Articles by Russell Working



How St. Cyril Brings Rome and Moscow Together

When my brother saw me writing words in Cyrillic when I was in fourth grade, he scolded me, saying, "Russians are communists!" I then threw the paper away.

Bumping Into Lenin at a Taco Diner in Seattle

The Fremont district, stretching along the ship canal that links Union Bay with Puget Sound, is ""a community that thrives on spontaneity,"" The Seattle Times once noted. The fun is everywhere to be seen.

Tax Breaks, Warm Weather Draw Russians to Cyprus

While the nouveau riche may be the most visible of Cyprus's permanent Russian community, Russians of more modest means have found a home on this balmy Mediterranean island.

A People Apart in Jordan

A minority in a sea of Arabs, Jordan's Chechens have kept their language and customs since their ancestors fled tsarist repressions in the Caucasus more than a century ago.

A 'Soviet' Lawyer in Jordan

As a Moscow-educated lawyer, Taisir Diab isn't a man you would expect to champion a convicted terrorist.

Parroting the Russian Press

In addition to Cyprus's Greek and English press, you can find some very curious Russian publications.

Hurry Up and Wait

Some 20 million Russians live in the former Soviet republics of Central Asia and many want to come back but bureaucratic delays can mean years of waiting to return to Russia.

Hurry Up and Wait

Some 20 million Russians live in the former Soviet republics of Central Asia and many want to come back but bureaucratic delays can mean years of waiting to return to Russia.

Bloody Bone of Contention

Is the occupation of Cyprus worth the damage it could cause to Turkey's ambitions on the world stage?

Offshore Banking Bothers

Recent dealings with a Cypriot bank have brought me closer to my credit card company's fraud department.

Wines and Warmer Climes

There are many things I could say when asked what drew me from Vladivostok to Cyprus.

Hail Cyprus, Farewell Vlad'

Russia was always good. Every blackout, every water shortage, every minute, every day. I'll miss it.

Jetlag, Affliction of Our Age

Daylight savings has ended as well as any pretense I have of getting up at a normal hour.

China's Own Muslim Nationalists

As Beijing vows to deal a decisive blow to separatist forces, Muslim Uighurs from China's Xinjiang province, struggling for independence, fear their voice will not be heard.

China's Own Muslim Nationalists

As Beijing vows to deal a decisive blow to separatist forces, Muslim Uighurs from China's Xinjiang province, struggling for independence, fear their voice will not be heard.

War-Zone Coverage Tricks

We interrupt today's regularly scheduled programming to join President Gerald R. Bush live in Shanghai.

Jihad Meets Anti-Globalists

A mob of Pakistanis did something any rational person who opposes the bombing of Afghanistan would do.

Beijing Opera Is Cat's Meow

Vladivostok, it seemed, was ready to experience the pinnacle of Chinese culture -- the Beijing opera.

Committed to Telling the Toxic Truth

After revealing the environmental abuses of Russia's Pacific Fleet and having spent 20 months in prison for it, Grigory Pasko must now overcome the FSB to clear his name.

Committed to Telling the Toxic Truth

After revealing the environmental abuses of Russia's Pacific Fleet and having spent 20 months in prison for it, Grigory Pasko must now overcome the FSB to clear his name.

Are Bribes a Great Deal?

I felt somehow soiled. I was eager to pay a bribe. And nobody wanted my money.

U.S. Has Stomach for War

The United States will surprise those who believe it doesn't have the stomach for a protracted war.

Life Without the Taliban

As America threatens to punish nations like Afghanistan that harbor terrorists, the eyes of the world have turned to the 300,000 Afghans living in the former Soviet Union.

Life Without the Taliban

As America threatens to punish nations like Afghanistan that harbor terrorists, the eyes of the world have turned to the 300,000 Afghans living in the former Soviet Union.

A Common Cause, for Now

As America reels from a brutal attack well-wishers are popping up even among normally hostile nations.

Loose Coypus On Board!

I don't care what statisticians say about airlines being safer than driving.

Which Yurt Do You Fancy?

""Want some watermelon?"" one of the combatants said. I declined. Luckily, no further combat ensued.

Checking In, Holding Out

Anyone who travels in the former USSR or the rest of the East has their own hotel stories to share.

Great Far East Food Fights

Evolution has bred in men an instinct once necessary to survive: the need to throw things off buildings.

No Silver Lining in Storm

""Can you imagine?"" Syuzyumova said. ""We kept working here with a dead body lying in our foyer.""