Tamara Eidelman on Zuleikha

Are you are still puzzled by the continuing war of words about the novel “Zuleikha Opens Her Eyes” by Guzel Yakhina (translated into English as “Zuleikha” by Lisa C.Hayden) and the series based on the novel that aired a few weeks ago? Here is someone to help you understand both the historical facts and the…

Attend Online Talks on Architecture in Film

The architecture historian Airat Bagautdinov, one of the founders of the fascinating project Moscow From the Eyes of an Engineer, has joined forces with Moskino to produce a seeries of online lectures about architecture in film — specifically, what role architecture has playing in Western and Russian/Soviet films from the very begining to this day. …

Russia’s Oldest Coronavirus Patient Recovers

Russia’s oldest coronavirus patient, 100-year-old Pelageya Poyarkova, has fully recovered from the illness, the Federal Biomedical Agency (FMBA) said Wednesday. Poyarkova had been hospitalized for a routine procedure when the other patient in her room tested positive for coronavirus. She was transferred to the FMBA’s Center for Brain and Neurotechnology, a facility repurposed for coronavirus…

Russian Investigators Refuse to Drop Khachaturyan Sisters’ Murder Charges

Russian investigators have rejected prosecutors’ orders to drop murder charges against three teenage sisters accused of killing their abusive father, Interfax reported Wednesday. Prosecutors in January ordered investigators to drop the charges against Krestina, Angelina and Maria Khachaturyan, who admitted to killing their father in July 2018 after he subjected them to years of physical,…

Have a Middle Eastern Feast

Who ordered the Korean set menu from Hyatt Regency Petrovsky Park last week? Raise your hands! Ours are up — we thought it was delicious, and it was also a party — a terrific break from cooking morning, noon and night or the usual delivery meals. So, this weekend — May 15-17 — we are…

Coronavirus in Russia: The Latest News | May 13

As the new coronavirus that has killed more than 292,000 people worldwide continues to spread, Russia has stepped up its measures to slow the pandemic’s spread within its borders. There have been 242,271 cases of coronavirus infections reported in Russia so far and 2,212 deaths. May 13: 3 things you need to know today 1. Russia confirmed 10,028 new coronavirus infections…

Telegram Ditches $1.7Bln Blockchain Launch

Russian entrepreneur Pavel Durov dropped plans to launch Telegram’s TON blockchain project Tuesday, attacking the U.S. justice system for killing off the initiative. The Telegram and Vkontakte founder had been developing the TON blockchain platform and Grams cryptocurrency for more than two years, successfully raising $1.7 billion from investors in an initial coin offering (ICO)…

Explainer: What the End of Putin’s Coronavirus ‘Non-Working’ Period Means

President Vladimir Putin announced that Russia’s “non-working” period would come to an end from May 12, allowing the country to start easing restrictions imposed more than six weeks ago to slow the spread of the coronavirus even as Russia saw record increases in new infections. During the nationwide “non-working” period, all non-essential businesses were required…

Putin’s Spokesman Hospitalized With Coronavirus

President Vladimir Putin’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov has been hospitalized with coronavirus, he told the state-run RIA Novosti news agency Tuesday. “Yes, I got sick, I’m being treated,” Peskov told Interfax. The Kremlin spokesman is at least the second person in Putin’s administration and the fifth senior government official to test positive for Covid-19. In addition to Culture…

Tune into the Eurovision Request Hour

For all you Eurovision fans, heartbroken that it’s not going to happen this year, we have the next best thing. In fact, maybe it’s even better. At 5 p.m. Moscow time you can tune into “Eurovision request hour.” Ask for your favorite winning song from any year and you’ll hear it live, played by Steve…

Coronavirus in Russia: The Latest News | May 12

As the new coronavirus that has killed more than 283,000 people worldwide continues to spread, Russia has stepped up its measures to slow the pandemic’s spread within its borders. There have been 232,243 cases of coronavirus infections reported in Russia so far and 2,116 deaths. May 12: 3 things you need to know today 1. Russia confirmed 10,899 new coronavirus infections…

Rosneft ‘Controls’ Russia’s Leading Business Paper Vedomosti Through Debt: Investigation

Russian state-controlled oil giant Rosneft exercises leverage over the country’s leading business newspaper Vedomosti through multibillion-dollar debt held by its bank, a multi-outlet investigation said Tuesday. The findings follow widespread suspicion of Rosneft’s involvement in high-profile censorship scandals at Vedomosti, including its new chief editor changing a headline on the Russian government’s majority stake in…

Putin Eases Nationwide Virus Lockdown as Russia Becomes 3rd Most-Infected Country

President Vladimir Putin has eased Russia’s “non-working” period imposed to slow the spread of coronavirus even as Russia emerges as Europe’s new coronavirus hotspot.  During the nationwide “non-working” period, all non-essential businesses are required to close and employers ordered to continue paying staff. Apart from this, Putin has largely handed decision-making power on lockdown measures…

Springtime Blossoms Arrive in Moscow

After a historically warm, damp and grey winter, spring has finally arrived in Moscow, bringing a much-needed dose of sunshine and color back into our lives. The only problem? Most of the city’s residents are unable to enjoy the beautiful season due to the coronavirus lockdown. If you’re also stuck at home while the world…

Coronavirus in Russia: The Latest News | May 11

As the new coronavirus that has killed more than 283,000 people worldwide continues to spread, Russia has stepped up its measures to slow the pandemic’s spread within its borders. There have been 221,344 cases of coronavirus infections reported in Russia so far and 2,009 deaths. May 11: 3 things you need to know today 1. Russia confirmed 11,656 new coronavirus infections…

9 Die in Care Home Fire Outside Moscow

A fire broke out in a retirement home in the Moscow region, killing at least nine people, local authorities said Monday. The blaze in the privately-owned care home in the town of Krasnogorsk started at around midnight Sunday and was extinguished within an hour, emergencies services said. “Nine people died on site and nine more…

Coronavirus in Russia: The Latest News | May 10

As the new coronavirus that has killed more than 270,000 people worldwide continues to spread, Russia has stepped up its measures to slow the pandemic’s spread within its borders. There have been 198,676 cases of coronavirus infections reported in Russia so far and 1,827 deaths. May 10: 3 things you need to know today 1. Russia confirmed 11,012 new coronavirus infections…

Russia’s Coronavirus Cases Surge Past 200k

The number of infections in Russia has been rising by more than 10,000 a day since Sunday, in contrast to countries in western Europe that are taking steps to ease lockdown measures. Officials attribute the increase to mass testing and detecting asymptomatic cases not always counted in other countries. The country’s reported mortality rate remains…

Fire at Moscow Coronavirus Hospital Kills One

One person died after a fire broke out in a hospital treating coronavirus patients in northern Moscow, forcing an evacuation, emergencies officials said Saturday. The Spasokukotsky hospital No. 50 was treating nearly 700 patients infected with the coronavirus as of Friday.  It was not clear what started the fire or whether it affected the wing…

Commemorate May 9 in the Arts

Since all over the world people cannot go out to commemorate the end of the war today, cities, countries and organizations have organized a plethora of events online. Here are five events in Russian cultural life — or from Soviet cultural life — that celebrate, mourn, and commemorate the war years. Roman Vityuk Theater On…

The True Meaning of Victory Day

Once when I was comparing Moscow and St. Petersburg in a column for this newspaper, I wrote that the Russian capital is not as easily understood or straightforward as its northern neighbor and needs a bit of explaining so that a visitor can accept it.  Victory Day celebrations in Russia also require some explanation. Seventy-five…

Coronavirus in Russia: The Latest News | May 9

As the new coronavirus that has killed more than 270,000 people worldwide continues to spread, Russia has stepped up its measures to slow the pandemic’s spread within its borders. There have been 198,676 cases of coronavirus infections reported in Russia so far and 1,827 deaths. May 9: 3 things you need to know today Russia confirmed 10,817 new coronavirus…

In Photos: Soviet Wartime Memories

This year marks 10 years since the founding of Moscow’s Lumiere Brothers Center of Photography. It’s also the 75th anniversary of the Soviet victory in World War II. To mark both anniversaries, the center, which curates Soviet and Russian 20th-century photography, is sharing photos from its collection that showcase military photography in the U.S.S.R. Here’s…

Around RUB 5 million in personal funds collected by employees of parent company of Gazprom Mezhregiongaz Group for St. Petersburg’s Hospital for Veterans of Wars

Background The Gazprom Mezhregiongaz Group is comprehensively responding to the current situation regarding the spread of the new coronavirus in the Russian Federation. For instance, employees of Saratovgaz and Gazprom Gazoraspredeleniye Saratov Region donated the collected funds for the construction of a new infectious diseases center in Saratov. The future center will have 400 beds, including 250 beds for children and 150 beds…

Russian Priest Hospitalized With Coronavirus After Calling it ‘Extremely Useful’

A senior Russian priest notorious for his controversial remarks about women and family life has been hospitalized with coronavirus after he extolled the infection’s positive impact on humanity, the RBC news website reported Friday. Archpriest Dmitry Smirnov earned the dubious title of “Sexist of the Year” this spring for comparing common-law wives to prostitutes, urging…

Enhanced safety measures to be imposed during changeovers of shift workers at Gazprom Transgaz Surgut

News from projects and regions May 8, 2020, 15:10 Enhanced safety measures for the changeovers of shift personnel have been introduced at Gazprom Transgaz Surgut. Before arriving at production facilities, new shift workers will spend two weeks in isolation. To this end, 13 buffer zones with 644 beds were created in the local hostels and hotels. The quarantine measure is aimed at preventing persons…

Venezuelan Opposition Plotted Russian Ally Maduro’s ‘Capture’ With U.S. Mercenaries: WP

Members of Venezuela’s U.S.-backed opposition negotiated a $212.9 million deal to “capture” President Nicolas Maduro with a U.S. security firm, The Washington Post reported Thursday. Venezuela announced Monday that it had killed eight and arrested 17, including two former U.S. Green Berets, on suspicion of trying to topple Maduro in an operation supported by the…