Articles by Christian Lowe



Contact With Pope Uncertain

  • 27 January 09
  • Reuters
The next head of the Russian Orthodox Church will only meet the Roman Catholic pope if tensions between the two faiths are resolved, the front-runner to become the new Russian patriarch said.

U.S. Says Russia Can't Block Monitors

  • 08 December 08
  • and Brett Young
A senior U.S. diplomat said Friday that Russia must stop blocking international monitors from going into Georgia's separatist South Ossetia region to assess reports of human rights abuses.

Mirax Bets on Country's Superrich

  • 28 October 08
  • Reuters
Banks may not be lending and global recession threatens, but the developer building Europe's tallest skyscraper sees a reason for confidence: Russians have not lost their appetite for flaunting their wealth.

In Stalin's Bomb Laboratory, Dreams of Preservation

  • 26 June 08
  • Reuters
Behind a thicket of weeds and broken windowpanes, one of the former Soviet Union's dark secrets is the laboratory where captured German scientists worked to build an atomic bomb for Josef Stalin.

Threat of Conflict Keeps Abkhaz Tense

  • 28 May 08
  • Reuters
In the capital of Georgia's breakaway Abkhazia region, the sea breeze rustles the palm trees and beneath them a group of teenage schoolgirls in camouflage gear rehearse marching drills.

Teacher in Piracy Case Starts Campaign for Free Software

  • 21 February 08
  • Reuters
A village schoolteacher who became a popular hero after he was put on trial for using pirated Microsoft programs has launched a campaign against what he calls the software giant's global domination.

Ex-Yukos Executive Tells of Blackmail

  • 17 January 08
  • Reuters
A gravely ill former Yukos executive has accused his jailers of trying to blackmail him into testifying against old associates by denying him the medical treatment he needs to stay alive.

Ex-Yukos Executive Tells of Blackmail

  • 17 January 08
  • Reuters
A gravely ill former Yukos executive has accused his jailers of trying to blackmail him into testifying against old associates by denying him the medical treatment he needs to stay alive.

First Shipment of Nuclear Fuel Goes to Iran

  • 18 December 07
  • Reuters
Russia has delivered the first shipment of nuclear fuel to Iran's Bushehr atomic power station, a step both Moscow and Washington said should convince Tehran to shut down its disputed uranium enrichment program.

First Shipment of Nuclear Fuel Goes to Iran

  • 18 December 07
  • Reuters
Russia has delivered the first shipment of nuclear fuel to Iran's Bushehr atomic power station, a step both Moscow and Washington said should convince Tehran to shut down its disputed uranium enrichment program.

Tbilisi Trying Out Charm Offensive

  • 03 August 07
  • Reuters
TAMARASHENI, Georgia -- Georgian engineer Josef Kalmakhelidze says it is not easy building a traveling carnival in a battle zone.

Money the Big Attraction in S. Ossetia

  • 26 July 07
  • Reuters
Georgia's breakaway South Ossetia region says it wants to be part of Russia. If its finances are any guide, it already is.

UNESCO Asks for Pause on Tower

  • 17 July 07
  • Reuters
The United Nations cultural arm, UNESCO, has asked Russia to withhold permission for a 320-meter skyscraper in St. Petersburg until it has assessed the impact on the city's historic skyline.

Blair's Warning on Investors Dismissed

  • 08 June 07
  • Reuters
Deputy Finance Minister Sergei Storchak on Thursday dismissed as unfounded an ""emotional"" warning by British Prime Minister Tony Blair that the Kremlin's frosty relations with Europe could scare off foreign investors.

Censorship Claims Hit Private Radio Network

  • 19 April 07
  • Reuters
Journalists at one of the country's biggest private radio networks said Wednesday that they had been told to keep Kremlin critics off the air by new managers parachuted in from state-run television.

Believers Clash Over Beslan Memorial

  • 05 April 07
  • Reuters
Plans to build a memorial to the 333 hostages killed three years ago in the Beslan school attack have sparked a conflict between Christians and Muslims in the region.

Yabloko Ban Is Upheld

  • 12 February 07
  • Reuters
The Yabloko party on Friday failed to overturn a decision that banned it from running in the upcoming St. Petersburg Legislative Assembly election.

Priest Murdered in Village in the Urals

  • 10 January 07
  • Reuters
Orthodox officials say the Christmas Eve killing is a sign the country is 'morally sick.'

Interpol Helps Coordinate Litvinenko Investigation

  • 13 December 06
  • Reuters
Interpol is helping coordinate the investigation into the poisoning of former Federal Security Service agent Alexander Litvinenko, which now involves forces in Germany, Russia and Britain.

Kasyanov Calls for Boycott of Duma Vote

  • 04 December 06
  • Reuters
He says there is no reason for voters to participate in an ""imitation of democratic processes.""

Shell Demands Clear Signal on Sakhalin-2

  • 24 November 06
  • Reuters
Shell's chief in Russia says he welcomes Gazprom joining the project as a ""leading shareholder.""

Mayoral Elections Under Threat

  • 01 November 06
  • Reuters
United Russia's faction in the State Duma unveiled a bill Tuesday that would allow the abolition of elected mayors in big cities -- the only powerful officials still outside the Kremlin's direct control.

Quotas on Foreigners Could Be Resurrected

  • 11 October 06
  • Reuters
The government said Tuesday that it wanted to restore Soviet-era quotas on foreigners working in shops and markets, a measure likely to target dark-skinned immigrants viewed with mistrust by many Russians.

Yabloko Weighs Boycott of Upcoming Elections

  • 11 October 06
  • Reuters
The liberal Yabloko party announced Tuesday that it was seriously considering dropping out of future elections because it said they were rigged in the Kremlin's favor.

Mother of Last Tsar Reburied in St. Pete

  • 29 September 06
  • Reuters
Russia on Thursday reburied its last tsar's mother, who was forced into exile by the Bolshevik Revolution, in an act of reconciliation with the country's bloody past.

State Seeks a Bigger Stake in EADS

  • 13 September 06
  • Reuters
The government on Tuesday signaled its intent to become a major player in European aerospace giant EADS, sending the company's battered stock as much as 7 percent higher.

Putin Inaugurates Kaliningrad Sea Link

  • 12 September 06
  • Reuters
President Vladimir Putin on Sunday inaugurated a new sea route that will link Kaliningrad directly to the Russian mainland, bypassing a troublesome overland route via EU territory.

Dvorkovich Says Fund to Be Invested in Foreign Stock

  • 06 June 06
  • Reuters
Russia plans to invest part of its $71.5 billion stabilization fund in foreign equities, a senior economic adviser to President Vladimir Putin said.

U.S.-Russia Chill Revives Cold War Memories

  • 04 May 06
  • Reuters
Former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev won a Nobel Peace Prize for helping thaw relations between Moscow and Washington. Now he is warning that the two countries could slide into a new Cold War.

Zorkin Says Courts Must Check Kremlin's Power

  • 24 January 06
  • Reuters
Russia could slide into dictatorship unless it strengthens its courts to counterbalance the Kremlin's growing power, Constitutional Court Chairman Valery Zorkin said.