Articles by Alec Luhn

Alec Luhn joined The Moscow Times in September 2010 and currently serves as supplements editor, covering real estate and the labor market, among other topics. Previously Luhn reported for The St. Petersburg Times, the Wisconsin State Journal and the Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism, where his articles were published in news outlets across Wisconsin. His work has been honored with awards from the Society of Professional Journalists, Wisconsin Newspaper Association and Milwaukee Press Club. Luhn is an alumnus of the University of Wisconsin, where he graduated with honors. You can contact him at or follow him on Twitter at @ASLuhn.

Dutch Soccer Club to Train Kids Outside Moscow

The Dutch team Ajax will open in June the first kids soccer camp in Russia run by a foreign club, organizers said at a press conference Friday.

Georgian Organized Clashes, Investigators Say

On the eve of the next major anti-government protest, investigators announced that they had evidence that a Georgian politician helped organize violent clashes at a May 6 protest in Moscow.

Navalny Denies Plan for Communal Services Project With City

A high-ranking federal official said Wednesday that Moscow City Hall would cooperate with opposition leader Alexei Navalny's communal services project RosZhKKh, even while Navalny dismissed the announcement as "nonsense."

Magnitsky List Counterpart to Stress Adoption Deaths

A United Russia lawmaker on Tuesday proposed that legislation in response to the U.S. Magnitsky Act be named in honor of a Russian toddler who died in the care of an American adoptive parent.

Prosecutors: 1.7M Rights Violations in 1H 2012

The Prosecutor General's Office said Monday that it had discovered more than 1.7 million human rights violations over the first half of 2012, as European lawmakers continue to criticize Russia for its human rights record.

Mirzayev Victim's Family Seeks Appeal

The family of Ivan Agafonov, who died after being punched by mixed martial arts champion Rasul Mirzayev, on Thursday appealed Mirzayev's conviction on manslaughter charges as too lenient.

Corruption Index Keeps Russia in 'Zone of Shame'

Even as the government wages a high-profile anti-corruption campaign, Russia remains in the bottom third of Transparency International's corruption index, released Wednesday. The nation ranked on par with Kazakhstan, Iran and Honduras.

Shuvalov Says Magnitsky Response Won't Affect Trade

First Deputy Prime Minister Igor Shuvalov assured investors in New York on Tuesday that Russia's response to the Magnitsky bill would not affect trade.

Chechen Charged With Killing Budanov Pleads Not Guilty

A Chechen native who prosecutors say killed disgraced military colonel Yury Budanov last year to avenge the death of his father pleaded not guilty on Monday.

Journalist Questioned in Mass Disorder Case

Investigators have questioned a Novaya Gazeta journalist over a February blog post that they say incited mass riots.

World Cup Cities Draw Hotel Brands

Now that FIFA has finished choosing the host cities for the 2018 World Cup in Russia, the race is on to build hotels there.

Construction Blooms in Bureaucratic Chaos

Recent efforts by Moscow region Governor Sergei Shoigu to streamline construction rules and property zoning could bring greater order to Wild West-style real estate development in the Moscow region.

Ambient Rock Fest Full of International Names

Muscovites will have a chance to turn on, tune in and drop out this weekend, escaping the commotion of the capital for atmospheric instrumental music at the Astral 3 festival.

DJ Kraviz Feted All Over Europe, but Not in Russia

Nina Kraviz doesn't scream for ice cream, she asks for it with a wink and a smile.


Flying into Yakutsk, the capital of the Sakha republic and the coldest city in the world, feels like flying to the end of the Earth.

Up-and-Comers, Old Favorites Save Afisha Picnic

Afisha Picnic, the annual Moscow summer music festival that will be held in Kolomenskoye Park Saturday, came under a cloud in May when headliner Bjork canceled her performance because of problems with her vocal cords.

Husky Rescue Headlines Electronic Music Festival

Ever since the days of the famous Rolling Stones Mobile Studio van, many bands have retreated to a secluded location like a remote farmhouse or abandoned church to record, drawing inspiration from their new surroundings.

City Fetes Viktor Tsoi's Would-Be 50th Birthday

Looking back on accounts of Viktor Tsoi's life, it seems the Soviet rock martyr celebrated friends' birthdays more loudly than his own. Books of remembrances note numerous birthday parties, including the 1982 gathering where Tsoi met his future wife Marianna, but don't mention any thrown for Tsoi himself.

Luxury Hotels Compete to Raise Service

In 2007-10, the Radisson Royal Hotel, Moscow (formerly the Hotel Ukraina) underwent a $300 million transformation from Soviet behemoth to internationally branded luxury hotel. Now the hotel is rebuilding its training system to bring customer service up to world-class levels, with a "Russian twist."

Lawyers Greet WTO Warmly

Not everyone is happy that Russia will likely join the World Trade Organization this summer, and a referendum drive is under way to question the country's accession. Many Russia-based lawyers, however, welcome the nation's entry into the WTO.

IP Rights Get a Boost

Emerging economies like Russia have long been the bane of industries dependent on intellectual property rights, such as the software industry. Sixty-five percent of software in Russia is stolen, Bloomberg reported last year. The country's accession to the WTO, however, has already resulted in important steps to more effectively enforce intellectual property rights, said Michael Malloy, head of the intellectual property and technology practice at DLA Piper in Russia.

Airlines Race to Recruit Pilots Amid Shortage

Russia has been widely touted as the world's most deadly place to fly after a series of air crashes. The Russian aviation industry faces another pressing issue that may eventually compound safety problems Ц a shortage of personnel, especially pilots.

Sounds of Space Rock to Take Off at Club Milk

RussiaТs space industry may be languishing after a series of failed launches, but space rock is on the rise here, if this weekendТs Astral 2 music festival is any indication.

"The Miz," Wrestling Raw Show Set to Go

Michael "The Miz" Mizanin entered the news conference the same way he enters the ring. Dressed to the nines in a tailored suit, the wrestler strode into the room at the Hotel National to a canned recording of his catchphrase, "Awesome!" strutted down the aisle and stopped to smirk at the cameras, arms spread wide like a 19th-century showman.

Jones, Tszyu Outshine Lebedev-Cox Fight at Crocus

You could be forgiven for thinking that Wednesday's boxing match at Crocus City Hall will be between ex-world champions Roy Jones, Jr. and Kostya Tszyu. The two legendary boxers are listed first on the fight bill, and their faces grace the event posters all over town.

Thousands Rally as Political Forces Vie for Advantage

Over 100,000 demonstrators took to the bitterly cold streets of Moscow on Saturday to rally at competing events both for and against longtime leader Vladimir Putin.

Archived Live Blog: Rallies in Moscow

The Moscow Times is covering Saturday's rallies in Moscow. The first event of the day, an opposition march, is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m. local time.

20 Years of Capitalism: Winemaker Foresees Next France in Moldova

Entrepreneur Victor Bostan is on a mission to put Moldova on the map as a wine producer.

Britpop Veterans Suede Set to Headline Blastfest

When Suede plays Moscow this Sunday, it will be the legendary Britpop band's first show in Moscow, as well as its last concert ever. Again.

Budget, Mid-Market Hotels Offer Cheap Sleep

Picture the Moscow hotel market as an upside-down pyramid. There are the five-star luxury hotels Ч†at the top. And there is Moscow's lone budget hotel Ч at the bottom. But this pyramid is now righting itself, as mid-market and budget offerings ramp up.