Articles by Sonia Oxley



An Olympic Worst for Russian Gymnasts

  • 19 August 08
  • Reuters
Russian gymnasts are facing their worst Olympic showing, with silly errors and rifts in the team pointing to a crisis in the sport's former superpower.

Striker's Return to Form Takes Euro '08 by Storm

  • 25 June 08
  • Reuters
Russia striker Roman Pavlyuchenko has woken from a footballing slumber to score three times and become one of the Euro 2008 semifinalists' best assets.

Sharapova Looks to Wimbledon

  • 19 June 07
  • Reuters
Maria Sharapova returns to her favorite tournament next week feeling stronger than ever and confident that she can repeat her 2004 success.

Fashionistas Learn That Russia Is Hip

  • 11 October 05
  • Reuters
Tottering in stilettos in the snow and donning mini-skirts in the frost, Russian women have long made sacrifices to follow Western fashion.

Terek Appeals to Putin for Help

  • 14 September 05
  • Reuters
A Chechen football club facing relegation from the Russian Premier League has asked President Vladimir Putin for help, saying its survival would boost peace efforts in the volatile Caucasus region.

Hu Leaves Russia Empty-Handed

  • 04 July 05
  • Reuters
Chinese President Hu Jintao on Friday failed to secure major concrete promises of more oil from Russia to fuel his booming economy, but the countries united to issue a veiled condemnation of the United States.

Chelsea Success Is Bitter for Some

  • 04 May 05
  • Reuters
The success of Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich after lavishing a fortune on Chelsea soccer club has earned him many friends in West London but resentment at home.

Putin's Man Nominated as Russian Soccer Chief

  • 07 February 05
  • Reuters
President Vladimir Putin's close friend, politician Vitaly Mutko, has been officially put forward as a candidate to replace axed soccer chief Vyacheslav Koloskov, local media reported Saturday.

Safin May Prove a Hard Act to Follow

  • 04 February 05
  • Reuters
Russian tennis chiefs believe the future is not entirely rosy despite Marat Safin's Australian Open success.

Dynamo Chief Vows $150M Investment

  • 11 October 04
  • Reuters
Tycoon Alexei Fedorychev has promised to invest $150 million in Dynamo in a bid to return it to its pre-eminent position in domestic and international soccer.

Mostovoi Axed for Criticizing Coach

  • 16 June 04
  • Reuters
Russia axed experienced midfielder Alexander Mostovoi from its Euro 2004 squad Tuesday after he criticized Georgy Yartsev's coaching methods.

Relatives of Dubrovka Dead Weep at Poignant Replay

  • 07 October 03
  • Reuters
Dubrovka victims' families met over the weekend to watch a poignant documentary that included video footage of their relatives filmed by one of the Chechen captors.

Democratically Elected Heroes

Spartak Wins Spot In CIS Cup Final

Kremlin Cup Goes to No. 8 Kafelnikov

Interior Decorating of the Lower House

Restaurants Bites

Nothing but Sunshine