In the "Moscow Times" photo album, the most exciting and memorable moments of the last 20 years of life in Russia are reflected just as the photographers of The Moscow Times saw them, and just as I myself saw them, being a loyal reader of this newspaper.
The only independent daily English-language newspaper in Russia, The Moscow Times, turns 20 in 2012. A festive gala dinner, "20 Years with The Moscow Times", will be held on October 5, 2012, Friday, at 7:00 p.m. at the Hotel Baltschug Kempinski Moscow.
Today in History
The Moscow Times has survived many nicks and scratches in its 20-year history: snipers firing at its editorial offices, staff rescued by helicopter from the midst of military mayhem, thugs muscling into the office to steal the wages, and a two-thirds plunge in the currency that wiped out many other companies.
The Russian IT market has exploded since the early 1990s and is estimated to be worth about $35 billion in 2012.
Inforamtion technologies, or IT, have been developing at a runaway pace over the past twenty years. These days nearly everyone has access to information technology. services and gadgets that people could only dream about before.
The Russian banking system may be rightfully criticized for its performance over the past two decades, but it is worth remembering that the entire system was created from scratch one short generation ago.
Of the past 20 years, most will remember the uncertain start, the crises which included MMM, the 1998 default and the effect of the 2008 crisis on Russia.
Coca-Cola and Pepsi, once curiosities in Russia, are now as common as kvas. In this section, our reporters examine how the two firms entered and conquered the Russian soft drinks market.
In the last twenty years, the Russian food industry has seen dramatic changes. The rise of the market economy and growth in personal incomes have boosted both demand and supply in the food industry.
After a rough decade and a half, the automotive industry in Russia has been swept up in a perfect storm of success. Even Russia’s entry into the World Trade Organization shouldnТt put a damper on production or sales.
The car market in Russia today is very different from what it was only twenty years ago. Cars were luxury items in the Soviet Union. An Oka, Zaporozhets or Zhiguli Ч to say nothing of a Volga Ч was a status symbol.
The hotel industry in Russia is booming – and for once, the greatest activity is not in the capital cities, but in the regions. International hotel chains are expanding throughout the country, and they can’t build them fast enough to meet demand.
The 1990s saw the beginning of "international class" hospitality market development in Russia, with the first international hotel operators entering the country. In Moscow, this development commenced with the advent of high-end hotels.