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The Plunge

Sep 17, 2014
The incredible story of Shavarsh Karapetyan, a Soviet swimming champion who dove into Armenia's Lake Yerevan and saved dozens of lives from a sinking trolleybus nearly 40 years ago

RIA Novosti

Jim Patterson: Black Soviet Icon’s Lonely American Sojourn

Jun 11, 2013
Once the most famous black man in the Soviet Union, child film star and poet Jim Patterson now lives in a threadbare subsidized apartment in Washington, where he has led a reclusive life plagued by illness and depression since his Russian mother died more than a decade ago.

RIA Novosti

In Small Boston Diaspora, Echoes of Chechnya

Apr 22, 2013
The deadly Boston Marathon attack has shaken the small diaspora of ethnic Chechens in the Boston area after two of its young members, Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, emerged as the main suspects in the twin bombing.

RIA Novosti

Russia on Her Mind

Apr 02, 2013
Born in Siberia without most of her lower legs, Jessica Long was adopted by a Baltimore couple at 13 months and has gone on to become arguably the most dominant Paralympic swimmer of her generation.

The Moscow News

‘Black Russians – The Red Experience’

Mar 25, 2013
A US filmmaker has joined up with a longtime Spike Lee collaborator to produce a documentary on African-Americans who fled pervasive discrimination in the United States in the early 20th century to seek a better life in the Soviet Union.


Q&A: Mikhail Prokhorov

Oct 01, 2012
He's made billions, run for president of Russia, and brought pro basketball to Brooklyn. Next up for the playboy-mogul: a rap battle with Jay-Z?

Columbia Law School Magazine

Finding Value

Apr 01, 2012
An unswerving empiricist, Professor Robert J. Jackson Jr. quantifies some of the most important corporate governance questions of our day.

Lotus Magazine

Grandmaster Flash

Dec 01, 2011
Magnus Carlsen is the best chess player in the world and perhaps the last great hope in a generation to become a breakout star. We sat down with him to talk fitness, big paychecks, and playing chess with Liv Tyler.


High Times

Drop The Attitude!

May 01, 2011
Adam Carolla is one of comedy’s most unique observers of the national malaise. His portrait of America depicts a nation plagued by low-grade depression and insidious bureaucracy.


The Moscow Times

Tracing the Rise of 'The New Nobility'

Nov 14, 2010
Since Vladimir Putin's rise, many hands have been wrung down to the bone in the West over his KGB pedigree. Fortunately there are journalists such as Andrei Soldatov and Irina Borogan to bring nuance, analysis and old-fashioned shoe-leather reporting to the subject, which they do in their new book.


Why Did Moscow Admit the Spy Suspects Are Russian?

Jul 01, 2010
When U.S. authorities arrested 10 people accused of spying for Russia, Moscow quickly denied any knowledge of them. But now Russia is claiming the suspects as its own — something it has almost never done in the history of Moscow's spy games.

The Nation

Road Rage Russian-Style

Jun 21, 2010
Russian drivers are infuriated by the ruling elite's brazen and reckless domination of the roads. Now they're fighting back.

Foreign Policy

The Russian Game

May 18, 2010
Former world chess champion Anatoly Karpov, whose battles with Garry Kasparov in the 1980s defined the game of kings for an era, is at the epicenter of an escalating political imbroglio spreading through the already fractious world of international chess.


Russia's Erin Brockovich: Taking On Corporate Greed

Mar 09, 2010
Alexei Navalny is a unique type of opposition figure in Russia. He believes the most effective way to challenge the ruling class is not through elections, but by acquiring stock.

High Times

Chu Know It!

Jan 01, 2010
For pot smokers in the Russian-speaking world, there’s no more hallowed ground than the rolling, arid plains of the Chu Valley.


Russian Life

Who's Last?

Jan 01, 2010
One feature of Soviet life needs no restoration, because it's never gone away: the notorious Soviet line.



Russia's Latest YouTube Craze: Exposing Police Corruption

Nov 20, 2009
Russia has pledged to clean up its police forces — again — after whistleblowers posted videos online complaining of corruption, low pay and poor working conditions.

Sports Illustrated

The Mysterious Murder of a Russian Hoops Magnate

Nov 06, 2009
Of all the strange, colorful and often dangerous characters that traversed Russia's turbulent transition to a market economy, few had a more extraordinary biography than Shabtai von Kalmanovic.

The National

Russian mob boss laid to rest

Oct 14, 2009
It took about five minutes for the brawny thirty-something to sniff out the stranger standing against a back wall in the chapel lined with religious icons.

The Moscow Times

Book Review: No Laughing Matter

Jul 22, 2005
The Soviet police state was probably one of the least funny regimes in history, but the jokesters collected in Bruce Adams' book didn't see things that way.

The Moscow Times

Lithuanian Basketball 'God' Returns to Moscow

Dec 18, 2003
In basketball circles, the name Arvydas Sabonis is inseparable from the question, "What if?"

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