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Editor's Letter

PASSPORT is a magazine that takes you places. Every month our travel feature takes you Beyond the Ring to a destination in Russia or one of the neighboring countries; we explore the local people and their way of life, the sights and sounds, the most interesting places to visit and things to do. But we also take you to places in our own backyard: to unique museums around the city, to the best new restaurants in town, to a Moscow neighborhood with a remarkable past and a vibrant present.

This month we take you to the Solovki, a remote White Sea archipelago home to both the sacred 600-year-old Solovetsky monastery and one of the most brutal gulags of the 20th century. Writer Alex Osipovich traces the steps of his father, a tour guide at the Solovki monastery in the late 1960s who was fired from his post because he revealed the truth about the gulag to museum visitors.

We also take you to a remarkable community in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, where dozens of children from Russian orphanages have been adopted by local families. Specifically, we tell the tale of three families who came to Moscow to adopt children - 1-year-old Jeremiah, 9-year-old Olga and 14-year-old Valya - this summer.

We also take you to the Izmailovo souvenir market and tell you everything you need to know to buy a hand-made carpet from the Caucasus or Central Asia. Our insiders guide gives you all the practical info you need: how to tell what region a rug is from and how old it is, how to choose a rug with natural dyes, how to bargain with the salesmen. And we pair this useful information with the stunning photographs of award-winning British photographer Simon C. Roberts.

We also take you to the Old Arbat Moscows storied pedestrian way to a chic new French restaurant on Savvinskaya Embankment called Maisoncafe, and to Count Sheremetevs lavish and ingenuous theatrical estate in northern Moscow.

We hope you come along with us on our travels every month. Look for PASSPORT at the beginning of each month at the more than 250 distribution points listed on page 45.

Best wishes. See you in October.

J. Quinn Martin

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