Art show seeks the ‘real Moscow’ in grim suburbs

MOSCOW (AP) — As sleet falls on a cold November day, communist-era apartment blocks dominating Moscow’s suburban skyline look bleak and forbidding. But it’s precisely these sprawling city outskirts th...

AP gets rare peek behind curtain at famed Bolshoi Ballet

MOSCOW (AP) — Makhar Vaziev's day begins before he sets foot inside his office in Moscow's famed Bolshoi Theater. As he makes his way past the vast columns of the main building, the ...

Private collectors key to boosting Russia's art market

MOSCOW (AP) — Private collectors have become key players in Russia's art market, at a time when sanctions and economic woes have pushed culture down the Kremlin's agenda. Wealthy ind...

Artist probes Russia's toxic legacy through family history

MOSCOW (AP) — A Russian artist has put a spotlight on what he calls "the ruins of a Soviet mythology" with a new exhibit that focuses on the chemical industry in his hometown. The ex...

Abramovich ends Swiss residency bid after 'defamatory' claim

GENEVA (AP) — Russian oligarch and Chelsea soccer club owner Roman Abramovich has withdrawn an application for residency in Switzerland after authorities made clear that it would be rejected, official...

Russia's Oscar hopeful gains attention as US ties worsen

MOSCOW (AP) — For the second time in four years, Russian director Andrei Zvyagintsev is on the shortlist for a foreign-film Oscar, this time for "Loveless," a grueling examination of adults' misguided...