Articles by Ola Cichowlas



Moscow Redevelopment Pits Archeologists Against Bureaucrats

Every city has its secrets and, every now and again, they see the light of day. When Moscow began its biggest road reconstruction project to date, workers uncovered treasures that had been hidden for centuries.

Turned Out Onto the Streets: Moscow's Muslims Struggle to Find Place to Pray

On Tuesday, July 5, Ramil Tokobekov awoke at 3 a.m. so he could travel across Moscow to reach the city's Cathedral Mosque in time for 5 a.m. prayers.

Ukrainian Question Divides Orthodox World

It took over 1,000 years to gather the religious leaders of the many Eastern Orthodox churches in one place, and still, when it happened, not everyone was in attendance.

United Russia: Same Game, New Tactics

By June 19, President Vladimir Putin is expected to sign a decree that will officially kick-start the campaign season. 

Russian Hooligans at Euro 2016 Threaten Kremlin’s Goals

In the closing minutes of the June 11 match in Marseilles, Vasily Berezutsky rose to head home the equalizing goal. What happened next made front-page news across the world.

Russians Are Struggling to Afford Medication

"Pharmacies have become like jewelry shops," complained a man during this year's annual phone-in with the Russian president.

Deconstructing Moscow's Constructivist Legacy

When Moscow city deputy Alexandra Parushina asked the men in bulldozers if they had permission to tear down a 1920s housing estate in her constituency, security guards threw her to the ground.

Is a New Iron Curtain Falling Over Russia?

The fall of the Soviet Union gave Russians a taste for several freedoms. Some, like freedom of expression and assembly, are no longer taken for granted.

Why Savchenko is Less Havel than Malcolm X

The receptions could not have been more different. In Kiev: crowds of well-wishers, multiple TV livestreaming, press conferences. In Moscow: out of public eye and under close surveillance.

The True Russia in Book 'Nothing Is True and Everything Is Possible'

Television "is the only force that can unify and rule and bind this country," British producer and journalist Peter Pomerantsev says in his superb debut book "Nothing Is True and Everything Is Possible," which follows the author's decade-long career in factual television set against the backdrop of Moscow's mega-rich parties, Siberian gangster cities, North Caucasus villages, London courtrooms and New York penthouses.