Support The Moscow Times!

Today in History, Nov. 11

A picture depicting the standing on the Ugra river.

533 years ago today, on November 11, 1480, Muscovy gained independence from the Tatar-Mongol Yoke a month after a battle on the Ugra River known as the Great Stand. One of catalysts to Muscovy earning its freedom was Ivan III's refusal to pay the annual tribute to the Great Horde four years earlier.

Read more

Independent journalism isn’t dead. You can help keep it alive.

The Moscow Times’ team of journalists has been first with the big stories on the coronavirus crisis in Russia since day one. Our exclusives and on-the-ground reporting are being read and shared by many high-profile journalists.

We wouldn’t be able to produce this crucial journalism without the support of our loyal readers. Please consider making a donation to The Moscow Times to help us continue covering this historic time in the world’s largest country.