Articles by Caroline McGregor



Rich Businessmen Give but Public Isn't Impressed

Russian philanthropists are thought to give hundreds of millions of dollars a year to charity, but unlike their pre-revolutionary predecessors, public opinion is stacked against them.

The American Dream

Following in the footsteps of major world leaders, this year's crop of U.S. Rhodes Scholars includes an unprecedented number of students born in the former Soviet Union.

The American Dream

Following in the footsteps of major world leaders, this year's crop of U.S. Rhodes Scholars includes an unprecedented number of students born in the former Soviet Union.

Sakharov Archive Finds New Home

First they piled up at his daughter's house outside Boston. Then they relocated for a decade to a small university in the nearby suburbs. This fall, they landed at Harvard University.

Words by Madonna and Pictures by Gennady

Gennady Spirin's name does not appear on the cover of Madonna's most recent storybook for children, though it's as much his work as hers.

Grozny Sends Arab Envoy to Moscow

Ziyad Sabsabi is a unique figure in the pro-Moscow Chechen administration.

The World of Vladimir Vladimirovich

When political life starts to seem painfully dull, many of the city's politically conscious head to the imaginary world of vladimir.vladimirovich.ru for its short spoofs of what may or may not go on behind the Kremlin's walls.

Prosecutors Charge Yaroslavl Governor

Yaroslavl Governor Anatoly Lisitsyn announced Monday that he has been charged with overstepping his authority, in a case that an analyst said looked like a Kremlin lesson to governors who are not sufficiently loyal.

Construction Mogul Ditches Space Bid for Medical Reasons

Sergei Polonsky, the construction mogul and space tourist-hopeful, will not fly to the international space station in October ""for medical reasons,"" his company, Stroimontage, and the Federal Space Agency said Friday.

Should Putin Fear a Kerry Victory?

President Vladimir Putin doesn't get to vote in the U.S. elections in November, but it's clear he'd cast his ballot for George W. Bush if he did.

Construction Mogul Bargains for Space Ride

If there's a more uniquely grandiose way to convert fortune into fame than flying to outer space, real estate developer Sergei Polonsky can't think of one.

FSB Breaks Up Lubyanka Rally

Two young Yabloko party activists who protested outside the FSB's Lubyanka headquarters on Tuesday were hospitalized after police officers broke up their unsanctioned demonstration, the party said.

Worries Grow Over Housing Reforms

The state has been promising Natasha Yakovleva and her four children an upgrade from their one-room apartment for four years. Now, as President Vladimir Putin's social reforms roll forward, she is not sure whether she will ever get it.

Russia Sending Political Consultants to Ukraine

Ukraine's presidential election is three months away, and this has not gone unnoticed by Russia.

Shuster's Show Axed for Being Too Elitist

NTV's ""Svoboda Slova"" was taken off the air because ""it ceased to objectively reflect debates in society,"" the station's general director, Vladimir Kulistikov, said in an interview published Monday in Kommersant.

Fate of Shuster's Show Still Unclear at NTV

Savik Shuster has accepted an offer to head up a new department at NTV for making documentaries, but he left open the possibility that his political debate program, ""Svoboda Slova,"" could return in the fall.

The Maverick

Outspoken writer Viktor Yerofeyev has a theory about why Russians place their trust in strongman regimes.

The Maverick

Outspoken writer Viktor Yerofeyev has a theory about why Russians place their trust in strongman regimes.

All Eyes on What May Be Shuster's Last Show

""Svoboda Slova,"" one of NTV's most popular programs and the only political talk show on Russian television that is broadcast live, will air at 7:35 p.m. Friday in what is widely expected to be its final show.

NTV to Abandon 'Freedom of Speech'

The ""Svoboda Slova"" political debate show hosted by Savik Shuster, and three other NTV programs with a political bent, seemed slated Wednesday to be pulled off the air by the station's newly installed, Kremlin-friendly executive team.

Harvard Files Surgut ADRs Test Case

For Harvard University, Russian studies and Russian cash are entirely different subjects.

Veterans, Disabled Slated for Extra Aid

Budget money allocated for World War II veterans will be 20 times greater and 10 times greater for the disabled, President Vladimir Putin said Monday as he tried to win support from a skeptical population for his plans to replace social welfare benefits with more transparent cash payments.

Chevron Exec's Wife a 'Satellite Sister'

On Saturday afternoons, Julie Dolan pours herself a cup of coffee and locks herself in a tiny room of her Moscow apartment.

Horse Majeure

British adventurer Alexandra Tolstoy's horseback ride from Ashgabad to Moscow was going like a dream -- until she got stopped at the Russian border.

Horse Majeure

British adventurer Alexandra Tolstoy's horseback ride from Ashgabad to Moscow was going like a dream -- until she got stopped at the Russian border.

NTV Sends Parfyonov Packing

NTV fired star journalist Leonid Parfyonov in a dramatic decision that his colleagues and media experts decried Wednesday as the latest setback to press freedom.

Regions in for a Dose of Kremlin Reform

President Vladimir Putin said Tuesday that the regions should be put in charge of regulating the use of forests and rivers, for supervising construction and local passenger transport, and for resolving labor disputes.

NTV Bars Chechen Widow's Interview

At the request of the intelligence services and the written instruction of NTV's deputy general director, an interview with the widow of Chechen separatist leader Zelimkhan Yandarbiyev was cut from the Sunday night broadcast of ""Namedni,"" Kommersant reported Monday.

'A Safe, Comfortable and Stable Life'

President Vladimir Putin used his annual address to lawmakers and the nation Wednesday to reiterate his promise to double the wealth of the nation as a whole and improve the living standards of its individual citizens.

Abashidze's Dog Comes Home to Moscow

  • 26 May 04
  • Staff Writers
It's a story to warm the hearts of dog lovers.