July 24, 2003 |
If there's a soft spot in a Stalinist's heart, it is for the old Moscow Hotel -- the looming gray hulk near the entrance to Red Square that played host to generations of Soviet luminaries and Politburo members in the kind of dilapidated luxury only a Communist could love. Service? Nyet. Plumbing? Leaky.
May 28, 2007 |
Police detained gay-rights activists here Sunday, among them European lawmakers, as counterdemonstrators hurled fists, eggs and insults. The melee broke out as the activists tried to present a letter to Moscow's mayor appealing the city's ban on a march to mark the 14th anniversary of Russia's decriminalization of homosexuality. The march would have been held Sunday.
August 22, 2006 |
A bomb blast in a sprawling Moscow market killed 10 people and wounded about 50 on Monday in what authorities said was possibly a racist attack targeting the primarily non-Russian traders at the site. Workers and customers at the Cherkizovsky market captured two young men accused of being the bombers, roughed them up and turned them over to police, witnesses said. Most traders at the 50-acre market are from Russia's Caucasus republics, the former Soviet states of Central Asia, Vietnam or China.
September 19, 2004 |
Police stopped a man driving a car wired with land mines and explosives in downtown Moscow early Saturday, Russian security officials said. The man, detained about 1 a.m., told police he had been paid $1,000 to park two cars loaded with explosives along a Moscow street frequently used by top government officials, the duty officer at the Federal Security Service said. The officer said the man later suffered a heart attack and died while in police custody, but he refused to elaborate.
March 7, 2004 |
They emerge onto major thoroughfares a bit before midnight, their crab claws gobbling up snow piles in huge pincer movements as attendant dump trucks trail obediently behind. These humble but hefty snow loaders, virtually unchanged from models used four decades ago, play a key role in an ongoing cold war: the Russian capital's annual industrial-scale battle to remove snow from the streets before the next storm sets in.
May 26, 2005 |
An explosion at an electricity substation triggered extensive power outages in Moscow and nearby cities Wednesday, throwing the capital's public transportation into chaos and disrupting work at factories, hospitals and other institutions. President Vladimir V. Putin quickly accused top management of the state-run power monopoly of being too focused on restructuring the firm at the expense of running it properly. The corporation, Unified Energy System of Russia, is headed by Anatoly B.
October 14, 2003 |
Zurab Tsereteli, the court sculptor whose work decorates the capital, is used to being derided by critics and rivals as the king of kitsch. At 69, he sails on a sea of controversy, his ego billowing like a wind-filled spinnaker that no criticism can deflate. Though his work often raises hackles on his home turf, it is his latest project that is roiling the waves in two countries. Tsereteli's memorial to the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks in the U.S.
July 19, 2005 |
Brian Roney is 45, married with two kids, a park manager for the Lake Casitas Recreation Area. Twenty-five years have passed, yet "I just haven't been able to get rid of that bitterness," he said. "And it's probably gotten worse." On the wall in John Azevedo's office at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo is a photo of him and the rest of 1980 U.S. wrestling team, decked out in Olympic gear they never got to wear in Moscow.
March 29, 2010 |
Explosions tore through two subway stations at rush hour on Monday, killing at least 37 people and wounding others, authorities and news agencies said. The first blast came just before 8 a.m. at Lubyanka station, the Emergencies Ministry said. The headquarters of the Federal Security Service, successor to the Soviet-era KGB, is just above the station. "The blast hit the second carriage of a Metro train that stopped at Lubyanka" at 7:56 a.m., ministry spokeswoman Irina Andrianova said.