Articles by Jennifer Monaghan



Bilateral Visa Waiver Announced for Indigenous Peoples of Alaska, Russia's Chukotka

As relations between Moscow and Washington scrape lows unparalleled in the post-Cold War era, the indigenous populations on either side of the Bering Strait are breaking down bureaucratic barriers to ease travel and cooperation between Russia and the United States.

MacArthur Foundation to Shut Moscow Branch, Cites Crackdown on NGOs

The MacArthur Foundation has announced that it will close its Moscow office following the introduction of several laws limiting the activities of nongovernmental organizations in Russia.

Spate of Russian Road Accidents Claim Dozens of Lives, Leave Scores More Injured

Upward of 25 people died overnight and scores more were injured in a series of large-scale road accidents across Russia, the Interfax news agency reported Wednesday.

Crimean Film Director Stands Trial in Russia on Terrorism Charges

A Ukrainian film director went on trial in southern Russia on Tuesday accused of terrorism in a case that he and his supporters say is political revenge for his opposition of Crimea's annexation from Ukraine last year.

Obama Effigy Suspended by Noose From Russian Bridge

An effigy of U.S. President Barack Obama was discovered hanging from a bridge Monday in the Ural Mountains region of Perm, its head covered by an executioner's hood, news reports said.

Cocky Seal Freerides With Russian Fishermen for 8 Hours

A group of Russian fishermen picked up an unlikely hitchhiker on a recent expedition when a seal hopped into their boat and stayed with them for the next eight hours, refusing to budge.

Head of Russian State-Run News Agency 'Blocked' From Facebook, Instagram

Dmitry Kiselyov, the director of state-run news agency Rossiya Segodnya, opened accounts on popular social networks Facebook and Instagram over the weekend, only to find they had both been blocked within a matter of hours.

Russian Opposition Politician to Serve as Saakashvili's Deputy Governor in Ukraine

Russian political activist Maria Gaidar is set to become the new deputy governor of Ukraine's Odessa region, where she will work under former Georgian President Mikhail Saakashvili, news reports said.

Russian Scientists Discover Mummified Child in Northern Siberia

Archeologists in the northern Yamal-Nenets autonomous district believe that a cocoon unearthed during a recent excavation contains the mummified remains of a young child, news reports said.

One Year On, Russia Opposes Tribunal Into MH17 Airplane Tragedy

On the eve of the first anniversary of the downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 over war-torn eastern Ukraine, Russian President Vladimir Putin dismissed calls for a UN tribunal to be set up to prosecute those suspected of bringing down the ill-fated passenger jet.

Fabio Is Finally Gone Ц But Who Is Next for Team Russia?

Conflicting rumors were rife as to who would take on Russia's football team after Italian coach Fabio Capello's long-anticipated departure was announced Tuesday, but pundits were agreed on one thing: The new coach should be a Russian.

Working Group Set Up for Remains of Russia's Last Royal Family

Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has tasked a working group with studying and reburying the remains of two members of the Romanov royal family who were murdered by Bolshevik revolutionaries almost 100 years ago.

Russian Bakers Sentenced to Hard Time for Selling Opium-Laced Buns

Four members of a family of bakers in the city of Voronezh have been sentenced to upward of eight years in prison each for having allegedly sold poppy-seed buns laced with opium out of their cafe.

United Russia to Unveil 'Straight Flag' in Honor of Traditional Family

Russia's ruling political party has designed a “heterosexual flag” to honor traditional family values, the Izvestia newspaper reported Wednesday.

Ukrainian Pilot Faces Graver Charges Over Deaths of Russian Journalists

Investigators in Moscow have reclassified the charges against jailed Ukrainian pilot Nadezhda Savchenko, whom they now accuse of direct involvement in the deaths of two Russian journalists last year.

Most Russians Not Interested in Football, Poll Shows

As the country gears up to host the next World Cup tournament, interest in football has hit an all-time low in Russia, with most people saying they don't watch the game, state-run pollster VTsIOM showed Monday.

Russian Politicians Launch Witch Hunt Against Founder of The Moscow Times

Derk Sauer, the Dutchman who founded The Moscow Times in 1992, should be forced to leave his current job as president of the RBC news agency, a nationalist firebrand Russian politician was quoted as saying Friday.

Purges Signal End to Crimea's Special Status Under Russia

A recent spate of dismissals and criminal cases against high-ranking Crimean officials can be seen as the inevitable consequence of change as the Black Sea region adjusts to life under the Russian system.

Russian Orthodox Church Spokesman Lashes Out Over U.S. Gay Marriage Ruling

A spokesman for the Russian Orthodox Church has called on all those who idolize the American democratic model to take a hard look at themselves after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled to legalize same-sex marriage.

Most Russians See More Enemies Than Friends Among International Community

Just 34 percent of Russians believe their country has a greater number of friends than enemies, with the United States and President Barack Obama viewed as the nationТs biggest threat, a survey by state-run pollster VTsIOM revealed Thursday.

Most Russians Want State to Remain Secular

The majority of Russians want to live in a secular state but almost half of the population is happy for the church to influence societal morality, a survey by state-run pollster VTsIOM has found.

Documenting Amateur Russian Football: From Cows to Closed Cities

From the grass-shy pitches in the north to fields in central Russia surrounded by churches, photographer Sergei Novikov's latest project offers a glimpse into life in the Russian regions.

Former KGB Officer Wins Case Against Lithuania

A Lithuanian man who worked for the KGB when the Baltic state was part of the Soviet Union won his case against his country at the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) on Tuesday after he claimed his KGB past had prevented him from finding further employment.

11 Russian Superstitions (Because We Were Scared to Do 13)

Russians are a superstitious lot. The Moscow Times highlights 10 of the most common superstitions travelers to Russia are likely to encounter.

Kamchatka Authorities Urge Caution as Bears Awaken From Hibernation

"If you go down to the woods today, you're sure of a big surprise," goes the popular English-language nursery rhyme "Teddy Bears' Picnic," and for residents of Russia's far eastern Kamchatka region the song has never been more appropriate.

Nearly 90% of Russians Oppose Polygamy, Poll Shows

Weeks after a Chechen police chief took a 17-year-old local girl as his second bride, a state-run pollster has revealed that 87 percent of Russians stand opposed to the practice of polygamy among the population as a whole.

Putin's Approval Rating Remains at 86% Unfazed by Economic Crisis, Ukraine Conflict

President Vladimir Putin continues to enjoy the approval of a staggering 86 percent of the Russian public, a poll revealed Thursday, indicating levels of support that many Western leaders could only dream of.

6 Places to Swim in Moscow This Summer

Those who haven't managed to escape the city for the dacha can take a break from the long hot summer days at one of the Russian capital's beaches or pools.

Pussy Riot Appeals to European Court Over Russia's Failure to Punish Men Who Whipped Them

Two members of the female protest group Pussy Riot have appealed to the European Court of Human Rights after Russian police failed to prosecute a group of men who attacked them with a whip and pepper spray in front of witnesses last year, a news report said Monday.

Court Rules Songs by Russian Metal Bands Are 'Extremist'

A court in Russia's Far East said Monday that it had found signs of "violence and intolerance" in songs by two Russian metal bands and that it has asked the Justice Ministry to include the tracks on a federal list of extremist materials.