Articles by Dan Shea



Apartment Tax Catches Medvedev's Attention

Investors be warned: If you own more than one apartment, the tax man could soon have another reason to come knocking at your door.

200 Seven Sisters for a New Moscow

Perched over the Semyonovskaya metro station, the Monte Falcone office building stands 16 partially constructed floors tall.

Muslims and Malcontents Mix in Yaroslavl

  • 04 October 06
  • Staff Writers
The 22 men bowed down before Allah and pressed their arms and shoulders together and chanted. They closed their eyes. They melded into a single body.

$4,000 for a Square Meter of Apartment Space

Moscow real estate prices broke through the symbolic ceiling of $4,000 per square meter Monday, according to the authoritative web site IRN.ru.

City's Unique Heating System Warms Up for Winter

With the temperature dropping outside, the city's main power generation company, Mosenergo, is gearing up to heat Moscow through the long winter months head.

Mosenergo Goes Into Overdrive

As Muscovites start plugging in their space heaters, Mosenergo is planning to put its turbines into overdrive.

Stalin Skyscraper Will Morph Into a Hilton

Hilton will open its first Russian hotel in a renovated Stalin skyscraper in July.

Gazprom to Control Mosenergo

Unified Energy Systems will sell $2.1 billion of its shares in Mosenergo to Gazprom or a subsidiary, giving the gas giant a controlling stake in Moscow's main power provider, a person familiar with the deal said Wednesday.

Hotel Preserves Pioneer Spirit Through Turtles and Casinos

The Orlyonok Hotel, once used to house Soviet Pioneers, is dramatically expanding capacity and relaunching itself as part of a new chain, Korston.

Dom Kino Faces Its Closing Credits

As Russian film studios get back on their feet after 15 years of post-Soviet decline, the looming destruction of the industry's home for the last half-century has directors up in arms.

Franchising Comes to Moscow

With the launch last week of Century 21's operations in Moscow, real estate franchising appears to have arrived in Russia.

'Sad Sam' Building Loses Lustre

In the Soviet era it was a little piece of the West in the heart of Moscow. Journalists and diplomats from kapstrany, or ""capitalist countries,"" were assigned to live and work here, and it attracted dissidents eager to be heard.

City Hall Wants Cheaper Hotels

City officials bemoaned the state of the city's tourism industry at the Moscow International Hotel Forum and Exhibition earlier this month.

Moscow Rents Wake Up at No. 2

A new report says the city's office rents are Europe's second-highest -- after calculations were revised.

25 Years Later, Hotel Opens at Sokolniki

Visitors to the city have reason to cheer, with the opening of the Holiday Inn Sokolniki over the weekend adding 1,000 much-needed beds to Moscow's pool of three-star hotels.

5-Story 'Paradise' Meets the Wrecking Ball

Galina Nikitina is quite content with the apartment she's lived in at 113 Volgogradsky Prospekt for the past 43 years, thank you very much.

Hotels Program Gets New Push

One hundred new hotels will be built in central Moscow by 2010, said Sergei Baidakov, prefect of the Central Administrative District, Interfax reported.

Dispute Pits Deripaska Against Cheburashka

A hotel developer says it owns the land that Soyuzmultfilm has occupied since 1946.

$77M Golf Complex to Be Built on Uglich Bogland

German investors looking to give the country's burgeoning golf industry a boost are building a $77 million golf resort in Uglich, 240 kilometers north of Moscow.

Luxury Apartments Crowd Out Soviet Dream

For $200,000, residents get a seven-screen theater, parking and a view of Severnoye Chertanovo, yesterday's utopia.

Electricity Fee May Jolt Housing Costs

The uniform fee will be used to prop up the failing energy grid and might push apartment prices higher.

Music and Art Schools Envisioned for City

The city is looking to build 60 art and music schools and libraries over the next three years, chief city architect Alexander Kuzmin said Tuesday at City Hall's weekly meeting.

It's All New

The Bays - the British electonic band that refuses to record an album, and changes its image with every show - plays at 35MM.

It's All New

The Bays - the British electonic band that refuses to record an album, and changes its image with every show - plays at 35MM.

Remedy for Parking Ills Finds Few Takers

Mayor Yury Luzhkov intends to erect dozens of metal towers that can hold up to 12 cars each in an attempt to ease a growing shortage of parking space in Moscow.

Our Man in Persia

Stationed on the frontiers of the Russian Empire, Alexander Iyas witnessed the Great Game firsthand. Now, his unique record of early 20th-century imperial politics has been rediscovered.

Our Man in Persia

Stationed on the frontiers of the Russian Empire, Alexander Iyas witnessed the Great Game firsthand. Now, his unique record of early 20th-century imperial politics has been rediscovered.

Rock of Ages

Roger Waters of Pink Floyd performs his famed 1973 album ""The Dark Side of the Moon"" next-door to Red Square.

Rock of Ages

Roger Waters of Pink Floyd performs his famed 1973 album ""The Dark Side of the Moon"" next-door to Red Square.

Frozen Brains Awaiting Their Resurrection Day

Lidia Fedorenko loved life. There were her friends, family and, of course, all the former math students she had taught over the decades.