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Ella Pamfilova, Villain of the Moscow Vote Protest Movement, Belongs to a Dying Breed
Both the Russian government and the opposition have grown tired of her, analysts say.
Trade of trust
Signaling Readiness for Thaw, Russia and Ukraine Swap Prisoners
The exchange brings peace talks between the neighboring countries closer, analysts say.
As Discontent Simmers, Russia’s Ruling Party Dons Camouflage in Countrywide Elections
Candidates from the ruling United Russia party are running as independents or under different banners on Sept. 8.
Trying to Maintain Momentum as Election Approaches, Moscow Protests Again
Police allowed several thousand people to march peacefully through central Moscow on Saturday afternoon.
What Appeared to Be a United Opposition During Moscow’s Vote Protests Is Fraying — Again
A sudden switch in strategy by core opposition leaders has left some supporters confused.
The Kremlin Sees Signs of Foreign Interference All Around
One lawmaker pointed to the dual citizenship of a rapper who performed at a Moscow vote protest as evidence of meddling.
round the clock
Summer of Discontent: Meet the People Working to Help Detained Russian Protesters
With 2,900 demonstrators arrested in Moscow alone this summer, activists have been working non-stop.
The Kremlin Turns Up the Pressure on Protesters Demanding Fair Vote
Despite an ongoing crackdown, demonstrators gathered en masse in Russia’s capital for a fourth straight weekend.
As Anger Simmers Over Wildfires, Protesters Demand Resignation of Siberian Governor
Demonstrators also gathered at the Natural Resources and Ecology Ministry in Moscow on Thursday.
The Ghost of a Russian Poet Is Trying to Warn America, Paranormal Specialist Says
Yesenin’s ghost has allegedly foreshadowed other historical events in the past.
‘Time for Radical Measures’: Lyubov Sobol Is Seizing the Protest Moment
With key opposition figures sidelined, the Navalny ally has led the Moscow council vote demonstrations.
Police Detain Over 1,000 in Crackdown on Moscow Elections Protest
Saturday’s demonstration came after a wave of arrests of opposition candidates barred from the ballot.
HONEY BEE MYSTERY
What’s Killing Russia’s Honey Bees?
Climate change may be playing a greater role than Russian officials care to admit.
‘A Pre-Revolutionary Situation’: More Than 20,000 Rally in Moscow for Free Elections
Russia’s largest protest in years came after a week of demonstrations against the barring of opposition candidates from city council elections.
Will a Road Through a Nuclear Dumping Ground Result in ‘Moscow’s Chernobyl’?
Activists warn that construction will release radioactive dust into the air and the Moscow River.
Moscow Police Detain Opposition Politicians Rallying for Inclusion on City Legislature Ballot
They also cleared up to 2,000 demonstrators on Sunday who protested outside Moscow’s City Hall and election commission.
Crime, Torture and Punishment in a Moscow Suburb
Viktor Lukyan, sentenced to six years for murder, had little chance of a fair trial under a system that presumes defendants are guilty.
‘Like Pre-Revolutionary Pogroms’: Ethnic Conflicts on the Rise in Russia
For the second time in 13 months, Roma have fled a Russian village for fear of attacks.
Arrest of Navalny Aide Highlights Latest Trend in Protest Clampdown in Russia
Police have threatened to continue re-arresting Leonid Volkov past September elections.
Police Detain Over 500 in Moscow During Protest Over Reporter’s Arrest
After investigative journalist Ivan Golunov was released on Tuesday, protesters’ focus turned to those responsible for his detention.
What Detained Reporter Ivan Golunov Has Meant for Russian Journalism
“We only know all of this because of Vanya.”
Russia Takes Baby Steps Toward Integrating the Children of Immigrants
The country’s reliance on migrant workers to offset population decline poses a language challenge.
Was the Mayor of Latvia’s Capital Ousted Because He Was Corrupt, or Russian?
The case has exposed rifts between the Baltic nation’s Latvian and Russian-speaking communities.
Ukraine’s Election Result Pleases Both Russia’s Opposition and the Kremlin
The two sides have for once found something they agree on — for different reasons.
Russia’s Fast-Growing ‘Youth Army’ Aims to Breed Loyalty to the Fatherland
The military-patriotic youth movement has almost half a million members.
Siberia’s Historic Capital, and Russia, Look to New Plastics Plant for Economic Future
Sibur has big plans for its polymers plant in Tobolsk.
Russia Enjoys the Show in Tight Ukrainian Election
The Kremlin is paying close attention to the results of Ukraine's elections.
‘An Inescapable Phase of Life’: Fighting Loneliness Among Russia’s Elderly
Already saddled with meager pensions, Russia’s elderly also face another hardship: solitude.
Can Urban Renewal Plug Russia’s Brain Drain?
Regional officials hope that beautifying towns can stop people from leaving.
Олигарх, его любовница и суды Краснодарского края
Как богатые люди России пользуются преимуществами правовой системы, перенося свои...
An Oligarch, His Mistress and Courts in Krasnodar
How Russia’s wealthy are taking advantage of the country’s legal system by shifting their court cases to a southern region.
'Point of No Return': Russia's Libertarians Lead Protest Against 'Sovereign Internet'
A draft law that seeks to isolate Russia's internet has raised fears that Russia could turn into the next North Korea.
Russians March in Memory of Boris Nemtsov Four Years After His Murder
For many of the demonstrators, the anniversary of the Kremlin critic’s death provided an opportunity to voice their concerns.
As Putin Shifts Focus to Economy, a Key Foreign Investor Sits in Prison
Michael Calvey has helped bolster Russia’s economy for 25 years. Now the joke’s on him.
In Search of Better Quality of Life, Russians Lean on Credit
Personal loans in Russia have grown by 46 percent over the past year.
Thousands Protest Against Moscow’s Plan to Dump Its Trash in Russian Regions
Protestors held signs reading “Russia is not a dump” and “I want to breathe” and called for recycling measures.
By Launching a Trade Union, Navalny Addresses the Elephant in the Room
As Russians get poorer, the opposition politician spots an opportunity.
As Russia’s Food Prices Soar, Bakers Are Feeling the Squeeze
The costs of key ingredients like sugar and eggs have risen sharply in recent months.
Salt in the Wound: Muscovites At Odds Over Corrosive Winter Grit
It eats away at shoes, cars and the morale of residents in Russia’s capital.
How Russia’s Attempt to Solve Its Trash Crisis Is Backfiring
Band-aid solutions to a growing problem are only fueling the anger.
Why the FSB Is Shutting Down Concerts and Tailing Musicians
Two attacks by young assailants in October may help explain Russia’s recent clampdown on ‘harmful cultural influences.’
Editor’s Resignation Signals Milestone #MeToo Moment in Russia
The incident marks the first time a Russian public figure has resigned over allegations of sexual harassment.
Don’t Call Lyubov Sobol Navalny’s Press Secretary
Meet the woman pushing the opposition politician’s YouTube empire forward.
Returning the Names: Victims of Stalin’s Great Terror Are Not Forgotten
This year, Moscow officials wanted the commemoration moved from the former KGB building.
In Ingushetia, Russia’s Smallest Region, Protests Are Reaching a Boiling Point
Observers say the standoff between protestors and authorities could be heading to a conflict.
Will Russia Stop Arresting Its Citizens For Posting Memes?
After Putin proposes softening an extremism law, skeptics say the liberalization is a facade.
Russia Has a Vaccination Problem
A fading Soviet mentality has seen measles make a comeback.
Navalny’s Pension Protests Steal Limelight on Russia’s Election Day
Local elections and mass protests took place simultaneously across Russia on Sunday.
Sergei Sobyanin, Moscow's High Priest of Urban Renewal, Is Biding His Time
How political cunning and a love for Western aesthetics has launched the mayor into Russia’s upper echelons.
Russia’s First Gay Married Couple Vows Never to Come Home
The two men have no plans to return to Russia, “even for a day.”
The State Duma Debated Pension Reform. Here’s What You Need to Know
The Moscow Times asked four prominent political analysts who attended the Duma hearings what to look out for.
A ‘Mothers’ March’ in Moscow for Teenage Girls Charged With Extremism
Hundreds braced the pouring rain to protest the pretrial detentions of two teenagers held on extremism charges.
Can Oleg Sentsov’s Hunger Strike Be Successful?
Human rights defenders say that, unless a hunger strike has a narrow scope, it’s unlikely to succeed.
What the World Cup Meant to Russia’s Kids
The monthlong tournament may be over, but Russia’s budding footballers see a lasting legacy.
On Centenary, Russian State and Orthodox Church at Odds Over Romanovs
Russians are still processing the executions of Tsar Nicholas II and his family a century ago.
Retired Opposition Mayor Yevgeny Roizman Predicts a Crackdown
The end of the World Cup will bring Russia back to a harsh reality.
A Gulag Historian Returns to Prison
Acquitted of child pornography, Yury Dmitriyev now faces charges of sexual assault.
Guus Hiddink Won't Predict Russia's World Cup Matches Now
“Nothing about their play said: ‘Hey, this team is growing towards becoming a competitive tournament team.’”
Igor Akinfeyev: Russian Football's Saving Grace
A series of infamous blunders had left Russian fans with serious doubts about their keeper.
‘I’m Scared I’ll Die Working'
Across the country on Sunday, Russians of all political stripes protested the new retirement ages.
Where Have Moscow's Homeless People Gone?
You can still see them if you look closely, but officials have tried to hide them from view.
Bettors Backed Russia Even As Most Had Given Up
Going against the grain, Russian gamblers put their money on the home team.
A Thirsty Journalist Takes on the World Cup's Beer Ban
On match days, host cities are restricting sales of alcohol.
The World Cup Gold Rush: Sex Dolls, Disco Parties, Chocolates and More
With FIFA set to make billions, local businesses want a slice of the pie.
Even Putin Has a World Cup Plan B
The tournament’s host almost certainly will be eliminated
Aging and Inexperienced: Why Russia's World Cup Squad Is Doomed to Fail
Heading into the World Cup on a seven-game winless streak has fans dejected.
Russia’s World Cup Opens the Floodgates for Trafficked Sex Workers
Activists expect sex trafficking to spike during the football tournament
Those Guys With Whips? They’re Cossacks Meant to Keep you Safe at Russia’s World Cup
Just a few weeks ago, they lashed anti-Putin protesters in Moscow.
‘He’s Not Our Tsar’: Russians Protest Putin Ahead of Inauguration
More than 1,600 protesters were detained across the country.
Karl Marx, the Soviet Union’s Godfather, Is ‘All But Forgotten’ in Russia
Two hundred years after his birth, a handful of Russian academics want Karl Marx to be a household name.
At the FIFA World Cup This Summer, Russia Will Be Playing for a Miracle
Russia might be hosting the World Cup, but it won’t lift the trophy
Russia’s Crackdown on Jehovah’s Witnesses Begins With a Foreigner
Some worshippers are fleeing the country after last year’s Supreme Court extremism ruling.
As the World Cup Looms, Russia Purges Host Cities of Strays
Thousands of stray animals are being culled in preparation for the football tournament, activists say.
Russia Just Banned Telegram: What Happens Next?
It is still unclear when the restrictions will come into effect.
After Kemerovo, More Russian Malls Could Light Up Like ‘Torches’
A moratorium on inspections has left hundreds of malls vulnerable.
Russian Football Fans Skirt Clashes in London Amid Spy Poisoning Scandal
As tensions between Russia and Britain escalate, two of their top football clubs are facing off.
Russians Demonstrate in Outpouring of Grief After Kemerovo Fire
From Siberia to Moscow, Russians took to the streets to demand answers.
As Putin Sails to Six More Years, Navalny Eyes the Long Game
"We have started a real political movement around the country that will continue after the election."
After Six Presidential Bids, Zhirinovsky’s Cult of Personality Is All That Remains
A fresh crop of candidates has pushed the rabble-rouser to the periphery.
With Russia’s Presidential Elections Looming, Ksenia Sobchak Has Already Moved On
With Putin all but guaranteed another six years in office, preparing for the future may be Sobchak’s best bet.
Inside the Campaign of Russia’s Least Popular Presidential Candidate
Ahead of Sunday’s presidential election, Maxim Suraikin’s team is already resigned to defeat
Beyond Moscow, Apathy Rules Ahead of Russia's Presidential Election
In a struggling factory town outside the capital, upcoming presidential elections have sparked little interest
One Man's Fight Against Slavs-Only Apartment Rentals in Moscow
"You have to solve this problem. Otherwise, I will sue, no matter how much it costs me."
Russia’s Opposition Leaders Come Together, Briefly, in Nemtsov March
With three weeks until the presidential election, political analysts don’t see a viable strategy
Russian Doctors Worry A Harsh Prison Sentence Will Hurt Healthcare
The medical community says a decision to jail a doctor has aggravated a “climate of fear”
The Sorry State of Russian Aviation Safety
“If we don’t urgently deal with this problem, these tragedies will simply continue to happen”
How Russia’s First Married Gay Couple Ended Up Fleeing
They thought that they had gamed the system. Until it backfired
Russia's Youth Takes the Lead in Countrywide Protests Against Putin
"I'm prepared to be shot," said one protester.
Under Grudinin, Russia’s Communist Party Gets a Capitalist Makeover
The charismatic farm boss is the party’s new presidential candidate
Bullied For Feminism on State TV, A Russian 12-Year-Old Girl Fights Back
‘If I Had a Daughter Like This, I Would Have Strangled Her’
The Specter of Kaspersky Looms Over Russian Cybersecurity Firms
The controversy embroiling Kaspersky Lab could spoil its competitors’ chances abroad
The Ulyukayev Trial: A Prologue for Putin’s Next Term
Pundits look to Ulyukayev’s trial to forecast Putin’s next term
Putin: A Modern-Day Tsar, a Soviet-Style Leader, a President Left Behind
Putin’s reelection bid has Soviet roots
Russia’s Olympians Brace for the Worst as IOC Decision Looms
Some have predicted the Russian team could be barred from the games in February altogether
A Conspiracy Around the Romanovs’ Murder Has Alarmed Russian Jews
Jewish groups in Russia worry that anti-Semitism is on the rise
Russian Official Slams WADA as the 'NATO of Sports'
Russian officials have issued sharp responses to WADA’s decision
Russia’s New Law Against Foreign Media ‘Won’t Even Work’
New amendments targeting U.S. media could implicate news organizations from other countries too
What You Need to Know About RT’s Pending Foreign Agent Registration
A law dating back to the 1930s could send U.S.-Russia relations spiraling
Paradise Papers: How a Russian Businessman Scammed a European Bank Out of Millions
Alexander Glukhovskoi had an Interpol warrant for his arrest. And yet the EDBR still did business with him
What Do Russians Think of the October Revolution?
A hundred years later, Russians are split over whether the revolution should be commemorated at all