Rachel Polonsky

Home from home for the Bolshevik elite

Yuri Slezkine's The House of Government tells the story of a place where revolutionaries came home and the revolution came to die

The Russian Love Affair With Palmyra Resumes

The Syrian desert city now recaptured from ISIS has a long affinity with St Petersburg, and the Hermitage will be vital to its restoration

Underrated: Nadezhda Tolokonnikova

The star of Pussy Riot combines beauty and charisma with quiet courage and a remarkable mind

Tsar Of The Holy Land

For Vladimir Putin, Syria is as much a question of religion as of arms sales; in his eyes, Assad protects Syria’s ancient Christian communities

Underrated: Abroad

The ravenous longing for the infinite possibilities of “otherwhere”

The king of cakes

"Yuletide revels were designed to see you through the dark days — and how dark they seem today"