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.
Putin Stance on Ruble Crisis Echoed by Russian State MediaAs the head of Russia's biggest state bank and a favorite of President Vladimir Putin, German Gref has long been a loyal supporter of state economic policy.
Chairwoman of Soldiers' Mothers NGO Detained on Fraud ChargesPolice in Russia's Stavropol region have charged with fraud a human rights activist who claimed that Russian soldiers were fighting in Ukraine in a move that the woman's colleagues say is a reprisal for her work.
Tennis Scandal Shows Russian Officials Relish Offensive LanguageThe Kremlin Cup tennis tournament winners' trophies were handed out in Moscow with great pomp and ceremony Sunday amid an international scandal sparked by Russian Tennis Federation head.
Sweden Probes 'Foreign Underwater Activity' Amid Reports of Russian SubSweden beefed up its military presence in the Stockholm archipelago on Saturday to scour its waters for "foreign underwater activity," a mobilization of ships, troops and helicopters unseen since the Cold War.
Anti-Gay Russian Lawmaker Milonov Protests Homoerotic Finnish StampsSt. Petersburg lawmaker Vitaly Milonov has appealed to Russian Post to prevent an influx of postage stamps depicting homoerotic scenes by a Finnish artist that the outspoken deputy says violate Russia's anti-gay-propaganda law.
Putin and Poroshenko Discuss Peace Measures in Eastern UkraineRussian President Vladimir Putin and his Ukrainian counterpart Petro Poroshenko have discussed possible measures to restore peace to east Ukraine, the Kremlin said in a statement.
Russia's Putin 'Positive' About Meeting With PoroshenkoPresident Vladimir Putin said Friday his meeting with Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko and EU leaders had been "positive," but there was no sign of a decisive breakthrough.
Russia Plans Giant State Oil Services Company to Replace Western FirmsPresident Putin has approved the creation of a state-owned oil exploration drilling corporation that will replace Western oil service companies forced to reduce operations in Russia by sanctions on Moscow.
Russian Programmer Linked to Mass Celebrity Nude Photos LeakA Russian computer programmer denies responsibility for the leaking of hundreds of naked Hollywood celebrities' photos, saying the images were already available online.
Specter of '98 Default Haunts Russians as Ruble WeakensAs the Russian ruble plunges to repeated record lows and the Central Bank ramps up market interventions to defend it, few want to mention Aug. 17, 1998.
Western Sanctions Could Damage One-Fifth of Russia's Oil Production
Some 100 million tons of annual oil production — or about 20 percent Russia's total output — is at risk because of sanctions related to the supply of Western technology and expertise to Russia.
Saving Europe's Last Virgin Forests: The Primeval Nature of Russia's Far NorthIn the beginning, Europe was forest country. Most of it is long gone, but a touch of the old world still survives in the Russian north.
Russia Is Running Out of ForestIt seems unfeasible that Russia, which holds a fifth of the planet's forests, could run out of wood. And yet it is happening, at least with commercially usable forests, environmental analysts say.
Russia Has No Way Back From Sanctions WarThe tit-for-tat sanctions war between Russia and the West marks a turning point in Russian history and Putin's very political survival is at stake, writes columnist Fyodor Lukyanov.
Aeroflot Hires First Foreign Pilot in Russia's Aviation HistoryFaced with a lack of qualified Russian professionals, Russia's flagship airline Aeroflot on Tuesday announced the appointment of the first foreign pilot ever hired by a Russian airline.