Articles by Janine Balekdjian
15 August 11
French artist Yann Arthus Bertrand has two exhibits on show at the Moscow Multimedia Arts Museum — "6 Billion Others," video exhibition of people from all over the world answering universal questions, and the photo exhibit "Of Forests and People."
08 August 11
Moscow may not be considered the culinary capital of the world, but recently 20 of the world's best chefs met here to exchange recipes and tips on what to serve world leaders.
Russian Businessman Buys 'Leviathan' Skeleton for Moscow LawnAndrei Zvyagintsev, director of the Oscar-nominated "Leviathan," said that a businessman bought the huge whale skeleton which plays a major part in the movie and features on the film's poster.
Opposition Figure Outs Moscow University Employee as 'Putin's Daughter'One of Vladimir Putin's main opponents may have broken a taboo by publishing what he says is the pseudonym used by one the Russian president's daughters to stay out of the spotlight.
Putin Ally Arkady Rotenberg to Build Crimea's Kerch BridgeRussia's government will employ a company belonging to Arkady Rotenberg to build a bridge connecting mainland Russia to the Crimean peninsula, which Moscow annexed from Ukraine last year.
Ukrainian Pilot Savchenko Slapped With New ChargesDetained Ukrainian pilot Nadezhda Savchenko, who was seized by pro-Moscow separatists in Ukraine last summer and sent to Russia, now stands accused of illegally crossing the border, her lawyers said.
Russians Say They Fear Hunger, Unemployment and Nuclear WarA recent state poll asking Russians about their fears has laid bare a telling change in attitudes: more than double the number of respondents said they feared a nuclear war compared to two years ago.
NATO Chief Ready to Meet Russia's Lavrov to Discuss UkraineNATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said Friday that he was ready to meet Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov next month in Munich, as fighting escalates in eastern Ukraine.
Pro-Kremlin Media Sees Cuts as Russian Economy SlowsPro-Kremlin broadcaster RT and news agency Rossiya Segodnya will have to slash spending by 50 percent or more and likely give up on expansion plans due to the ruble's steep devaluation.
Russian Region Bans Sale of Coke, Mountain Dew to MinorsSchoolchildren in Russia's Vologda region will no longer be able to pick up a can of Coke on their way to class after the local parliament banned the sale of fizzy caffeinated drinks to minors.
"No Money? Eat Less!" United Russia Lawmaker AdvisesA lawmaker from the ruling United Russia party has offered his advice to Russians struggling to pay for food amid the country's soaring inflation: "Eat less."
U.S. 'Cannot Stop' Russian Nuclear Missiles — Deputy Prime MinisterU.S. missile defense “cannot stop” Russia's nuclear weapons, a top minister said, in an apparent reversal of Moscow's policy of slamming U.S. anti-ballistic missile capability as a dire threat to Russian security.
Russian Battle Robots Near Testing for Military UseMachine-gun wielding battle robots are going to be tested in Russia's Astrakhan region for use by the country's Strategic Missile Forces, the Interfax news agency reported Friday.
What to Expect From 2015, The Year of The GoatAfter a tumultuous 2014, many Russians who light-heartedly turn to the Chinese astrological calendar during their New Year's celebrations may welcome the symbol of the coming year — a timid, amiable sheep.
Don't Get Tagged on Social Media in RussiaWho among us hasn't been tagged in an unflattering photo or an offensive post on social media? It might lead us to wonder why we took that group picture after midnight or raise some eyebrows at work. It might also make us regret the evaporation of privacy. But it shouldn't lead to legal trouble with the authorities.
Despite Oil Riches, Life in Putin's Russia Hard – And About to Get HarderOn her third day in a new position at Russian Railways, Elena Kachalina heard a man die. She didn't see the train hit him as he tried to cross the tracks at Saltykovskaya, but she heard the impact.
Oliver Stone Interviews Yanukovych for Documentary on U.S. 'Coup' in UkraineHollywood film producer Oliver Stone has said he wants to make a four-hour documentary telling the "dirty story" of a "coup" in Ukraine organized with the help of the United States' Central Intelligence Agency.