Articles by Alexi Shaw



Nevzlin Sentenced To Life In Prison

The Moscow City Court on Friday convicted former Yukos co-owner Leonid Nevzlin on several counts of conspiracy to commit murder and sentenced him to life in prison, though the businessman was absent from the trial.

Doping Suspensions Deal Blow to Olympic Dreams

Russia's dreams of pulling off a dazzling performance at the Beijing Olympics took a jolt Thursday with the announcement that five top female athletes had been suspended after failing doping tests.

Olympic Athletes Get a Blessing and a Lesson

RussiaТs Olympic team received religious icons and a crash course in Orthodox church history in China during a Kremlin cathedral service on Tuesday.

Champion Boxer Shoots Man in Eye

A top amateur boxer helping to train the Russian Olympic boxing team ahead of next monthТs Beijing Olympics was arrested Monday in Vladivostok for shooting a man in the eye in a drunken fight, local media reported.

Racist Crime Numbers Explode

The number of hate crimes committed in Moscow has exploded this year, rising sixfold compared to the same period last year, Investigative Committee head Alexander Bastrykin said Friday.

Rostov Man May Face 2 Years for Hate Texts

A Rostov region man is facing up to two years in prison for hate speech for purportedly sending text messages to hundreds of cell phones calling for ethnic Russians to be killed, prosecutors said Thursday.

Man Arrested in Poisoning Deaths

Police have arrested a man suspected of murdering several people by poisoning them with tainted alcohol and leaving them to die at the same location, a city police spokesman said Tuesday.

Moscow Hit With Burst of Road Rage

Alexander Lavrushin was crossing Prospekt Vernardskogo on his way to class at Moscow State Pedagogical University when the driver of a Mercedes coupe stopped his car, got out and punched him twice in the face.

British Dancer Detained in Car Arson

Amid a wave of car arsons that hit the city in recent weeks, a British dancer was detained in southwestern Moscow on suspicion of setting fire to a Mercedes, city police said Thursday.

Cash Couriers Robbed During Football Game

As much of the city was engrossed in a football match, armed assailants attacked two cash couriers delivering money to a Russky Standart bank branch in southwestern Moscow, killing one and briefly making off with millions of rubles.

Russian Executive Faces Greek Army Stint

A St. Petersburg entrepreneur who took Greek citizenship to facilitate his business has been barred from leaving the Mediterranean country until he settles the issue of his obligatory Greek military service.

Russia Fans See Symbolism in Win

Alibekh Zhukenov joined in with everyone else at the Kruzhka location on Nikolskaya Ulitsa on Wednesday night in a bar-wide celebration of the Russia's 2-0 victory over Sweden in the group stage of the Euro 2008 football championship game.