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 Intellectuals Ask State-Run TV to Admit Falsehoods in Ukraine ReportsA congress of Russian intellectuals has appealed to the head of state-run Channel One television to acknowledge "falsifications" in its reporting on Ukraine.
Sweden as Likely to Find 'Russian' Sub as It Is to Find Karlsson, Russia SaysThe Russian Defense Ministry has poured scorn on attempts by the Swedish armed forces to find a suspected foreign submarine in waters off Stockholm after they called off a week-long hunt for the mysterious vessel.
Russian Tennis Head Apologizes to Serena WilliamsThe head of the Russian tennis federation has written to U.S. star athlete Serena Williams to apologize for comments in which he referred to her and sister Venus as "the Williams brothers."
Russia Threatens to Sue France If Mistral Warship Isn't DeliveredRussia will take France to court if Paris cancels the delivery of the first of two Mistral-class warships due to be handed over to the Russian Navy within the next two weeks, a top Kremlin official said Friday.
Russia's Rosneft to Continue Arctic Oil Drilling Without ExxonRussia's biggest oil producer Rosneft will continue drilling in the Arctic Kara Sea on its own after the departure ExxonMobil due to sanctions, the company's head Igor Sechin said Friday.
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.
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.
Kazakhstan: Space-Launch Tourism Not Blasting Off as PromisedWhile Kazakhstan has long talked of turning the Baikonur cosmodrome into a tourist destination, any serious expansion of tourism still faces significant hurdles.
Kudrin Slams Fixing Exchange Rate as Russia's Ruble Touches New LowsThe ruble weakened Friday to a fresh historic low as former Finance Minister Alexei Kudrin warned against fixing the exchange rate.
Tentative Russia-Ukraine Gas Deal Reached in Crisis Talks in MilanRussia and Ukraine made progress on Friday towards resolving a row over gas supplies, but European leaders said Moscow had to do much more to prop up a fragile ceasefire in eastern Ukraine.
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's International Media Poisons MindsAt a time when Russia's image in Europe and the U.S. has sunk to extreme lows, the Kremlin has announced dramatic new plans to increase spending on foreign propaganda.
Bulgaria Rejects Russia's Charge of Disloyalty For Wanting Western JetsBulgaria on Wednesday rejected Russian accusations that it was betraying its former Soviet-era ally by considering replacing its aging Russian warplanes with ones built in the West.
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.
The Hard Life of a TranslatorAh, Friday! You can finally get some sleep tonight after the wild midweek celebration at the office. You all partied with your staff on Tuesday, right?