Articles by Gabrielle Tétrault-Farber



Russian Lawmaker Wants Companies to Disclose Past Nazi Ties

A Russian lawmaker has proposed legislation that would require the commercials of foreign companies that once fostered ties with Nazi Germany to contain notices about their somber past, the Izvestia newspaper reported Monday.

Russian Defense Ministry to Fund Prophylactic 'Color Revolution' Research

In a bid to prevent any repeats in Russia, the Defense Ministry announced plans to commission a research project on the theme of color revolutions, which rippled across the post-Soviet space following the collapse of the Soviet Union, Interfax news agency has reported.

Counterinsurgency Operations in Dagestan Plagued by Violations Ц Human Rights Watch

Russia's counterinsurgency operations in its restive North Caucasus republic of Dagestan have been marred by grave human rights violations, according to a report published Thursday by international advocacy group Human Rights Watch.

Experts Downplay Trend of Russians Joining Islamic State

Reports of Russian citizens taking up arms for the Islamic State terrorist group have dominated headlines in recent days, sparking debate about the cause of the apparent trend.

Ethiopian Ambassador Seeks to Upgrade Dialogue With Russia

Educated in Leningrad in the 1980s, Grum Abay Teshome, Ethiopia's ambassador to Russia, has returned to the country of his alma mater to energize its relations with Ethiopia.

Russian Human Rights Council: Toothless, But Not Worthless

The restrictive environment has left some of the country's most prominent human rights activists with a tough choice: remain powerless outside the system or accept to play on the Kremlin's turf.

Latvia's Russia Fears Rooted in History

Rows of soldiers filed through the cobbled streets of Old Riga, their forest green berets tipped to the right, patches bearing their country's flag sewn to the left sleeves of their camouflage combat uniforms.

Russian Teen Nabbed Amid Suspected Plot to Join Islamic State May Soon Head Home

A Moscow teen who was detained near Turkey's border with Syria amid a suspected attempt to join the Islamic State terrorist group last week could be released by Turkish authorities shortly, her father told RIA Novosti news agency.

Putin's Italy Visit Aims to Exploit EU Rifts - Analysts

President Putin's visit to Italy this week represents an attempt by the Kremlin to capitalize on Rome's affinity to Moscow despite the stormy ties Russia currently maintains with many other Western states.

Famed Russian Faith Healer Dzhuna Davitashvili Dies in Moscow

Celebrity mystical healer Dzhuna Davitashvili, who claimed she had the power to prolong life by 100 years and purportedly treated an eclectic array of celebrities has died in Moscow at age 65.

Putin: 'We Have Never Viewed Europe as a Mistress'

Putin insisted that the West should not view Russia as a threat in an interview published Saturday in Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera ahead of an official visit to Italy that kicks off this week.

Gas Explosion Injures 8 at Moscow Region Summer Camp

Eight children were injured in a gas explosion over the weekend at a summer camp in the Moscow region, TASS news agency reported, citing regional law enforcement sources.

NGO Attacked in Chechnya Files Complains About Police Inaction

The Committee Against Torture, a prominent human rights NGO whose office was attacked in the Russian republic of Chechnya on Wednesday, has filed a complaint over the police's handling of the incident, the Interfax news agency reported Thursday.

Attack on NGO in Grozny Renews Concerns About Russian Control Over Chechnya

The attack perpetrated Wednesday on the Grozny office of the Committee Against Torture, a prominent human rights NGO, adds to the long list of recent incidents in Russia's republic of Chechnya.

Missing Moscow Woman Believed to Have Joined Islamic State

A 19-year-old Muscovite student has run away to Turkey in an apparent attempt to join the ranks of the Islamic State terrorist organization in neighboring Syria, her father told The Moscow Times on Tuesday.

Former Finance Minister Alexei Kudrin Sets Conditions for Return to Government

Former Russian Finance Minister Alexei Kudrin, who left his position over personal disagreements with the Kremlin in 2011, said in an interview with the Interfax news agency Monday that if the authorities would undertake sweeping reforms, he would be willing to return to the government.

Man Who Attacked Independent News Chief Granted Amnesty

A court in the Siberian city of Novosibirsk has granted amnesty to a man who pleaded guilty to having attacked the editor-in-chief of an independent news site in December, regional prosecutors said in a statement Monday.

Russian Authorities Scoff as Saakashvili Named Odessa Region Governor

The appointment of former Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili as the head of Ukraine's Odessa region Saturday was met with skepticism by Russian officials, who have a long history of deriding the pro-Western figure.

Opposition Activist Remains in Critical Condition

A Russian opposition activist with close ties to murdered Kremlin critic Boris Nemtsov remains in a coma after having been diagnosed with severe renal failure.

Mortality Rate on the Rise, Health Minister Says

Explaining that mortality rates are on the rise in a majority of Russian regions, the country's top health official pointed a finger at the World Health Organization during a meeting with President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday.

Russian Health Ministry Opens Probe as Another Cancer Patient Commits Suicide

Russia's Health Ministry has ordered an investigation into the suicide of a pancreatic cancer patient who reportedly had not been able to obtain painkillers, the Interfax news agency reported Wednesday.

Death of Dynasty Foundation Would Deal Major Blow to Russian Science

The potential closure of a leading scientific foundation that was placed this week on the Justice Ministry's list of "foreign agents" would deal a colossal blow to the country's scientific community.

Russia-Poland Relations to Stagnate Under New Polish President, Or Worse

At best, Andrzej Duda's triumph in the Polish presidential vote could foster stagnation in Moscow and Warsaw's already tense relations, while at worst further deterioration may be in store, political analysts told The Moscow Times on Monday.

Strongman Leader Kadyrov Named Honorary Chief of Chechen Night Wolves

Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov announced over the weekend that he had become the honorary leader of a new regional branch of the Night Wolves, a group of fiercely patriotic bikers.

Russia's 'Undesirables' Law Expected to Boost Media Self-Censorship

Russia's media will be forced to up its self-censorship by new legislation that bans the activities of "undesirable" foreign nongovernmental organizations.

Russia Bucks Trend of Soviet States Outlawing Communist Symbols

Even as Russia moves to reinforce its Soviet legacy, the efforts of other former Soviet republics to rid themselves of their Communist past attest to natural state-building processes.

Chechen Official's Call to Legalize Polygamy Stirs Social Debate

A high-ranking Chechen official's call Tuesday to legalize polygamy has prompted soul searching among the Russian population.

Chechen Police Chief Marries Teen Bride Amid Mounting Scandal

A Chechen district police chief was married Saturday to a 17-year-old local girl, weeks after reports that she was being forced to wed the already-married official sparked an uproar in Russia's media sphere.

Russian Foreign Ministry Official Warns of Threat of Nuclear Expansion

A Russian Foreign Ministry official has said that the country may be compelled to increase its nuclear capacities in response the United States' alleged attempts to undermine international disarmament efforts.

'Undesirable Organizations' Bill to Tighten Kremlin's Grip on Civil Society

The State Duma's endorsement of a bill that would ban the activities of foreign nongovernmental organizations should they be viewed as national threats further constricts Russian civil society.