Articles by Yelena Shuster

Celebrity Makeover

Photographer Ekaterina Rozhdestvenskaya gives the stars of today a classic new look.

2nd Suspect Held in Sberbank Deaths

A second suspect was arrested Wednesday in connection with a bungled robbery attempt earlier this week that killed two cash couriers outside a Sberbank in southwestern Moscow.

Cash Couriers Slain in Bungled Heist

Armed assailants gunned down two cash couriers Tuesday morning outside a Sberbank in southwest Moscow in a bungled robbery attempt that saw one suspect arrested after checking himself into a hospital.

Teens Enter Pleas on Hate Crime Charges

The trial of 12 minors charged with a series of racially motivated crimes last year, including the murder of a Sakha native that was filmed with a cell phone, opened Monday with some of the accused entering pleas of not guilty.

Land Official Gunned Down

A senior city land management official was gunned down near his northern Moscow apartment in a possible contract murder, the Investigative Committee said Monday.

Nomadic Beauty

A new exhibition shows a life-long fascination with gypsies.

Skinheads Suspected In 21 Ethnic Killings

The group of seven is suspected of killing people of non-Slavic appearance.

Court Wants Khodorkovsky Report

A Siberian court has requested an evaluation of former Yukos CEO Mikhail Khodorkovsky's behavior in jail for consideration of his parole application, a court official said Thursday.

Nevzlin Prosecutors Want Life Sentence

Prosecutors on Wednesday demanded life imprisonment for former Yukos co-owner Leonid Nevzlin, who is being tried in absentia on multiple murder charges dating back to the late 1990s.

Hearings Begin for Teens Charged in Racist Attacks

Preliminary hearings began Monday in the case of a dozen teenagers charged in a series of racist attacks last year, including the murder of a Sakha native that was filmed with a cell phone camera.

Ex-Senator Convicted of Fraud

The Moscow City Court on Thursday convicted former Kalmykia Senator Levon Chakhmakhchyan of fraud and sentenced him to nine years in prison, concluding a case that saw his lawyer flee the country and receive political asylum in the United States.

Black Bangs, Piercings Raise Eyebrows in Duma

In a basement studio in northern Moscow, singer Valentin Ayedonitsky screeches about his broken heart, his asymmetrical bangs flapping with every beat.

Police Accused of Beating 5 Young Men for 5 Hours

Investigators have opened a criminal case into a group of police officers accused of brutally beating five young men for five hours at a Moscow police station in April, two officials said Thursday.

Amid City Construction Boom, Thieves Heist Heavy Machinery

As MoscowТs construction boom continues unabated, thieves and robbers continue to heist heavy machinery such as cranes and cement mixers from local construction sites.

Married Couple Charged In Killing of Norwegian

A married couple has been charged with the murder of a Norwegian man and his Russian wife in the southern city of Astrakhan, a top regional investigator said Friday.

Norwegian Found Dead in Astrakhan

A Norwegian engineer and his Russian wife have been found dead with gunshot wounds in their Astrakhan apartment, and two suspects have been detained, investigators said Wednesday.

Police Take Photos of Traffic Offenses

A new law allowing drivers to be fined based on photographic evidence from traffic cameras came into effect Tuesday, though the system is in place in only three spots on MoscowТs streets.

Hopes Ride on an Odd Couple

One has the fresh face of a teenager and a diploma in fashion design; the other is a portly, middle-aged Dutchman.

Booze Disappears, President Shows Up

Moscow was covered in prom dresses and tuxedos overnight Tuesday as tens of thousands of graduates celebrated their final day as students.

Drivers Can Drink After July 1

Drivers with alcohol in their bloodstream will soon be allowed to get behind the wheel, as a longstanding zero-tolerance statute passes out of effect.

The Politics of Double Exposure

While it remains unclear whether Dmitry Medvedev or Vladimir Putin is more powerful, many government officials have reached a compromise Ч at least on what to hang on their walls.

Concerts, Chirac but No Uriah Heep

Russia will celebrate its national holiday Thursday with outdoor concerts, sports competitions and a Kremlin awards ceremony attended by former French President Jacques Chirac. But a concert by the legendary British rock band Uriah Heep was canceled amid a dispute with its tour promoters.