Articles by Mansur Mirovalev



Physicist Ginzburg Dead at 93

  • 10 November 09
  • The Associated Press
The 2003 Nobel laureate and staunch atheist credited his work on the hydrogen bomb with saving him from StalinТs purges.

Kadyrov Wins Defamation Lawsuit

  • 07 October 09
  • The Associated Press
Kadyrov sought 10 million rubles ($330,000) in damages, but judge Tatyana Fedosova ruled that Memorial and Orlov should pay 70,000 rubles ($2,300).

Memorial Chief Blames Kadyrov Again

  • 28 September 09
  • The Associated Press
Oleg Orlov, on trial over a defamation claim filed by the Chechen president, said Friday that he stood by his statements blaming Kadyrov for the slaying of activist Natalya Estemirova, citing an atmosphere of lawlessness he said the leader has fostered.

СGhost BusТ Takes Migrants On Trip to Russia

  • 24 August 09
  • The Associated Press
On paper, the bus does not exist.
It has no schedule, and no route. It shows up mysteriously, and just as mysteriously, the dozens of men who await it know when it is coming.

Peres Wins Review of Iran Sale

  • 20 August 09
  • The Associated Press
Israeli President Shimon Peres said Wednesday that the Kremlin has promised to reconsider the planned delivery of air defense missiles to Iran that Israel and the United States fear could be used to protect IranТs nuclear facilities.

Flying to Mars for $21,000 and No TV or Internet

  • 16 July 09
  • The Associated Press
Engineers broke a red wax seal and six men emerged from a metal hatch after 105 days of isolation in a mock spacecraft, still smiling after testing the stresses that space travelers may face on the journey to Mars.

Khodorkovsky Pleads Not Guilty in Court

  • 22 April 09
  • The Associated Press
Imprisoned former Yukos CEO Mikhail Khodorkovsky pleaded not guilty Tuesday to new embezzlement and laundering charges that are widely seen as politically motivated.

Former U.S. Officials Seek Improved Russia Ties

  • 20 March 09
  • The Associated Press
Some of the biggest names in U.S. foreign policy of the past decades met with Prime Minister Vladimir Putin and President Dmitry Medvedev Friday, in an effort to improve frosty relations that experts say could threaten many U.S. foreign policy goals.

Tbilisi and Moscow Accused of War Crimes

  • 26 January 09
  • The Associated Press
Both sides in RussiaТs war with Georgia over the breakaway South Ossetia region committed numerous human rights violations, atrocities and noncombat killings during and after the brief August conflict, Human Rights Watch said.

Rights Group Demands Probe of Vienna Slaying

  • 19 January 09
  • The Associated Press
A human rights group urged Russian and Austrian authorities to investigate the slaying of a Chechen man who they say claimed Chechen President Ramzan Kadyrov personally tortured him.

Archaeologist Finds Lost Jewish Capital

  • 22 September 08
  • The Associated Press
An Astrakhan archaeologist said he has found the lost capital of the Khazars, a powerful nation that adopted Judaism as its official religion more than 1,000 years ago, only to disappear leaving little trace of its culture.

Lavrov Warns West on Georgia

  • 02 September 08
  • The Associated Press
Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov warned the West on Monday against supporting Georgia's leadership and called for an arms embargo against Tbilisi until a different government is in place.

Georgians Doing Forced Labor in South Ossetia

  • 18 August 08
  • The Associated Press
Against their will, Georgian men in their 40s and 50s hauled debris from the streets of separatist South Ossetia's bombed-out capital.

Ingushetia's Forces Accused of Abuses

  • 26 June 08
  • The Associated Press
Security forces are responsible for widespread human rights abuses in Ingushetia, Human Rights Watch said in a report released Wednesday.

Soviet Union Survives Online

  • 22 April 08
  • The Associated Press
The Soviet Union may be in the dustbin of history, but there's one place the socialist utopia lives on: cyberspace.

Medvedev Already The Butt of Jokes

  • 11 March 08
  • The Associated Press
A joke circulating these days has Vladimir Putin and Dmitry Medvedev waking up in the Kremlin in 2023 with a vicious hangover. Putin says to Medvedev: ""Which of us is president and which of us is prime minister today?""

Deal for Caspian Gas Pipeline Signed

  • 21 December 07
  • The Associated Press
Russia, Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan signed a landmark agreement Thursday to build a natural gas pipeline along the Caspian Sea coast that would strengthen Moscow's monopoly on energy exports from the resource-rich region.

Uzbekistan to Vote for President

  • 21 December 07
  • The Associated Press
Uzbek President Islam Karimov seems certain of winning re-election Sunday, but his foes say the vote will be little more than political theater.

Uzbekistan to Vote for President

  • 21 December 07
  • The Associated Press
Uzbek President Islam Karimov seems certain of winning re-election Sunday, but his foes say the vote will be little more than political theater.

Deal for Caspian Gas Pipeline Signed

  • 21 December 07
  • The Associated Press
Russia, Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan signed a landmark agreement Thursday to build a natural gas pipeline along the Caspian Sea coast that would strengthen Moscow's monopoly on energy exports from the resource-rich region.

China Prevailing In 'Great Game'

  • 17 December 07
  • The Associated Press
The driver of the 18-wheel tractor-trailer from China idling at the Kazakhstan-China border said apples were the cargo he brought to Almaty, Kazakhstan's booming commercial center. For Kazakhs, there's a tart irony in the shipment.

China Prevailing In 'Great Game'

  • 17 December 07
  • The Associated Press
The driver of the 18-wheel tractor-trailer from China idling at the Kazakhstan-China border said apples were the cargo he brought to Almaty, Kazakhstan's booming commercial center. For Kazakhs, there's a tart irony in the shipment.

Nashi Says U.S. Planning Insurrection

  • 04 December 07
  • The Associated Press
Nashi, the pro-Kremlin youth group, accused the United States of planning to incite ""thieves and traitors"" to seize key public buildings and squares and urged the crowd at a post-election celebration to help thwart the attempt.

Nashi Says U.S. Planning Insurrection

  • 04 December 07
  • The Associated Press
Nashi, the pro-Kremlin youth group, accused the United States of planning to incite ""thieves and traitors"" to seize key public buildings and squares and urged the crowd at a post-election celebration to help thwart the attempt.

Malaysian Readies for Liftoff

  • 09 October 07
  • The Associated Press
A crew that includes Malaysia's first astronaut and an American who will become the first woman to command the international space station prepared Monday for blastoff later this week.

Uzbek Theater Director Killed

  • 10 September 07
  • The Associated Press
Mark Weil, a prominent theater director in Uzbekistan whose productions caused controversy there, was stabbed to death in the Uzbek capital, a theater spokeswoman said. He was 55.

Hundreds of Police Sent to Ingushetia

  • 13 August 07
  • The Associated Press
Hundreds of Interior Ministry police reinforcements have been dispatched to Ingushetia, the ministry said Friday, as fears grow that a sharp spike in violence in the volatile North Caucasus republic is signaling a resurgence in rebel activity from neighboring Chechnya.

Church Attacks 'Ideology of Science'

  • 09 August 07
  • The Associated Press
A spokesman for the Russian Orthodox Church said Wednesday that the country's schools should teach religious principles and moral values, and accused some leading scientists of trying to impose the ""ideology of science"" on the school system.

Kalashnikov Says Conscience is Clear

  • 09 July 07
  • The Associated Press
Sixty years after the AK-47 went into production, designer Mikhail Kalashnikov says he doesn't stay awake at night worrying about the bloodshed wrought by the world's most popular assault rifle.

Lambs That Celebrities Like to Wear

  • 29 May 07
  • The Associated Press
A newborn karakul lamb scampers across the grass-fringed desert sand, its fur a wave of tight black curls that form a pattern as unique as human fingerprints.