dam up the flood of Anglicisms.
This issue's language column looks at famous war movies.
In which we review a book on dissidents, and a novel about literary envy.
А фestive Napoleon Cake that is plenty complex to offer lots of stress baking relief.
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