Articles by Grace Cuddihy

Painting the Town Green: Ambassador McDaid on Irish-Russian Relations

After a career of exciting and far-flung postings — from Brezhnev's Soviet Union to Saddam Hussein's Iraq — Irish Ambassador Adrian McDaid never expected he would wind up back in Russia.

Retro Glamour, Martinis at Hitchcock Film Fest

Fans of legendary British film director Alfred Hitchcock are in for a treat this week, as the British Council's "Hitchcock 9" festival is due to run until Saturday at the Strelka Institute for Media, Architecture and Design. Part of the U.K.-Russia "Year of Culture," the festival will show nine of Hitchcock's lesser-known silent movies from the 1920s that have been lovingly restored by the British Film Institute (BFI).

Book Review: Shteyngart's Memoir Personifies Russian Immigrant Experience in U.S.

Fans of writer Gary Shteyngart might have been scratching their heads in confusion upon hearing of the release of his memoir "Little Failure."

Muscovites Turn Green For Irish Week

Have you noticed Moscow's looking a bit greener these days? Moscow Irish Week is currently underway, lasting from March 12 to 23, coinciding with St. Patrick's Day on March 17. The festival consists of more than 70 events celebrating Irish culture in Moscow, St. Petersburg, Yekaterinburg, Voronezh and Volgograd.

Dovlatov Revival Hits the Streets of New York City

"I said to the bus driver 'I'd like to send my wife to Leningrad.' He replied: 'I sympathize. I'd like to send mine to Kamchatka. Or to the moon, instead of Gagarin." So goes a typically witty line in Sergei Dovlatov's "Pushkin Hills."

Culture Ministry to Support New Literary TV Shows

At a press conference on Feb. 12, minister Vladimir Medinsky announced that the Culture Ministry would support to a number of television productions based on famous Russian novels, including Mikhail Sholokhov's classic "And Quiet Flows the Don," and Dostoevsky's "Demons," among others, Itar-Tass reported.

Strippers and Sanatoria Beyond Sochi's Glamour

With the 2014 Winter Olympics due to begin Friday in Sochi, the eyes of the world are firmly trained on Russia's restive and unstable North Caucasus region.

Pussy Riot and Putin Nominated for NME Awards

They might not have much in common, but both Pussy Riot and President Vladimir Putin may both soon be holders of NME awards. The shortlist of nominees has been announced for the awards ceremony that will take place in London on Feb. 26.

Kurkov's 'The Gardener from Ochakov' Falls Short

Like most fans of Ukrainian writer Andrei Kurkov, I have been waiting for a long time. Waiting, in vain, for him to match the brilliance of his first novel, the blackly hilarious "Death and the Penguin."

What to Do for Halloween in the Capital

Double, double toil and trouble — Halloween is upon us and there is plenty to do in Moscow for those who want a thrill this holiday weekend.

Brodsky Criticizes His Contemporaries From Beyond the Grave

A previously unheard interview with Nobel-prize-winning Soviet poet Joseph Brodsky has been published on the web portal, The interview took place in Vienna in 1972, shortly after Brodsky's departure from the Soviet Union, and was the first comprehensive literary interview Brodsky gave in the West.

Muscovite Builds Record-Breaking Jesus Statue in Syria

A bronze statue of Jesus Christ, taller than the famous Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio de Janeiro, has appeared in war-torn Syria. The statue, entitled "I Have Come to Save the World" was apparently the brainchild of Yury Gavrilov, a 49-year-old Muscovite who runs an organization in London called the St. Paul and St. George Foundation.