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Mikhail Gorbachev, Last Soviet Leader and Architect of Perestroika, Dies at 91
Admired in the West for his role in ending the Cold War, Gorbachev was a divisive figure at home.
A Flurry of Prosecutions for Racy Photos Reflects Russia’s Intensifying Embrace of ‘Traditional Values’
Several cases have been launched in recent weeks for posting provocative content near Russia's most famous religious landmarks.
Russia’s Cremation Business Sees Investment Boost as Covid Mortality Surges
Russians are increasingly choosing to cremate their loved ones rather than bury them, industry leaders told The Moscow Times.
Russians Flock to Travel Ahead of Nationwide Virus Restrictions
Bookings for tour packages to places like Turkey and Egypt have soared since the non-working period was announced.
Moscow Restaurateurs Prepare for Lockdown Losses
Rising numbers of Covid-19 deaths and cases have pushed city authorities to close restaurants for all but deliveries for 10 days.
Putin Approves Non-Working Week to Stem Virus Spread
The announcement comes after record levels of deaths and infections.
Russian Police Detain, Return Dagestani Women Fleeing Abuse
Rights groups say two women are in danger after authorities took them from a women’s refuge center and returned them to their families.
exit this way
5 Million Russian Citizens Left Russia Under Putin
This outflow comes when Russia is using incentives to raise birth rates.
Russian ‘Drag Race’ Adaptation Ignores LGBT Issues, Activists Say
Activists accuse the show, hosted by blogger Nastya Ivleeva, of glossing over the challenging reality in which Russia’s LGBT community lives.
Russian Female Politicians Push to Encourage Women to Run for Office
Former Duma candidates Marina Litvinovich, Alyona Popova and Oksana Pushkina are launching a project to help women get elected to positions of power.
Migrant Rights Defender Flees to Armenia Following Russia Entry Ban
Valentina Chupik had expressed fears she could be jailed, tortured or killed if she were repatriated to Uzbekistan.
Russian Activist Crusades Against Domestic Violence in Duma Campaign
Alyona Popova’s parliamentary election campaign focuses on anti-abuse legislation in a country where victims have little or no protection.
STAY OR GO
‘You Can Do More From Abroad’: Belarusian Activists Face Exile in Protest Aftermath
With the Lukashenko regime still in power after a year of opposition protests, many are grappling with a difficult choice.
The Teenager Under Official Curfew for a Minor Act of Vandalism
“I am going to continue my political, human rights and public activism with increased zeal for as long as it takes.”
narrow path forward
Sentenced to ‘Restricted Freedom,’ Opposition Activist Lyubov Sobol Vows to Keep Working
The ally of jailed Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny has been handed a court-ordered curfew and forced to end her bid for parliament.
Moscow Restaurants Struggle to Stay Afloat Under New Virus Restrictions
All the city's eateries now require diners to present QR codes showing vaccination, negative PCR tests or proof of recovery from Covid-19.
Muscovites Flock to Vaccination Centers Amid Mandatory Jab Push
The capital’s mayor decreed last week that most service workers must be fully vaccinated by Aug. 15.
A Russian Jehovah’s Witness Vows to Keep Worshipping Despite Crackdown
“We have never interfered in government affairs, either as revolutionaries or as rebels.”
BACK TO THE PAST
Russian Congress Seeking Inspiration From Medieval History Is Quashed by Authorities
The crackdown is being seen as a sign that the Kremlin is playing closer attention to local power structures ahead of fall elections.
Pavel Durov Revealed – Almost – in New Documentary
How to make a film when your main character is a recluse.
Raided Investigative Journalist Says Russian Independent Media Is Under Threat
Roman Anin spoke to The Moscow Times after being questioned and having his home searched by the authorities.
famous food emporium
Landmark Imperial-Era Moscow Grocery Store to Close After 120 Years
The Yeliseyevsky Food Emporium fell victim to the coronavirus pandemic and other economic pressures.
Russia to Deepen Ties With Myanmar Military Junta, Top Defense Official Says in First Visit After Coup
Experts told The Moscow Times that the visit showed that Russia is eager to cooperate with the military junta.
A Decade After Pussy Riot’s ‘Punk Prayer,’ Maria Alyokhina Still Has Plenty to Protest About
The activist may serve prison time for an Instagram post demanding the release of political prisoners following Alexei Navalny’s jailing.
‘We Need Our Government’: Surging Food Prices Put Kremlin on Edge
Food prices are rising fast in Russia and the government has rolled out temporary price caps, but discontent is simmering.
NO SAFE HAVEN
Branded Foreign Agents, Russia’s Domestic Violence Groups Fear for the Future
Activists say the crackdown is intensifying even as reports of abuse doubled with the onset of the coronavirus pandemic.
Explainer: What Is Russia’s Role in Recent Armenian Unrest?
Armenia has faced days of political crisis after its prime minister made controversial remarks on a Russian missile system.
Russian Pranksters Trick Amnesty Heads in Navalny 'Prisoner of Conscience' Call
"We may have done more harm than good," an Amnesty International official says on the call.
Authenticity Dispute Over Hermitage Fabergé Exhibit
The Hermitage is accused of displaying fake works by Fabergé at their major exhibition.
“OUR PATIENCE HAS RUN OUT”
In Russia's Regions, Navalny Has Ignited Long-Simmering Discontent
Protests are spreading to regions that have historically stayed on the sidelines of the opposition movement.
song and dance
Pro-Putin Corporate Culture Behind Viral ‘Flashmob’ Videos
Amid unprecedented protests criticizing Putin, thousands of Sima Land employees were filmed patriotic songs and chanting pro-Putin slogans.
Wave of unrest
Protests for Jailed Kremlin Critic Navalny Sweep Russia
Police clash with demonstrators in major cities and detain thousands.
Russia Detains Poisoned Kremlin Critic Navalny on Return to Home Soil
The opposition leader has spent months in Germany recovering from an attack with a poison Western experts concluded was Novichok.
Movers and shakers
Russian Women to Watch in 2021
The Moscow Times has compiled a list of Russian women likely to make a difference this year.
With Lake Baikal’s Key Protections Set to Expire, Russian Eco-Activists Sound the Alarm
Environmental experts and activists say upcoming deregulation could do significant harm to the lake's unique ecosystem.
War of Words
Who’s Afraid of Jennifer Psaki?
With the Obama-era spokeswoman set to return in the Biden administration, Russian state television gets ready to revisit its old obsession.
A New Normal
Blame Climate Change for Historically Warm Fall in Russia’s Biggest Cities, Experts Say
Russia's two biggest cities will see warmer seasons over the next 10 years compared with the prior decade.