Books
18 June 2001
In the winter of 1941-42, the dead of Leningrad lay hoary in their unheated apartments, or abandoned at the gates of...
Books
05 March 2001
In the Russian popular imagination, Victor Pelevin is the emblem of the hollow certainties of the post-Soviet era. As a...
Food and Drink
22 January 2001
The Soviet Union learnt to read and write, something for which its citizens would be for ever thankful. But the black...
Politics
04 December 2000
Laborovaya, Yamal-Nenets Autonomous District (Far North). The graveyard in Laborovaya resembles a raised catacomb. Pots...
Food and Drink
23 October 2000
Reader Bullard's diaries have emerged at a time when clues to Russia's turbulent present are being sought in its past...
Food and Drink
03 July 2000
The gifts bestowed by freedom on 1990s Moscow - the teenage prostitutes from the provinces cheek by jowl in the subways...
Culture
10 January 2000
Frederic Manning's remarkable novel has spent rather more time tucked away in Lady Fortune's nether regions than on the...
Books
26 July 1999
Irina Ratushinskaya never had much time for officialdom, and it had little time for her. When the KGB hauled her down...