Articles by Kimberly O'Haver



Scientist Blossoms Into 'Faberge of Florists'

Nadezhda Islankina, art director of the Elita Flora boutique, is one of a handful of master Russian florists.

Secondhand Book Sale Raises Cash for Children

Since Russian tax law offers few incentives for charitable giving, local fundraisers have come up with some creative and savvy projects to entice expats and Russians alike to give to charitable causes.

Disabled Athletes Find Sports Are Best Medicine

Mikhail Terentov and Sergei Shilov are Olympic gold medalists.

Philanthropists Get Little Pay Back

Philanthropy is widely assumed to be one of the essential ingredients of a vibrant, functioning civil society. Yet, in Russia potential donors to charities and nonprofit organizations face a myriad of restrictions when it comes to making and accepting charitable contributions.

Peter Pan of Business Fulfills Lifelong Dream

Stan Polyakov is the Peter Pan of the Russian business scene.

Wine Investing Still Rich Man's Game

Interest in investing in fine wines has been growing in the West for some years now as more people realize that it is not just the preserve of the well-heeled.

Volga Boat Song

The Russian National Orchestra has ambitious plans in mind -- charming the cities of the Volga region, one by one.

Volga Boat Song

The Russian National Orchestra has ambitious plans in mind -- charming the cities of the Volga region, one by one.

Floral Boutiques Are a Cut Above Metro Kiosks

Since beginning work at KPG recruitment agency about a year ago, Ilona Ragueva has found herself faced with the delightful dilemma of buying fresh-cut flowers at least once a month.

Salon Owner Helps to Cut Out Split Endings

A native of tiny Timmonsville, when Toni Lockhart-Saydkhuzhin graduated from college, she dreamed not of post-Soviet adventure, but of travel to Africa.

River Songs

Every summer, the bucolic town of Tarusa plays host to dozens of young musicians who have yet to try their chops onstage.

River Songs

Every summer, the bucolic town of Tarusa plays host to dozens of young musicians who have yet to try their chops onstage.

Step by Step

The TsEKh summer school offers dancers across Russia a rare chance to learn the latest techniques.

Step by Step

The TsEKh summer school offers dancers across Russia a rare chance to learn the latest techniques.

Weathergirl Takes Moscow by Storm

A year has now passed since Ruslana Pysanka left her job as a weathergirl on Ukrainian television behind and in a gutsy career move came to Moscow to co-host NTV's new daytime hit, ""Strana Sovetov.""

Creative Fever

With little recognition from the city's classically oriented dance community, Moscow's top modern dancers liken experimentalism to a compulsive disease.

Creative Fever

With little recognition from the city's classically oriented dance community, Moscow's top modern dancers liken experimentalism to a compulsive disease.

Dance Gets Fresh Ideas From Urals

The TsEKh festival of contemporary dance has come a long way since its humble beginnings at the Theater of Nations in December 2001.

Dance Gets Fresh Ideas From Urals

The TsEKh festival of contemporary dance has come a long way since its humble beginnings at the Theater of Nations in December 2001.

Orchestra Reaches Out With Its Magic of Music

It's a gray and rainy afternoon in the development office of the Russian National Orchestra, but bright colors and fanciful posters decorate the plain white walls.

A Helping Hand at Children's Cancer Hospital

The Nastenka Fund tries to improve conditions for its young patients and to help families cope with the emotional and financial difficulties of caring for their sick children.

TransRussia 2002 Focuses On Customs, Technology

Freight forwarding, cargo shipping services, intermodal transportation and the construction of new container terminals are just a few of the hot topics to be presented this week at TransRussia 2002.

Life's a Ball for Moscow's Future Dancing Queens

Every Tuesday and Thursday around 10:30 a.m., Zoya Karpova pulls out bags full of toys to prepare for the arrival of her students: a group of rambunctious 2-year-olds.

The Exhibit Of a Lifetime

Boris Savelyev's exhibition ""Classics of Russian Photography"" opened this week in Moscow and illustrates why he is one of a handful of Russian photographers known in the West.

The Exhibit Of a Lifetime

Boris Savelyev's exhibition ""Classics of Russian Photography"" opened this week in Moscow and illustrates why he is one of a handful of Russian photographers known in the West.

A Life of Mousse and Mascara

Two years of planning, remodeling, training staff, and negotiating went into creating Marianna Gromova's Grand Salon Sebastian, which opened for business in March.

Get Off the Sofa and Grab Your Dancing Shoes

Is staring at the wall as you run on the treadmill at your local gym getting you down? If so, maybe it's time to rethink your exercise program. Why not try learning to dance?

Developing Business a Snap for Photographer

Though you may struggle to find the perfect angle or get up at some God-forsaken hour to catch the sun rising over the Kremlin towers, taking pictures is still the easy part.

Ardor and Reward for the Man With the Gold-Plated Oboe

The oboe has the reputation for being a finicky instrument. Likewise, playing the oboe well is no small feat. It takes a musician with limitless patience and perseverance.

Ardor and Reward for the Man With the Gold-Plated Oboe

The oboe has the reputation for being a finicky instrument. Likewise, playing the oboe well is no small feat. It takes a musician with limitless patience and perseverance.