Stories by Kim Murphy

The following stories were submitted for Pulitzer Prize consideration in the international reporting category.

February 4, 2004

A Cult of Reluctant Killers

Medna Bayrakova remembers the day a middle-aged woman showed up at her door and asked to speak to her 26-year-old daughter. They shut themselves in the bedroom for half an hour, and then her daughter left, saying she was walking the visitor to the bus stop.

March 3, 2004

Red Hot With a Blue Note

Nikita Khrushchev's eloquent 1950s critique of jazz pretty much summed up the status of that "bourgeois" music in the Soviet Union: He remarked that listening to it gave him gas.

March 14, 2004

Putin's Popularity Veils Uncertainty for Russia

When a collection of well-heeled political and arts celebrities filed into a downtown theater this month for a production of "The Inspector," few expected to be surprised by the 19th century tale.

September 3, 2004

Killers Set Terms, a Mother Chooses

Zalina Dzandarova cradles her son Alan as he sleeps with his small face buried against her stomach. He is the child Dzandarova was able to save. The child she chose to save, really.

September 4, 2004

Russian Standoff Explodes

A three-day school hostage ordeal ended in bloodshed and pandemonium Friday when explosions tore apart the gym where more than 1,000 captives were being held, touching off an assault by Russian commandos and fierce gun battles in surrounding streets.

September 7, 2004

During School Siege, Russia Took Captives in Chechnya

It was 6 a.m. when Russian soldiers hoisted themselves over the wall, crashed through the window and broke down the front door. Their quarries were still asleep.

September 19, 2004

Whispered in Russia: Democracy Is Finished

In a sunny garden outside the Kremlin, not far from the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, workers quietly hammered into place 10 squat black letters to commemorate one of the bloodiest battles of World War II: Stalingrad.

October 13, 2004

At a Loss to Move On With Life

One might say that Vitaly Kozyrev is a man who has lost everything.

December 4, 2004

Rivalry Brews in Russia's Backyard

The Cold War may be over, but U.S. and Russian soldiers are expanding outposts in this mountainous former Soviet republic about 3,200 miles east of NATO headquarters in Brussels and nearly 2,000 miles from Moscow.

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