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Articles by Alastair Gill
Sempre: A Heartwarming Feast for the Senses
This green restaurant on Bolshaya Dmitrovka is a foray into a friendly new kind of dining experience.
Tunnel Vision: Exploring Moscow's Secret Underworld
A tour of the Neglinnaya River takes you into a labyrinth deep under the city and (almost) all the way to the Kremlin.
The Art of Alienation: Garif Basyrov, Russia's Observer of the Absurd
A new retrospective at the Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts highlights the eerie, dreamlike work of one of the Soviet era's most technically accomplished artists...
There’s one thing arts guru Ruth Addison can’t get enough of
Sleepless in St. Petersburg: Make the Most of White Nights
Midsummer is the perfect time to head north to Russia’s former imperial capital and experience its famed "White Nights." Here are our tips on how to...
For Rabbi Yaakov Klein, Moscow is about building community.
‘The Audience’: Translating Queen Elizabeth II into Russian
The Theater of Nations brings Buckingham Palace back to the heart of Moscow with a Russian adaptation of Peter Morgan's West End hit.
Andrei Zvyagintsev’s ‘Loveless’: A Film for Self-Reflection
“Loveless,” Russian director Andrei Zvyagintsev’s new film, has already won over the critics, winning the jury prize at Cannes, one of the top awards...
Past Imperfect: Congolese Painting at Garage
An exhibition at Moscow's Garage Museum of Contemporary Art shows the heavy influence of colonialism on the art of the Democratic Republic of Congo, and...
'Leviathan' Director Zvyagintsev Wins Jury Prize for New Film 'Loveless' at Cannes
Russian director Andrei Zvyagintsev, whose tale of a provincial man’s struggle against corruption in “Leviathan" brought him global fame, has won the...
Indian Russian or Russian Indian? Aspiring comedian Arun Khurana feels a little foreign wherever he goes.
The annual show by Moscow’s stage designers is being held in an abandoned hospital.
Nofar, so Good
It’s no surprise that Morocco has attracted generations of Western travelers in the last century: Tantalizingly close to Europe, it’s an intoxicating...
Thank You for the Music
When conductor Vladimir Minin founded the Moscow Chamber Choir in 1972, he had no idea that he would still be at the helm at the grand age of 88.
Odoyevsky: Taking a Risk With Russian Cuisine
A new restaurant at Mendeleevskaya tries innovative tricks... with mixed success
Upon Request: Russia’s Forgotten Avant-Garde
The second part of an exhibition of avant-garde art from regional museums highlights work by unknown artists, including canvases by more than 20 painters...
Will the Real Funnymen Please Stand Up?
A group of young humorists is set on building an English-language comedy scene in Moscow – and they're not kidding.
Food for Thought
Cookery and writing keep Jennifer Eremeeva’s fire burning.
Resilience and Heart on Show as Irish Film Festival Turns 10
From Ireland's version of 'Fight Club' to a musical set in 1980s Dublin, Moscow is spoiled for choice this year as the annual festival brings the best...
Sweet Home Moscow
Illinois native James Dwyer first came to Russia to study in 1989. Now CEO of a yogurt company, he spoke to The Moscow Times about his 28-year love affair...
Matryoshka: Leading the Russian Revolution
It’s always a pleasant surprise to find your expectations upended — or at least it is when you head to a Russian restaurant expecting bear-and-balalaika...
The Thaw: Anatomy of a Cultural Awakening
Exhibits at the New Tretyakov Gallery and the Museum of Moscow seek to put the post-Stalin period into historical and cultural context.
Cinema Weekend: Message to Man Comes to Moscow's Screens
Fans of auteur cinema have a feast of film to look forward to this weekend as St. Petersburg's most distinguished film festival, Message to Man, brings...
Orhan Pamuk Receives Tolstoy Estate's Literary Award in Moscow
Turkish writer and Nobel Prize winner Orhan Pamuk has been presented with the Yasnaya Polyana Literary Award in Moscow for his 2014 novel "A Strangeness...