Few Russian cities are as old as Kazan, the ancient trading center on the Volga river. We explore the history and social fabric of the Tatar capital.
Not many hints remain of Doukhobor culture in Southern Russia. Persecuted in the past for their pacifist beliefs, modern Doukhobors search for an identity in the modern world.
Each year, just a handful of foreigners sail up the beautiful, broad Lena River. Joshua Hartshorne made the trip and he has sent us this diary of his travels and travails.
People always dream of peace and happiness. This was particularly true of Russia 200 years ago, in 1805, half a decade into the new century.
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The latest from the travel front.
All the news that fits from all across Russia.
He was the first true Russian journalist, and a fantastic storyteller. He brought to light some of society's ills, but also showed what was good in his fellow human.
On September 1, 1700, the old way of counting years, starting from the end of fall harvest time, ended, and Russia switched to a New Year that began in January.
Russian Democracy found its first legs in the 1905 October Manifesto, issued under duress by Nicholas II. But it would not be enough to ensure Russia a democratic future...
Some truly Russian words to toss around when you need a handy insult or diss.
Our neighbor Kalkan has probably been clean and sober only a dozen times in his life. The last time he bathed in a barrel of water warmed in a wood stove he came down with a bad cold and vowed never to do it again.
In this issue's review section, we look at Ludmila Ulitskaya's new novel, "Lyudi Nashevo Tsarya," plus two works of non-fiction: "Moura" and "In the Wake of the Jomon." We also note the release of four works on DVD by Otar Iosseliani, whom we profiled in our Jan/Feb 2004 issue.
Where we go in search of true Tatar cuisine. The recipe is for the savory dish, peremech.
Will President Putin introduce direct federal control over the Northern Caucasus? If so, it will be a great loss for Russian democracy.
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