Articles by Ruth Moore



'Finding Babel' Takes Jury Prize at Moscow Jewish Film Festival

Last week Moscow's International Jewish Film Festival came to its close. The winner of the Grand Jury Prize was David Novack's "Finding Babel," a documentary combining Isaac Babel's fiction, archival footage and interviews with an ethereal animation technique.

Moscow's International Film Festival: Top Picks for the Week Ahead

The 38th Moscow International Film Festival (MIFF) opened yesterday with much pomp and ceremony. While its "international" and "festival" credentials are somewhat questionable, MIFF does offer Muscovites the chance to catch some great films from home and abroad on the big screen. Here's what to look out for.

Russia's Cosmonaut Culture on Show at VDNKh

“Space: The Birth of a New Era,” VDNKh’s most hyped exhibition of the year, is certainly setting its sights intergalactically high. Fortunately, visitors won't be disappointed.

Life Through a Different Lens: Moscow's Jewish Film Festival

Tomorrow is opening night of the Moscow Jewish Film Festival, a cultural event offering Muscovites the chance to become acquainted with the world of Jewish professional cinematography.

Feast Yourself at Russia's Biggest Food Festival This Weekend

Gourmands of Moscow are in for a treat this weekend as the food festival "O, da! Eda!" (Oh yes! Food!) comes to Gorky Park. The festival shines a spotlight on the best restaurants and food producers the country has to offer.

The Museum of Russian Impressionism Opens in Moscow

Moscow just got a new museum. The Museum of Russian Impressionism is the first major private art museum to open in the capital, and its founder and curators hope to do nothing less than revolutionize the world's knowledge of art history.

The Timeless Cool of Soviet Film Posters, on Show in Moscow

Bold and experimental, the designs currently on show at the Central Manege Exhibition Hall have none of the romanticism of the Hollywood silver screen.

See the City in a Different Light: Moscow Museum Night

Night owls everywhere are in luck this weekend as more than 200 museums, galleries and art centers stay open until the early hours as part of Moscow’s tenth annual Museum Night. From 6 p.m. on Saturday things will be ramping up rather than winding down as cultural institutions including the Tretyakov Gallery, the Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts and the Museum of Cosmonautics stay up past their bedtime.

Dual Perspectives: World War II Artwork From Russia and Britain

2016 marks the 75th anniversary of the outbreak of the Great Patriotic War in Russia. It was an event which was to leave an indelible mark on the country, as it did on the rest of the world. On Wednesday a unique cultural collaboration featuring drawings and sketches from this period will arrive in Moscow.

Last Chance to Catch Singing in the Rain on the Moscow Stage

A chorus donning black tuxedos and bowler hats twirl multicolored umbrellas as rain pours down on them from the stage rafters.

Celebrate Victory Day in Moscow's Parks

Day is a time of brass bands, heavy artillery and a whole load of flag waving.

Run to Help Children With Burns in a Moscow Hospital

Children wearing brightly-colored cardboard wings play and talk with family members in their rooms. A little girl sits with a teacher at a desk going through a lesson.

Manet's 'Olympia' Arrives and Reclines at Moscow's Pushkin Museum

Edouard Manet's painting of a nude woman reclining on a bed shocked and scandalized the French public when it was first exhibited at the 1865 Paris Salon.

Max's Beef for Money: Moscow Takes its Beef Seriously

Max's Beef for Money takes a self-professed approach of "healthy snobbery" toward its food. Recently opened in the elegant district of Patriarch's Ponds, the restaurant deals in beef, wine and little else.

Shakespeare Lives: A Bumper Weekend to Celebrate the Bard in Moscow

Tonight Shakespeare Lives kicks off. The festival, which forms part of the U.K.-Russia Year of Language and Literature and coincides with the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's death, involves the live streaming of a concert from Stratford-upon-Avon, a unique exhibition at Domodedovo airport, "Shakespeare Day" in schools across Russia and much more besides.

Moscow and London Exchange Treasured Portraits

An unprecedented portrait exchange between Russia's State Tretyakov Gallery and the UK's National Portrait Gallery is underway. To mark their joint 160th anniversaries, the museums are collaborating on parallel exhibitions exploring the eminent individuals who have shaped the art, literature and thinking of the two nations.

Saturday Spring Cleaning in Moscow's Parks

Fancy some fresh air and the chance to do a good deed for the planet? Moscow parks are undergoing their annual spring clean over the next two Saturdays and you are invited to lend a hand. In return volunteers will enjoy music, games and entertainment as they spruce up the city's green areas ready for that long awaited warmer weather.

Broadway Dreams Come True in Moscow

A group of dancers spin, stamp their feet and pump their arms in a whirl of motion and color as they rehearse a grueling dance named "the stricken chicken" from the musical "Hairspray." The music ends and sweat drips from their brows. "Good! No one died, did they?" choreographer Dan Knechtges asks the group. "Ok, let's go again then!"

Moscow on the Weekend: Best of Russia in Photographs and More

Best of Russia 2015, an exhibition covering the people, places and events of the past year, has opened at the Winzavod Center for Contemporary Art.

Erwin. RekaMoreOkean Makes a Splash in Moscow

Situated at the foot of Hotel Ukraina with a view across the river to the Russian White House, Erwin has reopened with a new concept and an extended name "RekaMoreOkean" (River, Sea, Ocean).

Get Out Your Green! It's Irish Week in Moscow!

Pour the Guinness, pull out your green top hat and practice saying "Ah, it'll be grand." That's right, Irish Week is upon us, and Moscow is bursting with events to celebrate the Emerald Isle.

Presentation of Unique W.B Yeats Edition Kicks Off Irish Week in Moscow

On Tuesday the State Literature Museum will host the presentation of a bespoke W.B Yeats book project to mark Irish Week.

Mid-Week Music in Moscow

With the arrival of March, winter is officially over. It will soon be time to stow those heavy boots, ditch the woolen hat and embrace ice-free pavements. What better way to celebrate than with a congratulatory dose of mid-week culture?

Graffiti That's Art and Allowed: Alec Monopoly Comes to Moscow

Los Angeles based street artist Alec Monopoly will hold a public lecture in Moscow on Thursday and paint a wall at the Winzavod Centre for Contemporary Art on Tuesday and Friday as part of the Viber Sticky Fingers "My City, My Vibe" contest.

What To Do With Your Kids on a Long Moscow Weekend?

What do you want to be when you grow up? This is the question that KidZania, a lavishly realized indoor city for children, asks the miniature workers who enter its doors. A worldwide franchise, it has just opened its first Russian branch at Moscow's Aviapark shopping center.

Moscow Golf Club Opens a Restaurant With a View - and an Innovative Menu

Moscow's reputation as a fountain of new wealth is perhaps no better epitomized than in the Skolkovo region to the west of the city. Nestled among luxury residential villages and a 400-hectare self-styled Russian Silicon Valley lies Skolkovo Golf Club, a playground for the rich and the beautiful.

Real Chinese Food, No Fuss at Moscow's Kitaiskiye Novosti

This fun, relaxed joint on Tverskaya Ulitsa is the second branch of Kitaiskiye Novosti (China News) to open this year. Spearheaded by restaurateur Stanislav Lisichenko, the new venue offers a pared down, self-service version of its big brother.