Articles by J. Quinn Martin



Single Parents Get a Helping Hand in Taganka

In Russia today, 70 percent of families headed by a single woman live below the poverty line. Fathers frequently fail to pay child support.

New School Promotes Concept of Volunteerism

For the first 40 years of Sergei Matveyev's life, there was nothing voluntary about volunteering. Like every child who grew up in the Soviet Union, Matveyev ""voluntarily"" scrubbed his school from top to bottom on Saturdays.

New NGO to Target Russia's Health Problems

Backed by a $25-million grant from USAID, the Healthy Russia campaign will appeal directly to the Russian people to change their behavior.

American Builds His 'Flying Tractor'

When American entrepreneur Glen Gordon decided to manufacture and sell his innovative ""flying tractor,"" Russia was about the last place he thought he'd build it.

Adopting Couple Eases Life for City's Orphans

With six children of their own, Irina Polezhayeva and her husband, Omar Aishakh, already had a big family. Then they welcomed nine more children into their home.

Radical Approach Integrates Disabled Students

Kovcheg No. 1321 is Russia's first and only ""integrated school,"" a radical educational project that places disabled children in the same classrooms as regular kids.

St. Pete Stakes Claim as Software Capital

""There is a constant rivalry between Moscow and St. Petersburg that only St. Petersburg people participate in,"" quipped Nikolai Puntikov, the loquacious chief of St. Petersburg software development company Star Software. Except when it comes to designing software, that is.

Brazilian on a Mission for City's Street Children

When Vivi Teixeira arrived in Moscow five years ago from Brazil, she came across street children everywhere she went.

Volsky Brothers Built a Bolshoi Career in Stages

When the curtain went up on Tchaikovsky's ""The Queen of Spades"" at the Budapest Opera House in May, Viktor and Rafail Volsky counted it as their 200th premiere.

IT Boom Reverses Brain Drain

Victor Mikhaylov had high hopes when he left his native Chelyabinsk to work as a programmer at a promising Internet-based company on the U.S. West Coast in 2000, at the height of the technology boom.

Moscow's Homeless Turn to Mother Valeria

An ailing 74-year-old Orthodox nun, Mother Valeria Makeyeva has run a homeless shelter out of her one-room apartment in northeastern Moscow since 1989.

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The tiny Siberian town of Khanty-Mansiisk will be transformed this week into a Mecca for world film industry movers and shakers when it hosts its first-ever international film festival.

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The tiny Siberian town of Khanty-Mansiisk will be transformed this week into a Mecca for world film industry movers and shakers when it hosts its first-ever international film festival.