Articles by Sam Thorne



The Sporting Life

Basking in the spotlight doesn't mean you show your cards. And as biographers Dominic Midgley and Chris Hutchins find out, Roman Abramovich intends to keep it that way.

The Sporting Life

Basking in the spotlight doesn't mean you show your cards. And as biographers Dominic Midgley and Chris Hutchins find out, Roman Abramovich intends to keep it that way.

The Iron Grip

Even Stalin's most fearsome henchmen were putty in the dictator's hands, a new study by Yoram Gorlizki and Oleg Khlevniuk maintains.

The Iron Grip

Even Stalin's most fearsome henchmen were putty in the dictator's hands, a new study by Yoram Gorlizki and Oleg Khlevniuk maintains.

Roman Holiday

While Russians have discovered Tunisia's beaches, the capital's historic walled city is still off the beaten track.

Roman Holiday

While Russians have discovered Tunisia's beaches, the capital's historic walled city is still off the beaten track.

Unknown Soldier

While books about the Allied generals of the West number in the hundreds, Marshal Georgy Zhukov faded into obscurity after WWII and remains an enigma to this day.

Unknown Soldier

While books about the Allied generals of the West number in the hundreds, Marshal Georgy Zhukov faded into obscurity after WWII and remains an enigma to this day.

The Bright New Side of Old Bratislava

Drop into conversation that you've been to Bratislava and most people will probably gaze at you blankly in response. For years, just about its only distinction was being Czechoslovakia's third city.

The Bright New Side of Old Bratislava

Drop into conversation that you've been to Bratislava and most people will probably gaze at you blankly in response. For years, just about its only distinction was being Czechoslovakia's third city.

Wandering the Streets of Old Prague

I first decided I wanted to visit Prague when I was in my early teens, after the school brass band came back from a tour there with stories of rowdy cellar bars, beautiful women and cheap beer.

Wandering the Streets of Old Prague

I first decided I wanted to visit Prague when I was in my early teens, after the school brass band came back from a tour there with stories of rowdy cellar bars, beautiful women and cheap beer.

Investigating the Disappearance of a Tsar

In ""Imperial Legend: The Mysterious Disappearance of Tsar Alexander I,"" Alexis S. Troubetzkoy examines the suspicious circumstances surrounding Alexander's last days in Taganrog.

Riding a Polar Treadmill at the Top of the World

As a destination for a romantic holiday, the North Pole might not possess the same popular appeal as Paris or Venice, but for journalist and regular Moscow Times contributor Christopher Pala, it was a logical choice.

Riding a Polar Treadmill at the Top of the World

As a destination for a romantic holiday, the North Pole might not possess the same popular appeal as Paris or Venice, but for journalist and regular Moscow Times contributor Christopher Pala, it was a logical choice.

Investigating the Disappearance of a Tsar

In ""Imperial Legend: The Mysterious Disappearance of Tsar Alexander I,"" Alexis S. Troubetzkoy examines the suspicious circumstances surrounding Alexander's last days in Taganrog.

'Prussian Bride' Has Everyday Life & Far-Out Fantasy

In ""The Prussian Bride,"" Yuri Buida juxtaposes a fantastical world of miraculous happenings and cruel twists of fate with fragmentary details of ordinary Kaliningrad life.

'Prussian Bride' Has Everyday Life & Far-Out Fantasy

In ""The Prussian Bride,"" Yuri Buida juxtaposes a fantastical world of miraculous happenings and cruel twists of fate with fragmentary details of ordinary Kaliningrad life.

City Sees First Film Fest Without Barriers

This weekend's inaugural Cinema Without Barriers film festival aims to break down some of the physical, social and psychological barriers faced by Russia's disabled community.

City Sees First Film Fest Without Barriers

This weekend's inaugural Cinema Without Barriers film festival aims to break down some of the physical, social and psychological barriers faced by Russia's disabled community.

Venus to Headline Kremlin Cup

For tennis fans in Moscow, the last week of September has come to mean only one thing: Kremlin Cup time.

At Flea Market, One Man's Trash Is Another's Treasure

Natasha Ivanova's little stall is one of scores at a recently-opened flea market located between the Moscow Ring Road and an electrichka track in the far north of the city.

New Trattoria Prego Has a Pizza Problem

With its colonnaded facade, new Italian restaurant Prego from the street resembles another addition to the city's growing list of upscale Mediterranean venues.

At Flea Market, One Man's Trash Is Another's Treasure

Natasha Ivanova's little stall is one of scores at a recently-opened flea market located between the Moscow Ring Road and an electrichka track in the far north of the city.

New Trattoria Prego Has a Pizza Problem

With its colonnaded facade, new Italian restaurant Prego from the street resembles another addition to the city's growing list of upscale Mediterranean venues.

Russia Overpowers Ireland 4-2

Russia made a flying start to its Euro 2004 qualifying campaign with a forceful 4-2 victory over main Group 10 rival Ireland at the Lokomotiv Stadium on Saturday.

Via a Path of Surprises, The World Cup Shone

When I arrived in Japan just before the start of the World Cup, the overriding mood in the country was one of nervousness that an army of soccer hooligans was about to invade.

Germany vs. Brazil to Pit Grit vs. Flare

After a month of thrills, upsets and conspiracy theories, the World Cup reaches its climax Sunday with Brazil and Germany.

David and Goliath Semifinalists Get Ready to Roll

While the World Cup has provided more than its fair share of upsets and surprises, it has yet to deliver a truly classic match.

Two R's of Brazil End England's Campaign

England bowed out of the World Cup with barely a whimper Friday, losing 2-1 to Brazil in a disappointing quarterfinal that failed to live up to prematch expectations.