The Moscow Times - Independent News From Russia https://www.themoscowtimes.com/news The Moscow Times offers everything you need to know about Russia: Breaking news, top stories, business, analysis, opinion, multimedia, upcoming cultural events en-us Sun, 25 Oct 2020 20:49:35 +0100 600 Belarusians Protest Lukashenko Ahead of Strike Ultimatum https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/10/25/belarusians-protest-lukashenko-ahead-of-strike-ultimatum-a71846 The opposition gave the president two weeks to resign or face a crippling general strike. Sun, 25 Oct 2020 14:24:00 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/10/25/belarusians-protest-lukashenko-ahead-of-strike-ultimatum-a71846 Coronavirus in Russia: The Latest News | Oct. 25 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/10/25/coronavirus-in-russia-the-latest-news-oct-25-a69117 Record-breaking new cases. Deaths surpass 25,000. Vaccine race. Sun, 25 Oct 2020 08:35:00 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/10/25/coronavirus-in-russia-the-latest-news-oct-25-a69117 Turkey Rejects U.S. Pressure Over Russian Air Defense System https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/10/24/turkey-rejects-us-pressure-over-russian-air-defense-system-a71845 Turkey on Saturday dismissed U.S. criticism that the Russian defense systems it has bought are not compatible with Ankara's NATO commitments. Sat, 24 Oct 2020 21:41:36 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/10/24/turkey-rejects-us-pressure-over-russian-air-defense-system-a71845 Russia Continued Developing Novichok After Program's Official Closure, Investigation Says https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/10/23/russia-continued-developing-novichok-after-programs-official-closure-investigation-says-a71842 The investigation comes amid mounting questions in the West over Russia’s alleged use of chemical weapons. Fri, 23 Oct 2020 17:43:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/10/23/russia-continued-developing-novichok-after-programs-official-closure-investigation-says-a71842 Death of Sea Life Off Russia Peninsula 'Caused By Algae' https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/10/23/death-of-sea-life-off-russia-peninsula-caused-by-algae-a71843 Environmentalists said they were conducting their own inquiries and were not yet able to confirm the official probe's findings. Fri, 23 Oct 2020 16:44:24 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/10/23/death-of-sea-life-off-russia-peninsula-caused-by-algae-a71843 Years of ‘Stone Age’ Forced Sterilizations Claimed at Russian Institution https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/10/23/years-of-stone-age-forced-sterilizations-claimed-at-russian-institution-a71840 One former resident at the boarding house died after undergoing the surgical procedure. Fri, 23 Oct 2020 15:38:33 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/10/23/years-of-stone-age-forced-sterilizations-claimed-at-russian-institution-a71840 Russia Surpasses 17K Coronavirus Cases in New One-Day Record https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/10/23/russia-surpasses-17k-coronavirus-cases-in-new-one-day-record-a71837 This is the first time that Russia has confirmed more than 17,000 Covid-19 infections in a single day. Fri, 23 Oct 2020 10:07:47 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/10/23/russia-surpasses-17k-coronavirus-cases-in-new-one-day-record-a71837 Russia-China Military Alliance ‘Quite Possible,’ Putin Says https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/10/23/russia-china-military-alliance-quite-possible-putin-says-a71834 To date, Russia and China have rejected an outright military alliance in favor of a strategic partnership. Fri, 23 Oct 2020 09:07:13 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/10/23/russia-china-military-alliance-quite-possible-putin-says-a71834 Putin Says Karabakh Deaths Soaring as Diplomats Scramble https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/10/22/putin-says-karabakh-deaths-soaring-as-diplomats-scramble-a71831 Putin said he was in "constant" communication with Armenia and Azerbaijan's leaders after two ceasefire attempts fell through. Thu, 22 Oct 2020 22:20:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/10/22/putin-says-karabakh-deaths-soaring-as-diplomats-scramble-a71831 EU, UK Slap Sanctions on Russian Spies for Hacking German Parliament https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/10/22/eu-uk-slap-sanctions-on-russian-spies-for-hacking-german-parliament-a71832 The 2015 cyber attack completely paralyzed the IT infrastructure of the Bundestag. Thu, 22 Oct 2020 19:43:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/10/22/eu-uk-slap-sanctions-on-russian-spies-for-hacking-german-parliament-a71832 Oil Spill Hits Russia’s Pacific Coast Amid String of Pollution Incidents https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/10/22/oil-spill-hits-russias-pacific-coast-amid-string-of-pollution-incidents-a71829 The spill is at least the third oil spill to hit Russia's waterways this month. Thu, 22 Oct 2020 17:15:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/10/22/oil-spill-hits-russias-pacific-coast-amid-string-of-pollution-incidents-a71829 Snowden Granted Permanent Russian Residency – Lawyer https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/10/22/snowden-granted-permanent-russian-residency-lawyer-a71830 Changes made to Russian immigration law in 2019 allowed the U.S. whistleblower to obtain indefinite residency. Thu, 22 Oct 2020 15:16:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/10/22/snowden-granted-permanent-russian-residency-lawyer-a71830 Catholics Will Convert to Orthodoxy Over Pope’s LGBT Support, Russian Church Predicts https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/10/22/catholics-will-convert-to-orthodoxy-over-popes-lgbt-support-russian-church-predicts-a71828 A Russian Orthodox Church official called Pope Francis’ endorsement of same-sex civil unions “a strong step toward degradation.”  Thu, 22 Oct 2020 14:57:51 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/10/22/catholics-will-convert-to-orthodoxy-over-popes-lgbt-support-russian-church-predicts-a71828 Russia to Probe Virus Deaths Caused By Oxygen Shortage https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/10/22/russia-to-probe-virus-deaths-caused-by-oxygen-shortage-a71827 At least 13 coronavirus patients were reported to have died when their oxygen supply ran out at a hospital in southern Russia. Thu, 22 Oct 2020 12:56:48 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/10/22/russia-to-probe-virus-deaths-caused-by-oxygen-shortage-a71827 Putin: Russia's Rise in Coronavirus Deaths Due to Improved Methodology https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/10/22/putin-russias-rise-in-coronavirus-deaths-due-to-improved-methodology-a71824 His statement comes as Russia has seen record numbers of new infections and deaths over the past week. Thu, 22 Oct 2020 11:32:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/10/22/putin-russias-rise-in-coronavirus-deaths-due-to-improved-methodology-a71824 Russia Moves to Open Defense Ministry Office in Serbia https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/10/22/russia-moves-to-open-defense-ministry-office-in-serbia-a71823 The office would reportedly be authorized to inspect Serbian military units that are armed with Russian weapons. Thu, 22 Oct 2020 09:09:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/10/22/russia-moves-to-open-defense-ministry-office-in-serbia-a71823 North Pole Ice Cap Too Thin for Testing Russia’s Giant Icebreaker https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/10/21/north-pole-ice-cap-too-thin-for-testing-russias-giant-icebreaker-a71817 The nuclear-powered Arktika icebreaker reportedly “experienced no resistance at all” on its first test run to the North Pole. Wed, 21 Oct 2020 16:29:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/10/21/north-pole-ice-cap-too-thin-for-testing-russias-giant-icebreaker-a71817 2nd Coronavirus Wave Could Be 10X Worse in Russia’s Regions, Disease Expert Says https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/10/21/2nd-coronavirus-wave-could-be-10x-worse-in-russias-regions-disease-expert-says-a71819 The situation in Moscow and St. Petersburg, meanwhile, was described as “close to manageable.” Wed, 21 Oct 2020 15:35:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/10/21/2nd-coronavirus-wave-could-be-10x-worse-in-russias-regions-disease-expert-says-a71819 Russia Hosts New Talks in Search of Karabakh Truce https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/10/21/russia-hosts-new-talks-in-search-of-karabakh-truce-a71815 The meeting follows two truce attempts earlier this month that had next to no impact on the ground. Wed, 21 Oct 2020 14:32:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/10/21/russia-hosts-new-talks-in-search-of-karabakh-truce-a71815 Russian Mayor Urges Kicking Maskless Passengers Off Public Transit https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/10/21/russian-mayor-urges-kicking-maskless-passengers-off-public-transit-a71811 “We’ll have to reinstate restrictions if we don’t follow simple rules,” Yekaterinburg's mayor warned. Wed, 21 Oct 2020 14:10:02 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/10/21/russian-mayor-urges-kicking-maskless-passengers-off-public-transit-a71811 Kyrgyzstan Sets New Polls as New PM Reassures Russia https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/10/21/kyrgyzstan-sets-new-polls-as-new-pm-reassures-russia-a71816 The previous vote was annulled over political chaos that unseated a president and rattled Russia. Wed, 21 Oct 2020 13:24:14 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/10/21/kyrgyzstan-sets-new-polls-as-new-pm-reassures-russia-a71816 Controversial Russian Priest Dies During Coronavirus Rehabilitation https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/10/21/controversial-russian-priest-dies-during-coronavirus-rehabilitation-a71809 Archpriest Dimitry Smirnov was named “Sexist of the Year” by Russian feminists this year for his inflammatory statements. Wed, 21 Oct 2020 11:48:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/10/21/controversial-russian-priest-dies-during-coronavirus-rehabilitation-a71809 Russia Breaks Record for Daily Coronavirus Deaths https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/10/21/russia-breaks-record-for-daily-coronavirus-deaths-a71810 Russian authorities continue to rule out a return to strict restrictions to slow the spread of the virus. Wed, 21 Oct 2020 10:11:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/10/21/russia-breaks-record-for-daily-coronavirus-deaths-a71810 ‘Stumbling Into a New Arms Race’: Imagery Shows Russia Preparing for Nuclear-Powered Missile Test https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/10/21/stumbling-into-a-new-arms-race-imagery-shows-russia-preparing-for-nuclear-powered-missile-test-a71808 The analysis came out as Russia and the U.S. edged closer to breaking an impasse over extending the New START treaty. Wed, 21 Oct 2020 09:11:26 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/10/21/stumbling-into-a-new-arms-race-imagery-shows-russia-preparing-for-nuclear-powered-missile-test-a71808 U.S., Russia Edge Back Towards Talks on Nuclear Arms Pact https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/10/20/us-russia-edge-back-towards-talks-on-nuclear-arms-pact-a71807 The two sides were closer to breaking an impasse in long-running talks aimed at extending the New START treaty. Tue, 20 Oct 2020 19:48:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/10/20/us-russia-edge-back-towards-talks-on-nuclear-arms-pact-a71807 Slight Arctic Warming Could Trigger Abrupt Permafrost Collapse – Study https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/10/20/slight-arctic-warming-could-trigger-abrupt-permafrost-collapse-study-a71805 The warming works like “a sensitive trigger for a threshold-like permafrost climate change feedback,” the study's authors said. Tue, 20 Oct 2020 16:54:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/10/20/slight-arctic-warming-could-trigger-abrupt-permafrost-collapse-study-a71805 Russian Eco-Disasters Spark Environmental Fears https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/10/20/russian-eco-disasters-spark-environmental-fears-a71806 Recent mass aquatic die-offs in Russia have sparked worldwide concern. Tue, 20 Oct 2020 16:03:37 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/10/20/russian-eco-disasters-spark-environmental-fears-a71806 Russia's New Coronavirus Cases Surpass 16K in New Record https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/10/20/russias-new-coronavirus-cases-surpass-16k-in-new-record-a71804 This is at least the fourth record one-day increase in Russia in the past seven days. Tue, 20 Oct 2020 13:24:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/10/20/russias-new-coronavirus-cases-surpass-16k-in-new-record-a71804 Russia Offers U.S. One-Year Freeze on Nuclear Warhead Numbers https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/10/20/russia-offers-us-one-year-freeze-on-nuclear-warhead-numbers-a71803 The White House had described Russia's previous proposal as a "non-starter" unless accompanied by the freeze. Tue, 20 Oct 2020 13:01:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/10/20/russia-offers-us-one-year-freeze-on-nuclear-warhead-numbers-a71803 U.S. Revokes Aeroflot Crew Visas Over $50M iPhone Smuggling Scheme https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/10/20/us-revokes-aeroflot-crew-visas-over-50m-iphone-smuggling-scheme-a71800 Searches of various Aeroflot crew members’ luggage had revealed “millions of dollars of electronic devices,” investigators said. Tue, 20 Oct 2020 12:58:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/10/20/us-revokes-aeroflot-crew-visas-over-50m-iphone-smuggling-scheme-a71800 Soviet Diehards and Covid-19 Conspiracies: Inside Russia’s Anti-5G Movement https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/10/20/soviet-diehards-and-covid-19-conspiracies-inside-russias-anti-5g-movement-a71801 In a country widely viewed as the home of global disinformation, a Western conspiracy theory is flourishing. Tue, 20 Oct 2020 12:09:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/10/20/soviet-diehards-and-covid-19-conspiracies-inside-russias-anti-5g-movement-a71801 Crew in No Danger After ISS Issues Resolved – Russia https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/10/20/crew-in-no-danger-after-iss-issues-resolved-russia-a71799 The crew aboard the ISS had reported issues with the oxygen production system, a toilet and the oven for preparing food. Tue, 20 Oct 2020 11:32:24 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/10/20/crew-in-no-danger-after-iss-issues-resolved-russia-a71799 Ex-Vedomosti Journalists’ VTimes News Website Goes Live https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/10/20/ex-vedomosti-journalists-vtimes-news-website-goes-live-a71797 VTimes aims to continue Vedomosti’s tradition of independent, objective journalism for Russian-speaking readers. Tue, 20 Oct 2020 11:04:53 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/10/20/ex-vedomosti-journalists-vtimes-news-website-goes-live-a71797 U.S. Trashes Faulty Russian Ventilators From Virus Aid Package – Reports https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/10/20/us-trashes-faulty-russian-ventilators-from-virus-aid-package-reports-a71798 The ventilator model was blamed for two fires that killed seven coronavirus patients in Moscow and St. Petersburg. Tue, 20 Oct 2020 09:31:40 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/10/20/us-trashes-faulty-russian-ventilators-from-virus-aid-package-reports-a71798 U.S. Charges Russians With Cyberattacks on Ukraine, French Elections, Olympics https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/10/20/us-charges-russians-with-cyberattacks-on-ukraine-french-elections-olympics-a71796 The attacks were called "the most disruptive and destructive series of computer attacks ever attributed to a single group." Tue, 20 Oct 2020 08:00:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/10/20/us-charges-russians-with-cyberattacks-on-ukraine-french-elections-olympics-a71796 Belarus Moves Detained U.S. Analyst to House Arrest — Lawyer https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/10/19/belarus-moves-detained-us-analyst-to-house-arrest-lawyer-a71791 Vitali Shkliarov was allegedly subjected to "extreme psychological pressure and physical abuse" in jail. Mon, 19 Oct 2020 15:33:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/10/19/belarus-moves-detained-us-analyst-to-house-arrest-lawyer-a71791 2 Russian MMA Fighters Praise French Teacher’s Decapitation – Reports https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/10/19/2-russian-mma-fighters-praise-french-teachers-decapitation-reports-a71792 One reportedly called the suspect a “hero” while another joked that “freedom of speech has lost its beginning in France.”  Mon, 19 Oct 2020 13:54:24 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/10/19/2-russian-mma-fighters-praise-french-teachers-decapitation-reports-a71792 Moscow Mayor: Return to Full Lockdown ‘Impossible’ https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/10/19/moscow-mayor-return-to-full-lockdown-impossible-a71789 “The optimal strategy is to find a middle way between closing the city and completely abandoning restrictive measures,” the mayor said. Mon, 19 Oct 2020 12:46:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/10/19/moscow-mayor-return-to-full-lockdown-impossible-a71789 Russia Sets One-Day Coronavirus Record With Nearly 16K Cases https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/10/19/russia-sets-one-day-coronavirus-record-with-nearly-16k-cases-a71788 For the first time, Russia has confirmed more than 100,000 Covid-19 cases within a week. Mon, 19 Oct 2020 10:47:47 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/10/19/russia-sets-one-day-coronavirus-record-with-nearly-16k-cases-a71788 Mass Fish Die-Off in Southern Russia Sparks Probe https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/10/19/mass-fish-die-off-in-southern-russia-sparks-probe-a71787 Witnesses pointed to factories in nearby regions as a possible cause, while authorities linked it to low oxygen levels. Mon, 19 Oct 2020 10:12:42 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/10/19/mass-fish-die-off-in-southern-russia-sparks-probe-a71787 News From Russia: What You Missed Over the Weekend https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/10/19/news-from-russia-what-you-missed-over-the-weekend-83-a71786 France in terror. Karabakh flare-up. Belarusians march. Mon, 19 Oct 2020 09:11:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/10/19/news-from-russia-what-you-missed-over-the-weekend-83-a71786 Tens of Thousands March in Belarus Despite Police Threat to Open Fire https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/10/18/tens-of-thousands-march-in-belarus-despite-police-threat-to-open-fire-a71785 Police claimed that the protests were becoming more radicalized and warned that they would use lethal force "if necessary." Sun, 18 Oct 2020 19:07:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/10/18/tens-of-thousands-march-in-belarus-despite-police-threat-to-open-fire-a71785 Russia Dismisses Links to Chechen Accused of Beheading French Teacher https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/10/17/russia-dismisses-links-to-chechen-accused-of-beheading-french-teacher-a71784 Suspect was born in Moscow but has lived in France for the last 12 years, Russian Embassy in Paris says. Sat, 17 Oct 2020 18:01:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/10/17/russia-dismisses-links-to-chechen-accused-of-beheading-french-teacher-a71784 Suspect in French Teacher Beheading was Chechen, Born in Moscow https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/10/17/suspect-in-french-teacher-beheading-was-chechen-born-in-moscow-a71782 Brutal attack occurred Friday evening on the outskirts of Paris. Sat, 17 Oct 2020 09:52:02 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/10/17/suspect-in-french-teacher-beheading-was-chechen-born-in-moscow-a71782 W. House Calls Putin Proposal on Nuclear Treaty 'Non-Starter' https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/10/16/w-house-calls-putin-proposal-on-nuclear-treaty-non-starter-a71781 The U.S. rejected Vladimir Putin's proposal to extend the New START nuclear treaty for one year unconditionally. Fri, 16 Oct 2020 20:18:20 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/10/16/w-house-calls-putin-proposal-on-nuclear-treaty-non-starter-a71781 Putin Proposes One-Year Extension of New START Treaty https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/10/16/putin-proposes-one-year-extension-of-new-start-treaty-a71780 Tensions have raged for months over the fate of New START, which caps the number of nuclear warheads held by Washington and Moscow. Fri, 16 Oct 2020 14:55:38 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/10/16/putin-proposes-one-year-extension-of-new-start-treaty-a71780 Putin Proposes Closing Gay Marriage Loophole – Vedomosti https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/10/16/putin-proposes-closing-gay-marriage-loophole-vedomosti-a71779 If passed, same-sex marriages registered abroad would no longer be able to be registered in Russia. Fri, 16 Oct 2020 14:15:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/10/16/putin-proposes-closing-gay-marriage-loophole-vedomosti-a71779 Russia Projected to Lose 11X More Population Than in 2019 – RBC https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/10/16/russia-projected-to-lose-11x-more-population-than-in-2019-rbc-a71774 An abrupt halt to migration and rising death rate due to the Covid-19 pandemic have taken a toll on Russia's population. Fri, 16 Oct 2020 12:01:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/10/16/russia-projected-to-lose-11x-more-population-than-in-2019-rbc-a71774 In Crisis-Hit Kyrgyzstan, Russia Weighs Its Influence and Intentions https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/10/16/in-crisis-hit-kyrgyzstan-russia-weighs-its-influence-and-intentions-a71772 Analysts interviewed by The Moscow Times disagreed on whether Russia is playing a constructive role in the ex-Soviet country. Fri, 16 Oct 2020 10:36:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/10/16/in-crisis-hit-kyrgyzstan-russia-weighs-its-influence-and-intentions-a71772 Russia Sets New Daily Coronavirus Record With Over 15K Cases https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/10/16/russia-sets-new-daily-coronavirus-record-with-over-15k-cases-a71776 Friday marked the first time that Russia has confirmed more than 15,000 Covid-19 infections in a single day.  Fri, 16 Oct 2020 10:11:04 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/10/16/russia-sets-new-daily-coronavirus-record-with-over-15k-cases-a71776