Articles by Mike Collett-White



Clooney, Sokurov to Star at Venice Film Festival

  • 29 August 11
  • Reuters
The Venice Film Festival has rediscovered its movie mojo this year, putting high costs and growing competition from Toronto aside to provide a lineup full of hotly anticipated titles and big Hollywood stars.

Russian Buyers Back For Fine Art Auctions

  • 29 November 10
  • Reuters
Rich Russians return to London this week for a series of art sales that auctioneers hope will prove that the once-booming market is on a path to growth.

Diaghilev Exhibit Opens at V&A

  • 27 September 10
  • Reuters
For many, Sergei Diaghilev's name is the least familiar amid the roll call of early 20th-century artistic greats, but a major exhibition at Londons Victoria and Albert Museum seeks to explain why Diaghilev deserved his seat at the table.

London Opera Sees Debut of Gambler

  • 11 February 10
  • Reuters
The Royal Opera House puts on Sergei Prokofievs take on Dostoevskys novella.

Russian Relics For Sale in London

  • 01 December 09
  • Reuters
Figures for an upcoming Russian art auction are sharply down from a year ago, reflecting how financial turmoil and falling stock and property values have hit super-wealthy collectors from Russia and elsewhere in the former Soviet Union.

Putin Blamed in Politkovskaya's Diaries

  • 23 March 07
  • Reuters
Slain journalist Anna Politkovskaya's diaries, published in English this week, paint a damning picture of a Russia where democracy is stifled, fascism is on the rise and ethnic minorities are brutally repressed.

Tsar's Faberge Clock May Fetch $10M

  • 29 November 06
  • Reuters
If you are rich, Russian and fancy a $1 million snuff box or $10 million clock, then London is the place to be this week.

European Movies Eclipse Hollywood at Cannes

  • 23 May 06
  • Reuters
At the prestigious film festival, critics pan ""The Da Vinci Code"" and applaud the debut of British director Andrea Arnold.

Writer's Frank Notes on World War II Published

  • 20 September 05
  • Reuters
The personal notebooks of Vasily Grossman, the Soviet author best known for his World War II masterpiece ""Life and Fate,"" offer a harrowing and sometimes surprising insight into life along the Nazis' eastern front.

Moscow's Tycoons Stir Up Art World

  • 01 December 04
  • Reuters
Flush with cash and culturally conscious, Moscows millionaires are descending on London to snap up national treasures at what is being billed as the biggest offering of Russian paintings ever.

Business Booms on Afghan Border

  • 03 October 01
  • Reuters
Along the northern frontier of Afghanistan business for many is booming.

Charities Say Afghans Face Starvation

  • 21 September 01
  • Reuters
International charities, driven out of Afghanistan, have warned of a humanitarian catastrophe as winter approaches and thousands flee to escape a feared bombing campaign.

Kirov Ballet Resumes London's 'Battle Of Russian Ballet'

  • 14 June 01
  • Reuters
The Kirov Ballet steps onto the London stage this week, hot on the heels of Moscow's Bolshoi company.

Kirov Ballet Resumes London's 'Battle Of Russian Ballet'

  • 14 June 01
  • Reuters
The Kirov Ballet steps onto the London stage this week, hot on the heels of Moscow's Bolshoi company.

Return of Pavlova's Ashes on Hold

  • 12 March 01
  • Reuters
Plans to return the ashes of ballerina Anna Pavlova to Russia have been postponed after Moscow told the crematorium where her remains are on display the deal should be delayed.

Catherine's Treasures On Display

  • 23 November 00
  • Reuters
She was more successful than her husband and she loved to shop. More than 200 years after her death, Empress Catherine the Great has a decidedly modern appeal.

Ivanov Sees No Major Change to Media Law

  • 02 November 00
  • Reuters
The head of Russia's Security Council said he saw little need for new laws to regulate the media.

Kazakhstan Hits Big Business

  • 08 August 00
  • Reuters
Taking a leaf out of Russias book, Kazakh leader Nursultan Nazarbayev and his government launched an attack on the states most powerful companies.

Kazakh Consortium Announces Oil Find

Zvezda Module Bound for ISS

China's Uighurs Describe a Regime of Terror

Former Kremlin Astrologer Predicts Putin Victory

Iran, Russia Winners in Delay Of U.S.-Backed Gas Pipeline

Kyrgyz Vote Hurts Democratic Image

Uzbek Bombs Spark Crackdown

Bloody Kazakh Tradition Lives On

Rocket Setto Fly To Mir

Kazakhs Irked by Crashed Rocket

Top Turkmen Banker in Tight Spot

Kazakhstan Urges Calm As Currency Plummets