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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.
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.
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
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.
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
An unswerving empiricist, Professor Robert J. Jackson Jr. quantifies some of the most important corporate governance questions of our day.
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.
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
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.
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.
Russian drivers are infuriated by the ruling elite's brazen and reckless domination of the roads. Now they're fighting back.
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.
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.
For pot smokers in the Russian-speaking world, there’s no more hallowed ground than the rolling, arid plains of the Chu Valley.
One feature of Soviet life needs no restoration, because it's never gone away: the notorious Soviet line.
Russia has pledged to clean up its police forces — again — after whistleblowers posted videos online complaining of corruption, low pay and poor working conditions.
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.
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
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
In basketball circles, the name Arvydas Sabonis is inseparable from the question, "What if?"