Articles by John Wendle



Kazakh Student Stabbed to Death

A Kazakh student was stabbed to death at a bus stop in southwest Moscow in what authorities say may have been a hate crime.

Toll in Building Collapse Climbs to 4

The death toll at a collapsed apartment building in historic central Moscow rose to four Thursday, and rescue workers were still searching for two people believed to be trapped beneath the rubble, emergency response officials said.

Building Collapse in Arbat Neighbood Kills One

  • 11 December 08
  • Staff Writers
A six-story apartment building in the heart of historic central Moscow partially collapsed Wednesday, killing at least one person and injuring several others, emergency response officials said.

Serial Poisoner Dies of Poisoning

A convicted murderer who killed at least six people, including his wife and daughter, by poisoning their food has been found dead in a Yaroslavl prison. Officials believe that he may have died from the side effects of the poisons he used on his victims.

Thai Box Champs Face Off In Town

The fists -- as well as the shins, elbows, knees, hands and feet -- will be flying on Friday night, and not just outside your local Podmoskovye wedding or disco.

Economic Woes Could Bring Cheaper Rooms

As corporate budgets shrink, the citys high-priced hotels might have to make room for some more affordable options.

As Occupancy Drops, More Hotels Opening

For years, the city's hotel sector was defined by shortage. Now - in the midst of the financial crisis - the city is seeing more new hotels than ever.

Protesters Decry Assault on Editor

  • 01 December 08
  • Staff Writers
This past weekend, more than 1,000 people gathered to protest the attack on Mikhail Beketov, the owner and editor of Khimkinskaya Pravda, who was brutally beaten on November 13. Most protesters are pointing the finger at Vladimir Strelchenko, the mayor of Khimki.

Victim of Attack Faces Amputation

Doctors were deliberating Monday evening whether to amputate the frostbitten fingers of Mikhail Beketov, a newspaper editor and environmental activist in the Moscow suburb of Khimki who was brutally assaulted and left for dead earlier this month, his ex-wife said in a telephone interview.

Big Names Miss Solidarity Meeting

Between 300 and 400 activists took part in new opposition organization Solidaritys first major event on Sunday, said Lev Ponomaryov, a leading human rights advocate who participated in the conference, but several big names were not in attendance.

Regional Leader's Car Involved in Collision

Kirsan Ilyumzhinov, president of the southern republic of Kalmykia, was hospitalized Wednesday in Moscow after his Mercedes collided with another vehicle, city traffic police said.

Tajik Songs of Sky And Destiny at Fest

Over the next few days, the sounds of the deep south of Tajikistan, the plains of Mongolia and the mountains of Kyrgyzstan will be heard around Moscow as part of the Rozamira festival.

Prosecutors Want Barriers in Metro

The City Prosecutor's Office is seeking a court order to make the metro install safety fences in subway stations.

Medvedev Rallies Cops on Police Day

As police officers nationwide celebrated their annual holiday on Monday, Police Day, President Dmitry Medvedev called on them to battle corruption and protect the rights of citizens.

Medvedev Sees Threat In Terrorism

President Dmitry Medvedev on Friday urged security forces to remain vigilant in the face of terrorism, a day after a female suicide bomber blew herself up in North Ossetia's capital, Vladikavkaz, killing 12.

Surge in Corruption Uncovered in Army

The incidence of corruption cases in the military and security services has sharply grown this year, the chief military prosecutor said Thursday. Others in the services countered that the higher number of registered crimes was not a sign of increased corruption, but rather an indication that monitoring of the problem had intensified amid President Dmitry Medvedev's anti-corruption drive.

Expats Stay Up All Night to Cheer Obama

Amid pitchers of coffee, plates with half-eaten burgers and a scattering of shot glasses, bleary-eyed U.S. Democrats cheered at the Starlite Diner on Wednesday morning as Barack Obama gave his victory speech, ending a two-year campaign for the U.S. presidency and their all-night vigil watching CNN.

500 Protesters Held At Nationalist March

  • 05 November 08
  • Staff Writers
Hundreds of people were detained in central Moscow on Tuesday afternoon during an unsanctioned nationalist rally on the Peoples Unity Day holiday.

Names of Stalin's Dead Echo Off KGB's Square

The human rights group Memorial held a solomn vigil to read aloud a list of 30,000 people killed in Stalin's purges.

When Padding Police Statistics Proves Deadly

Of all the horrifying revelations during the trial of serial killer Alexander Pichushkin, perhaps none was more disturbing than the ordeal of Maria Viricheva, one of three people known to have survived attacks by Pichushkin.

Husband and Wife Convicted Of Offering Secrets to China

A husband-and-wife team has been convicted of trying to sell state secrets to Chinese military intelligence officers, the Federal Security Service said Tuesday.

Duma Deputy Investigated For Stint as Customs Chief

State Duma Deputy Valery Draganov is suspected of negligence and abuse of office during his tenure as chief of the State Customs Committee from 1998 to 1999, Investigative Committee spokesman Vladimir Markin said Tuesday.

Politkovskaya Trial Starts Without Lawyer

The Moscow District Military Court opened preliminary hearings into the killing of investigative reporter Anna Politkovskaya on Wednesday despite the absence of her familys lead lawyer, who fears that shewas poisoned with mercury in France.

Duma Group Formed To Target Phone Theft

Taking cell phones off the list of the things most commonly stolen in Russia is the goal of a new State Duma working group, whose formation was announced on Monday.

U.S. Government Faces Aeroflot Crash Lawsuit

Two American law firms plan to jointly sue the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration over the crash of an Aeroflot-Nord Boeing 737-500 on the outskirts of Perm a month ago.

Kremlin Cup Brings Top Tennis Stars to Moscow

Despite the tournament's name and the red brick towers emerging from a sea of tennis balls on its web site, the Kremlin Cup will not be played on or anywhere near Red Square.

Teacher Kills Self After 5 Pupils Die in Collapse

The teacher in the Orenburg region whose five pupils died when a section of their school collapsed has committed suicide, authorities said Thursday.

Eurocement Buys Into Competitor

Eurocement's stake in Holcim shows that Russian cement manufacturers are holding their own despite the crisis.

Police Look For Missing 2-Year-Old

City police are investigating the disappearance of a 2-year-old girl who authorities believe may have been taken from her nanny by her father, a French citizen, police said Tuesday.

Shoe Manufacturer Detained in $120M Fraud Probe

Vadim Stepanov, head of leading Russian shoe manufacturer Tervolina, has been detained on suspicion of defrauding the government out of more than 3 billion rubles ($120 million) worth of land along the elite Rublyovo-Uspenskoye Shosse, the Interior Ministry said Monday.