Literary and political magazine. It was published in Moscow (1856-1887, 1896-1902) and Saint-Petersburg (1887-1896, 1902-1906). The magazine was founded by a publicist, literary critic, and publisher M. N. Katkov. Editors and Publishers: M. N. Katkov (1856-1887), S. P. Katkova (1887), writer F. N. Berg (1887-1894), lawyer M. M. Katkov (1896-1902), public figure and journalist V. V. Komarov (1902-1906). Monthly edition (12 issues per year, 2 issues in the volume). A total of 306 volumes were published (in the numbering of volumes, number 192 was omitted, number 247 was given twice). In 1858-1861, "Supplements to the Russian Herald" were published (6 volumes). From 1861, the "Modern Chronicle" section was published as an independent magazine of the same name. The magazine featured issues of Russian and foreign history, philology, economics, trade. It published travel notes, articles on agriculture, etc. Among the authors were Russian writers of the XIX century: L. N. Tolstoy, M. E. Saltykov-Shchedrin, I. S. Turgenev, F. I. Tyutchev, A. A. Fet, F. M. Dostoevsky, A. N. Ostrovsky, N. S. Leskov. The magazine edited such works as "War and Peace", "Anna Karenina", "Crime and Punishment", and "The Brothers Karamazov".
Presented issues: 1862, 1871, 1875, 1882, 1888-1890, 1900, 1901.