Arts and Life
Mothers & Daughters
Arts and Life
Articles by Matthew Kupfer and Bradley Jardine
Gangsta's Paradise: How Rap Became Russian
Since erupting on the music scene in the mid-1980s, Russian hip-hop has been many things — sexual, political, hedonistic and violent. It still packs...
Defying State Conservatism, Russia's Drag Queens Strut On
The pay is lousy and the threat of violence is real, but these performers say life's a drag without their art
Love and Race in Modern Russia
When David first came to Moscow 10 years ago, he stood out like a sore thumb. People stared at him. On public transportation, other passengers avoided...
Breaking Bad: How Russian State Patriotism Destroyed the Far Right
On Friday, Nov. 4, chants rang out through the suburban neighborhood of Lyublino, in southeastern Moscow: “We are Russians! Glory to the Slavic nations...
For Russia's Labor Migrants, a Life on the Edge
As Russia sinks into decline, its migrant labour force, previously at the forefront of economic change, is itself transforming. Many have decided to head...
Ancient Faith, Modern Market: Siberian Shamanism Takes On the 21st Century
Taking a drag from a cigarette on his living room couch, Dugar-Syuryun Oorzhak looks like an ordinary Tuvan man. But when he slips into his piebald leather...
Russia's Bashneft: A Very Public Privatization
The strange, convoluted saga of the privatization of one of Russia’s largest oil companies appears to be drawing to a close — and the end result isn’t...
Full Steam Ahead: Moscow Unveils New Overground Metro
A cloud of dust engulfs migrant laborers as they cut slabs of concrete. The dull roar of their saws is interrupted only by fits of coughing and the occasional...
Sport and Decapitated Goats: Let the Nomadic Games Begin
A sporting tournament hosted in Kyrgyzstan is giving Russia and the United States a chance to practice sportsmanship, cultural exchange, and a version...