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.
20 Years After TV Boss Listyev's Murder, 'Case Still Not Closed'Sunday marked 20 years since the murder of Vladislav Listyev, head of one of the country's largest TV stations, and the Investigative Committee says it won't close the case until the killer is brought to justice.
Russia's Ruble Rebounds in Biggest Monthly Gain Since 1990sThe Russian ruble has recorded its biggest monthly gain since the early 1990s amid higher oil prices, an easing of the fighting in eastern Ukraine and a less intensive foreign debt repayment schedule.
U.S. and Europe Downplay Likelihood of New Sanctions Despite Ukraine Rebel GainsThe United States and the European Union are unlikely to widen economic sanctions on Russia if a tentative cease-fire emerging in eastern Ukraine takes hold, Western diplomats said on Friday.
Russia Complains About Lithuania's Arms Supplies to UkraineRussia said on Friday it had formally complained to Lithuania that the Baltic country's supply of weapons to Ukraine violated its international arms trade commitments.
Counting the Cost of Boris Nemtsov's DeathThe murder of Boris Nemtsov takes Russian society one step further down the dangerous path that it started with the conflict in Ukraine, writes columnist Georgy Bovt.
Moscow Man Wakes Up to Find His Testicles Stolen
A man in Moscow had the shock of his life when he awoke from an amorous encounter to discover that his testicles had been surgically removed.
Cash-Strapped Russia Eyes Giving China Control of Major Oil FieldsRussia may consider allowing Chinese investors more than 50 percent stakes in its strategic oil and gas fields, underlining Moscow's need for foreign help to develop energy reserves.
Brigitte Bardot Pays for Russian 'Alcoholic' Bears' Romanian RehabA pair of "alcoholic bears" living at a restaurant in Russia's Sochi will travel to rehab in Romania to overcome an addiction caused by customers slipping them too many drinks, a news report said.
Putin's Approval Rating Creeps Up to 86%, Poll ShowsAlthough President Vladimir Putin has maintained the approval of the vast majority of Russians, one-third of their countrymen believe Russia is headed in the wrong direction, pollster Levada Center revealed Thursday.
Latvia Torn Between Money and Fear of RussiaVitaly Mansky, a prominent Russian documentary director, remembers the moment when he decided he needed a safe haven outside Russia because life in his homeland was becoming untenable.
Russia Would See U.S. Moves to Arm Ukraine as Declaration of WarU.S. provision of military aid to Ukraine would be seen by Moscow as a declaration of war and spark a global escalation of Ukraine's separatist conflict, Russian defense analysts said.
Russian Fear of U.S. Hypersonic Missiles Threatens New Arms RaceWhile conflict between the United States and Russia over Ukraine has raised talk of a new Cold War, another feature of that era has also begun to re-emerge — the missile race.
5 Heavy Weapons in Ukraine's Rebel War That May Have Come From RussiaThe Moscow Times examined the military capabilities and possible source of some of the heavier equipment sighted on the ground in eastern Ukraine.
Browder: 'Putin Has Stolen Hundreds of Billions of Russia's Wealth'A one-time backer of President Vladimir Putin and CEO of what was once Russia's largest investor, William Browder, told CNN that Putin was one of the world's richest men thanks to hundreds of billions of dollars of stolen wealth.
How the U.S. Struggles to Crack the Putin Code"Who is Mr. Putin?" The ongoing Ukraine conflict has breathed new life into a question that has long stumped Western policymakers and analysts.