Articles by Ken Martinez

Ken Martinez is an editor and writer for the website of The Moscow Times. Before coming to the newspaper in February 2012, Ken Martinez worked on a television project in Siberia and taught English and political science at Tyumen State University. He also spent time in the Russia department of the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, D.C. Ken is a graduate of Stanford University and the University of California, Santa Barbara, and was also a recipient of the Fulbright grant.

Repats Raise Competition on Job Market

In the past few years, the employment landscape has shifted due to a newly emerging kind of job candidate the repat.

Sakha Wants to Introduce 'Stick-Pulling' to Olympics

Athletes from around the world will be trying to outdo one another at "stick-pulling" in the Olympics one day if Russia gets its way.

Americans Held After Crossing Bering Strait on Jet Skis

Six Americans who crossed the Bering Strait on jet skis as part of a reality show are being held by Chukotka authorities for purportedly lacking valid travel documents.

U.S. Jet Skiers to Be Freed Soon in Chukotka

Six Americans detained on a Chukotka beach by armed men in a tank after crossing the Bering Strait on jet skis will be released shortly.

Russia's Work Force Is 7 Percent Migrants

Illegal and temporary migrants make up roughly 7 percent of Russia's 75 million-person work force, a larger share than in any member of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, which Russia wants to join.

Navalny Fears State Hand in New Hacking Attack

Opposition leader Alexei Navalny has asked investigators to look into whether law enforcement officials helped hackers break into his e-mail and Twitter accounts this week.

Media Shake-Up Stirs Worries of Political Control

Two high-ranking media executives have been pushed out of their jobs in shake-ups that both said were business driven, but that still raised worries among some observers about politically motivated censorship.

City Mistakenly Plants Marijuana Field Instead of Lawn

After the city spread soil containing "grass" seeds around the Brateyevo metro station, a field of marijuana plants sprouted up instead of a lawn.

Medvedev Meets With Obama at G8 Summit

Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev insisted that the “reset” was still on during a meeting with U.S. President Barack Obama on the sidelines of a weekend G8 summit at Camp David.

Cigarettes to Cost 5 Times More by 2018

Smoking in Russia will soon be more expensive, as analysts say current tax plans will cause the price of cigarettes to jump five times higher by 2018.

Hundreds of Arrests Set Grim Backdrop for Victory Day Celebrations

As Moscow gears up tocelebrate its victory inWorld War II, 67 years ago Wednesday, theshadow ofpolitical conflict shrouds thecapital as hundreds ofarrests cloud Victory Day festivities. 

13 Dead, Dozens Hurt in Dagestan Bombings

Twin suicide car bombs killed at least 13 people and wounded just over 100 more in the Dagestani capital Makhachkala late Thursday, in what police are calling a terrorist attack.

Historic Moscow Properties for 1 Ruble

City authorities have held the first auction in their plan to distribute rental rights to buildings recognized for their historical and cultural significance — at the price of 1 ruble per square meter.

Metro Overhaul to Add 70 Stations by 2020

The Moscow metro system that carries more than 9 million passengers per day will undergo a massive expansion by 2020, growing in size by 1 1/2 times and creating a second ring line around the city, officials said Wednesday.

Siberia Becomes the Birthplace of 4G

MegaFon became the first of the country's big three mobile operators to launch a high-speed 4G network in Russia Monday, choosing the unlikely proving ground of Novosibirsk and a partnership with wireless Internet provider Skartel to start the service.

Shein to End Hunger Strike Tuesday

Former Astrakhan mayoral candidate Oleg Shein has announced that on Tuesday he will end his 40-day hunger strike over alleged electoral fraud as his goals have largely been met.

Thousands Attend Mass Prayer to 'Defend Faith'

More than 65,000 people gathered at Christ the Savior Cathedral on Sunday for a mass prayer service and procession that was large enough to even rival the mass opposition protests this winter.

Archived Live Blog: Putin's Address to State Duma

In his final address to the State Duma as prime minister, Vladimir Putin noted improvement in agriculture and in the country's demographic situation. He also laid out five priority areas for future work.

Anti-Monopoly Service to Investigate iPad Imports

The Federal Anti-Monopoly Service has begun an investigation into customs duties on tablet PCs amidst reports that Apple is the only manufacturer importing its products duty-free, while other tablet producers are paying import levies.

'White Square' Activists Arrested for Tent Near Lenin's Tomb

At least three activists were arrested after pitching a tent near Lenin's Mausoleum on Red Square during a flash mob-style opposition protest Sunday.

MI5 Warns Of Zakayev Murder Plot

British intelligence agency MI5 issued a public warning that exiled Chechen rebel envoy Akhmed Zakayev is the target of a murder plot.

International Companies to Compete to Develop Ring Railroad

International transport companies have signaled interest in competing to build rolling stock for the planned Moscow Ring Railroad.

McFaul Pushes for Trade Status

The Obama administration will not support any human rights or democracy legislation in exchange for Congress repealing the 1974 Jackson-Vanik amendment.

Archived Live Blog: Opposition Rally on Novy Arbat

A chronicle of the proceedings at the latest major opposition rally, held this afternoon on the sidewalk of Novy Arbat in central Moscow.

Live Blog: Presidential Election 2012

With 80 percent of ballots counted, Vladimir Putin leads the candidates with 64.71 percent of the vote, followed by Communist Party candidate Gennady Zyuganov with 17.10 percent.

U.K. Exiles Blamed in Journalists 2006 Death

Former Chechen militant emissary Akhmed Zakayev and businessman Boris Berezovsky both living in exile in London have been accused of being the masterminds behind the 2006 murder of Novaya Gazeta reporter Anna Politkovskaya.

Putin Takes Commanding Lead in Poll

Despite months of ongoing protests, Prime Minister Vladimir Putin has the support of a commanding 66 percent of the population in the final days before he seeks to return to the presidency for the third time, an independent poll has found.

Live Blog: Defender of the Fatherland Day Rallies

A chronicle of the four major rallies taking place across Moscow on Defender of the Fatherland Day, including a pro-Putin rally at Luzhniki stadium expected to draw up to 100,000 people.
<br />

Punk Band Takes Protest to Church

Police detained a member of the all-female rock band Pussy Riot after the group gave an unsanctioned concert complete with swear words Tuesday inside Christ the Savior Cathedral.


If "the strength of Russia rests in Siberia," as one popular refrigerator magnet contends with words emblazoned across the sky above a powerful oil derrick, then Siberia's capital is surely Tyumen.