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 Thu, 02 Jul 2020 21:30:14 +0200 600 Putin’s WWII and Referendum Holidays Cost Russian Economy More Than $5Bln https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/07/02/putins-wwii-and-referendum-holidays-cost-russian-economy-more-than-5bln-a70762 The government added two extra public holidays to stage delayed Victory Day parade and assist constitutional vote. Thu, 02 Jul 2020 17:13:26 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/07/02/putins-wwii-and-referendum-holidays-cost-russian-economy-more-than-5bln-a70762 Putin Thanks Russians for 'Support and Trust' After Vote https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/07/02/putin-thanks-russians-for-support-and-trust-after-vote-a70763 He made no mention of the fact that the changes also reset his constitutional term limit. Thu, 02 Jul 2020 15:00:29 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/07/02/putin-thanks-russians-for-support-and-trust-after-vote-a70763 Russia Halts Early Release of Jehovah’s Witness Dennis Christensen https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/07/02/russia-halts-early-release-of-jehovahs-witness-dennis-christensen-a70760 “It’s unknown what made the prosecution change its position,” the Jehovah's Witnesses in Russia said. Thu, 02 Jul 2020 14:51:19 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/07/02/russia-halts-early-release-of-jehovahs-witness-dennis-christensen-a70760 Russia Extends International Flight Ban Due to Coronavirus https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/07/02/russia-extends-international-flight-ban-due-to-coronavirus-a70761 Foreign citizens and stateless people will not be allowed entry into Russia until 11:59 p.m. July 31. Thu, 02 Jul 2020 14:18:11 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/07/02/russia-extends-international-flight-ban-due-to-coronavirus-a70761 Coronavirus in Russia: The Latest News | July 2 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/07/02/coronavirus-in-russia-the-latest-news-july-2-a69117 Russia opens up. Constitutional vote. Vaccine race. Thu, 02 Jul 2020 13:26:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/07/02/coronavirus-in-russia-the-latest-news-july-2-a69117 Putin Triumphant as Critics Slam Vote Extending His Rule https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/07/02/putin-triumphant-as-critics-slam-vote-extending-his-rule-a70759 The vote which saw a huge majority approve Putin's reforms was followed by reports of widespread violations. Thu, 02 Jul 2020 12:29:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/07/02/putin-triumphant-as-critics-slam-vote-extending-his-rule-a70759 Mongolia Quarantines Russian Border Region Over Bubonic Plague Suspicion https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/07/02/mongolia-quarantines-russian-border-region-over-bubonic-plague-suspicion-a70756 Lab tests confirmed that two individuals had contracted the illness after eating marmot meat. Thu, 02 Jul 2020 11:35:52 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/07/02/mongolia-quarantines-russian-border-region-over-bubonic-plague-suspicion-a70756 Russia's Coronavirus Cases Pass 660K https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/07/02/russias-coronavirus-cases-pass-660k-a69710 Russia held a national vote on constitutional changes that allow Putin to stay in power until 2036 despite the pandemic. Thu, 02 Jul 2020 09:42:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/07/02/russias-coronavirus-cases-pass-660k-a69710 Final Vote Result Shows Big Majority for Putin Reforms https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/07/02/final-vote-result-shows-big-majority-for-putin-reforms-a70755 With all votes counted, the Central Elections Commission said 77.92% had backed the reforms, with turnout of about 65%. Thu, 02 Jul 2020 09:21:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/07/02/final-vote-result-shows-big-majority-for-putin-reforms-a70755 Russian Voters Back Reforms Allowing Putin to Stay Until 2036 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/07/01/russian-voters-back-reforms-allowing-putin-to-stay-until-2036-a70746 With almost 30% of polling stations reporting after the end of six days of voting, 74% of voters have supported the reforms.  Wed, 01 Jul 2020 21:25:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/07/01/russian-voters-back-reforms-allowing-putin-to-stay-until-2036-a70746 ‘All We Have Is Putin’: Russians Vote to Grant President Ability to Extend Rule Until 2036 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/07/01/all-we-have-is-putin-russians-vote-to-grant-president-ability-to-extend-rule-until-2036-a70751 Hours before the polls had even closed, Russia’s election commission released initial results showing a 73% yes vote. Wed, 01 Jul 2020 18:52:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/07/01/all-we-have-is-putin-russians-vote-to-grant-president-ability-to-extend-rule-until-2036-a70751 Russians Celebrate LGBT Pride in Front of U.S. Embassy's Rainbow Flag https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/07/01/russians-celebrate-lgbt-pride-in-front-of-us-embassys-rainbow-flag-a70748 Despite backlash against the flag among Russians, some Muscovites posed with it to show their support for gay rights. Wed, 01 Jul 2020 16:14:57 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/07/01/russians-celebrate-lgbt-pride-in-front-of-us-embassys-rainbow-flag-a70748 Putin Slams New U.S. Sanctions Aimed at 'Suffocating' Syria https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/07/01/putin-slams-new-us-sanctions-aimed-at-suffocating-syria-a70753 The sanctions aim to force Syrian President Assad to accept calls for a ceasefire, elections and political transition. Wed, 01 Jul 2020 15:34:49 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/07/01/putin-slams-new-us-sanctions-aimed-at-suffocating-syria-a70753 First Results Show Overwhelming Support for Russia’s Constitutional Reforms https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/07/01/first-results-show-overwhelming-support-for-russias-constitutional-reforms-a70752 Polling stations are still open in eight of Russia's 11 time zones. Wed, 01 Jul 2020 14:35:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/07/01/first-results-show-overwhelming-support-for-russias-constitutional-reforms-a70752 Russia Emerges From Coronavirus Quarantine, in Photos https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/07/01/russia-emerges-from-coronavirus-quarantine-in-photos-a70739 Russians across the country try their best to enjoy summer amid the pandemic. Wed, 01 Jul 2020 14:14:44 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/07/01/russia-emerges-from-coronavirus-quarantine-in-photos-a70739 Make Putin President for Life, Chechnya's Kadyrov Says https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/07/01/make-putin-president-for-life-chechnyas-kadyrov-says-a70747 The Kremlin was quick to dismiss the suggestion. Wed, 01 Jul 2020 13:14:34 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/07/01/make-putin-president-for-life-chechnyas-kadyrov-says-a70747 Bank Transfers Bolstered U.S. Suspicions of Russia-Taliban Bounty – NYT https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/07/01/bank-transfers-bolstered-us-suspicions-of-russia-taliban-bounty-nyt-a70745 U.S. intercepts reportedly showed large transfers from Russian military intelligence to a Taliban-linked account. Wed, 01 Jul 2020 11:39:48 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/07/01/bank-transfers-bolstered-us-suspicions-of-russia-taliban-bounty-nyt-a70745 Where Can I Travel in Russia This Summer? https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/07/01/where-can-i-travel-in-russia-this-summer-a70744 Many Russian regions are re-opening for domestic tourism following three months of coronavirus lockdowns. Wed, 01 Jul 2020 10:32:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/07/01/where-can-i-travel-in-russia-this-summer-a70744 Latvia Bans Russia's RT 'Propaganda' Channels https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/06/30/latvia-bans-russias-rt-propaganda-channels-a70743 The bans are permanent unless RT fires its head who is under international sanctions. Tue, 30 Jun 2020 23:16:41 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/06/30/latvia-bans-russias-rt-propaganda-channels-a70743 Russian Cosmonaut Votes on Putin's Reforms From ISS https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/06/30/russian-cosmonaut-votes-on-putins-reforms-from-iss-a70742 Russia's space agency said Anatoly Ivanishin is the first man to have voted online from orbit. Tue, 30 Jun 2020 23:04:48 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/06/30/russian-cosmonaut-votes-on-putins-reforms-from-iss-a70742 Journalist Assaulted at Polling Station During Vote on Putin’s Rule https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/06/30/journalist-assaulted-at-polling-station-during-vote-on-putins-rule-a70741 Critics say the weeklong vote is designed to limit independent observers’ ability to track voter fraud. Tue, 30 Jun 2020 16:30:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/06/30/journalist-assaulted-at-polling-station-during-vote-on-putins-rule-a70741 Russian Arctic Sets 'Fantastical' Heat Records: Weather Chief https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/06/30/russian-arctic-sets-fantastical-heat-records-weather-chief-a70740 The head of Russia's weather service says climate change and a change in atmospheric circulation are to blame. Tue, 30 Jun 2020 16:09:24 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/06/30/russian-arctic-sets-fantastical-heat-records-weather-chief-a70740 ‘100% Bullsh*t’: Russia Blasts Reports of Taliban Bounties for Killed U.S. Troops https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/06/30/100-bullsht-russia-blasts-reports-of-taliban-bounties-for-killed-us-troops-a70737 Russian officials and diplomats were swift to condemn the reports, calling them "nonsense" and "blatant lies." Tue, 30 Jun 2020 14:21:30 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/06/30/100-bullsht-russia-blasts-reports-of-taliban-bounties-for-killed-us-troops-a70737 Putin Urges Russians to Back 'Stability, Security, Prosperity' in Vote https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/06/30/putin-urges-russians-to-back-stability-security-prosperity-in-vote-a70738 He made no mention of a controversial amendment that could allow him to stay in power until 2036. Tue, 30 Jun 2020 13:01:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/06/30/putin-urges-russians-to-back-stability-security-prosperity-in-vote-a70738 American Teacher Jailed in Russia for Cleaning Product Purchase Returns to U.S. https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/06/30/american-teacher-jailed-in-russia-for-cleaning-product-purchase-returns-to-us-a70734 Gaylen Grandstaff was arrested in 2017 after ordering a detergent containing a banned substance. Tue, 30 Jun 2020 11:54:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/06/30/american-teacher-jailed-in-russia-for-cleaning-product-purchase-returns-to-us-a70734 Moscow Oil Spill Triggers 1,000-Fold Pollution Surge https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/06/30/moscow-oil-spill-triggers-1000-fold-pollution-surge-a70733 The oil slick in the Khimki Reservoir that supplies water to Moscow now covers 22,900 square meters. Tue, 30 Jun 2020 11:04:31 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/06/30/moscow-oil-spill-triggers-1000-fold-pollution-surge-a70733 Moscow’s Tour Guides Pray for Miracle as Summer Season Ebbs Away https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/06/30/moscows-tour-guides-pray-for-miracle-as-summer-season-ebbs-away-a70732 With Russia’s borders still shut, the country faces a year of lost tourist spending. Tue, 30 Jun 2020 09:57:45 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/06/30/moscows-tour-guides-pray-for-miracle-as-summer-season-ebbs-away-a70732 Serbian Defense Chief Tests Positive for Virus After Moscow Visit https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/06/30/serbian-defense-chief-tests-positive-for-virus-after-moscow-visit-a70731 He visited Serbian troops in Moscow last Tuesday and was scheduled to attend the Victory Day parade the next day. Tue, 30 Jun 2020 09:26:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/06/30/serbian-defense-chief-tests-positive-for-virus-after-moscow-visit-a70731 Russia to Offer Simplified E-Visas to Tourists From 53 Countries in 2021 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/06/29/russia-to-offer-simplified-e-visas-to-tourists-from-53-countries-in-2021-a70726 Citizens of EU member states, China, Japan, India and Turkey will be able to obtain e-visas to Russia for about $50. Mon, 29 Jun 2020 17:27:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/06/29/russia-to-offer-simplified-e-visas-to-tourists-from-53-countries-in-2021-a70726 Explainer: Russia's Arctic Environmental Disasters https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/06/29/explainer-russias-arctic-environmental-disasters-a70730 The fast-warming region has been hit by three separate disasters in the span of a month. Mon, 29 Jun 2020 15:00:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/06/29/explainer-russias-arctic-environmental-disasters-a70730 Scandinavian Radiation Spike Linked to Russian Nuclear Plant Malfunction https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/06/29/scandinavian-radiation-spike-linked-to-russian-nuclear-plant-malfunction-a70728 Dutch authorities first pinpointed Russia as the source, then pulled back. Mon, 29 Jun 2020 12:42:33 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/06/29/scandinavian-radiation-spike-linked-to-russian-nuclear-plant-malfunction-a70728 Exit Poll Shows Russians Strongly Backing Constitution Reforms https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/06/29/exit-poll-shows-russians-strongly-backing-constitution-reforms-a70729 Some 76% of respondents voted for the package of amendments that would allow Putin to run again in 2024. Mon, 29 Jun 2020 12:05:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/06/29/exit-poll-shows-russians-strongly-backing-constitution-reforms-a70729 Siberian Wildfires Swell Amid Historic Heatwave https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/06/29/siberian-wildfires-swell-amid-historic-heatwave-a70725 Most of the blazes are in a region that saw possibly the hottest-ever temperature above the Arctic Circle this month. Mon, 29 Jun 2020 10:29:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/06/29/siberian-wildfires-swell-amid-historic-heatwave-a70725 News From Russia: What You Missed Over the Weekend https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/06/29/news-from-russia-what-you-missed-over-the-weekend-67-a70724 Taliban bounty. Arctic oil spill. Scarlet Sails. Mon, 29 Jun 2020 08:54:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/06/29/news-from-russia-what-you-missed-over-the-weekend-67-a70724 Russian Mining Giant Admits Waste 'Violations' at Arctic Plant https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/06/28/russian-mining-giant-admits-waste-violations-at-arctic-plant-a70723 Journalists claimed the factory deliberately funneled the wastewater into wildlife areas. Sun, 28 Jun 2020 19:48:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/06/28/russian-mining-giant-admits-waste-violations-at-arctic-plant-a70723 Trump Denies He Was Briefed on Russia-Taliban Bounty Intelligence https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/06/28/trump-denies-he-was-briefed-on-russia-taliban-bounty-intelligence-a70722 Trump slammed the report by The New York Times as "probably just another phony Times hit job." Sun, 28 Jun 2020 15:08:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/06/28/trump-denies-he-was-briefed-on-russia-taliban-bounty-intelligence-a70722 U.S. Intercepts Russian Warplanes off Alaska https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/06/28/us-intercepts-russian-warplanes-off-alaska-a70720 This was the fourth time this month that U.S. planes have intercepted Russian aircraft near Alaska. Sun, 28 Jun 2020 09:38:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/06/28/us-intercepts-russian-warplanes-off-alaska-a70720 Russia Spies Aided Taliban Attacks, U.S. Intel Says – NYT https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/06/27/russia-spies-aided-taliban-attacks-us-intel-says-nyt-a70718 A Russian unit offered the Taliban incentives for targeting a U.S.-led coalition, states the report. Sat, 27 Jun 2020 14:10:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/06/27/russia-spies-aided-taliban-attacks-us-intel-says-nyt-a70718 Macron 'Confident' of Progress in Russia Ties https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/06/26/macron-confident-of-progress-in-russia-ties-a70716 Putin and the French president are pursuing a policy of rapprochement. Fri, 26 Jun 2020 20:15:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/06/26/macron-confident-of-progress-in-russia-ties-a70716 Oil Firm Says Russian Mercenaries Enter Key Libya Field https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/06/26/oil-firm-says-russian-mercenaries-enter-key-libya-field-a70715 Moscow denies any involvement in the presence of Russian mercenaries in the conflict. Fri, 26 Jun 2020 18:38:13 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/06/26/oil-firm-says-russian-mercenaries-enter-key-libya-field-a70715 As Russia’s Constitution Reform Vote Kicks Off, Election Watchdog Decries ‘Manipulative’ Process https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/06/26/as-russias-constitution-reform-vote-kicks-off-election-watchdog-decries-manipulative-process-a70695 In an interview, Grigory Melkonyants of the Golos election monitor said the vote is set to be the “least transparent” in years. Fri, 26 Jun 2020 17:05:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/06/26/as-russias-constitution-reform-vote-kicks-off-election-watchdog-decries-manipulative-process-a70695 Wanted Russian Cybercrime Group Resurfaces With Work-From-Home Attacks – NYT https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/06/26/wanted-russian-cybercrime-group-resurfaces-with-work-from-home-attacks-nyt-a70714 Evil Corp targets employees of major U.S. corporations who have been working from home due to the coronavirus. Fri, 26 Jun 2020 16:43:06 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/06/26/wanted-russian-cybercrime-group-resurfaces-with-work-from-home-attacks-nyt-a70714 Serebrennikov Trial: Russia Gives Suspended Sentence to Prominent Director in Fraud Case https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/06/26/serebrennikov-trial-russia-gives-suspended-sentence-to-prominent-director-in-fraud-case-a70708 The sentencing marks a surprise legal victory in a case the director's supporters say was politically motivated. Fri, 26 Jun 2020 15:59:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/06/26/serebrennikov-trial-russia-gives-suspended-sentence-to-prominent-director-in-fraud-case-a70708 1 in 5 Moscow Residents Have Coronavirus Antibodies – Official https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/06/26/1-in-5-moscow-residents-have-coronavirus-antibodies-official-a70712 “Herd immunity continues to form and about 20% of Muscovites currently have such immunity.” Fri, 26 Jun 2020 14:06:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/06/26/1-in-5-moscow-residents-have-coronavirus-antibodies-official-a70712 Investor Breathes New Life Into Major Arctic Coal Project https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/06/26/investor-breathes-new-life-into-major-arctic-coal-project-a70711 Russia plans to boost its domestic coal output by up to 50%, with the Arctic region playing a key role in these plans. Fri, 26 Jun 2020 13:12:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/06/26/investor-breathes-new-life-into-major-arctic-coal-project-a70711 Russia to Speed Up S-400 Delivery to India Amid China Standoff https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/06/26/russia-to-speed-up-s-400-delivery-to-india-amid-china-standoff-a70707 “This system will be our silver bullet against our enemies,” an unnamed Indian military source told Kommersant. Fri, 26 Jun 2020 11:30:48 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/06/26/russia-to-speed-up-s-400-delivery-to-india-amid-china-standoff-a70707 Orenburg Become Fourth Russian Football Club With Positive Virus Tests https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/06/26/orenburg-become-fourth-russian-football-club-with-positive-virus-tests-a70706 The Russian Premier League resumed on June 19 but was immediately disrupted by the coronavirus. Fri, 26 Jun 2020 09:47:57 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/06/26/orenburg-become-fourth-russian-football-club-with-positive-virus-tests-a70706 Anti-Putin Shaman Recognized as Political Prisoner https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/06/26/anti-putin-shaman-recognized-as-political-prisoner-a70705 Alexander Gabyshev was placed in a mental asylum following his attempts to trek across the country to “banish” Putin. Fri, 26 Jun 2020 09:34:41 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/06/26/anti-putin-shaman-recognized-as-political-prisoner-a70705 Russia Plans Tourist Space Walks in 2023 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/06/25/russia-plans-tourist-space-walks-in-2023-a70704 Energia space corporation aims to take two tourists to the International Space Station. Thu, 25 Jun 2020 18:54:50 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/06/25/russia-plans-tourist-space-walks-in-2023-a70704 Russian Artists Call for Justice in "Theater Trial" https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/06/25/russian-artists-call-for-justice-in-theater-trial-a70703 The verdict in the case against director Kirill Serebrennikov and three others will be reached tomorrow. Thu, 25 Jun 2020 17:34:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/06/25/russian-artists-call-for-justice-in-theater-trial-a70703