July 31, 2007 |
For centuries, Red Square and the Kremlin have been the heart of Moscow. But a 21st century downtown is rising, with skyscrapers set to reshape the image of Europe's largest city. The $10-billion "Moskva-City" complex of offices, hotels, apartments, restaurants, shops and entertainment centers will have about 25 high-rises, including at least seven buildings taller than any others now existing in Europe.
February 10, 1996 |
One whiff of the Khimky landfill makes it abundantly clear: Capitalism stinks. To be fair, the dump was also smelly in Russia's Communist days. But back then, comrades threw out mainly organic waste--potato peels, stray cabbage leaves and the like. Now, such trash looks downright frumpy, as hopelessly retro as a bookcase filled with the collected works of V. I. Lenin. The almighty consumer culture has arrived. And trendy young Russians have embraced it with glee.
October 19, 1992 |
Many Moscow visitors have complained bitterly of having to stay in roach-infested hotel rooms, complete with missing fixtures and maids more adept at snooping than at making beds. Not to mention unpalatable food. No more, perhaps. A deal announced last week between the Minneapolis-based parent of the Radisson hotel chain and Mosintour, the firm that runs many of Moscow's hotels, promises to make the Russian capital a more pleasant destination for tourists and business people alike.
December 5, 2005 |
A party slate headed by popular Moscow Mayor Yuri M. Luzhkov dominated the widely watched City Council election here Sunday, while a struggling coalition of Western-style democratic parties won enough votes to survive as a force in Russian politics. The election had been seen as offering an indicator of parties' relative strengths as Russia heads toward the parliamentary election in 2007.
November 25, 2003 |
Students who clutched blankets to catch victims leaping from the windows of a burning university dormitory block here said Monday that firetrucks took more than half an hour to arrive and then had inadequate water pressure to fight the fast-moving blaze, which killed 36 foreign students and injured 170 others.
October 20, 2006 |
Tired travelers heading downtown after arriving at Sheremetyevo 1 airport probably don't pay much attention to the village-style wooden houses, set behind picket fences and painted in fading shades of green and blue, that line the busy highway. One home on the down-at-the-heels stretch of road is where Viktor Zhivin, a 71-year-old retired road worker, was born and grew up. The roof has collapsed over one corner of the house, making half of it uninhabitable.
March 17, 2004 |
Police said Tuesday that they were searching for two homeless men who might have stolen gas valves from an apartment building in northern Russia, leading to a huge predawn explosion that left at least 32 people dead. But a municipal official said the utility lines in Arkhangelsk, 600 miles north of Moscow, were so poorly maintained that simple deterioration could have caused the tragedy. At least 11 residents remained unaccounted for, and 24 others were injured, seven critically.
October 5, 1996 |
A statue 300 feet high is rising out of the murky Moscow River, a monument to grandiose political ambition both past and present. The towering bronze figure being welded together on an artificial island in mid-river, within sight of the Kremlin, is that of Russia's all-conquering Czar Peter the Great. He dragged a reluctant Russia into modern Europe 300 years ago, giving it its first sea access and fleet.
March 29, 2010 |
The suicide bombs that roared through Moscow subway cars Monday were almost certainly the latest salvo in a slow-moving war of attrition between the Russian government and militants in the restive, mostly Muslim republics of the Caucasus. Vladimir Putin has been trading blows with southern rebels ever since he rose to the presidency a decade ago. At times, violence has threatened to erode the social contract he's struck with the Russian public: Forgo some democratic rights in exchange for, above all, stability.
July 8, 2002 |
Coal dust deep in a Ukrainian mine ignited Sunday, starting a fire that killed at least 33 miners--the worst accident so far this year in the former Soviet republic's troubled coal industry. Thirty of the miners were in a trolley that was descending into the Ukraina mine in the town of Ukrainsk at 2:30 a.m. when the fire broke out, said Col. Oleksey Pechenkin, spokesman for Ukraine's Emergencies Ministry.