December 9, 2006 |
A fire broke out in a women's ward of a drug treatment hospital early Saturday, with heavy smoke killing 42 people, some while they slept and others whose attempts to flee were thwarted by metal grilles blocking escape routes, authorities said. Russia's chief fire inspector, Yuri Nenashev, said he was "90% certain" the fire was caused by arson. But Moscow city prosecutor Yuri Syomin said investigators were looking into other possibilities.
December 30, 2001 |
Moscow's pet market, where virtually any creature could be bought, was shut down by police. The gates were welded tight, and officials said it was the definitive closure of the Stalin-era market, which had thrived on selling birds, reptiles and other animals to increasingly wealthy Russians with a taste for the exotic. The city said the market failed to meet sanitation standards. Traders called the closure "a mockery," but some residents welcomed it.
June 26, 2004 |
A radiant image of the mother of God and her somber-faced child, so enchanting that it inspired Ivan the Terrible to build a monastery, has returned to its home in Russia, luring tens of thousands of people to stand in line for hours to see it.
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 23, 2003 |
A Columbia University historian retained by the New York Times said Wednesday that he had recommended that the Pulitzer Prize awarded in 1932 to the newspaper's Moscow correspondent be revoked. In an eight-page critique of Walter Duranty, who was honored for a series of articles on the Soviet Union, Mark Von Hagen concluded that the reporter showed "a serious lack of balance in his writing."
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.
October 28, 2006 |
Movie producer Rauf Atamalibekov had just finished a late-night dinner with a scriptwriter for a film about American and Soviet atomic weapons scientists in the late 1940s, and some fresh ideas had come up that needed further research. It was well past midnight, but Atamalibekov, 42, dropped into an all-night bookstore, hoping to find information about the history of Russian spies in the United States. He ended up buying a book about Nazi Germany's atomic bomb effort.
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.
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.