The Quest to Get Photos of the USSR's First Space Shuttle

The Quest to Get Photos of the USSR's First Space Shuttle

On November 15, 1988, the Soviet Union's first space shuttle, the Buran, blasted off from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in present-day Kazakhstan.After bedding down in sleeping bags inside the hangar for a few hours, Jonk and his three-man team spent the next two days exploring and photographing the two shuttles.

The Former Soviet Union's Surprisingly Gorgeous Subways

The Former Soviet Union's Surprisingly Gorgeous Subways

Chris Herwig rode the rails for his new book Soviet Metro Stations, a whirlwind spin through 15 subway systems in seven countries that were formerly part of the Soviet Union.

Gritty Postcards From the Russian Hinterland

Gritty Postcards From the Russian Hinterland

In the Russian hinterland, life hasn't much changed since the collapse of the Soviet Union, and definitely doesn't have the fast pace of the nation's bigger cities, but when people ask Markov why he focuses on the harder aspects of Russian life, he has a simple answer: "Because I'm part of it.".

'The Americans' Deserves an Emmy For Its Look Inside Putin's Mind

'The Americans' Deserves an Emmy For Its Look Inside Putin's Mind

Looking Inside the Mind of Vladimir PutinUnlike her husband Philip (Matthew Rhys), whose loyalty to the Soviet Union sours and complicates over the show’s five seasons, Elizabeth Jennings (Keri Russell) remains a staunch statist like Putin.FX NetworksAll week, WIRED's Culture team will be writing endorsement letters for various Emmy nominees in advance of next Monday's awards ceremony.