Archive: October 16, 2005 - October 22, 2005

Ads and Traffic in Chelyabinsk

In 1995, Chelyabinsk turned out to be more pleasant than I'd expected. I'd heard about a long-secret nuclear accident in the '50s that released a huge cloud of radiation nearby, and local factories were said to spew pollutants day and...

By Lisa Dickey | October 21, 2005; 10:15 AM ET | Comments (6)

Chelyabinsk: A 'Gift' for World War II Veterans

One new trend that's sprung up since 1995 is the opening of special apartment buildings for World War II veterans. Sixty years after the war ended, the number of those veterans is dwindling rapidly, but several cities -- including Khabarovsk...

By Lisa Dickey | October 20, 2005; 10:15 AM ET | Comments (8)

Chelyabinsk: Russia's Thriving Capitalist Class

On the other side of the economic spectrum from struggling pensioners are those who have thrived under Russia's new capitalism. In 1995, we met Sergei, an engineer who already fit that description. He and his wife Lyuba had a beautiful...

By Lisa Dickey | October 18, 2005; 10:01 PM ET | Comments (7)

Chelyabinsk: Life as a Pensioner

In 1995, our main Chelyabinsk story was about a pensioner named Nikolai Mytskikh. A former police officer, he received the equivalent of just $51 a month -- $22 of which went to pay his apartment fees. The remainder was barely...

By Lisa Dickey | October 18, 2005; 10:15 AM ET | Comments (2)

Riding the Rails

After 20 hours on the train, we arrived in Chelyabinsk without incident. Traveling by coupe, with four people sharing one cramped room, this is not always guaranteed. So far we've been pretty lucky: no wildly drunken revelers and no kleptomaniacs....

By Lisa Dickey | October 17, 2005; 10:15 AM ET | Comments (6)

 

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