Questions & Answers

Q&A: Delta Air Lines Is a Business and a Bridge for Tarasov

Q&A: Delta Air Lines Is a Business and a Bridge for Tarasov

As the son of a military pilot, air travel is in Leonid Tarasov's blood. He flew just two weeks after being born, back to his father's garrison in Ukraine.

Q&A: How a French Sugar Seller Became a Jeweler of Roses

Q&A: How a French Sugar Seller Became a Jeweler of Roses

Florence Gervais d'Aldin got hooked on Russia at an early age when the Soviet Navy dropped anchor in Cherbourg, a port in northern France.

Q&A: Chess Not Just a Game for Infrastructure Oligarch

Q&A: Chess Not Just a Game for Infrastructure Oligarch

Though he said he hadn't played chess for a year, infrastructure oligarch Andrei Filatov knew the risk of defeat was negligible when he agreed to a match with a less-than-talented Moscow Times reporter in the offices of the Russian Chess Federation.

Q&A: Petrov Sells Russian Helicopters Ч and Flies Them

Q&A: Petrov Sells Russian Helicopters Ч and Flies Them

Readers of Britain's Times might have been astonished when they opened the newspaper one April morning last year and saw a full-page advertisement of a helicopter flying over Buckingham Palace and carrying a huge white gift box tied up with a white ribbon.

Q&A: Mike Tyson's 'Mom' Peers Into the Russian Mind

Q&A: Mike Tyson's 'Mom' Peers Into the Russian Mind

There is only one person in the world who boxing legend Mike Tyson calls "Mom" Ч and she's not his biological mother, who died when he was 16. The title goes to Marilyn Murray, a U.S.-born descendant of Russian immigrants who is also a scholar of the Russian mind.

Q&A: Finn Flare's Ryasova Dressing People for Success

Q&A: Finn Flare's Ryasova Dressing People for Success

The answer as to why Russians are so good at getting rich quickly came to Ksenia Ryasova, who started and runs the chain of Finn Flare clothing stores, as she peered out the window of a train departing from Helsinki.

Q&A: Metro's Jeroen de Groot Feels at Home, Humbly

Q&A: Metro's Jeroen de Groot Feels at Home, Humbly

The parching heat wave of 2010 did a tremendous favor to Germany's Metro Cash & Carry, just as Jeroen de Groot was coming on board to lead the company's Russian operation.

Q&A: Yury Luzhkov Says He's a Completely Free Man

Q&A: Yury Luzhkov Says He's a Completely Free Man

Immediately after Yury Luzhkov was dismissed from office, his friend and predecessor Gavriil Popov asked him to be dean of the International University in Moscow.

Q&A: Skrynnik Sets 7 Growth Records in Agriculture

Q&A: Skrynnik Sets 7 Growth Records in Agriculture

There's much glitter in Agriculture Minister Yelena Skrynnik's reception area. Some of the sheen emanates from a gold-colored frame around a full-length mirror. More radiates from a nearby silvery imitation of an apple tree with shiny white fruit.

Q&A: With Bribery, Spaniard Finds It Takes Two to Tango

Q&A: With Bribery, Spaniard Finds It Takes Two to Tango

Antonio Linares was at wits' end. He had built Spanish giant Roca's first factory in Russia from the ground up in three years.

Q&A: Following Instinct From Amsterdam to Moscow

Q&A: Following Instinct From Amsterdam to Moscow

"By the time I get a chance to think about my decisions, I've already made them in my gut," Jan-Wilm Rovers said, crossing under the inflatable Father Frost that sits above the door to his office Ч one of 25,000 products sold by Koopman International RUS, the trading company where Rovers is chief executive.

Q&A: Ferrero's Spanish Director Leads With the Heart

Q&A: Ferrero's Spanish Director Leads With the Heart

Arturo Cardelus has spent hundreds of hours on Russian lessons in the eight years since he moved to Moscow to build up the local operations of Ferrero, the Italian family-owned chocolate giant.

Opinion

Wrapping It Up: Russian Style

By Michele A. Berdy One of†the tricky places in†Russian is t

How Russia Helped NATO Rediscover Itself (Op-Ed)

By John Lough The Kremlin will be struggling to reconc