Articles by Svetlana Osadchuk



The Deadly Case of 9 Fleeing Skiers

Renny Harlin's "Dyatlov Pass" film about mysterious lights and unexplained deaths on a snow-covered Urals mountain opens in Russian movie theaters on Thursday. To mark the opening, we are opening our archive to share our investigative 2008 story into what exactly happened during that night in 1959.

Tough New Rules for Adoptive U.S. Parents

The government will toughen regulations for Americans wishing to adopt Russian children after a U.S. court acquitted a Virginia man of felony charges in the death of his newly adopted Russian son earlier this year, officials said Thursday.

Muscovites Canceling New Year Travel Plans

When Nastya Tarasova's mother broke the news that they would not be going on their traditional New Year's holiday in Egypt this year, the 9-year-old girl learned a new word.

Activists Enraged by Dead Sheep Incident

Animal rights activists said Monday they would ask prosecutors to investigate an unsettling incident in which dead and wounded sheep were used in a smear campaign against the new liberal opposition movement Solidarity.

12 Killed In Arctic Mine Blast

At least 12 people were killed and several others injured in a blast in a Murmansk region mine where raw materials are extracted for producing fertilizers, officials said Friday.

Flap Over Renamed Solzhenitsyn Street

  • 12 December 08
  • Staff Writers
Alexander Solzhenitsyn would have turned 90 on Thursday, but residents and companies on the newly named Ulitsa Alexander Solzhenitsyn were not celebrating.

Building Collapse in Arbat Neighbood Kills One

  • 11 December 08
  • Staff Writers
A six-story apartment building in the heart of historic central Moscow partially collapsed Wednesday, killing at least one person and injuring several others, emergency response officials said.

Attempted Suicides Linked to Crisis

A one-day spike in attempted suicides in Novosibirsk this week has left local health officials scratching their heads.

Opposition Allowed in Ingushetia's Cabinet

  • 09 December 08
  • Staff Writers
The lawyer for the family of slain Ingush opposition leader Magomed Yevloyev has been appointed as an adviser to the new president of Ingushetia, a move that analysts said is an attempt to stabilize the North Caucasus republic.

Tretyakov Outraged Over Church Icon Move

The Russian Orthodox Church has outraged employees at the Tretyakov Gallery by requesting to borrow a 15th-century icon for religious services outside Moscow — a trip curators say could irrevocably damage one of the outstanding works of ancient Russian painting.

Migrants Flee Neighborhood After Sex Killing

Almost daily, street cleaners paint over racist graffiti on apartment buildings on Ulitsa Kubinka, where a teenage girl was raped and strangled last month purportedly by an Uzbek immigrant.

Beaten Editor Threatened in Hospital

Mikhail Beketov, a newspaper editor and environmental activist in the Moscow suburb of Khimki who was brutally assaulted last week, has been transferred to a Moscow hospital for treatment and for his own safety after a series of threatening phone calls, colleagues said Monday.

Radioactive Dump Stirs Fears in City Suburb

What many children in a densely populated eastern Moscow suburb used to think of as a good little hill to play and toboggan on has turned out to be a radioactive waste dump — one that local residents and ecologists say could spill over and contaminate a larger area.

Editor Brutally Assaulted In Khimki

A newspaper editor in the Moscow suburb of Khimki was brutally assaulted by unidentified assailants in an attack his colleagues said Friday was linked to his criticism of local authorities' deforestation plans. Mikhail Beketov, editor and owner of Khimkinskaya Pravda, a weekly in the town on Moscow's northern outskirts, was discovered Thursday bloodied and unconscious near his home, his friends said in a statement.

2 Fake Law Diplomas and a $37M Haul

A Samara professor earned an eye-popping $37 million teaching law at seven schools over the course of three years. The problem is that he landed the teaching jobs with fake diplomas, investigators said.

Telling a Driver When to Stop

Twelve-year-old Artyom Morozov was midway through a crosswalk on Kashirskoye Shosse in southern Moscow when the Gazel minivan plowed into him.

Nanotechnology Venture Deal Signed

The State Nanotechnology Corporation, engine builder Saturn and Gazprombank signed a contract Wednesday to create a joint venture that will build equipment for the aviation and engineering industries.

Fans Pledge Loyalty to Putin With Padlock

About 30 young people gathered in central Moscow on Tuesday to hang a ""ring of political fidelity"" to Prime Minister Vladimir Putin on Luzhkov Bridge and drink champagne to celebrate his 56th birthday.

Pro-Kremlin Youth Slam Washington

About 80 young people gathered outside the U.S. Embassy on Sunday, chanting anti-American slogans and demanding that a former U.S. diplomat be tried over a car crash that paralyzed a Vladivostok student 10 years ago.

Festival Promises Fun for Family

The Domashny Ochag Festival at the Central House of Artists promises to be the best event for the family this weekend.

Cold Snap Leads City to Turn On Heat Early

For the past two weeks, Alexandra Shuvalova has spent almost every evening sitting in a bathtub filled with piping hot water.

Sashaying Across the Showroom, Moscow-Style

In the West, a showroom is thought of as an exhibition space where wholesale buyers can check out designers' latest collections and choose those that they want to sell in their own stores.

Bribe to Illegally Seize A Firm Put at $30,000

Need to ensnare a senior executive of a rival company in a criminal investigation? Be prepared to fork over $30,000 to an official. Tack on another $35,000 if you want a court to rule in your favor.

Catching On With the Swinging Upper Class

When asked by Leonid Brezhnev how to attract investment into the Soviet Union, billionaire entrepreneur Armand Hammer told him to provide limousines and golf courses for U.S. businessmen.

Folk, Fire And Food To Feature At Festival

The annual open-air folk music festival Harvest will take place on Saturday for the fifth time as a part of Moscow's City Day celebrations.

When a Life-Threatening Emergency Strikes

Expatriates find that car accidents, heart attacks and violent robberies can lead to long waits and big bills.

Big Ring On Red Square for City Day

This year's City Day celebrations will offer something new at the very heart of the capital: boxing on Red Square.

New Stalin for New School Year

Last year, a controversial teachersТ manual described him as an Уeffective manager.Ф Now a new manual explains that Soviet dictator Josef Stalin acted rationally in conducting a campaign of terror to ensure the countryТs modernization.

New Ways To See Moscow By Water

One of the most relaxing ways to see any city is from the river.

Chechen Commander Fired After Ossetia Tour

Defense Minister Anatoly Serdyukov has dismissed former Vostok battalion leader Sulim Yamadayev, a powerful former Chechen rebel at odds with Chechen President Ramzan Kadyrov, after he fought Georgian troops in South Ossetia, a source in the Chechen administration said Friday.