November/December 2012

Features in this Issue

Where We First Touched Outer Space

The world's largest and most active space port is situated in the middle of the Kazakh desert. Largely off-limits to outsiders, it is an unusual mix of hi-tech and low-key. And it was from here, just over 50 years ago, that humankind first reached out to touch the stars.

Publishing for Kids

Vadim Meshcheryakov was halfway through a successful career as a banker when he gave it all up to publish children's books. But not just any children's books.

The Tiny Oasis

Not far from the middle of Moscow, there is a diminutive church with a distinctive legend at the heart of its history. We went for a visit.

Spirits of the Home and Forest

Russian place spirits - including the domovoy, bannik, fleshy, rusalka and others - have a history that stretches back to Rus' pagan past. And despite the crush and frenzy of modern life, these spirits impact Russians to this day.

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