Articles by David Holley



Amid the Oil Boom, a New Moscow Emerges

  • 07 August 07
  • LOS ANGELES TIMES
For centuries, Red Square and the Kremlin have been the heart of Moscow. But a 21st-century downtown is rising, with skyscrapers set to reshape the image of Europe's largest city.

Kyrgyz Killing Compounds Tensions

  • 14 August 06
  • LOS ANGELES TIMES
The killing of a well-known religious leader by security forces in Kyrgyzstan this month has increased tensions in Central Asia’s densely populated Fergana Valley, which is caught in a spiral of worsening conflict between radical Islamists and authorities.

Kazakhstan Turns the Tide in the Aral Sea Eco-Catastrophe

  • 08 June 06
  • LOS ANGELES TIMES
A new dam in the Aral Sea signals hope for residents of the area, whose livelihoods were destroyed as the sea shrunk over the last 40 years.

Parts of the Past Are Buried, But Lenin Isn't

  • 04 May 06
  • LOS ANGELES TIMES
Nikita Muchnik, a student who sells cell phones near the Kremlin, doesn't much care whether the embalmed body of Vladimir Lenin stays in its airtight glass coffin in Red Square or is banished from its place of honor.

Lugar Praises Nuclear Work

  • 29 August 05
  • LOS ANGELES TIMES
Joint U.S.-Russian efforts to boost security against potential terrorist attacks on Russian storage sites for nuclear warheads have accelerated in recent months, the chairman of the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee said Friday.

A Cottage Industry

  • 23 August 05
  • LOS ANGELES TIMES
Old-timers grimace as the dacha goes upscale. Ownership is no longer a badge of loyalty and service, but of affluence.

A Revival of Jewish Life in Siberia

  • 09 August 05
  • LOS ANGELES TIMES
The pioneers came in the late 1920s, lured to the uninhabited Siberian forests and mosquito-infested swamps by a mixture of communist ideological fervor and their dream of a Jewish homeland.

Catholic-Orthodox Tensions Resurface in Russia

  • 14 April 05
  • LOS ANGELES TIMES
In recent years, the conflict between the two churches has centered on the Orthodox Church's fears for its own identity.

Windswept Kazakh City Getting Capital Facelift

  • 05 April 05
  • LOS ANGELES TIMES
A bitterly cold wind was blasting across the open steppe, making it so hard for Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev to catch his breath that he could barely speak while inspecting a construction site.

Kiev: 18 Missiles Sold to Iran, China

  • 21 March 05
  • LOS ANGELES TIMES
Smugglers in Ukraine shipped 18 cruise missiles, each capable of carrying a nuclear warhead, to Iran and China at the beginning of the decade, Ukrainian prosecutors said Friday.

Putin Responds to Bush Criticism

  • 24 February 05
  • LOS ANGELES TIMES
President Vladimir Putin, in an apparent response to criticism by U.S. President George W. Bush, said Tuesday that Russia was committed to the democratic ideal but would pursue it in its own way.

Torn Kalmykia United on Putin

  • 10 November 04
  • LOS ANGELES TIMES
If anyone should be expected to defend local self-rule against a new Kremlin bid to centralize power, it is the people of Kalmykia -- the only predominantly Buddhist region in Europe.

Kazakhs Reclaim Lost Heritage

  • 31 August 04
  • LOS ANGELES TIMES
Lawyer Zhanar Alisheva is a city dweller who has never lived in a yurt, yet for her the round wool tents draped with jewel-box fabrics still carry the promise that Kazakh culture is too strong to die.

Life, Longing and the Gulag's Legacy in Vorkuta

  • 28 July 04
  • LOS ANGELES TIMES
The gulag is gone, but its prisoners remain.

Bonding at a Burning Oil Platform

  • 25 June 04
  • LOS ANGELES TIMES
Spewing automatic weapons fire, a speedboat races under an oil platform, triggering explosions, injuring workers, touching off an oil spill -- and provoking a spectacular multinational response.

Yandarbiyev Killed by Car Bomb in Qatar

  • 16 February 04
  • LOS ANGELES TIMES
Zelimkhan Yandarbiyev, an exiled separatist leader accused by Moscow of being a key link in financing rebels in Chechnya, died Friday after a bomb blasted his car in Qatar, authorities said. Yandarbiyev, a leader of Chechen rebels from 1996 to 1997, died en route to a hospital after the explosion in the Persian Gulf nation, the Arab satellite channel Al-Jazeera reported.

New Georgian Leader on Precarious Pedestal

  • 13 January 04
  • LOS ANGELES TIMES
As Georgian President-elect Mikheil Saakashvili prepares to take power, the fervent support of vast numbers of citizens counting on him to change their lives might be both a blessing and a curse.

Kadyrov: Death Squads Prolong the War

  • 01 September 03
  • LOS ANGELES TIMES
In a sharp pre-election turnabout, Kremlin-appointed Chechen chief Akhmad Kadyrov said death squads associated with security forces are seeking to prolong the conflict through abductions and terror.

The Protector of Pushkin's Treasures

  • 04 August 03
  • LOS ANGELES TIMES
Pushkin Museum director Irina Antonova, reflecting on a career marked by frequent battles at the intersection of art and politics, was discussing the final years of Soviet dictator Josef Stalin when there was a knock at the door of her office -- and in walked Gina Lollobrigida.

Shadows of Illegal Loggers Seen in Forest Fires

  • 30 June 03
  • LOS ANGELES TIMES
Bootleg loggers might seem to have no interest in seeing forests burn. But in Russia, things aren't always as they seem.

The Underworld Extends to Higher Education

  • 08 April 03
  • LOS ANGELES TIMES
In an era of post-Soviet cutbacks, many universities find themselves trapped in an unsavory stew of murky business deals and rampant bribery.

U.S. Says Russia Now Worried About Iran

  • 28 February 03
  • LOS ANGELES TIMES
Russia has begun to share some of Washington's fears about Iran's ballistic missile and nuclear programs, a senior Bush administration official said.

Danube's Blockage Divides Europe

Countries Vow to Strengthen Democracy

De-Facto Ethnic Partitions Form in Kosovo

Japan's Economy Turning Around

U.S. Bids for Slice of Japan Apple Market