Category: Architecture

  • Russia Jails Opera Singer for 10 Years Over Covid Protest

    Russia Jails Opera Singer for 10 Years Over Covid Protest

    A prominent opera singer from Russia’s North Caucasus has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for calling on his home city to protest coronavirus lockdown measures in the early weeks of the pandemic, the state-run TASS news agency reported. Vadim Cheldiyev in April 2020 posted a video calling on people to attend a planned…

  • ‘On The Edge: Life Along the Russia-China Border’

    ‘On The Edge: Life Along the Russia-China Border’

    Two “super powers”: One in economic decline and seeking to regain its imperial status by brutally attacking a democratic neighbor, the other in seemingly unstoppable economic ascendence, inexorably extending its “Belt and Road Initiative,” and, with it, its global influence. Author Franck Billé Courtesy of the author These are the Russia and China of international…

  • The Taste of Russia: Pickles with Honey

    The Taste of Russia: Pickles with Honey

    What’s the dominant taste of Russian cuisine? Surely it’s the sour taste of fermentation — sour cabbage (sauerkraut), sourdough rye bread, soused apples and, of course, sour (pickled) cucumbers. Real barrel-fermented pickles are delicious as appetizers and as ingredients for many dishes. Soups like rassolnik and solyanka and the classic salad “vinaigrette” wouldn’t be possible…

  • The Art of Russian Mumbling, Grumbling, and Babbling

    The Art of Russian Mumbling, Grumbling, and Babbling

    Под нос: under your breath Russian – I suppose like all languages — has a bit of fun with various words for speaking outside the normal range of шептать–говорить–орать (whisper-talk-shout). Here we get into onomatopoeia, which in Russian is the more immediately understandable звукоподражание (literally “sound imitation”). This kind of colorful speech might be divided…

  • ‘Super Moon’ Lights Up Night Sky Over Russia

    ‘Super Moon’ Lights Up Night Sky Over Russia

    Anyone who looked up at the sky on Wednesday night was greeted by a rare sight: a super moon. The phenomenon, which happens when a full moon coincides with the point in the moon’s orbit when it is closest to earth, could be seen around the world. Here’s a glimpse at how the super moon…

  • Ufa’s ZAMAN Museum Explores Post-2/24 Reality (In a Whisper)

    Ufa’s ZAMAN Museum Explores Post-2/24 Reality (In a Whisper)

    Carefully threading a path through state-enforced censorship, an art exhibition called (In a Whisper) in Ufa, the capital of Russia’s republic of Bashkortostan, presents an artistic exploration of life in the country following the start of the invasion of Ukraine in February.   “Speaking very carefully, this exhibition invites us to explore the situation that we…

  • Ukha: Not Your Average Fish Soup

    Ukha: Not Your Average Fish Soup

    Ukha is an enigma in Russian cuisine. It seems simple: fish, vegetables, and spices. But what about all the places where it’s not made with these ingredients? While some people argue about that, others get into  discussions — and sometimes heated arguments that turn into fights — about ukha not being fish soup at all.…

  • Anti-War Playlist: Russian Music Against the War

    Anti-War Playlist: Russian Music Against the War

    DDT – Little death The legendary rock band that was especially popular during the 80s and 90s and its frontman Yuri Shevchuk have repeatedly spoken out against the war in Ukraine.  On May 18, Shevchuk told an 8,000-strong crowd at DDT’s concert in Ufa that “the motherland, my friends, is not the president’s ass that has to…

  • Stop In, Go Behind and Lose Your Mind

    Stop In, Go Behind and Lose Your Mind

    Ум за разум заходит: I don’t know if I’m coming or going! I have been remiss. It has been months since I’ve tested everyone’s patience with verbs that have 12 meanings and prepositions that use different cases. To be honest, I actually love this part of Russian. I like to try to figure out conceptual…

  • Art Basel
Russian and Ukrainian Art in Time of War

    Art Basel Russian and Ukrainian Art in Time of War

    A really hot art summer has come to Europe. Right after the 59th Art Biennale in Venice and the Documenta 15 exhibition of contemporary art in Kassel, the world’s biggest international art fair was held in late June: Art Basel. The fair showcased modern and contemporary works in 289 galleries and attracted famous collectors and…

  • How Russia ‘Removed’ Priceless Kuindzhi Artworks from Ukraine’s Mariupol

    How Russia ‘Removed’ Priceless Kuindzhi Artworks from Ukraine’s Mariupol

    At first, Natalia Kapustnikova refused to tell the group of men in black balaclavas and military uniforms where they could find the priceless 19th-century paintings owned by her museum in the Ukrainian port city of Mariupol.  As explosions sounded outside, the men said they were particularly interested in luminous landscapes by Arkhip Kuindzhi, a Mariupol-born…

  • Renowned Soviet Animator Dies at 101

    Renowned Soviet Animator Dies at 101

    Renowned Soviet and Russian animator Leonid Shvartsman has died at age 101. Shvartsman had worked on several iconic animated series, including “Cheburashka,” “The Scarlet Flower,” “The Snow Queen” and “38 Parrots and Kitten named Woof.”  Sergei Kapkov, the head of Russian and Soviet animation studio Soyuzmultfilm, announced his death to Russian media outlets on Saturday. …

  • Getting Stronger Every Day in Every Way

    Getting Stronger Every Day in Every Way

    Крепись: keep the faith The other day a friend and I were talking about keeping our spirits up in these dark times. She tried to console me with a well-known Russian phrase: “Нас бьют — мы крепчаем! (literally “they beat us, we get stronger!” — similar to “when the going gets tough, the tough get…

  • Beet This: Ukraine Wins Fight To Protect Borshch Soup

    Beet This: Ukraine Wins Fight To Protect Borshch Soup

    The UN’s cultural agency on Friday inscribed the culture surrounding beetroot soup known as borshch in Ukraine on its list of endangered cultural heritage, a recognition sought urgently by Kviv after its invasion by neighboring Russia. Ukraine prizes borshch, a nourishing soup with beetroot as its base, as a national dish even though it is…

  • Kirill Serebrennikov’s Gogol Center Closed

    Kirill Serebrennikov’s Gogol Center Closed

    On June 29, the Moscow Department of Culture announced that the contracts with the current artistic director and director of Gogol Center would not be extended. The announcement stated that the theater, which “has been working under the pseudonym Gogol Center,” would revert to its original name: Gogol Theater. And so ends a theatrical era.…

  • When Culture Reaches for a Gun

    When Culture Reaches for a Gun

    This article was first published in The New Times. Mikhail Piotrovsky, the director of the State Hermitage Museum, joined Vladimir Putin, Security Council chief Nikolai Patrushev, Patriarch Kirill and former culture minister Vladimir Medinsky in the role of heavy artillery to justify ideologically Russia’s choice of civilization: self-isolation and an archaic militarized state. Mikhail Piotrovsky…

  • In Photos: The End of the School Year in Russia and Ukraine

    In Photos: The End of the School Year in Russia and Ukraine

    As students around the world celebrate their graduation from high school, this year’s graduation season looks markedly different in Russia than it does in neighboring Ukraine. While graduates in Russia’s two largest cities, Moscow and St. Petersburg, enjoyed lavish celebrations, many graduates in Ukraine have seen their schools destroyed in Russia’s four-month invasion of their…

  • Thinking Outside the Box the Russian Way

    Thinking Outside the Box the Russian Way

    Смекалка: smarts, ingenuity, resourcefulness About a thousand years ago in Moscow, way back when the man in charge was a General Secretary, I bought a kilo of unshelled walnuts (грецкие орехи) at the market. But when I got home, I realized that I didn’t have a nutcracker (щелкунчик). Nor did I have a hammer (молоток).…

  • When Vladimir Took Kyiv and the Misuse of History

    When Vladimir Took Kyiv and the Misuse of History

    In Vladimir Putin’s 2021 essay about Ukraine, he wrote that Russians, Ukrainians and Belarussians are all descendants of Ancient Rus and shared “the same historical and spiritual space.” Kyiv was “the mother of all Russian cities,” he quoted, and stated that “both the nobility and the common people perceived Rus as a common territory.” He…

  • Moscow Fashion Week, in Photos

    Moscow Fashion Week, in Photos

    The Russian capital played host to over 100 fashion shows this week as part of Moscow Fashion Week. While Moscow Fashion Week was always meant to showcase Russian fashion house’s designs, this year’s event placed a particular emphasis on domestic brands after virtually every Western brand exited the Russian market over the invasion of Ukraine.…

  • Russian Pop Icon Yuri Shatunov Dies Aged 48

    Russian Pop Icon Yuri Shatunov Dies Aged 48

    Pop singer Yuri Shatunov, who was wildly popular in the 1980s and 1990s, died Thursday at the age of 48. “Last night Yuri’s heart stopped in an ambulance,” said Shatunov’s manager, Arkady Kudryashov, the state-run news agency TASS reported.  Shatunov was perhaps best known as the frontman of band Laskovy Mai (‘Gentle May’), which filled…

  • Russian Film Director Alexander Sokurov Prevented From Leaving Russia

    Russian Film Director Alexander Sokurov Prevented From Leaving Russia

    Renowned Russian film director Alexander Sokurov was prevented from leaving Russia due to “an order of the prime minister,” the director told Russian independent news outlet The Insider. Sokurov, known for his films “Russian Ark” and “Faust,” planned to cross the Russian-Finnish border by car and then fly to a conference on arts education in Milan,…

  • Russian Gaffes, Goofs, and Assorted Blunders

    Russian Gaffes, Goofs, and Assorted Blunders

    Оплошность: misstep, misdeed, goof, gaffe Last week after taking a look at my column on various ways to fail in Russian, a reader suggested another word and form of failure: the noun оплошность and verb pair плошать/оплошать. These aren’t the words you’d use to describe a complete flop or disaster. Оплошность is a mistake, an…

  • Moscow Marks Russia Day

    Moscow Marks Russia Day

    June 12 marks Russia Day: a national holiday that sees Muscovites flock to festivities and firework shows across the city. First celebrated in 1992, the date commemorates when the Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic first declared state sovereignty in 1990. But 30 years on, the holiday is not only being celebrated in Russia itself —…

  • Artists Map Russia’s Regions in Folk Embroidery

    Artists Map Russia’s Regions in Folk Embroidery

    In ancient Russia, embroidery was more than a form of art: It was a language unto its own. Cloth and thread took the place of paper and ink, while symbols and motifs made up their own alphabet — all woven together according to the grammar of deep-seated folk traditions. In a celebration of these traditions,…

  • How to Fail Spectacularly in Russian

    How to Fail Spectacularly in Russian

    Накрыться медным тазом: to fail, flop, end, close The other day a friend was talking about a project that had gone belly up. But in Russian, belly up is — pardon the bad joke — another kettle of fish. Instead of the image of a dead fish in the water, it’s the image of something…

  • In Photos: Russia Celebrates Peter the Great’s 350th Birthday

    In Photos: Russia Celebrates Peter the Great’s 350th Birthday

    Russia celebrated the 350th birthday of Peter the Great, one of its most famous tsars, on Thursday. Celebrations were held in Peter’s namesake city St. Petersburg and Moscow to mark the anniversary of his birth on June 9, 1672. A pivotal figure in the country’s history, Peter led efforts to modernize Russia, expand its territory…

  • Isolated Russia Celebrates Tsar Who Opened ‘Window to Europe’

    Isolated Russia Celebrates Tsar Who Opened ‘Window to Europe’

    More than three centuries after he sought to bring Russia closer to Europe, Russians on Thursday marked the 350th birthday of tsar Peter the Great with the country deeply isolated over the Ukraine conflict. Inspired by time spent abroad, Peter made huge efforts to modernize his vast and under-developed nation during his rule from 1682…

  • A Non-Russian Russian Year at the Cannes Film Festival

    A Non-Russian Russian Year at the Cannes Film Festival

    Every year the Cannes Film Festival is dominated by certain topics with a particular political focus. This year’s theme was the Russian invasion of Ukraine. Discussions and disputes began when the film “Tchaikovsky’s Wife” by Russian director Kirill Serebrennikov was entered into the main competition. The president of the European Film Academy Agnieszka Holland criticized…

  • Pushkin House 10th Annual Book Prize Shortlists Ten Books

    Pushkin House 10th Annual Book Prize Shortlists Ten Books

    Every year the Pushkin House in London awards a prize for the best non-fiction book about or from the Russian-speaking world published in English. In past years they have winnowed down the dozens if not hundreds of contenders to a short list of six books for their jury to read, discuss, and vote on. But…

  • In Photos: Muscovites Seek Normalcy in Summer Events

    In Photos: Muscovites Seek Normalcy in Summer Events

    While rising prices, a sweeping disappearance of foreign brands and entertainment, and a general clampdown on anti-war feeling have all impacted life for Russians since the Kremlin sent troops into Ukraine, life in the Russian capital Moscow largely continues on as normal. And as the war shows no signs of a resolution, popular summertime events…

  • On Wars, Ducks, Fakes and Anniversaries

    On Wars, Ducks, Fakes and Anniversaries

    Специальная военная операция: special military operation This should be a happy moment for me, The Moscow Times, and the Word’s Worth. May 2022 marks my 20th anniversary writing the column. If at any time in those past 20 years you told me that I’d meet this date in a rental apartment in a country I’d…

  • ‘F@ck This Job’ and the Fate of Russian Documentary Film

    ‘F@ck This Job’ and the Fate of Russian Documentary Film

    Of all the forms of art in Russia, documentary film is having the most difficult time.  The trials of the profession were made very clear at the end of March when the 15th edition of Russia’s largest documentary festival Artdocfest was canceled after the organizer, filmmaker Vitaly Mansky, was splashed with red paint by protesters…

  • ‘Red Nail Polish’: Kirill Serebrennikov on the War in Ukraine

    ‘Red Nail Polish’: Kirill Serebrennikov on the War in Ukraine

    Red Nail Polish Every day I look at photographs of the war. I look and look. Destroyed cities, burned cars, dead people. Red nail polish on a dead hand. Every day, no matter where I am, I think that planes are flying over me, that I’m the one who has to run to the bomb…

  • Exhibitions of NATO ‘Cruelty’ Open Across Russia Amid Ukraine War

    Exhibitions of NATO ‘Cruelty’ Open Across Russia Amid Ukraine War

    At one of Moscow’s newest museum exhibitions, visitors are greeted with posters describing how “NATO is fraught with war” and images of people injured in U.S. bombings as the sound of approaching war planes wails from loudspeakers. “NATO: A chronicle of cruelty” opened its doors in Moscow’s Museum of Contemporary Russian History last month, a…

  • Russian Communists Stage Red Square Induction for Young Pioneers

    Russian Communists Stage Red Square Induction for Young Pioneers

    Thousands of schoolchildren gathered on Red Square wearing red hats and neckerchiefs Sunday as Russia’s Communist Party inducted new members of the Pioneers, the party’s youth organization during the U.S.S.R. During the event marking the youth organization’s 100th anniversary, roughly 5,000 children aged 9 to 14 were given the title “All-Russian Pioneers.” While the Young…

  • Russian Director Kirill Serebrennikov Condemns War at Cannes Festival

    Russian Director Kirill Serebrennikov Condemns War at Cannes Festival

    At this year’s Cannes International Film Festival, Russian director Kirill Serebrennikov spoke out strongly — and obscenely — against the war Russia has launched in Ukraine but was criticized for wanting economic sanctions lifted from one of his backers, oligarch Roman Abramovich. Serebrennikov’s film “Tchaikovsky’s Wife,” was the only film from Russia presented at the…

  • In Photos: Pro-War Symbols Meet Soviet Imagery on Moscow’s Streets

    In Photos: Pro-War Symbols Meet Soviet Imagery on Moscow’s Streets

    Since Russia invaded Ukraine on Feb. 24, on the surface, everyday life in Moscow has remained fairly unchanged. But amid the usual urban clamor, many have noticed the growing presence of Soviet-era symbols and icons throughout the city, often alongside motifs designed to drum up pro-war sentiment.

  • Russian Ballet Star ‘Followed Conscience’ to Leave Bolshoi

    Russian Ballet Star ‘Followed Conscience’ to Leave Bolshoi

    Russian superstar ballerina Olga Smirnova quit the Bolshoi Ballet over Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine but says the famed dance company will outlive the vagaries of war. “History changes, but the Bolshoi stays,” Smirnova told AFP as she rehearsed in Amsterdam, where she joined the Dutch National Ballet in March. Smirnova, who made headlines when she…

  • Producer Alexander Rodnyansky to Make TV Series About Putin

    Producer Alexander Rodnyansky to Make TV Series About Putin

    Ukrainian film director, producer, and media mogul Alexander Rodnyansky is developing a TV series based on the book “All the Kremlin’s Men” by acclaimed Russian journalist Mikhail Zygar, Rodnyansky told Variety magazine.  The series, Rodnyansky said, charted the rise of Vladimir Putin from a minor KGB officer to president. Rodnyansky described the series as a…

  • Producer Alexander Rodnyansky to Make ‘House of Cards’-Style Series About Putin’s Rise

    Producer Alexander Rodnyansky to Make ‘House of Cards’-Style Series About Putin’s Rise

    Ukrainian film director, producer and media mogul Alexander Rodnyansky is developing a television series based on the book “All the Kremlin’s Men” by acclaimed Russian journalist Mikhail Zygar, Rodnyansky told Variety magazine.  The series, which Rodnyansky described as a Russian “House of Cards,” will chart the rise of Vladimir Putin from a minor KGB officer…

  • New Biopic on Anna Politkovskaya in Pre-Production

    New Biopic on Anna Politkovskaya in Pre-Production

    Australian Luminosity Entertainment will produce a new film that will shed light on the life and tragic death of acclaimed Russian journalist and human rights activist Anna Politkovskaya, according to information published by Deadline.  The film titled “Mother Russia” will be directed by British director James Strong best known for his work on the crime…

  • A Short List of New Ukrainian Film Hits

    A Short List of New Ukrainian Film Hits

    At the beginning of 20th century, Ukraine’s cinema was world famous, largely thanks to its revered filmmaker Oleksandr Dovzhenko. Considered to be the father of Ukrainian cinema and one of the key figures of Soviet avant-garde, Dovzhenko made films that have inspired generations of Ukrainian filmmakers to create films of great poetic symbolism that were…

  • An Artist Brings Life Back to Russia’s Abandoned Villages

    An Artist Brings Life Back to Russia’s Abandoned Villages

    In Ivanovo oblast not far from Moscow, one in four villages has been abandoned in the last decade. An artist, Alexei Mednoy, grew up in a village but hadn’t been back for about 15 years after his father died. When he returned, he found silent and empty houses, slowly falling down amid overgrown fields. He…

  • Celebrated Russian Director to Make Eduard Limonov Biopic

    Celebrated Russian Director to Make Eduard Limonov Biopic

    Russian film and theater director Kirill Serebrennikov is working on an Eduard Limonov biopic with BAFTA winner Ben Whishaw starring as Limonov, Variety magazine reported. The film, titled “Limonov, The Ballad of Eddie” tells the story of the Russian writer and political activist over the decades. It is based on the best-selling novel “Limonov” by…

  • Blue, Yellow and Green Make an Anti-War Poster Go Viral

    Blue, Yellow and Green Make an Anti-War Poster Go Viral

    Harry Gray, a 26-year-old British cycling campaigner and clothing designer in Salford, Manchester didn’t anticipate that his poster would go viral. The poster has a simple message: Fight Putin / Ride a Bike. The war in Ukraine has shone a light on much of the world’s reliance on Russian gas, which accounts for some 40%…

  • Russia’s Bolshoi Scraps Performances by Critical Directors

    Russia’s Bolshoi Scraps Performances by Critical Directors

    Russia’s Bolshoi Theater has announced it is canceling the performances directed by Kirill Serebrennikov and Timofey Kulyabin who have spoken out against Moscow’s military campaign in Ukraine. Late Sunday, Russia’s top theater announced that instead of the three performances of “Nureev,” a ballet directed by Serebrennikov, the audiences this week will see a production of…

  • The Curtain Falls on Russian Films in Europe

    The Curtain Falls on Russian Films in Europe

    “I can’t speak in Russian to my daughter in the street anymore,” an artist living in Rome told The Moscow Times. “And I have no hope that I will be invited to show my works anywhere.” Since the war began in Ukraine, Russian cultural figures have found themselves locked out of the international cultural scene.…

  • ‘The Motherland Isn’t Calling’: Russian Opposition Artists Resist Ukraine War

    ‘The Motherland Isn’t Calling’: Russian Opposition Artists Resist Ukraine War

    “I started drawing the victims on the second day of the war, one portrait a day, so that the process does not become mechanical. I search Facebook for the words ‘загинув’ and ‘загинула,’ ‘died’ in Ukrainian, and then I look for more information on the names. Most often there are two photos at best, and…

  • Historic Soviet Swimming Pool Torn Down in Moscow

    Historic Soviet Swimming Pool Torn Down in Moscow

    The CSKA (Central Army Sports Club) ice hockey arena is no longer up to international standards, so its main sponsor, Rosneft, has joined with the Defense Ministry to build a new sports complex. Since the new complex requires more space, a historic swimming pool that was a pale blue fixture for decades on Leningradsky Prospekt…

  • Theater Award Winner Gives Prize to Jailed Art Activist

    Theater Award Winner Gives Prize to Jailed Art Activist

    Russian artist Ksenia Sorokina, who won the prestigious theater award Zolotaya Maska (Golden Mask) for best costume design, donated her prize to Sasha Skochilenko. Skochilenko, an artist and a political activist, was jailed this month for an anti-war action. Sorokina’s friend and fellow Zolotaya Maska laureate, theater director Yevgeniya Berkovich, shared Ksenia’s words on Facebook.…

  • Artist Sends Russian Justice Ministry an Illustrated Letter About Ukraine War

    Artist Sends Russian Justice Ministry an Illustrated Letter About Ukraine War

    The artist Daria Apakhonchich, who was declared a “foreign agent” in 2020, sent a decidedly non-standard quarterly report to the Russian Justice Ministry. On her Facebook page she explained that every three months she is required by law to send a report on her activities, including details of her income, to the ministry. Since the…

  • Russian Artist Faces Criminal Charges Over ‘Unpatriotic’ Sculpture

    Russian Artist Faces Criminal Charges Over ‘Unpatriotic’ Sculpture

    The Investigative Committee of Russia has opened a “rehabilitation of nazism” case against a Kyiv-born Russian artist Oleg Kulik, art magazine Artgid reported today. Kulik’s 2018 installation titled “The Big Mother” was exhibited at an art fair in Moscow’s Gostiny Dvor. The central piece of the installation was a statue of a woman holding a…

  • Russian Museum Closes Exhibition Over Complaints From ‘Indignant Citizens’

    Russian Museum Closes Exhibition Over Complaints From ‘Indignant Citizens’

    The Tretyakov Gallery, one of Russia’s biggest and oldest arts museums, has closed the exhibition of Russian-American artist Grisha Bruskin’s works allegedly at the request of the Ministry of Culture. According to the museum’s website, the exhibition was closed for “technical reasons.” However, independent Russian arts magazine Artgid reported that the Ministry of Culture demanded…

  • Maria Danilova’s ‘Anya, Here and There’

    Maria Danilova’s ‘Anya, Here and There’

    The Moscow Times had a chance to speak with Maria Danilova, one of our former reporters who is the author of a novel for children that has, sadly, relevance today. “Anya, Here and There” is the story of a little girl who moves to New York City from Russia.  Danilova was born in Moscow but…

  • Fleeing Repression, Russians Rebuild Their Lives in Armenia

    Fleeing Repression, Russians Rebuild Their Lives in Armenia

    Russians seeking to leave their country amid the war in Ukraine have limited options. Many have flocked to Armenia, where they don’t need a visa to enter, creating a small, makeshift community in the capital Yerevan in a matter of weeks. Some members of this new diaspora have left in protest against the war, some…

  • ‘Before and After’: An Artist Repaints Scenes of Her Ukrainian Childhood

    ‘Before and After’: An Artist Repaints Scenes of Her Ukrainian Childhood

    Artist Zoya Cherkassky-Nnadi grew up in Kyiv before moving to Israel with her family at age 14 in 1991. Except for a brief visit in 1996, she didn’t start to visit her homeland until 2014. A few years later when she was pregnant with her daughter, she began to paint what she remembered of her…

  • Russian Avant-Garde Art Stuck in South Korea

    Russian Avant-Garde Art Stuck in South Korea

    Dozens of paintings by renowned Russian artists including Wassily Kandinsky are stuck in Seoul after an exhibition due to flight sanctions imposed over Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine, organizers said Monday. The paintings by around 50 Russian artists — including Kandinsky, Kazimir Malevich, and Alexander Rodchenko, among others — have been on display in central Seoul…

  • Top Political Cartoonist Sergei Elkin Flees Russia

    Top Political Cartoonist Sergei Elkin Flees Russia

    Russia’s most prominent political cartoonist Sergei Elkin announced Wednesday that he had left Russia amid a wartime crackdown on journalism. He is now in Bulgaria. Over the years, Elkin has lampooned politicians, businessmen, and international elites in media outlets across the world — including The Moscow Times, who published his series, “Putin’s Russia” in print…

  • Russian Police Disrupt Recital Featuring Ukrainian Composer

    Russian Police Disrupt Recital Featuring Ukrainian Composer

    Moscow police halted a piano recital featuring a well-known Ukrainian composer’s music Wednesday after receiving an anonymous bomb threat warning. Video from the Rassvet cultural center shows two uniformed officers disrupting Russian pianist Alexei Lyubimov’s performance of Ukrainian composer Valentin Silvestrov’s song cycle “Stufen” accompanied by verses of classic Russian poets.   Lyubimov continues to play…