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Dmitry Hvorostovsky, Russia’s First Man of Opera, Dies at 55
Dmitry Hvorostovsky, one of the world’s premier operatic baritones, passed away on Tuesday in London after battling brain cancer.
A Billionaire Is Trying to Ignite a Revolution in Russian Education
Moscow’s outskirts will soon house a school that pledges to foster Russia's future leaders
Mikhail Shemyakin: Retrospective of an Unintentional Rebel
This major retrospective of Mikhail Shemyakin is a rare example of an artist who did not conform to the dictates of socialist realism, but continued to...
Last Address Commemorates American Executed During Soviet-Era Repressions
Samuel Raphael Friedman was an American idealist. His dreams to build a socialist utopia ended with his execution as a spy.
Zaryadye Park: A Graveyard of History at the Kremlin Walls
Moscow’s stunning new park fails to honor the neighborhood’s architectural heritage
Phoenix From the Flames: The Story of Moscow Through Foreigners’ Eyes
A cartographic adventure through time and space awaits visitors at the Museum of Moscow. See how the city has changed since the 18th century through the...
Born to a French father and Russian mother, Cecile Plaige grew up in Paris. After pursuing competitive figure skating in Moscow as a teenager, she made...
Behind the Silver Screen: A Tour of Russia's Mosfilm Studios
The museum at this famed movie company offers a journey through history, including outdoor sets of Moscow and St. Petersburg, as well as costumes and props...
Creatures Great and Small: 7 Places For City Kids to Meet Animals
For many children, even ordinary domestic pets are magical creatures. Here are our top places for kids to interact with animals in safe, sanitary, and...
Petit Cafe: Moscow's Melting Pot
Risk-taking marinades and eclectic ingredients eclipse the French classics at this new restaurant near Kropotkinskaya.
Wine Time: A Real Corker
Russian cheese comes of age at this new restaurant near Trubnaya.
From Extravagance to Exile: What to See at the Chekhov Theater Festival
From May 24 to July 20, the Chekhov International Theater Festival is bringing 21 productions from 14 different countries to Moscow, with highlights including...
Work of Art
Arts professor John Lavell’s last big project is to establish a British arts school in Moscow. He spoke to The Moscow Times about his background in art...
Museum Night: Moscow calls on culture to win 'battle of the sofa'
Once celebrated as the city of 1,000 churches, these days Moscow is a city of museums. On the evening of May 20, over 200 museums, galleries, and art schools...
Hong Kong: Chinese Fusion Up in the Air
Hong Kong at the Holiday Inn Sokolniki continues the culinary syncretism of its namesake, drawing on modern Western trends for dishes Europeans would expect...
Away From the Archives
An assistant professor at the Higher School of Economics, Dr. Seth Bernstein has lived in Moscow since 2013. He told The Moscow Times about the difficulties...
Moregrill: Experiments in Culinary Matchmaking
Despite promising "surf and turf," a new restaurant in central Moscow delivers sauces and small plates.
God and the Selfie Generation: A Monastery Reborn
The twin gates of the Vysoko-Petrovsky Monastery beckon visitors into an oasis away from central Moscow’s noisy streets.
José Bustamante: Peruvian in Moscow
José Roberto Rodríguez Bustamante is an actor, a poet, and the Counsellor at the Peruvian embassy in Russia.
The Italian Who Came Into the Cold
Russians often claim that Moscow and St. Petersburg are intellectual bubbles, but theater director Alessandra Giuntini’s career testifies to the fertile...
Paint the Town Green: Moscow Gets Ready to Celebrate the Emerald Isle
It's that time of year again — Moscow is celebrating St. Patrick's Day with a wealth of cultural events for Irish Week, including the Irish Film Festival...