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Gifts and Prayers: The Romanovs and Their Subjects

Susan Jaques | Posted 09.14.2016 | Arts
Susan Jaques

From Peter the Great and Catherine the Great to Alexander I and Nicholas II, the Romanovs held onto power with the help of a system of patronage that featured elaborate gifts for military leaders, courtiers, and heads of state.

Why the West Gets Putin So Wrong

Daniel Wagner | Posted 06.10.2014 | World
Daniel Wagner

Putin is being consistent with his training in martial arts and the KGB -- he is disciplined, calculating, precise, and seized an opportunity that presented itself in pursuit of his objectives. His thought process is not driven by Western principles, but, rather, realpolitik.

Sochi, Tsar Vladimir's Black Sea St. Vladimirsburg

John Brown | Posted 03.08.2014 | World
John Brown

St. Petersburg was constructed at great human and economic cost. So is the implementation of Putin's Sochi's urban/sport/entertainment fantasy, which some predict could turn into a nightmare.

Drinking Your Way Through Russia

Pam Grout | Posted 02.18.2013 | Travel
Pam Grout

When it comes to vodka, the Russians don't mess around.

A Brief History of Contract Murder

Peter Mehlman | Posted 08.27.2011 | Comedy
Peter Mehlman

Perhaps the most fascinating aspect of the 19 murders allegedly committed by James "Whitey" Bulger is that he performed the killings himself. For many Americans, this self-reliant brand of homicide harkens back to a simpler, more disgusting time.

A Look At The World's Ugliest Monuments

Posted 06.26.2011 | World

Turkey's 100-foot "Peace and Brotherhood" monument might have been intended as a symbol of friendship with neighboring Armenia when it was erected in ...