Articles by C.J. Chivers



Top Gun

A new memoir by Mikhail Kalashnikov both reveals and obscures the designer whose name became synonymous with modern war.

Top Gun

A new memoir by Mikhail Kalashnikov both reveals and obscures the designer whose name became synonymous with modern war.

From Soviet Roots to a Market Bloomer

  • 02 February 07
  • NEW YORK TIMES SERVICE
From being the former supplier to the Kremlin, this greenhouse complex has become a testament to Russia's ability to adapt.

Chechen's Shame Raises Questions

  • 31 August 06
  • NEW YORK TIMES SERVICE
The humiliation of Malika Soltayeva, a pregnant Chechen woman suspected of adultery, was ferocious and swift.

U.S. Helps Uzbeks Ship Nuclear Waste to Russia

  • 21 April 06
  • NEW YORK TIMES SERVICE
The U.S. National Nuclear Security Administration said it had completed the removal of 63 kilograms of weapons-grade nuclear fuel from a small reactor in Uzbekistan and transferred the material to a secure storage site in Russia.

Azeri President's U.S. Visit Raises Eyebrows

  • 20 April 06
  • NEW YORK TIMES SERVICE
Next week, after years of waiting for an unequivocal nod of Western approval, Azeri President Ilham Aliyev will fly to Washington to be received at the White House, a visit his administration hopes will enhance his stature.

Buying Wine Takes a Delicate Nose for Fraud

  • 10 April 06
  • NEW YORK TIMES SERVICE
Dry young Saperavi, a wine so tannic that Georgian winemakers often call it not red but black, can be one of the great pleasures of the former Soviet world.

Police Attack Peaceful Protesters in Azerbaijan

  • 28 November 05
  • NEW YORK TIMES SERVICE
Dense formations of riot police officers attacked a peaceful opposition demonstration in the Azeri capital on Saturday, beating and chasing away thousands of unarmed people protesting rigged parliamentary elections earlier in November.

Soviet-Era Depots Tempting Terrorists

  • 21 July 05
  • NEW YORK TIMES SERVICE
The ammunition is stacked in mounds in a clearing, exposed to rain and sun. The crates that hold it are rotting. After more than a decade in the elements, many have ruptured, exposing high-explosive rockets and mortar fins.

10 Troops Killed in Dagestan Blast

  • 04 July 05
  • NEW YORK TIMES SERVICE
At least 10 Interior Ministry Troops were killed on Friday afternoon when a radio-controlled bomb exploded outside a banya in Dagestan's capital, Makhachkala.

Dead Zone of Chernobyl Opened Up to Tourists

  • 21 June 05
  • NEW YORK TIMES SERVICE
For $200 to $400 anyone willing can tour the deserted remnants of the region that housed the ill-fated Soviet nuclear power plant.

Survivors, Toe Tags Offer Clues to Uprising

  • 24 May 05
  • NEW YORK TIMES SERVICE
Since May 13, when Uzbek troops used fusillades of gunfire to put down a prison break and demonstration in the eastern city of Andijan, Uzbek President Islam Karimov has insisted the troops were fighting Islamic militants, and any civilians struck were felled either by accident or by the militants' guns.

Keeping That Special Glow Safe at Home

  • 04 May 05
  • NEW YORK TIMES SERVICE
Efforts have been stepped up to install radiation detectors at airports, ports and border crossings.

Kuchma Weighs Legacy With Mixed Emotions

  • 24 January 05
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President Leonid Kuchma plans a role in the life of a nation that almost allergically rejected the course he had set for it.

Ukrainian Spies Changed Nation's Path

  • 18 January 05
  • NEW YORK TIMES SERVICE
As protests against a rigged presidential election overwhelmed Kiev last fall, an alarm sounded at Interior Ministry bases outside the city.

Suspects Aplenty in Political Poisoning

  • 21 December 04
  • NEW YORK TIMES SERVICE
The presidential candidate appeared for a secret meeting an hour before midnight on Sept. 5, arriving in a black Mercedes-Benz at a dacha -- a suburban villa -- outside Kiev. He was accompanied by a campaign manager. He had left his bodyguards behind.

Kuchma's Son-in-Law Pinchuk Has a Lot at Stake

  • 03 December 04
  • NEW YORK TIMES SERVICE
The man with a unique view of the interests and issues that have deadlocked Ukraine sat in his well-guarded office, amid a valuable showcase of Russian art, and said a political compromise seemed to be at hand that could stop his country's political crisis at last.

Nadezhda Seeking Love? No, It's a Con

  • 05 November 04
  • NEW YORK TIMES SERVICE
As she sends e-mail with her photograph to men around the world, Nadezhda Medvedeva calls to the lonely in just the right voice.

Georgia's Police Aim to Take Back Roads

  • 31 August 04
  • NEW YORK TIMES SERVICE
Lounging in front of empty barracks, the traffic police officers watched traffic rush past. There was nothing for them to do. They did not even try.

The Hunt for Inner-City Nuclear Waste

  • 11 August 04
  • NEW YORK TIMES SERVICE
The radiation experts arrived at Viktor Avram's auto repair shop last month, appearing beside the wall separating the shop from an enormous factory next door. The men warned Avram to take care where he strolled.

Alkhanov Gets a Power Boost

  • 02 August 04
  • NEW YORK TIMES SERVICE
The pro-Moscow Chechen government signed an agreement Friday with electricity monopoly Unified Energy Systems for restoring electricity to the republic, where utility services have been rendered almost nonexistent by a decade of lawlessness and war.

Retrospective Diagnosis Says Lenin Had Syphilis

  • 23 June 04
  • NEW YORK TIMES SERVICE
Whispers have circulated for decades that Vladimir Lenin was afflicted with syphilis throughout his career.

U.S., Turkey Discuss Iraqi Kurds

  • 10 February 03
  • NEW YORK TIMES SERVICE
U.S. diplomats are engaged in delicate negotiations here that could allow tens of thousands of Turkish soldiers to occupy part of northern Iraq behind an advancing American army, Turkish and Kurdish officials said.