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.
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.
September 9, 2003 |
Struck by how surprised many foreigners are when they first set foot in this restless metropolis, interpreter Yekaterina Borisova slips easily into ridicule to describe the phenomenon. Visitors "usually share the standard collection of stupid stereotypes about Moscow that date back to the Cold War era: bears in the streets, caviar, fur hats with earflaps and permanently drunk Russians," she said.
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.
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.