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Section: The New Yorker (USA)

    Putin’s Shadow Cabinet and the Bridge to Crimea
    May22

    Putin’s Shadow Cabinet and the Bridge to Crimea

    In the spring of 2014, President Vladimir Putin delivered an address in St. George Hall, a chandeliered ballroom in the Kremlin, to celebrate the annexation of the Crimean Peninsula. “Crimea has always been an integral part of Russia in the hearts and minds of our people,” he declared, to a standing ovation. Despite Putin’s triumphal...

    The Brand-New Biggest Star in Boxing
    May03

    The Brand-New Biggest Star in Boxing

    A year and a half ago, the world got a new heavyweight boxing champion, when an unpredictable Englishman named Tyson Fury found a way to wrangle Wladimir Klitschko, the stalwart Ukrainian. Klitschko, along with his older brother, Vitali, had ruled the heavyweight division for over a decade—it was an impressive reign but not always an entertaining...

    Russia and Revolution at KGB Bar
    Mar10

    Russia and Revolution at KGB Bar

    If you haven’t yet made plans for where to celebrate the centennial of the 1917 Russian Revolution, consider KGB. During the Cold War, this second-floor barroom was the headquarters of Little Ukraine’s own semi-secret Socialist club. “The F.B.I. used to watch the comings and goings from an apartment across the street,” Dan Christian,...

    The Mermaid Spa’s Solid Russian Classics
    Feb24

    The Mermaid Spa’s Solid Russian Classics

    The smell of chlorine emanating from the concrete building is the first hint that Mermaid Spa, in Coney Island, isn’t Spa Castle. There are no crystal rooms, no “color therapy” experiences, and, thankfully, no uniforms reminiscent of a totalitarian regime. This is a Ukrainian-Russian community center, a blustery twenty-minute walk from the...

    The Majesty of Early Photography
    Jan24

    The Majesty of Early Photography

    The “Photography and Discovery” show at the Clark Art Institute, in Williamstown, Massachusetts, is small (around thirty photographs, mostly pre-1900, all from the Clark’s own amazing collections), curatorially unpretentious (no challenging art-historical theses are advanced), and well worth a visit, especially for people, like me, whose...

    Creative Types Learn to Shoot Guns
    Jan23

    Creative Types Learn to Shoot Guns

    No. 20 West Twentieth Street looks like an ordinary office building, but go down to the basement and you’ll hear an unusual sound—gunshots, frequent and close. On a recent evening, a group of around a dozen creative types—funky jewelry, high-minded tote bags—arrived at Westside Rifle & Pistol Range and nervously milled about as they...

    How Technology Politicized Visual Culture
    Jan20

    How Technology Politicized Visual Culture

    This hand-colored portrait of an unidentified woman was taken by an unknown photographer circa 1935. But to a contemporary eye, trained by social media, it may suggest hashtags from #ThrowbackThursday to #BlackLivesMatter. It’s one of some hundred still and moving images, spanning a century and a half, in the International Center of...

    Ukraine, a “Supermarket” for Guns
    Jan17

    Ukraine, a “Supermarket” for Guns

    Ukraine has long had a tricky relationship with guns. In the course of its post-Soviet history, it has been the only country in Europe without legislation governing the civilian possession of firearms. More than a dozen laws have been proposed, but none have been passed by parliament. Instead, Ukrainian gun ownership is regulated by ordinances...

    Will Putin Unite the European and American Right?
    Dec23

    Will Putin Unite the European and American Right?

    For several years now, Vladimir Putin has been offering himself up as a helpful big brother to the parties of the European far right, and they’ve responded with expressions of warm family feeling. Marine Le Pen, the leader of France’s anti-immigrant, anti-European Union National Front, has praised Putin’s strong leadership and...

    The Bard of Eastern Ukraine, Where Things Are Falling Apart
    Nov28

    The Bard of Eastern Ukraine, Where Things Are Falling Apart

    When I spoke with the Ukrainian writer Serhiy Zhadan this past summer, at a café in the ninth district of Vienna, I found him much gentler than I had imagined him to be. As a public persona, Zhadan is sexy and tough and the lead singer of a ska band called Sobaky v Kosmosi, or Dogs in Outer Space. His music is post-proletarian punk, his poetry is...

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