9 Moscow Restaurants Awarded Coveted Michelin Stars

French gastronomic bible the Michelin Guide awarded nine Moscow restaurants with its coveted stars on Thursday, unveiling its first lineup of recommended eateries in Russia’s up-and-coming food scene. Long derided as a gastronomic wasteland, Russia’s restaurant scene has emerged in recent years from a post-Soviet reputation for blandness, with establishments in Moscow regularly making lists…

Russia’s Breakthrough Contemporary Art Market

Simon Rees, art director of the Cosmoscow International Contemporary Art Fair, spoke to The Moscow Times about the state of the contemporary art market in Russia today. Judging by this year’s fair, the market is booming. Art arrived from Argentina, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Estonia, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Georgia, Russia, Switzerland and the U.S. Prices…

Former Head of Chernobyl Nuclear Plant Dies

The director of the Chernobyl nuclear plant who oversaw the disaster and initial response efforts has died aged 85, the plant’s press service announced Wednesday. Viktor Bryukhanov was the plant’s first and only director during its years of operation, having also managed the construction of the Chernobyl nuclear station from 1970 to 1977.  Bryukhanov was…