Articles by Steven Lee Myers



A Plan to Save Polar Bears by Hunting Them

  • 17 April 07
  • NEW YORK TIMES SERVICE
Here on the frozen edge of the country's Arctic expanse, where a changing climate has brought polar bears into greater contact with people, the government has embraced a counterintuitive method of preserving the creatures: hunting them, legally.

Kasparov Rallies Opposition Against the Regime

  • 13 March 07
  • NEW YORK TIMES SERVICE
Garry Kasparov, the former world chess champion, took a pen and notebook and diagramed the protesters' march through St. Petersburg on March 3.

Where Time Stands Still

  • 28 December 06
  • NEW YORK TIMES SERVICE
If you are able to visit just one Golden Ring town, you can't go wrong with Suzdal.

Lights, Kremlin, Action!

  • 08 August 06
  • NEW YORK TIMES SERVICE
Hollywood players, who rarely pass up a chance to exploit an opportunity, are spending millions of dollars on Russian theaters, distributors and movies.

A Reversal of Fortune for Yanukovych

  • 18 January 06
  • NEW YORK TIMES SERVICE
A campaign ad, broadcast repeatedly on television here, shows a man basking in the adulation of flag-waving crowds reminiscent of the protests that overturned the fraudulent election for president in 2004.

Minsk Beauties Get Leader's Attention

  • 20 December 05
  • NEW YORK TIMES SERVICE
Something has changed on the boulevards of this city, though it is not so easy to spot at first. This much can be said: Cindy Crawford, reported to be a precipitating cause, has disappeared from Minsk's billboards.

Growth of Islam Brings a Soviet Response

  • 24 November 05
  • NEW YORK TIMES SERVICE
With an eye on Islamic militancy, the government has recreated the Soviet-era system of control over religion with the Muslim Spiritual Department, which oversees the appointment of Islamic leaders.

Old Ways of Life Are Fading as the Arctic Thaws

  • 25 October 05
  • NEW YORK TIMES SERVICE
Freed by warming, waters once locked beneath ice are gnawing at coastal settlements around the Arctic Circle.

As Polar Ice Melts, Dreams of Treasure Abound

  • 11 October 05
  • NEW YORK TIMES SERVICE
Russia made the first move in 2001, staking out virtually half the Arctic Ocean, including the North Pole.

Mayor's Idea to Revive Arctic City: A Gulag

  • 09 June 05
  • NEW YORK TIMES SERVICE
This broken-down Arctic coal town does not offer much when it is comes to economic prospects. The mayor works with what he has.

Taking a Stroll Along Chechnya's Street of Dreams

  • 06 April 05
  • NEW YORK TIMES SERVICE
Akhmad Kadyrov Street pays homage not only to the father but also to the son, with a boxing club called Ramzan on the corner.

In First Interview, Kuchma Tells It as He Sees It

  • 07 December 04
  • NEW YORK TIMES SERVICE
President Leonid Kuchma said Sunday that if he were Prime Minister Viktor Yanukovych, the man Kuchma had selected to be his successor, he would not run in a new presidential runoff ordered by the Supreme Court.

In Chuvashia, Dissent Over Putin's Plans

  • 05 October 04
  • NEW YORK TIMES SERVICE
President Vladimir Putin may have cowed Russia's national political leadership with his plan to concentrate still more power in the Kremlin, but in regions of the country that stand to lose the most, he has inflamed fierce popular discontent.

Claws Bared in Kamchatka Crab Crisis

  • 17 September 04
  • NEW YORK TIMES SERVICE
Kamchatka, the rugged, remote peninsula of volcanoes and ice, is famous for its crab, none more than the red king crab that has long been this poor place's hard currency. The problem here today is trying to find one to eat.

High Expectations for the Olympics

  • 12 August 04
  • NEW YORK TIMES SERVICE
As she prepared to swing the wire and ball of the hammer throw, Yelena Konevtsova gestured to the tattered backstop where she stood and warned: ""You better not stand here. There are holes in the net.""

Children at 92 Schools Say No to Smoking

  • 29 April 04
  • NEW YORK TIMES SERVICE
Well done! Nadezhda Ostafeyeva's seventh-grade theater and ballet class at School No. 981 has gone cold turkey.

'Unmanaged Democracy' in Ulyanovsk

  • 24 March 04
  • NEW YORK TIMES SERVICE
Russia's democracy may well be faltering, but its elections still allow the ultimate protest vote: ""against all."" In most races it attracts a few percent of contrary votes. Here in this faded industrial city on the Volga, it won. Twice.

The Gulag's Bones Tell Their Dark Tale

  • 02 March 04
  • NEW YORK TIMES SERVICE
The bones appear each June, when the hard Arctic winter breaks at last and the melting snows wash them from the site of what some people here -- but certainly not many -- call this city's Golgotha.

Long Arm of the Kremlin Grips TV

  • 18 February 04
  • NEW YORK TIMES SERVICE
It was a few minutes before 5 on a recent night, and the deadline was approaching for the nightly news of the Russian state.

Putin Likens Iraq Quagmire to Soviet-Afghan War

  • 07 October 03
  • NEW YORK TIMES SERVICE
President Vladimir Putin says the United States now faces in Iraq the possibility of a prolonged, violent and ultimately futile war like the one that mired the Soviet Union in Afghanistan.

St. Pete Voters Throw Up Their Hands

  • 01 October 03
  • NEW YORK TIMES SERVICE
The campaign for governor has been widely cast as a barometer of President Vladimir Putin's political strength heading into parliamentary elections in December and his own re-election race next March. What it has really shown, however, is the jaded indifference of voters.

Art vs. Religion at Sakharov Museum

  • 03 September 03
  • NEW YORK TIMES SERVICE
It was provocative, as modern art often is. But few of those involved could have foreseen just how provocative it would become when the Sakharov Museum opened an exhibition of paintings and sculptures in January under the title ""Caution! Religion.""

Seeking a Motive for a Suicide Bomber

  • 08 August 03
  • NEW YORK TIMES SERVICE
Zalikhan Elikhadzhiyeva lived much of her short life surrounded by the horrors of the two wars in Chechnya, but she suffered comparatively little.

Putting a Political Dance to Music

  • 04 June 03
  • NEW YORK TIMES SERVICE
How exactly do you put into words -- no, into song -- the great union of Belarus and Russia, especially when their two leaders cannot agree on what exactly the union is or should be?

The Curtain Comes Down on 'Nord Ost'

  • 12 May 03
  • NEW YORK TIMES SERVICE
On Saturday night, however, it closed -- a victim, after all, of the guerrillas who seized the theater in October and held nearly 800 people hostage for two days and three nights.

Starovoitova Mystery Deepens

  • 22 November 02
  • NEW YORK TIMES SERVICE
Galina Starovoitova's killing was not a random, isolated attack, but rather a broadly organized plot to assassinate one of the country's most outspoken champions of democracy.

Russia May Support New UN Resolution

  • 14 October 02
  • NEW YORK TIMES SERVICE
President Vladimir Putin said Friday that Russia was prepared to support new UN Security Council resolutions on Iraq, but only to strengthen the work of inspectors searching for its weapons programs and not to authorize the use of military force.

Siberian Lama's Body and Faith Defy Time

  • 02 October 02
  • NEW YORK TIMES SERVICE
A miracle has occurred here in Siberia. Or it may be a hoax. Others believe science can explain it. It is a question, it seems, of faith.

The War Through Rebel Eyes

  • 26 August 02
  • NEW YORK TIMES SERVICE
The band of 60 fighters had stopped for the night beside a shallow river in the rugged mountains of southern Chechnya on July 27 when the full fury of Russian military force fell on them before dawn.

Religious Attacks Rise in Georgia

  • 19 August 02
  • NEW YORK TIMES SERVICE
The Jehovah's Witnesses were planning a summer revival in a field next to a river gully here Friday, but a mob came the night before.