March 16, 2003 |
From early morning until late at night, excavators rumble along the dry floor of Patriarch's Ponds, laying the foundations for a monument to the Russian writer who injected the aura of the surrounding park into the imaginations of generations of readers. Muscovites have long complained of the inconveniences of Mayor Yuri M. Luzhkov's ambitious construction program -- sleepless nights illuminated by floodlights, sidewalks that disappear into swamps of gravel and mud.
November 1, 2002 |
MOSCOW -- Alexander Karpov faced death twice in the last days before he died, one of the hostages held by Chechen rebels at a Moscow theater. Twice during the siege, Chechen gunmen led Karpov, 31, into a corridor for execution. A gun was put to his back. He was told he would be killed and he heard the gun fire. Both times, the gunman shot into the air, near his head. Karpov survived that cruelty, only to die of the sleeping gas used in the rescue operation.
September 11, 2002 |
In this dying village, people don't carve out a living. They scrape it with their nails from the soil. For the old women who have to chop their own kindling and the lonely widows who shed tears at giving their last cow up to the butcher, what use is art? Thirteen years ago, artist Nikolai Polissky came to this village from Moscow, burning with creativity. He built armies of snowmen and whimsical towers out of hay, or firewood or twigs, whatever was lying around.
January 27, 2001 |
Most days, traffic creeps through the streets of central Moscow at an average pace of 6 mph. But one commuter rips through at speeds topping 85 mph: President Vladimir V. Putin. Judging by radio talk shows and newspaper stories, frustration with Putin's motorcades is on the rise in the ever-more-congested Russian capital. Muscovites are not just angry that Putin's presidential privileges let him escape the snarl, they are also convinced that the president increasingly is causing it.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 4, 2000 |
The mall at the busy corner of Van Nuys and Ventura boulevards seems poised to become the Valley's own Little Russia. First came Tagarka, a Russian newsstand. Now Tsarina, a pretty little six-table deli run by transplanted Muscovites Mark and Nadya Gekht, has moved in next-door. Russian will get you further than English here; they answer the telephone "Dobryi den," rather than "Hello."
January 3, 1998 |
In this haven of hard drinking and heavy smoking, where vices are still valued as the measure of a real man, a little political correctness tried to elbow its way into 1998 New Year's parties: The inaugural edition of Men's Health magazine in Russian hit newsstands with musings on the virtues of vegetables, suave conduct at business lunches and tips for tasteful selection of a New Year's gift for the boss.