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 Mon, 19 Aug 2019 16:01:24 +0200 600 Moscow Protest Leaders Sued for $190K Over Blocked Traffic Claims Authorities say that last month's opposition protests in central Moscow cut off traffic and hurt businesses' profits. Mon, 19 Aug 2019 14:55:00 +0200 Russia’s Nuclear Monitors ‘Went Silent’ Following Rocket Explosion – WSJ One arms control expert called the disruption “a very odd coincidence.” Mon, 19 Aug 2019 13:28:00 +0200 17 Countries Owe Russia $27Bln – Reports Another $13 billion of Russia's lending overseas is unaccounted for. Mon, 19 Aug 2019 12:03:00 +0200 Russia to Open Tourism Center in Remote Arctic Archipelago Visits to Franz Josef Land must be made more attractive to tourists, the local national park director says. Mon, 19 Aug 2019 11:14:00 +0200 News From Russia: What You Missed Over the Weekend Protest pickets. Nuclear network issues. Eastern Ukraine evidence. Mon, 19 Aug 2019 08:54:00 +0200 Macron’s Meeting Putin. Just Don’t Call Him Trump’s Messenger France isn’t playing the role of go-between with Russia and other world powers Sun, 18 Aug 2019 13:03:10 +0200 Russia Says No Plans to Install New Missiles Unless U.S. Deploys Them The United States formally left the Intermediate Nuclear Forces (INF) treaty with Russia earlier this month. Sun, 18 Aug 2019 12:53:00 +0200 Russian Nuclear Plant Taken Down After Safety System Error Last month, a Russian nuclear power plant northwest of Moscow turned off three of its four generating units. Sun, 18 Aug 2019 12:50:08 +0200 Russian Opposition Activists Picket for Free Elections Saturday's solo pickets were peaceful and opposition supporters scarce. Sat, 17 Aug 2019 15:19:00 +0200 Exclusive: Russian Doctors Say They Weren’t Warned Patients Were Nuclear Accident Victims One doctor was reportedly later found to have a radioactive isotope in their muscle tissue. Fri, 16 Aug 2019 20:14:00 +0200 Russia Confirms Assault, Extortion Allegations in Europe’s Largest Prison Video released last week showed inmates beating a fellow prisoner with a stick, sparking new concerns about prison conditions.  Fri, 16 Aug 2019 16:38:14 +0200 Russia Opens 350 Banned Professions to Women, Stripping Soviet-Era Restrictions The Labor Ministry has slashed the Soviet-era list of off-limits jobs for women from 456 to 100. Fri, 16 Aug 2019 16:20:00 +0200 Putin-Macron Held Talks Before Russian Bank's French Executive Released From Custody Delpal, the French Baring Vostok executive, was released from custody and placed under house arrest Thursday. Fri, 16 Aug 2019 15:52:00 +0200 Russian Pilot Says He's No Hero Despite Praise for Crash-Landing Russian media have said it was a miracle that no one was killed when the Ural Airlines Airbus 321 was forced to land in a field outside Moscow. Fri, 16 Aug 2019 15:04:14 +0200 Moscow Authorities ‘Discover’ Flocks of Birds Near Plane Crash-Landing Site Officials initially rejected claims that a flock of gulls that caused the plane's crash-landing might have come from a nearby landfill. Fri, 16 Aug 2019 14:47:00 +0200 Russian Nuclear-Capable Bombers Leave Airfield Opposite Alaska On Wednesday, Russia flew two bombers to a far eastern Russian region opposite Alaska as part of a training exercise. Fri, 16 Aug 2019 14:17:00 +0200 Russian Military Pairs Stealth Drone With Manned Fighter Jet The Okhotnik stealth drone can be seen flying with the Sukhoi Su-30SM fighter aircraft. Fri, 16 Aug 2019 13:54:26 +0200 Russia's FSB Publishes Foreign Worker Statistics for First Time in 20 Years President Putin plans to use work-related migration to offset Russia's population decline. Fri, 16 Aug 2019 11:21:00 +0200 Russian Lawmaker Says Draft Foreign Ownership Law Not Aimed at Nationalizing Yandex The draft law proposes limiting foreign ownership in internet firms to 20% if they are considered to be a "significant source of information." Fri, 16 Aug 2019 11:19:45 +0200 U.S. Journalist Fined for Interviewing Russian Environmental Asylum Seekers Alina Simone was sued by a local mayor after she was spotted filming residents who had asked Canada's prime minister for asylum. Fri, 16 Aug 2019 10:07:00 +0200 A Student Arrest Puts Elite Moscow University to the Test The Higher School of Economics, a bastion of free thinking since the 1990s, has become caught up in the opposition protest movement. Fri, 16 Aug 2019 09:54:00 +0200 Ecologist Says Russian Nuclear Agency Committed Crime by Conducting Test Near City Rosatom has said that the Aug. 8 accident occurred during a rocket test involving "isotope power sources." Fri, 16 Aug 2019 09:25:18 +0200 Britain Bans Submarine Exports to Russia Over Undersea Cable Concerns Britain claims Russia is developing “the ability to track, access and disrupt undersea communication cables” that power the global internet. Fri, 16 Aug 2019 08:55:26 +0200 Putin Reserves Key 5G Frequency for Military Use, Media Reports The move could place Russia behind the rest of the world in developing the next-generation mobile internet technology. Thu, 15 Aug 2019 16:33:00 +0200 Baring Vostok Executive Calvey to Stay Under House Arrest Meanwhile, Russia has softened its stance toward French private equity executive Philippe Delpal. Thu, 15 Aug 2019 16:10:00 +0200 Moscow Passenger Plane Makes 'Miraculous' Crash-Landing in Cornfield Birds were reportedly sucked into the plane's engines shortly after takeoff, leading to a crash-landing with up to 74 injuries. Thu, 15 Aug 2019 16:00:00 +0200 Russia Stole U.S. Hypersonic Missile Tech to Make Nuclear Advances – Bolton “Something obviously has gone badly wrong here,” Bolton said of the mysterious explosion that killed five Russian nuclear experts. Thu, 15 Aug 2019 15:09:00 +0200 Moscow ‘Mass Unrest’ Defendants Kept in Pre-Trial Detention Despite Protests, Appeals At least 14 "mass unrest" suspects arrested over recent protests have received an outpouring of support from ordinary Russians and pop culture figures. Thu, 15 Aug 2019 13:34:00 +0200 Norway Detects Radioactive Iodine by Russian Border Days After Rocket Explosion Five people were killed in the blast which state nuclear agency Rosatom said involved "isotope power sources." Thu, 15 Aug 2019 13:17:01 +0200 Kremlin Hails Emergency Landing Pilots as Heroes The Health Ministry said 23 people had suffered injuries but that nobody had been killed when the Airbus came down in a field southeast of Moscow. Thu, 15 Aug 2019 13:07:00 +0200 Russian Plane Crash-Lands in Cornfield, 233 Lives Saved An Airbus 321 has crash-landed outside Moscow after birds were sucked into its engines. Thu, 15 Aug 2019 12:36:00 +0200 Opposition Politician Sobol Ends Month-Long Hunger Strike Amid Moscow Protests Moscow authorities' refusal to let opposition candidates run for city council sparked Sobol's hunger strike as well as weeks of mass protests. Thu, 15 Aug 2019 11:25:53 +0200 Russia Warns China It Could Ban Timber Exports Over Illegal Logging Russian authorities have attributed some of the vast wildfires that have engulfed parts of Siberia to arsonists concealing illegal logging activity. Thu, 15 Aug 2019 10:33:00 +0200 Russian Region Orders Gas Masks After Deadly Nuclear Blast – Reports The Arkhangelsk region has reportedly ordered more than 1,000 gas masks to protect from “radioactive, toxic, biological and chemical” substances. Thu, 15 Aug 2019 10:09:00 +0200 Kremlin Warns of Foreign Espionage as Scientists Criticize New Restrictions Scientists are advised to meet their foreign colleagues only if they are accompanied and have been formally authorized to do so. Thu, 15 Aug 2019 09:40:23 +0200 Russia Flies Nuclear-Capable Bombers to Region Facing the U.S. The move was part of a training exercise that state media said showed Moscow's ability to park nuclear arms on the United States' doorstep. Thu, 15 Aug 2019 09:28:00 +0200 Armed FSB Officers Search Office of Russian Rights Group Security officers confiscated the telephones of employees and photographed their passports. Wed, 14 Aug 2019 15:45:51 +0200 ‘Top 100 Influential Russian Muslims’ Ranking Released by Local Media Khabib Nurmagomedov, Alisher Usmanov and Suleiman Kerimov were listed in the top 10. Wed, 14 Aug 2019 14:16:00 +0200 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. Wed, 14 Aug 2019 12:15:00 +0200 Russian Village Cancels Evacuation Despite Radiation Spike A missile exploded in the area last week, leading to a large spike in radiation levels. Wed, 14 Aug 2019 11:57:00 +0200 Russian Scientists Told to Beware Foreign Contacts, Academic Says “Such ridiculous and impossible orders won’t improve our security," the academic said. Wed, 14 Aug 2019 11:06:00 +0200 FC Porto Blocked Russians From Watching FC Krasnodar Victory, TV Channel Says Krasnodar knocked Porto out of the Champions League after a 3-2 upset in Portugal. Wed, 14 Aug 2019 09:51:00 +0200 Moscow Court Allows Opposition Candidate to Run Following Protest The court ruled in favor of Mitrokhin three days after tens of thousands of protesters turned out at a rally in Moscow. Wed, 14 Aug 2019 09:30:00 +0200 Russian Senator Slams Police Crackdown on Moscow Protests as ‘Illegal’ Videos of violent arrests has sparked anger among critics who say the authorities used excessive force. Wed, 14 Aug 2019 09:08:00 +0200 Russia Dodges Bad Data With Less Frequent Publications At least three state-backed agencies started publishing data less frequently when it reflected a poor economy and lagging public opinion. Tue, 13 Aug 2019 16:52:00 +0200 Kremlin Says It Is Winning Arms Race Against U.S. Despite Rocket Explosion The Kremlin boasted it was winning the race to develop new cutting edge nuclear weapons. Tue, 13 Aug 2019 16:48:00 +0200 Russian Fighter Jets Push NATO War Plane Away The plane was flying from Kaliningrad to Moscow and was carrying a TASS reporter on board. Tue, 13 Aug 2019 16:37:00 +0200 Moscow’s 50,000-Strong Opposition Protest, in Quotes Last Saturday's opposition rally featured several speeches that have become famous in the days since. Tue, 13 Aug 2019 15:21:32 +0200 What We Know About Russia’s Mysterious Rocket Explosion So Far Russian officials have been slow to release details about the incident, drawing comparisons to the handling of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster. Tue, 13 Aug 2019 13:35:00 +0200 Ukraine’s Zelenskiy Simplifies Citizenship Process for ‘Persecuted’ Russians Zelenskiy's move comes in response to Russia's gradual expansion of Russian citizenship to Ukrainians. Tue, 13 Aug 2019 13:30:43 +0200