Articles by Jen Tracy



Deputy Berezovsky Comes Under Fire

Postal Service a Dead-Letter Disappointment

Armed with a whistle and carrying close to 20,000 rubles under her coat, Irina Tereshina, 42, heads out with a partner to deliver pensions for the Russian federal post office. Jobs like Tereshina's are virtually the only legitimate positions left at the post office f and pensions almost the only thing Russians still trust their mail service to deliver. Postal service has become a never-ending disappointment in post-Soviet Russia. Mailboxes are receptacles for newspapers, phone bills and junk mail f but rarely anything of value. An intense passion could fade away by the time a teary-eyed girl gets her long-awaited love letter. A distant family could see the ruble plunge to a tenth of its value waiting for the cash their young working son has sent from the city. Andthe package of sweaters and socks that a grandmother spent months lovingly knitting is unlikely to ever reach its intended destination. ""The Russian post office doesn't need to worry anymore about good service, and the customers don't care.

Barred Publisher Returns to Ukraine

Court Upholds Mayor's Plea to Reinstate Moscow Police Chief

Italy, U.S. Big Losers in Visa Rating

Stars Blow Whistle on Wedding

Textile Baron Gunned Down In Apparent Contract Killing

110-Day Isolation Ends in Sullen ... Isolation

It was a cosmic psychological experiment that started with a fistfight and a regrettably stolen kiss and ended with a great deal of cross-cultural confusion.

St. Pete Muckraker Wins Leningrad Seat in Duma

Deportation Drama Unfolds at Sheremetyevo

Deportations, interrogations, body cavity searches ... these are a few of my favorite things (sing this part). But being deported as a joke - well, that's something I'd never expected. Recently, The Moscow Times published a letter from a Western businessman who wrote that his visiting relatives had been subjected, for no clear reason, to a quite comprehensive body cavity search by officials at the Sheremetyevo II airport customs area. After being surprised with vaginal and anal searches, the relatives, he said, were released, albeit feeling a bit violated. I missed out on this opportunity of a lifetime - the border patrol had staged a different game for me. After spending a wonderfully relaxing 10-day vacation in a place where the strip malls and fat people can be excused in light of the healthy sunshine and clean air, I was forced to be reconciled with the fact that returning to Russia, to my job and my belongings, was imminent. But imminent it was not.

Putin Says Time Is on Russia's Side

Putin Banking on Victory in First Round

Luzhkov, Putin Turn To Veterans

Zero-G Sex Tests Snubbed By NASA

Putin Is a No-Show at First Televised Debates

Central Bank: The Ruble Has a Secret, Invisible Sign

Amnesty: 25 Doctors Put in 'Filtration' Jail

FSB Dubs Kosovo a Chechen Hideout

PROFILE: Putin's Patronage Lifts Ex-Dissident Persecutor

Russia's King of Cartooning, Arkady Khait, Dies at Age 63

St. Petersburg's Sobchak Dies at 62

State Discloses Surveillance of Internet

Donor Fatigue Deals a Blow to Siberia's Poor

Zyuganov Unveils Agenda Of Major Social Spending

Primakov Clears The Way For Putin

In Siberia, a Remote Town Loses All Heat

Kremlin Tells Press To Toe The Line

Policemen Cause Havoc on City Roads

Putin: A Wolf in Sheep's Clothing?

Canadian Paper Calls Russia a Piece of Dung