Articles by D. Garrison Golubock



Novosibirsk Might Ban Marilyn Manson Concert

Orthodox Christian groups have asked the local government in the Siberian city of Novosibirsk to ban an upcoming concert by prominent U.S. shock rocker Marilyn Manson, Itar-Tass reported.

Culture Ministry to Create House of Russian Culture

The various writers unions of Russia will be united in the near future under the roof of a single House of Russian Culture, Culture Minister Vladimir Medinsky announced at hearings on the foundation of the new house within the Culture Ministry, Itar-Tass reported.

Manifesta Biennale May Be Canceled, König Says

The Manifesta art biennale, slated to open in St. Petersburg at the end of June, may have to be canceled due to the difficulties of organizing such an event in Russia, chief curator Kasper König told Deutsche Welle.

Zvyangintsev's Cannes Winner 'Leviathan' Might be Banned for Profanity

Andrei Zvyagintsev's new film "Leviathan," which was awarded the prize for best screenplay at the Cannes Film Festival, might be rejected by Russian distributors due to profane language in the film.

KaZantip Rave Moves From Crimea to Georgia

Regular visitors of the "Republic of KaZantip" were surprised when the republic's leadership announced that they would move to Anaklia in Georgia from their traditional location in Crimea.

Continuing Russian Ban on U.S. Pork Imports Costs Producers Millions of Dollars

Russian stalling on granting permission to U.S. factories to export pork to Russia is creating delays costing U.S. producers millions of dollars, the U.S. Meat Export Federation, or USMEF, said. Meanwhile, Brazilian exporters are ramping up their share of the Russian market.

New Law on Culture to Be Announced by June

A working group formulating a new law regulating culture should be ready to announce its first conclusions by June, Culture Minister Vladimir Medinsky said Wednesday in the Federation Council, Itar-Tass reported.

World Press Photo and Crimea Side-by-Side at Artplay

This year's World Press Photo prizewinners for photojournalism are on display at the Artplay Design Center in an exhibit sponsored by Itar-Tass, conveniently located in the same room as "Our Crimea," a display of archival Itar-Tass photos from Crimea.

Book Review: Why Central Asia Is Not the Next Ukraine

As Russian troops remain near the Ukrainian border despite numerous promises to leave and separatists threaten to partition the country, many commentators have spoken of a Russian desire to resurrect the "Soviet Empire" and have pointed to the Russian-dominated regions of Central Asia as the next likely target for Russian irredentism.

Both Sides in Ukraine Standoff Call For New Tactics

A day after fighting broke out between pro-Russian separatists and forces loyal to the new Kiev government in Slovyansk, both sides upped the stakes and called for new tactics.

Russian Football Violence Reinforces Concerns About 2018 World Cup

The Zenit Ultra fan accused of striking Moscow Dynamo defender Vladimir Granat has been identified as Alexander Nesterov, a 45-year-old St. Petersburg resident who denied that he hit the Moscow player.

Conchita Wurst Prompts Calls for Russia to Leave Eurovision Song Contest

Voters from across Europe on Saturday selected Austrian singer Thomas Neuwirth, better known as Conchita Wurst, as the winner of Eurovision 2014. Russian singers Anastasiya and Maria Tolmacheva took seventh place.

Game of Thrones Director Alik Sakharov Discusses Soviet Origins

Prior to the start of the much-awaited fourth season of hit HBO series "Game of Thrones," many Russians were proud to hear that this season for the first time would feature a Russian actor: Yury Kolokolnikov, who will play Styrr, the Magnar of Thenn.

Possible Light at the End of the Tunnel for Dozhd

A favorable comment made by President Vladimir Putin during his annual call-in show on Thursday seems to have triggered a change of fortune for embattled independent television channel Dozhd, which is threatened with closure after being dropped by numerous major television operators.

Book Review: What Can We Learn From the Crimean War?

As President Vladimir Putin mobilizes soldiers on Russia's Ukrainian border and NATO threatens consequences for any interference in eastern Ukraine, the atmosphere of angry rhetoric and brinkmanship seems frighteningly similar to the imperial squabbles of the 19th century that led to the Crimean War.

Arts Critic Celebrates 20 Years at The Moscow Times

Raymond Stults, longtime opera and ballet critic for The Moscow Times, recently celebrated the 20th anniversary of his first article in the paper. Stults looked back on the great changes he has seen in his time monitoring the Moscow arts scene.

Ukraine Turmoil Creates Quandaries for Film Distributors

Ukrainian film distributor Inter-Film announced Tuesday that it would not release three Russian films into the Ukrainian market.

Russia's Commissioner for Venice Biennale Fired for Political Column

Grigory Revzin, an architectural critic who had been selected to curate Russia's pavilion at the 2014 Venice Biennale of Architecture, announced Monday night that he had been fired by direct order from Culture Minister Vladimir Medinsky.

Culture Ministry Affirms 'Russia is not Europe'

A state commission working on a much-discussed report titled "Foundations of State Cultural Politics" will release their findings in two weeks, presidential advisor Vladimir Tolstoi announced last week, adding that the basic formula of the report could be summarized as "Russia is not Europe."

Novosibirsk Court Fines Theaters for 'Wolf of Wall Street'

Five movie theater chains have been fined a total of 4 million rubles ($113,328) for showing the Hollywood blockbuster "The Wolf of Wall Street," which the central court of Novosibirsk deemed to be propagandizing narcotics use.

In Sochi and Crimea, Cossacks Seek to Define Role in Society

Dimiter Kenarov, a freelance reporter working in Crimea, was surprised to see a group of uniformed Cossacks hastily carrying cables and video equipment out of an Associated Press television studio.

Cartoonist Sergei Elkin Finds Humor in Putin's Russia (Video)

Whether you get your news from Vedomosti, Gazeta.ru or The Moscow Times, you'll likely find one thing in common: the unmistakable political cartoons of Sergei Elkin.

Crimean Transition Puts Future of UNESCO Sites in Doubt

The Culture Ministry will consult with the Foreign Ministry's branch of the UNESCO secretariat to discuss the best way to protect the UNESCO heritage sites in Crimea during the ongoing governmental transition, RIA Novosti reported.

Dom Nashchokina Gallery Headed for Closure After Corruption Allegations

The Dom Nashchokina Gallery, a private art gallery located in the historic 18th-century landmark Nashchokin House, may be shut down after the Culture Ministry fired gallery owner Natalya Ryurikova from her position as editor of the state-owned Kinostsenarii film magazine, owner of Nashchokin House.

Vladey Auction Earns 1.2M Euros in Spring Sales

Vladimir Ovcharenko's "Vladey" auction house, widely heralded as a rare bright spot in the bleak commercial landscape for contemporary art in Russia, sold 57 percent of the 92 lots at their spring sale on Tuesday for a total of more than 1.2 million euros ($1.67 million).

Book Review: Caucasus Natives Neglected As Olympics Close in Sochi

As the Paralympic Games closed on Sunday in another elaborate spectacle of costumed dancers and fireworks, the attention of the world's media had for the most part already left Sochi, shifting to the referendum on secession in Crimea. While the ceremony signaled the end of over a month of events and media attention comprising both the Winter Olympic Games and Paralympics, the glitz of the spectacle once again made no reference to the culture and history of the Caucasus Region.

Russians Develop a Taste for Whiskey

Britain is becoming increasingly well-known for its enclaves of wealthy Russians — from Roman Abramovich's ownership of London's Chelsea F.C. soccer team to the voyeuristic "Meet The Russians" reality show on FOX, wealthy Russian emigres have gotten plenty of headlines in London.

Burning Man Russia and Nikola-Lenivets Collaborate on Maslenitsa

The Russian holiday of Maslenitsa traditionally involves the burning of a large effigy, and perhaps one of the most dramatic burnings this year took place Saturday at the Nikola-Lenivets park in the Kaluga region, where Burning Man Russia worked with Nikola-Lenivets' management to organize the burning of a series of sculptural objects.

Parajanov's Influence Still Spreading on 90th Anniversary

"Whoever tries to imitate me is lost," Soviet filmmaker Sergei Parajanov once said. Now, as Parajanov's 90th birthday is celebrated posthumously 24 years after his death, his work continues to influence artists and filmmakers around the world as new people and nations discover his films.

Kurt Cobain Lives, In Hearts of Russian Hipsters (Video)

The lyrics "here we are now, entertain us," from Nirvana's hit song "Smells Like Teen Spirit" are frequently misheard as "here we are now, imitators," even when sung by now-deceased lead singer Kurt Cobain.