Also by Mumin Shakirov
August 04, 2021
As Sweeping Crackdown Intensifies, Russians Wonder What Comes Next
The ongoing crackdown in Russia has targeted opposition activists, independent journalists, prominent civil-society organizations, lawyers, artists, academics, and more. Is it the prelude to another Kremlin-managed election or a sign the country is being reshaped for the long term?
August 21, 2014
'Russian' Produce Often Has Western Origins, Says Grocery Magnate
The founder of one of Russia's largest grocery chains says that to produce "local" foodstuffs Western goods are often necessary -- a fact that is already leading to at least some backtracking on food sanctions by Russian officials.
July 10, 2012
For Many, Floods A Fresh Opportunity To Ask Why Kremlin Can't Protect Its Citizens
Cleanup continues in southern Russia following a deadly flood that killed more than 170 people and left many citizens angry about what they see as the government's chronic failure to respond to humanitarian crises.
July 09, 2012
Russian Flood Survivors Recount Deadly 'Wall Of Water'
Survivors in Russia's southern Krasnodar region are still recovering from the terror of a deadly nighttime flood that left at least 170 people are dead after heavy rains triggered a massive wave of muddy water that raced through cities like Krymsk with little or no warning.
March 29, 2012
Game Show Shocker Raises Questions About Holocaust Education
The inability of two provincial Russian girls to answer the question, "What was the Holocaust?" on a television game show has once again raised questions about the state of Holocaust education in Russia. Given scant attention in Soviet times, Holocaust education has made only slow and uneven strides in the last 20 years.
September 23, 2011
Why Celebrities Join Putin's United Russia
The ruling United Russia has a long record of courting actors, musicians, dancers, and other prominent figures to highlight its popularity and color its own rather bland image. RFE/RL talked to some of them about why they joined the party and what it means to them.
January 26, 2010
With 'Land Grabs' On Rise, Will Russians Find New Issue To Rally Around?
Demolition crews working for the Moscow city government today returned to the prosperous dacha community of Rechnik to tear down two more of the neighborhood's houses, after destroying four others last week. The city says the houses were built illegally. But residents argue Moscow officials are looking to seize prime real estate for lucrative development projects.
September 02, 2009
Aboard The 'Eastern Express'
Mumin Shakirov, a reporter for RFE/RL's Russian Service, recently traveled through Central Asia aboard the "Eastern Express" -- the train linking the Tajik capital of Dushanbe to Moscow. During his four-day trip, his fellow travelers tell him of their hopes, their concerns, and their lives as migrant workers in Russia.