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 Climbers Could Face Jail For Ukraine Flag on Stalinist BuildingResidents of Moscow's Taganka district woke up Wednesday morning to find a Ukrainian flag attached to the Soviet star on the spire of one of the area's iconic Stalin buildings.
Russia's Food Ban Blessing in Disguise for Shipping CompaniesTeam Niinivirta, a Finnish family-run transportation firm, turned 60 this year, but its third-generation managers now don't know if the business will see Christmas, because of Russia's new ban on European food imports.
IKEA Russia Won't Replace Scandinavian Cheese, SalmonIKEA stores in Russia may still be offering a "taste of Sweden" in their buffets, but the menu will soon be missing two signature items — Scandinavian cheese and salmon — due to a countrywide ban on many food imports.
Ukraine Says Ready to Compromise on Gas Price With RussiaUkraine's energy minister on Tuesday said the country was prepared to pay an interim compromise price for Russian gas and criticized Russia's Gazprom for being unwilling to negotiate.
Norway's Giant Oil Fund Confident in Russian Assets Despite Threat of SanctionsNorway's $885 billion sovereign wealth fund is likely to hang on to its $8.2 billion worth of Russian assets despite Western sanctions on Moscow, but does not plan further purchases because of political risk, it said Wednesday.
80 Things a True Muscovite Would Never SayParking is anarchy, high heels are mandatory and the only way to react to fireworks is with an air of blasé nonchalance. A true Muscovite knows this — so here's how to spot them in the wild.
Russian Inspectors Find 'Chemicals' in Jack Daniel's WhiskeyWhile the powerful after effects of Jack Daniel's whiskey are known to many, for officials in Russia's mountainous Sverdlovsk region, there is something more sinister than alcohol lurking in the honey-colored brew.
Russia Wants Bulgarians to Stop Vandalizing Soviet MonumentsRussia is demanding that Bulgaria try harder to prevent vandalism of Soviet monuments, after yet another monument to Soviet troops in Sofia was spray-painted.
British Journalists Report Russian Military Crossed Ukraine BorderNewspaper the Guardian said Friday its reporter saw several armored personnel carriers cross the border with Ukraine.
Rebel Leader Blames Ukrainian War on MasonsAdding a new actor to the Ukrainian civil war, the chief of the pro-Russian separatists' internal security blamed the ongoing conflict on U.S. and European masons.
EU to Establish Task Force to Discuss Impact of Russia's Food Import BanEuropean agriculture officials will Monday set up a task force to analyze the impact of a Russian ban on EU food imports and expect to call an emergency meeting to coordinate an EU response.
Globetrotting U.S. Cyclist Killed in Russia<p>A U.S. cyclist who pedaled across 50-plus countries for peace and charity was run over and killed in Russia by a drunken truck driver, ITAR-Tass news agency said Friday.</p>
Russian Boys Fight the Heat by Turning Living Room Into Swimming PoolWith the thermometer set to hit 34 degrees Celsius in Moscow on Friday, two Russians have come up with a novel way of battling the heat: turning their living room into a private swimming pool.
Eccentric Math Genius Ditches Russia for Sweden<p>Mathematician Grigory Perelman, famous for solving a Millennium Prize Problem and turning down the award, has moved to Sweden, a Russian newspaper reported.</p>
Russian Agency Seeks Ban on Burgers, Ice Cream From McDonald'sMcDonald's burgers and shakes could become the latest victims of worsening ties between Moscow and Washington after a Russian consumer watchdog agency accused the U.S. chain of sanitary violations.