Articles by Peter Finn



A New Hospital Unit Mired in an Old Problem

  • 24 March 08
  • The Washington Post
Privately funded upgrades at a small hospital run afoul of the local bureaucracy.

Russians Push Up Prices of Rare Icons

  • 06 February 08
  • The Washington Post
Buyers are going on a spending spree at London auction houses to return the art to its motherland.

Academy of Sciences May Lose Autonomy

  • 15 March 07
  • The Washington Post
The historic autonomy of the Russian Academy of Sciences, which has pioneered fundamental research since its founding by Peter the Great three centuries ago, is under threat from government proposals to bring the institution under much tighter state control and to end its academic freedom, academy members say.

Dacha Country Gives Way to Suburbia

  • 20 February 07
  • The Washington Post
Waves of homesteaders are abandoning city life for cheaper housing in the countryside of Moscow.

Most Polonium Made Near the Volga River

  • 11 January 07
  • The Washington Post
Russia's near domination in the polonium trade focuses new attention on its controls and production system.

Fake $100 Bills Are Traced to S. Ossetia

  • 27 November 06
  • The Washington Post
U.S. and Georgian officials contend that a vast counterfeiting operation is based there.

Winemakers Call Standoff Sobering

  • 05 October 06
  • The Washington Post
In the shadow of the Caucasus mountains, the grapes are heavy on the vines and ripe for harvesting.

Rich Feed Worthy Causes, Eschew Controversy

  • 26 September 06
  • The Washington Post
Tycoons pour money into causes but steer clear of democracy and human rights issues.

U.S.-Funded Radio Reports Curtailed

  • 10 July 06
  • The Washington Post
Regulators have forced more than 60 radio stations to stop broadcasting news reports produced by Voice of America and Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, radio managers and Russian officials said.

Contest Offers Youth Chance to Join Ruling Class

  • 16 June 06
  • The Washington Post
United Russia throws a beach party to lure young people into its ranks and run for parliament.

School Is Caught in Khodorkovsky's Misfortune

  • 25 May 06
  • The Washington Post
Prosecutors freeze the assets of a Moscow region home that serves orphans of the Chechen conflict.

Raiders Diversify to Target Small Businesses

  • 21 April 06
  • The Washington Post
Small businesses are being targeted by new corporate predators, whose main interest is often a company's real estate.

Bristling Russians Feel the Heat of a Cold War

  • 04 April 06
  • The Washington Post
Intensifying U.S. criticism of Putin' s government provokes anger in Russia, where it is widely believed that American programs to promote democracy in former Soviet countries are intended to sideline Moscow.

Town Wary of Chemical Arms Disposal Plan

  • 17 February 06
  • The Washington Post
Residents of Mirny voice concern as the government rushes to destroy tons of chemical weapons using untested methods.

Someone Is Faking the Great Paintings

  • 30 January 06
  • The Washington Post
Valery Uszhin, a wealthy car dealer, wanted an art collection. ""About two years ago, I felt that I had money,"" he said. ""I decided to buy paintings, Russian art.""

Dispute Keeps Belgorod's Fertile Fields Fallow

  • 17 January 06
  • The Washington Post
Three assailants emerged from the darkness in the stairwell of Alexander Annenkov's apartment building and knocked him to the floor, a short-handled ax slicing into his thigh.

WTO Hopes Put Piracy Fight on Center Stage

  • 13 December 05
  • The Washington Post
Bearing special entry passes, economic crimes investigators from Department 28 of the Interior Ministry arrived at a closed military compound in Kazan at 3 a.m. two months ago. The troops guarding the facility scoffed at the documents.

Revival of Cossacks Casts Out Muslim Meskhetian Turks

  • 22 November 05
  • The Washington Post
Thousands of Muslims from a small ethnic group known as the Meskhetian Turks are fleeing this Black Sea region for the United States.

A Revolution All Dressed Up, But Nowhere to Go

  • 22 November 05
  • The Washington Post
Unlike in Ukraine, the West is not backing demands for a rerun of the Azeri vote.

Origin of Fake Books Is a Mystery

  • 14 October 05
  • The Washington Post
Book pirates go an extra step this year, patching together bogus works and attaching the names of well-known authors.

For $110, One Chilling Day in a Hot Zone

  • 06 October 05
  • The Washington Post
Passing through the first checkpoint, marked by a couple of low-slung buildings and a red-and-white pole across an otherwise desolate road, is an anticlimactic affair: A police officer sidles up, scans an official letter of invitation and glances into the back of the van before waving it on into the Chernobyl exclusion zone.

One-Step Program: Scare Alcoholics Dry

  • 05 October 05
  • The Washington Post
""Coding"" is a catchall term for treating alcoholism that essentially involves scaring the living daylights out of the alcoholic.

Chernobyl Report Settles Little

  • 26 September 05
  • The Washington Post
Uncertainty about the health consequences of the disaster has generated angry debate.

Kaluga Opening Homes to Orphans

  • 15 September 05
  • The Washington Post
The city is drawing new parents with financial aid and a media blitz.

UN Finds Chernobyl's Harm Less Than Predicted

  • 07 September 05
  • The Washington Post
Eight UN agencies stress that psychological damage among the affected poses a greater risk than radiation.

Prosecutors Are Targeting Defense Attorneys

  • 16 August 05
  • The Washington Post
Many lawyers fear that the state is intent on dominating the work of defense attorneys as it does judges and prosecutors.

Tajik Tells of Forced Return to Face Trial

  • 12 August 05
  • The Washington Post
Rights groups say Russian authorities have become emboldened by reports of CIA ""renditions.""

People Who Appeal to Europe Face Intimidation

  • 19 July 05
  • The Washington Post
Russians who appeal to the European Court of Human Rights after their relatives disappear or are killed in Chechnya or neighboring Ingushetia face constant threats to force them to drop the cases and, in at least five instances, have met the same fate as their relatives, according to lawyers, human rights groups and court records.

Power of FSB Seen in Ufa Case

  • 22 June 05
  • The Washington Post
In March 2003, agents swooped down on a South Korean delegation at the airport in Ufa as the group prepared to leave after a week at a state research institute.

Uzbek Protests Turn Violent

  • 14 May 05
  • The Washington Post
Resentment over an Uzbek government campaign against alleged Islamic extremists exploded into violence Friday when protesters stormed a prison in the eastern city of Andijan, freeing thousands of inmates and triggering protests that left at least nine people dead, according to government officials and telephone interviews with local residents.