Articles by Marianna Tishchenko

Paper and the Mind

Video artist Yakov Kazhdan examines changes in mentality.

Ingosstrakh Says It Collected 20% More in H1 Premiums

Ingosstrakh, the country's largest insurance company, collected 23 billion rubles ($987 million) in premiums in the first half of 2008, or 20.4 percent more than in the same period last year, general director Alexander Grigoriyev told reporters Tuesday.

Moscow Tops List of Costly Expat Locales

Moscow has earned the dubious honor of being named the most expensive city for expatriates, defending the rank it has held for the past two years, according to a survey released Thursday.

Style With Substance

Moscow designers, White.Trash.For.Cash., discuss the ideas behind their last collection and their dislike for the Soviet-style clothes of their youth.

Khristenko to Skip Finnish Wood Talks

Industry and Trade Minister Viktor Khristenko has canceled a planned meeting with Finnish officials this weekend intended to ease tensions over Russian timber duties and cross-border transportation problems, the Finnish government said Wednesday.

Lebedev to Buy Tour Operator

The National Reserve Corporation, controlled by billionaire Alexander Lebedev, has agreed to purchase 76 percent of Germanys sixth-largest tour operator, Oeger Group, his spokesman said Monday.

Google Buys Local Ad Firm for $140M

Rambler is to buy the stake in Begun it does not own before the sale to Google.

Business Group Urges Action on Graft

Delovaya Rossia says it will coordinate lobbying on the issue of corruption.

Hapoalim to Buy 76% of SDM-Bank

Bank Hapoalim, one of Israel's largest lenders, will acquire 76 percent of midsized SDM-Bank, which it has valued at $142.5 million, the Russian bank announced Wednesday.

Study Says Poor Face 25% Annual Inflation

The inflation rate for the nations poor is set to hit 25 percent for 2008, according to a recent survey, well above the 14 percent it projected for the country as a whole.

A Disputed Building With a Big-Name Past

As a campaign by President Dmitry Medvedev and Prime Minister Vladimir Putin against legal nihilism gathers steam, a seemingly mundane property dispute involving a business deal from both leaders pasts could prove an interesting test case.

Blogger Handed Suspended Sentence

The Syktyvkar City Court handed blogger Savva Terentyev a one-year suspended prison sentence Monday for a controversial post he made last year, saying police officers should be ""periodically set on fire"" in city squares, ""like in Auschwitz.""

Killer Said Hiding in Belgium

The man suspected of killing investigative journalist Anna Politkovskaya is hiding in Western Europe, Investigative Committee chief Alexander Bastrykin said Tuesday.

Wife Held Hostage at Gunpoint in Car

A jealous businessman took his common-law wife hostage Thursday morning in central Moscow, holding her at gunpoint inside his sports utility vehicle until police commandoes stormed the vehicle, arrested the assailant and freed the woman, law enforcement officials said.