The Moscow Times - Independent News From Russia The Moscow Times offers everything you need to know about Russia: Breaking news, top stories, business, analysis, opinion, multimedia, upcoming cultural events en-us Wed, 19 Jun 2019 02:51:09 +0200 600 78-Year-Old Jehovah’s Witness Prosecuted in Russia Over ‘Extremism’ Police monitored the woman for more than a year to collect evidence, the group said. Tue, 18 Jun 2019 16:34:34 +0200 Russian Authorities Cannot Prohibit Rallies Over Security, Top Court Rules The court said the authorities are ultimately responsible for ensuring safety at protests. Tue, 18 Jun 2019 16:09:00 +0200 Russia's Security Service Searches Magnate's Art Gallery – TASS David Yakobashvili is a former juice magnate who has oil trade and real estate holdings. Tue, 18 Jun 2019 15:34:14 +0200 ‘Real Men’ Must Serve in the Army, Majority of Russians Say Russia’s military and intelligence services are among the country’s most-trusted institutions. Tue, 18 Jun 2019 15:12:02 +0200 Russian Official Attempts Suicide During Corruption Hearing The official cut his wrist after telling the court that “he had only one argument left — his life.” Tue, 18 Jun 2019 14:31:31 +0200 Western Sanctions Will Remain Until Ukraine's Sovereignty Restored – Merkel The sanctions related to Crimea can only be lifted if Crimea returns to Ukraine, she said. Tue, 18 Jun 2019 14:27:31 +0200 Putin Signs Law Clamping Down on Distribution of Foreign Print Media The amendment introduces fines for the unauthorized production or distribution of print media. Tue, 18 Jun 2019 12:05:04 +0200 Russia to Washington: Abandon Middle East Troop Plans or Risk War With Iran Washington planned to send around 1,000 more troops to the Middle East for defensive purposes.  Tue, 18 Jun 2019 11:34:20 +0200 900 Roma Forced to Move After Village Brawl in Russia – Reports Locals set fire to a Roma house after the mass fight in which one person died and four were injured. Tue, 18 Jun 2019 11:14:00 +0200 Navalny Aide Released After Back-to-Back Jailing Over Pension Reform Protests Volkov had spent 28 days in jail for the September 2018 protests. Tue, 18 Jun 2019 10:24:00 +0200 UN Predicts Russia’s Population Could Halve By 2100 According to the UN’s “pessimistic” forecast, Russia’s population will fall to 83.7 million by 2100. Tue, 18 Jun 2019 09:22:10 +0200 Russia Thwarts U.S. Cyber Attacks on Its Infrastructure — News Agencies The New York Times had reported the U.S. had inserted potentially disruptive implants into Russia's power grid. Mon, 17 Jun 2019 16:50:00 +0200 Russian Deputy Warns About Mosques Replacing Churches, ‘Like in Switzerland’ “The government will work better if church bells are ringing," he said. Mon, 17 Jun 2019 16:31:00 +0200 Environmental Crimes Cost Russia $187M in 2018 – Prosecutors Prosecutors found 278,000 violations of environmental law. Mon, 17 Jun 2019 16:05:00 +0200 Deploying U.S. Troops in Poland Fully Defensive, Ambassador Says in Retort to Russia Russia had previously called the U.S.-Poland troop deployment "aggressive." Mon, 17 Jun 2019 15:40:55 +0200 German Student Expelled and Told to Leave Russia After Writing Article About Protests Police said that student had violated the terms of his visa by writing the article. Mon, 17 Jun 2019 15:11:00 +0200 Russian Air Force Receives First New MiG-35 Fighters Russia plans to replace its entire fleet of light fighters with the modernized MiG-35. Mon, 17 Jun 2019 13:12:38 +0200 Kremlin Says Report on Alleged U.S. Power Grid Incursion Is Worrying The Kremlin said a cyber war was, in theory, possible. Mon, 17 Jun 2019 12:44:00 +0200 Russia's Energy Ministry Says Grid Is Safe, Despite Report on U.S. Cyberattacks The New York Times reported Saturday about U.S. efforts to hack Russia's power grid. Mon, 17 Jun 2019 11:33:00 +0200 Arrest of Navalny Aide Highlights Latest Trend in Protest Clampdown in Russia Police have threatened to continue re-arresting Leonid Volkov past September elections. Mon, 17 Jun 2019 11:01:00 +0200 News From Russia: What You Missed Over the Weekend Golunov rally. Yekaterinburg church. No disinformation. Mon, 17 Jun 2019 09:07:00 +0200 Russia Dismisses Accusations of Meddling in EU Elections An EU report on the vote for its parliament said there was evidence both sides had sought to promote extreme views. Sun, 16 Jun 2019 18:00:00 +0200 Russia's Putin Gives China's Xi Ice Cream on His 66th Birthday State television showed pictures of Xi and Putin holding up champagne glasses to toast Xi's birthday. Sat, 15 Jun 2019 11:41:35 +0200 Russia’s New Arctic Missile Knocks out Targets in Massive Test Launch The targets moved in different directions and at different altitudes. They were all successfully eliminated, the military representatives say. Sat, 15 Jun 2019 10:13:00 +0200 Russian Runner Suspended for Working With Banned Coach – Reports The charge came as a result of an investigation carried out with the Russian anti-doping agency. Fri, 14 Jun 2019 16:16:57 +0200 The State of Russian Stadiums, a Year After the World Cup Russia's World Cup was widely hailed as a success — but its stadiums have had mixed fates since then. Fri, 14 Jun 2019 16:11:00 +0200 Kazakhstan’s Mass Election Protests, Explained A timeline of the crackdown on pro-democracy protests in Russia’s oil-rich ally. Fri, 14 Jun 2019 16:08:00 +0200 Russian Plane That Crashed in Flames Was Hit by Lightning, Investigation Says The Interstate Aviation Committee did not conclude that pilot error was to blame, however. Fri, 14 Jun 2019 15:46:17 +0200 Iran Says Situation in Middle East Calls for Closer Ties With Russia Rouhani earlier said U.S. actions pose a serious threat to stability in the Middle East. Fri, 14 Jun 2019 14:41:39 +0200 Russian ‘Whale Jail’ Company Slapped With $900K Fine Over Orca Captures Nearly 100 whales reportedly bound for export to China have been held for months in cramped pens. Fri, 14 Jun 2019 12:41:47 +0200 A Change in Russia’s Draconian Drug Laws Could Be on the Horizon The fiasco surrounding the case of investigative journalist Ivan Golunov is bringing the country’s controversial Article 228 into the spotlight. Fri, 14 Jun 2019 12:24:00 +0200 How Russian Oil Giant Rosneft Uses Its Corporate Jets for Business and Pleasure A new investigation tracks Rosneft's corporate jets making frequent trips to popular vacation spots over the past four years. Fri, 14 Jun 2019 09:37:00 +0200 Russians Grow Friendlier Toward U.S. and Ukraine, Poll Says “People are tired of mobilizing and feeling threatened by war,” the pollster's director said. Fri, 14 Jun 2019 09:36:00 +0200 Europol Points to Russian Money as Biggest Laundering Threat "There are billions of [dollars of] criminal money that are being taken out of the Russian economy," Europol said. Fri, 14 Jun 2019 09:11:15 +0200 Moscow Police Release Hundreds of Detained Protesters At least 549 people were detained in central Moscow at the protest. Thu, 13 Jun 2019 16:15:00 +0200 Russia Warns Against Using Tanker Attacks to Pressure Iran Russia's deputy foreign minister warned against "attempts to lay the blame at the door of those we don't like." Thu, 13 Jun 2019 15:25:00 +0200 Chechen Leader Threatens to Break Fingers, Tear Out Tongues of Online Critics Chechen police "will come and knock on the doors" of anyone who insults Chechnya, Kadyrov said. Thu, 13 Jun 2019 14:38:00 +0200 Russia Says Syrian Rebels, Not Syrian Army Attacked Turkey's Observation Post Ankara said the attack was mounted by the Syrian army. Thu, 13 Jun 2019 14:29:39 +0200 Turkey Urges Russia to Restore Calm in Syria After Attack on Its Troops Moscow and Ankara had earlier agreed on a full ceasefire in the northwest, centered on Idlib. Thu, 13 Jun 2019 14:18:00 +0200 Putin Sacks High-Ranking Police Generals Over Golunov Case Russia's Interior Minister requested the two generals be dismissed after the mishandling of Golunov's detention. Thu, 13 Jun 2019 13:00:00 +0200 Russia Will Respond to New U.S. Deployment in Poland, Lawmakers Say Earlier, U.S. President Donald Trump promised to deploy 1,000 U.S. troops to Poland. Thu, 13 Jun 2019 12:56:00 +0200 Russia Carries Out Air Strikes Against Militants in Syria's Idlib – Reports The Turkish army had asked for Russia to protect its troops by striking "terrorists in Idlib." Thu, 13 Jun 2019 12:33:32 +0200 Giant Russian Passport Carried in Eastern Ukraine on Russia Day The 200-square-meter document represents Russia’s fast-track passport offer, one Luhansk activist said. Thu, 13 Jun 2019 12:13:20 +0200 Putin Vows to Back Moldovan President in Fight Against ‘Usurpers’ Putin compared the situation in Moldova to that of Ukraine. Thu, 13 Jun 2019 09:53:00 +0200 Trump Considers Sanctions on European Firms Over Russia's Nord Stream 2 Gas Pipeline Many German politicians support Nord Stream 2 because the country needs steady gas supplies. Thu, 13 Jun 2019 09:39:07 +0200 Putin Says Relations Between Russia and U.S. are Getting 'Worse and Worse' Putin said he might meet with U.S. President Donald Trump later this month. Thu, 13 Jun 2019 09:34:00 +0200 Russia and Turkey Broker Ceasefire in Syria's Idlib, Russian Media Reports The Russian military said the ceasefire had led to a significant reduction in violence. Thu, 13 Jun 2019 08:45:28 +0200 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. Wed, 12 Jun 2019 16:57:00 +0200 Senior Russian Athletics Official Faces Doping Ban, Federation Says Russia's gold medalist in the high jump at the 2008 Olympics has been suspended. Wed, 12 Jun 2019 15:21:00 +0200 Putin Was Personally Involved in Decision to Free Detained Journalist, Publisher Says Public pressure had played a decisive role in Golunov's release, Muratov said. Wed, 12 Jun 2019 11:48:00 +0200