Articles by Jennifer Rankin

Estonian Catches a Whiff of Profit in Russia

Eva-Maria Kunapuu began making scented candles in her kitchen seven years ago when she couldn't find any decent ones in the shops in her hometown of Tallinn.

Education Reform Inching Forward

As thousands of high school graduates enter universities on Saturday, a hotly debated bill to reform the nation's education system is inching forward.

Kremlin Said to Back Foreign Property Ban for Officials

The Kremlin is ready to ban state officials from owning foreign property or keeping money abroad, a move seen by one civil society group as the latest manifestation of "Western phobia" by the government.

Q&A: Actress and Restaurateur Vysotskaya Has a Lot on Her Plate

People eat out in Moscow because they like the crowd, the atmosphere, the reputation of the restaurateur almost anything but for the food. Coming from Yulia Vysotskaya, an actress and TV presenter who recently opened a restaurant, that claim could raise an eyebrow.

As U.S. Acts on Magnitsky, Europe Debates

From the former head of a Moscow tax office accused of a $230 million fraud to the chief prison doctor who refused to see a dangerously ill man for more than two months, about 60 Russian officials face U.S. sanctions under the Magnitsky Act.

Another U.S. Child Abuse Case Surfaces

Investigators have opened an inquiry into the beating of a Tula-born child by his adoptive American parents, and the Foreign Ministry warned that the case could jeopardize an adoption agreement between the two countries.

Kalmyk Victims of Stalin's Deportations Seek Compensation

More than 1,800 Kalmyks are seeking compensation from the government as victims of a forced deportation ordered by Josef Stalin 60 years ago.

Screws to Tighten as NGO and Libel Bills Pass Duma

The State Duma put its stamp on two heavily criticized laws on the final day of its spring session Friday, capping a hectic period of lawmaking that opponents see as part of a crackdown on dissent.

At Akado, CNN Fades and Returns

On Thursday morning, one of Russia's biggest Internet and cable TV providers said that it had dropped the BBC and CNN indefinitely, setting off a flurry of speculation about censorship.

Duma Votes to Ease Visa Rules With U.S.

The bureaucratic burden on Russian and American travelers is set to lighten next year after the State Duma voted Friday for a less onerous visa regime between the two countries.

NGOs Must Register as 'Foreign Agents'

Foreign-funded NGOs involved in political activities must register as foreign agents or risk hefty fines and imprisonment under a new bill backed by the nations ruling party.

Lavrov Says Russia Will Not Oust Assad

Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Thursday rejected claims that Russia would push for Syrian President Bashar Assad to cede power amid escalating violence.

Spoiler Parties Sow Confusion

When Russians marched through the streets of Moscow on June 12, they walked under old and new party banners from Communist red to the white and blue of the newly created December 5th Party.

Landfill Problem in Russia Is Mountainous

Yelena Stepanovas family never had a dacha, but as a child she gathered nuts, berries and mushrooms in the woods of her hometown in the Moscow suburb of Khimki. It was a little corner of paradise, she recalled.

100 Duma Deputies Understate Income

Almost a quarter of the State Duma 100 deputies understated their incomes last year, according to an investigation by Transparency International and the Higher School of Economics.

Tighter Process in European Court Raises Concerns

A recent rules change at the European Court of Human Rights has advocates worried that efforts to speed up the court's work will prevent some cases from being heard.

Putin Prepared to Play Iran Peacemaker

Russia will attempt to play mediator between Iran and the West when President Vladimir Putin sits down with his Iranian counterpart Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in Beijing on Thursday.

Protest Fine Amendment Inches Forward

The United Russia-controlled State Duma on Tuesday approved an amendment to dramatically hike fines for disorder at public rallies, as part of a contentious draft law that activists say damages the right to free assembly.

Human Rights Council Resignations Are 'Normal Rotation'

The head of the president's human rights council has played down talk of a reaction against Vladimir Putin's return to the presidency after a fresh wave of resignations from the group.

How Many Kids Are in Institutions? No Way to Know

Government agencies, international bodies and domestic charities give wildly differing estimates of how many children are housed in state institutions, and there are no reliable, up-to-date figures.

Russia Struggles to Reform Soviet-Era Orphanages

Vikenty was 13 when he started school. Although he was being taught in the Moscow children's home that provided his earliest memories, he knew something wasn't right.
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