Articles by Amie Ferris-Rotman



Russian Style Looks to Motherland for Inspiration

  • 04 April 11
  • Reuters
Russia's style gurus have turned to the motherland for inspiration at the capital's fashion weeks, celebrating ethnicities and returning to a pre-Soviet era of elegance.

Georgian Film World Hopeful for Revival

  • 10 March 11
  • Reuters
Georgian moviemakers are banking on European partners, international stars such as Mexico's Gael Garcia Bernal and their rich landscape to rebuild a film industry that was devastated by the Soviet collapse.

A Glut of Heroin and Denial

  • 07 February 11
  • Reuters
Russia has one of the world's biggest heroin problems, with up to 3 million addicts according to local nongovernmental organizations. The addiction kills at least 30,000 Russians a year -- a third of the world's total heroin-related deaths.

Ingush Islamists Target Alcohol Sellers

  • 04 February 11
  • Reuters
A masked guard clad in camouflage pokes his AK-47 assault rifle into the shoulder of a vodka-guzzling client in a hotel bar in Russia's Muslim Ingushetia republic, and orders him to leave immediately.

Ingush Garlic Picker: 'What if We See a Rebel?'

  • 02 February 11
  • Reuters
Neiba scrapes out a meager income selling soil-caked clumps of wild garlic she picks in the forests of the country's poorest province an occupation a growing Islamist insurgency has made increasingly hazardous.

Art or Propaganda? N. Korea Exhibit in Moscow

  • 21 January 11
  • Reuters
Chubby-cheeked, hard-working and joyous but also ready for military action is how North Korea presents its people at a major show of official art from the secretive state.

What to Do, See and Eat With 3 Days in Moscow

  • 18 January 11
  • Reuters
The Russian capital has fabulous art, a slew of Soviet-era gems, exotic cuisine from the Caucasus and Central Asia, and simple pleasures rare in the West. How to get the most out of a stay in this vast city of almost 11 million?

State, Church Ignore Tolstoy Anniversary

  • 02 December 10
  • Reuters
The Russian Orthodox Church refused to rehabilitate him and the state chose to ignore him, but the official silence surrounding the 100th anniversary of Leo Tolstoys death has not muffled praise or quelled debate.

Jolies Russian Spy Act Wins Applause

  • 27 July 10
  • Reuters
Angelina Jolie whipped up Soviet-era nostalgia and patriotism for Mother Russia at the Moscow premiere of her spy thriller Salt. I think this film is positive for modern Russia, a broadly smiling Jolie told Reuters television at her first ever premiere in the Russian capital.

Gadhafis Son Opens Loud Desert Exhibit

  • 01 July 10
  • Reuters
Saif al-Islam Gadhafi, the son of the Libyan leader, kept Russian relations warm while he showed off his paintings in an exhibit. It is good here. We are friends, he said of Russia.

Suicide Bomber Highlights Islamist Battle

  • 20 May 10
  • Reuters
An Islamist insurgency is raging in the North Caucasus, and Dagestani teacher Rasul Magomedov knows it firsthand. His daughter was one of the suicide bombers in the Moscow metro bombings on March 29.

Russias Influence on Picasso Feted at Pushkin

  • 01 March 10
  • Reuters
More than 200 works go on display at the Pushkin Museum in the largest Picasso show in Russia in more than 50 years.

A Muslim Revival of Polygamy And Camels

  • 24 December 09
  • Reuters
Though polygamy is illegal in Russia, Chechnya encourages the practice, arguing it is allowed by sharia law and the Quran.

$4M Violin Show for City Elite

  • 02 November 09
  • Reuters
To celebrate the 227th anniversary of the birth of Italian violin wizard Nicolo Paganini, Japanese violinist Kyoko Yonemoto on Tuesday played a 1741 Guarneri del Gesu that reportedly fetched $3.9 million when Sothebys sold it last year to Russian lawyer-cum-millionaire and music enthusiast Maxim Viktorov.

Mothers of Slain Girls Go to Court In Strasburg

  • 29 September 09
  • Reuters
The suits against Russia stem from the brutal rape and murder of a 17-year-old beauty queen and a 15-year-old girl, whose deaths the mothers blame on police officers and the relative of a senior official.

Kokoity Wants Unity With Russia

  • 04 August 09
  • Reuters
A year after Russia and Georgia fought a war over South Ossetia, the leader of the rebel enclave said he wanted to unite his people with Russia and called on the Kremlin to deploy more troops and weapons.

Gazprom to Open First LNG Plant

  • 16 February 09
  • Reuters
Russian and Japanese leaders will jet to the Pacific island of Sakhalin this week for the debut of Russia's first LNG plant, a project the Japanese hope will advance their energy security despite its controversial history.

Crisis May Open Doors to West

  • 04 February 09
  • Reuters
A decline in output of Russia's star asset, oil, could provide a rare opportunity for foreign firms to gain more access to its energy sector, even though the sting of Moscow reneging on previous deals still hurts.

Falling Oil Production Threatens Pipeline Plans

  • 11 December 08
  • Reuters
Lower output, excess capacity and limited funding could render the planned BTS-2 pipeline to the Baltic Sea useless.

Tycoon's Schools Suffer Along With Company

  • 02 December 08
  • Reuters
A network of Jewish schools spanning Russia and many former Soviet countries says it is facing budget cuts and shutdowns as the global financial crisis bites into its benefactors real estate empire.

Patriotism Leads Movie Comeback

  • 05 June 08
  • Reuters
A gang of black-clad horsemen gallop past a line of gallows, splattering tufts of snow against frozen corpses. They are the oprichniki, loyal henchmen of 16th-century Tsar Ivan the Terrible. Severed dogs heads dangle from their saddles, a warning to the motherlands internal enemies.

TNK, BP Air Their Differences in Public

  • 28 May 08
  • Reuters
British oil major BP and a group of Russian billionaires publicly aired their differences on Tuesday over their TNK-BP venture, which analysts expect to be pushed into a takeover by a Russian state firm.

Trutnev Sets New Rules on Equity Investments

  • 27 December 07
  • Reuters
Natural Resources Minister Yury Trutnev said his ministry would propose easing access to state auctions of large oil, gas and metal deposits by foreign companies but would tighten control over large-equity deals.

Trutnev Sets New Rules on Equity Investments

  • 27 December 07
  • Reuters
Natural Resources Minister Yury Trutnev said his ministry would propose easing access to state auctions of large oil, gas and metal deposits by foreign companies but would tighten control over large-equity deals.

Oil Tax Burden Weighs Down Sector

  • 19 October 07
  • Reuters
Tax risks and fear of political uncertainty are acting as a drag on the country's oil- and gas-dominated stock market, which was a star performer in 2006 but has underachieved this year.

Putin Promises Not to Forget Beslan

  • 03 September 07
  • Reuters
President Vladimir Putin said the country would not forget the ""children who would never go to school again,"" recalling hundreds killed in the Belsan school attack three years ago.