Articles by Sabrina Tavernise



Al-Sadr Losing Control of Forces

  • 14 November 06
  • NEW YORK TIMES SERVICE
Few have ever described Muqtada al-Sadr, the mercurial leader of Iraq's mightiest Shiite militia, as a statesman.

Hezbollah Secures Shiite Loyalty Through Charity

  • 07 August 06
  • NEW YORK TIMES SERVICE
Hezbollah paid for his wife's Caesarean section. It brought olive oil, sugar and nuts when he lost his job and even covered the cost of an operation on his broken nose.

New Data Show Rising Civilian Death Toll in Iraq

  • 15 July 05
  • NEW YORK TIMES SERVICE
Figures released by Iraq's Interior Ministry show the insurgency is contributing to an increasingly high number of deaths.

Russians Look at Iraq and See Their Reflection

  • 06 July 04
  • NEW YORK TIMES SERVICE
The U.S. occupation of Iraq may seem far away for most New Yorkers. But for one small group of new Americans, talk of building democracy in a broken country sounds all too familiar.

Must-Have Siberian Sculptor Goes to N.Y.

  • 29 April 04
  • NEW YORK TIMES SERVICE
President Vladimir Putin has one. His former chief of staff has two. Billionaire Roman Abramovich has two, as does Russian supermodel Irina Pantayeva.

A Soviet Victim Works to Shape a New Russia

  • 21 October 03
  • NEW YORK TIMES SERVICE
Yelena Nemirovskaya, a former art historian, chose to take on one of Russian society's biggest post-Soviet deficiencies: its lack of civic life.

Look, Don't Live in Dated Brighton Beach

  • 09 October 03
  • NEW YORK TIMES SERVICE
For New Yorkers, Brighton Beach is a charming curiosity, a little bit of Russia in their own backyard. They go to shop for food, mill among the stout old-timers and hear the exotic language.

Puns Make Siberian Capitalist's Business Fun

  • 21 August 03
  • NEW YORK TIMES SERVICE
Yury Lirmak is a Siberian with a sense of humor. So when he wanted a name for his new nightclub, he reached deep into his English dictionary for a word that would amuse him (and any passing foreigner).

Auto Crash Fraud Is a Rule of the Road

  • 18 August 03
  • NEW YORK TIMES SERVICE
New Yorkers may have been shocked Tuesday by news of a $48 million insurance scam that involved thousands of fake car crashes. But here, where laws are regularly bent, overlooked or simply ignored, fraud is a rule of the road.

Young and Rich -- At Least for Now

  • 30 July 03
  • NEW YORK TIMES SERVICE
It is Saturday night and tan young people in designer clothing recline on richly upholstered couches in a chic new nightclub called Chocolate. Bentleys and Ferraris are parked outside. A French DJ named Red is playing lounge music.

Lyashenko's Suicide A Shock to Friends

  • 11 July 03
  • NEW YORK TIMES SERVICE
Russian hockey player Roman Lyashenko was an ambitious young man, unhappy with his place in the United States and yearning to advance to the Rangers from their minor league team, Pyotr Vorobyov, his friend and his former coach, said Wednesday.

Iraqis Anxious Over Oil Ministry's Future

  • 29 April 03
  • NEW YORK TIMES SERVICE
The brain center of Iraqi oil exports, a sprawling state organization that controlled the shipments from the Persian Gulf to the Turkish port of Ceyhan on the Mediterranean Sea, is dark and quiet.

Exhibit Has Country's Soul Exposed at Table

  • 14 March 03
  • NEW YORK TIMES SERVICE
Throngs of people filed past the photographs, learning about themselves and their history through pictures of one of the most familiar Russian traditions: gathering at table.

Exhibit Has Country's Soul Exposed at Table

  • 14 March 03
  • NEW YORK TIMES SERVICE
Throngs of people filed past the photographs, learning about themselves and their history through pictures of one of the most familiar Russian traditions: gathering at table.

Rival Pipelines to Be Built in the East

  • 12 February 03
  • NEW YORK TIMES SERVICE
Russia's government and its oil industry have been wrangling for months over two competing visions of how to transport oil to the energy-hungry markets of Asia.

State Pulls Meat Import Permits

  • 03 February 03
  • NEW YORK TIMES SERVICE
The Agriculture Ministry revoked all import licenses for meat and poultry Friday without warning or explanation.

Pioneering Institute Blazes Trail to Top Jobs

  • 14 January 03
  • NEW YORK TIMES SERVICE
In the first year of the new Russia, a group of students enrolled in a new Western-style graduate school to learn a long-forbidden academic discipline -- market economics.

Building Fervor Creates Bewildering Skyline

  • 24 December 02
  • NEW YORK TIMES SERVICE
In a city whose skyline has long been dominated by concrete Soviet monoliths, some unlikely new neighbors have been appearing.

U.S. Oil Firms, Russian Resources Don't Mix

  • 26 November 02
  • NEW YORK TIMES SERVICE
In a little over a year, America has done a startling diplomatic about-face on Russia, moving it from second-rate-power to vital ally, thanks mostly to one thing: oil.

Chechnya Caught in Grip of Antiterror Wrath

  • 13 November 02
  • NEW YORK TIMES SERVICE
The deadly raid in Chechen-Aul, a small town of 8,000 south of Grozny, appears to reflect intensifying Russian pressure on Chechnya since Chechen hostage-takers seized the theater in Moscow.

Skies Are Safer Despite the Headlines

  • 21 October 02
  • NEW YORK TIMES SERVICE
Surprising as it may seem, flight safety in Russia has improved dramatically since the chaotic days of the early 1990s.

Waiter, Forget the Boar, I'd Rather Try Oxygen

  • 01 October 02
  • NEW YORK TIMES SERVICE
After a decade of gorging on French food, fast cars and giant profits, Russia's rich are slowing down to smell the flowers -- and the oxygen.

The Anguish of Making Croutons

  • 30 September 02
  • NEW YORK TIMES SERVICE
In this get-rich-quick Siberian city of hulking metal-refining plants and aluminum-baron fortunes, Larisa Khvoina is doing something unusual: running a small business.

Far East Traders Turn to Legal Businesses

  • 31 July 02
  • NEW YORK TIMES SERVICE
The Wild East is becoming increasingly tame, and businessmen are beginning to turn from thuggery to more lawful businesses.

A Lonely Death for CIA Defector

  • 26 July 02
  • NEW YORK TIMES SERVICE
Edward Lee Howard, the former CIA agent who fled to the Soviet Union in the mid-1980s, led a lonely life in Russia that included, in his later years, running an insurance company.

Sakhalin Abuzz About Looming Energy Boom

  • 11 July 02
  • NEW YORK TIMES SERVICE
In the next four years, two groups of foreign oil companies will inject $13 billion into Sakhalin's tiny economy.

Fish Piracy Fight Turns Fatal

  • 28 June 02
  • NEW YORK TIMES SERVICE
The ports are quiet in the remote island of Sakhalin, just north of Japan. Fishing boats return home empty. Most canneries stopped operating years ago. But further out in the waters off the narrow, green island off Russia's eastern coast, boats jockey for position to catch the region's valuable crabs and fish. The catches are destined for Japan, avoiding Russian ports, taxes and fishing quotas.

A Civil Rights Activist, Made by Mary Kay

  • 22 April 02
  • NEW YORK TIMES SERVICE
Anna Vanina is an unlikely troublemaker. She worked for years as a police officer and later peddled makeup for Mary Kay. But she is causing a stir in this small village about 100 kilometers east of the Estonian border.

Flat Tax Inflates Nation's Coffers

  • 25 March 02
  • NEW YORK TIMES SERVICE
The American publishing billionaire Steve Forbes once trumpeted a flat-rate income tax so simple you could fill it out on a postcard. The Russian government recently took his advice about the flat tax to heart.

Bending Rules to Play Russian Auditing Game

  • 14 March 02
  • NEW YORK TIMES SERVICE
The big U.S. accounting firms were among the first foreign companies to arrive in Russia after the fall of communism. They opened offices here and in other former Soviet republics and rapidly landed many of the largest companies as clients.