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Can the Siberian Tiger Make a Comeback?

In Russia’s Far East, an orphaned female tiger is the test case in an experimental effort to save one of the most endangered animals on earth.

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The Writer and the Valet

On the intrigue surrounding Dr. Zhivago’s publication.

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The Nuclear Tourist

Visiting the site of the Chernobyl meltdown.

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"Then I Saw Them Everywhere. Children’s Belongings Were Everywhere.”

How the crash of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 rippled around the world, from the the battlefield of Ukraine to Schiphol Airport in Amsterdam to the White House.

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Interview: I Was A Separatist Fighter In Ukraine

A conversation with one of Russia’s “little green men”: a 24-year-old recruited to fight in Eastern Ukraine.

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From Clay

An American woman's travels and memories of her Russian husband.

"When Bramya was abroad, Sarah mixed adhesives, ordered glaze, saw friends, and lived without the expectation of change to this arrangement. She read his letters and answered his phone calls, and they talked about the things they did when they were apart, neither acknowledging that separation had come to be as familiar as the shape their bodies took together. But when she knew his flight had landed, she sat at the kitchen table with painful patience, rolling clay from hand to hand until it was made pliable by the heat of her skin, piecing together anxiety animals, anticipating the sound of the cab door closing that told her Bramya was on her street."

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To Russia With Love

"For 20 beautiful years, my homeland was open and (kind of) free. Now, I fear, it’s closing back up."

Previously: Keith Gessen on the Longform Podcast.

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The Loneliness of Vladimir Putin

The Russian president has crushed all dissent, but he’s more vulnerable than ever.

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Twilight on the Tundra

An adventure on the Beringia, a dog sled race stretching 685 miles over Russia’s frozen tundra.

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The Most Senseless Environmental Crime of the 20th Century

Fifty years ago, 180,000 whales vanished from the ocean. The mystery is not who killed them, but why.

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The Fifth Problem

How Moscow State university discriminated against Jewish applicants using deceptively simple problems.

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Georgia's Next Leader May Be a Billionaire Zookeeper with Albino Rapper Children

A profile of Bidzina Ivanishvili.

Published originally in GQ Russia.