Feral

On my first trip to St. Petersburg, Russia in the early 1990s I broke the rule of impartiality journalists try to maintain. I gave US$100 to Andrei, one of thousands of feral children living in the tunnels under the city train stations. Andrei slept in a tree, stole...

Naïveté and manifest destiny

… from the shadowlands M OSCOW | Despite traveling to Russia every six weeks for more than a decade, the 43-year-old couldn’t speak anything but English. His accent was hard, his jokes long and when he tilted his chair back at a café in Moscow we all knew we...

Top five hell holes | Grozny

… number 1 A fter years of swallowing metal in Stalingrad during WWII, it seems the Russians never forgot what non-stop bombing can do to a city and a people. They dusted off that lesson during both wars in Chechnya. But this time, they dropped the bombs… with...

Dust to dust

… back to the USSR I first went to Russia in 1992, on assignment for several magazines and a radio network. It wasn’t long after the immediate euphoria of the ripping down of the iron curtain yet it was while the perestroika hangover was still causing pain....