Articles by Andrew McChesney

Andrew McChesney has served as the editor-in-chief of The Moscow Times since June 2006. He joined the newspaper in January 1997, and has held a variety of positions since, including deputy editor-in-chief from 2001 to 2006. At the invitation of the World Economic Forum, he participated as a media leader at its annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland, in 2007 and 2008, and at its Russia Meeting in Moscow in 2012. At the invitation of the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum, he attended as a delegate in 2012 and 2013, and he also participated in the Russian Economic Forum in London in 2005, 2006 and 2008, among other conferences. He has been invited to speak to foreign ambassadors, visiting members of U.S. Congress and European parliaments, senior NATO officials and foreign bankers, and has appeared as a guest on Rossia TV, Sweden's TV8, Greece's ERT national television, BBC radio and other media outlets. You can contact him at

Wheels: Porsche 911 Carrera S Wins Over an iPhone Fan

I have a confession to make. Driving never really interested me. After living in Moscow for more than 17 years, I found it easy to navigate the city with public transportation and the occasional taxi.

Foreign Ministry Joins Pranksters With April Fool's Joke

The Russian government joined a queue of pranksters taking advantage of April Fool's Day to have some fun Monday, but several people found reality so surprising that they wondered whether there was any reason to joke.

Investors Scared Over Crimea? Minnesota Secretary of State Doesn't Care (Video)

A question mark hangs over Russia-oriented business conferences after President Vladimir Putin spooked investors in Crimea. At least two conferences have been postponed, while organizers are pushing ahead with several others.

Amid Crimea Crisis, Some Foreigners in Moscow Worry About Personal Safety

As Russia considers annexing Crimea after a weekend referendum, some foreign business leaders in Moscow are not only worried about the possible repercussions for their companies but also about something closer to home: personal safety.

European Investors Say Pleas Against Sanctions on Russia Ignored

Under a cloud of tensions over Crimea, European business leaders gathered for private talks late last week with Vygaudas Ušackas, the EU's top official in Russia. They and other foreign investors do not like what they have heard and are stepping up efforts for a diplomatic solution.

For Some Foreign Investors, Crimea Is Worst Crisis Since Fall of Berlin Wall

American and European investors are caught in a major crisis amid a standoff between the Kremlin and Western governments over Ukraine, with local revenues sliding and business confidence suffering a body blow that could take years to heal.

British Brewery Mocks Putin With 'Anti-Gay' Beer

President Vladimir Putin can expect to receive a case of Scottish beer bearing his name and image soon — but it's doubtful that he'll want to chug down a bottle.

Abramovich's Girlfriend Apologizes for Posing on 'Black Woman' Chair

The founder of the Garage contemporary art center, Dasha Zhukova, has stirred up controversy after being photographed sitting on a chair designed to look like a half-naked black woman.

Death Toll in Volgograd Suicide Blast Rises to 18 (Video)

A suicide bombing at a Volvograd train station packed with New Year's travelers on Sunday has killed at least 18 people raising new security fears only six weeks before the start of the Sochi Olympics.

5 Ways the World Has Changed Since Khodorkovsky's Arrest (Photo Essay)

As Mikhail Khodorkovsky looks to integrate into the modern world, here's a look at several major things that have changed.

U.S. Puts 2 Gay Athletes on Official Delegation to Sochi

U.S. President Barack Obama has decided to<span id="bxid_966199"> skip the Sochi Winter Olympics and instead </span>send two prominent gay Americans, drawing praise from gay rights groups.
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Despite Putin's English Appeal, Yekaterinburg Loses Expo Bid

The loss to Dubai is likely to reverberate throughout Russian officialdom, which had viewed the bid as a state priority, and is a personal blow to Putin, who had pleaded Russia's case in a rare speech in English.

Drivers Cautioned as Moscow Digs Out of First Snow

Moscow airports and roads are operating normally, but heavy snowfall left more than 23,000 people in the nearby Tver, Kostroma and Yaroslavl regions without power.
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Italian Reporter's Pro-Gay Photo on Red Square Goes Viral

The reporter's photograph and encounter with angry police officers on Red Square is drawing new attention to Russia's attitude toward gays and bring unexpected fame to the writer.

Shuvalov Considers Delaying Rosneft Sale Until 2016

The government is considering delaying the privatization of oil giant Rosneft until 2016 or later as it seeks to maximize the price it can secure.

Wheels: Infiniti JX35 Nearly Drives Itself to St. Petersburg

As we leave the Moscow city limits en route to St. Petersburg, we are already admiring the car's advanced driving aids.

Wheels: Bentley Continental GT Offers Silent Rocket Ride

Unable to hear the rain, the engine or any other sounds from the street, you feel like you are silently flying through the air.

Moscow Denies U.S.-Based Diplomat Sought Young Spies

The spy flap centering around the 59-year-old head of a Kremlin-funded cultural exchange program raises the specter of a new dispute rocking already stormy relations between Russia and the U.S.

Daddy's Boy: Azeri Billionaire's Son to Perform at Miss Universe Contest

Russia's first-ever Miss Universe beauty pageant will be packed with musicians: a former Spice Girl, Aerosmith's frontman, the U.S. rock band Panic! At The Disco and, it turns out, the singer-songwriter son of the billionaire who owns the Moscow venue hosting the event.

Dealers Find Cars a Tough Sell to Crisis-Worried Russians

Cars are standing unsold at dealerships as Russians, spooked that the slowing economy might signal a 2008-style crisis, are putting off the decision to replace their cars or buy a first vehicle.

You've Been in Russia Too Long When

You call out "molodoi chelovek" or "devushka" to get a stranger's attention, even if the person turns out to be elderly.
Read our photo essay with 14 signs that you might have lived in Russia too long.

Supporters Urged to Rally for 'Seriously Ill' Pussy Riot Rocker

Jailed Pussy Riot rocker Nadezhda Tolokonnikova is in serious condition after calling off a hunger strike this week, her husband says, urging supporters to travel to the prison in the Mordovia republic to participate in one-person protests.

U.S. Embassy in Moscow Offers Assurances Amid U.S. Shutdown

The U.S. Embassy says the partial shutdown of the U.S. government will will not halt its support to U.S. citizens in Russia and the issuance of U.S. visas to Russians.

European Lawmakers Take Russia to Task Over Gays and Navalny

Lawmakers with the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe are to consider a resolution criticizing Russia for "politically motivated justice" and urging it to roll back tough laws on Internet speech, street protests, NGOs, and the "promotion of homosexuality" to minors.

Kremlin Chief of Staff Surprised but Not Alarmed by Navalny

Sergei Ivanov, speaking in a far-ranging interview with four newspapers, also sees little reason to worry about a rift in U.S.-Russia relations and says he and Putin sometimes converse in Swedish.

Russians Keep Wary Eye on Looming U.S. Shutdown

As Russians kept a wary eye on a looming U.S. shutdown, U.S. authorities offered assurances that a congressional standoff that could leave the federal government without money would not halt embassy support to U.S. citizens in Russia and the issuance of U.S. visas to Russians.

Snowden's Father and U.S. Lawyer Part Ways

The father of U.S. intelligence leaker Edward Snowden and his U.S. lawyer confirm that they have parted ways amid a difference of opinion.

Moscow Ranks as Refreshingly Honest in 'Lost Wallet' Test

Russia might have an international reputation as a cauldron of stewing corruption, but people in Moscow appear to be more honest than their counterparts in Zurich and Lisbon.

Russia Walks Out During Saakashvili's 'Crazy' Speech

President Mikheil Saakashvili warns that the Kremlin is using "constant pressures and threats" to establish a new Russian empire through the proposed Eurasian Union. (Video)

Denying Putin Wedding, Peskov Says Leave the President Alone

The Kremlin spokesman rejects speculation that Putin married former gymnast Alina Kabaeva at a secret wedding and says it is too early to talk about whether Putin will run for a fourth term.