September 27, 2013 |
Anya Von Bremzen makes her living writing about some of the most wondrous food in the world. It's a remarkable career for a woman born in 1963 Moscow, an era of bread lines and making do. Her new book, “Mastering the Art of Soviet Cooking: A Memoir of Food and Longing” (Crown, $26), turns a bittersweet eye and an intelligent heart on Soviet history through food. It's her own history and her mother's, beautifully told. Von Bremzen, now a resident of New York and the author of five cookbooks, talked about the book with The Times.
September 26, 2013 |
MOSCOW -- A Russian court ordered a photographer and five Greenpeace activists to be held under arrest for two months Thursday pending investigation into an attempt to board an oil drilling platform in the Arctic Sea. Prominent Russian photographer Denis Sinyakov, American ship's captain Pete Willcox and Greenpeace spokesman Roman Dolgov were among those ordered held by a court in the northern Russia port of Murmansk. The court had yet to rule on the fate of the other 24 people on board the Greenpeace vessel Arctic Sunrise, though proceedings were continuing late Thursday.
September 12, 2013 |
MOSCOW - Kremlin loyalist Sergei Sobyanin was sworn in Thursday as Moscow's mayor over the objections of opposition candidate Alexei Navalny, who said he was filing hundreds of legal challenges contesting the results of a weekend election. Incumbent Sobyanin narrowly avoided a runoff by securing 51% of the vote Sunday to Navalny's 27%. Navalny, an anti-corruption crusader and leading critic of President Vladimir Putin, accused the Moscow mayor's office of rigging the vote and demanded a recount.
September 12, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - Secretary of State John F. Kerry and his Russian counterpart met for hastily arranged talks in Geneva in a push to disarm Syria of chemical weapons, even as Syrian President Bashar Assad warned that he wouldn't surrender his toxic arsenal unless the Obama administration stopped arming rebels battling to overthrow his government. Assad's comments Thursday suggested another hurdle for a diplomatic proposal, and a disarmament process, already fraught with considerable risks.
September 10, 2013 |
MOSCOW -- Syria confirmed Tuesday that it has accepted a Russian plan to allow its chemical weapons to be placed under international control and eventually dismantled. The Syrian agreement is based on the understanding that the plan could prevent a U.S. military strike, Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Moallem said. “We agreed with the Russian initiative, proceeding from the understanding that it must cut the ground from under the feet of the U.S. aggression against our country,” Moallem said during a meeting with the speaker of Russia's lower house of parliament, Sergei Naryshkin.
September 8, 2013 |
MOSCOW--A Kremlin-favored candidate declared victory in Sunday's election for mayor of Moscow, although an independent monitoring group questioned whether he received enough votes to avoid a runoff. Shortly after midnight Sunday, acting Mayor Sergei Sobyanin appeared before a crowd of several thousand supporters gathered in downtown Moscow and said that while the vote was close, he was confident that he had won. The Moscow Election Commission said that, with 42% of the votes counted, Sobyanin was leading his closest rival, the opposition figure Alexei Navalny, by 52.6% to 26.2%.
September 8, 2013 |
MOSCOW - A Kremlin-backed candidate declared a narrow victory early Monday in the race for mayor of Moscow, apparently fending off a pack of rivals led by a leading critic of Russian President Vladimir Putin. But an independent monitoring group questioned the results. Shortly after midnight Sunday, acting Mayor Sergei Sobyanin appeared before a crowd of several thousand supporters gathered in central Moscow and said that while the vote was close, he was confident that he had won. The Moscow Election Commission said that, with three-quarters of the votes counted, Sobyanin was leading opposition figure Alexei Navalny, 51.5% to 27.1%.
August 31, 2013 |
NEW YORK - For a wanted man, Boris Kuznetsov leads a very open life. His address, in a high-rise apartment with a view of the Manhattan skyline, is public record. He regularly updates his Facebook page with personal information and musings about the news of the day, including his own criminal case. But Kuznetsov, a lawyer from Russia and a harsh critic of Russian President Vladimir Putin, doesn't worry about being arrested. That's because, like former U.S. government security contractor Edward Snowden, he has found protection from prosecution in the animosity between his homeland and the United States.