Russia

Putin’s Influence on Russia’s Media

The leader's third term saw the demise of strong journalism in a country already lacking press freedom

Sophisticated Muscovites have excellent literature, theater and ballet at their fingertips. But quality journalism, and even...

Russia

My Moscow

A writer remembers the city of her youth

Translated by Antonina W. Bouis Five generations of my family have lived in Moscow. Grandfather bought...

Russia

Russian Hip-Hop and Battle Rap

Music mounting a fight for free expression

Last summer at Moscow’s Flacon, a former Soviet crystal factory converted into a hub of hipster...

Moscow

Dead and Kicking

Writer's haunts—and haunting writers—in Moscow

Moscow is a city of dead writers. No matter where you look, they are everywhere. Over...

Russia

The Renovation of Moscow

While Russia and the West drift further apart, Moscow looks more and more like a western city

The most Western city in Russia has long been considered St. Petersburg, ever since its founding...

Russia

Under God

As Moscow transforms, one corner of the city remains sacred

There are places in Moscow that are directly under God’s protection, places for the sake of...

Russia

A New Love of Stalin

Over the past decade, public approval of Russia’s famous dictator has grown

In an interview he gave to American filmmaker Oliver Stone, broadcast last year, Russian President Vladimir...