Interviews

‘Crimson Jackets Felt Out of Their Element Here’

Moscow’s first expat nightclub celebrates its 25th anniversary

‘‘Russianness’ Is Admirable’

The former Director of the US Office of Soviet Union Affairs speaks about Soviet nostalgia and the “Russian world”

‘We Mustn’t Let Fear of Sharks Turn Into Paranoia’

The three-time Russian champion Yevgeny Isakov on surfing, its risks and the continued growth of surfing in Russia

​Volga, ​Volga, ​Volga: Where, Why and What for?

One of the longest rivers in the world and the longest in Europe, Volga remains one of the most important water arterias in Russia. But what do we know about it?

Moscow: A Global City?

Nikolai Novichkov, a former advisor to the Russian Minister of Culture, talks about city mythology, sensible audacity, Moscow borscht, spiritual dominance and Moscow’s global role in the modern world

‘In Russia, Soup Is Thought to Be a Man’s Food’

Elena Osipova interviews an American chef brave enough to open a restaurant in Russia’s capital

‘It All Began With a Dinner at a Restaurant’

President of the International Centre of Wine and Gastronomy on his plans for the global expansion of Russian cuisine

The Future of Assault Rifles

Kalashnikov’s editor-in-chief reflects on the future of assault rifles

‘There’s Our Cheese and Then There’s Parmesan’

Restaurateur Arkady Novikov talks about Moscow mozzarella and other domestic cheeses destined to substitute imports

'In Five Years, They’ll Trust Our Brand Just Like They Trust Hyundai or KIA'

The president of AvtoVAZ, Russia's major automobile manufacturer, talks about Lada brand strategy and cornering the EU market

‘The Monument to Ivan the Terrible Is Like the Monument to Rocky Balboa’

Julian Barnes on travelling across Russia, Tolstoy, the art of the novel, and the meaning of life

Weiwen Huang: More People Could Live in Moscow

How to make Moscow more compact? Why traffic problems are more important than plans for Greater Moscow and city embankments?

‘Maybe I’ll Get Married in St. Petersburg’

Nicoletta Romanoff: how the great-great-granddaughter of Nicolas I became an Italian jeweler

‘We’ve Met Lots of Great People in Russia’

How an Italian band with a Soviet name is conquering the world

‘Hollywood Producers Have Every Reason to Envy Us’

Actress Khodchenkova on the much-anticipated Russian film “Viking” and on what sets good directors apart from bad ones

‘Russians Know How to Present Themselves’

Guy Godet talks about Courtyard by Marriott and how to do business in Moscow

‘We’ve Done a Really Good Job of Developing This Sport’

Russian mixed martial fighter Fedor Emelianenko on the last MMA World Cup, his future rivals, and more

‘Our Main Goal Is to Shed Light on Hidden Russian Destinations’

Alla Manilova, Russia’s Deputy Minister of Culture, speaks about growing interest in Russia against a backdrop of sanctions and new tour routes beyond Moscow and St. Petersburg

A Cold Dip for Climate Change

The story of how one extreme swimmer helped Russia and the US reach an agreement