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Kolomna Calling

A quick day trip can take you deep into the provinces, where the capital's proximity is scarcely felt.

Ask the Frequent Flyer

Favorite destination? Bangkok, Thailand. I lived there for several years and got to know the city beyond the tourist facade.


There is a little girl you see in Russia every day, on trains and in the metro, on park benches and in schoolyards, at picnics and at concerts.

Modern Mex Minus Tex

A common complaint among expats is the difficulty in finding their favorite ethnic comfort foods -- the kind of meal found in family-run corner eateries back home.

Judging by the Context, Not the Crime

The three-year jail sentences handed down to three police officers for beating a 12-year-old boy came as a surprise.

Not Model Houses

To regain legitimacy in advocating democracy elsewhere, the United States needs to put its own house in order.

Bureaucracy Doing Its Part for Pluralism

Russia today has a two-party system. People have a choice between United Russia and the new party headed by Federation Council Speaker Sergei Mironov, which opted for the name A Just Russia over the weekend.

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