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 Mon, 18 Jan 2021 04:54:01 +0100 600 Russia Detains Poisoned Kremlin Critic Navalny on Return to Home Soil https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2021/01/17/russia-detains-poisoned-kremlin-critic-navalny-on-return-to-home-soil-a72633 The opposition leader has spent months in Germany recovering from an attack with a poison Western experts concluded was Novichok. Sun, 17 Jan 2021 19:04:00 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2021/01/17/russia-detains-poisoned-kremlin-critic-navalny-on-return-to-home-soil-a72633 Navalny Returns to Russia https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2021/01/17/navalny-returns-to-russia-a72635 Chief Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny detained on his return to Russia from Germany. Sun, 17 Jan 2021 18:50:00 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2021/01/17/navalny-returns-to-russia-a72635 Alexei Navalny: Russia's Charismatic Anti-Putin Campaigner https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2021/01/17/alexei-navalny-russias-charismatic-anti-putin-campaigner-a72634 Navalny has won a young fan base and has more than two million followers on Twitter. Sun, 17 Jan 2021 11:56:02 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2021/01/17/alexei-navalny-russias-charismatic-anti-putin-campaigner-a72634 Coronavirus in Russia: The Latest News | Jan. 17 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2021/01/17/coronavirus-in-russia-the-latest-news-jan-17-a69117 Second wave. Deaths approach 70,000. Mass vaccination. Sun, 17 Jan 2021 09:02:00 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2021/01/17/coronavirus-in-russia-the-latest-news-jan-17-a69117 Germany Says Answered Russia Call for Aid in Navalny Probe https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2021/01/16/germany-says-answered-russia-call-for-aid-in-navalny-probe-a72632 German prosecutors interrogated Navalny on Moscow's request earlier last year. Sat, 16 Jan 2021 14:46:13 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2021/01/16/germany-says-answered-russia-call-for-aid-in-navalny-probe-a72632 A Year After Shock Appointment, Russian Prime Minister Mishustin’s Star is Rising https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2021/01/16/a-year-after-shock-appointment-russian-prime-minister-mishustins-star-is-rising-a72624 Some experts are predicting that the well-connected technocrat might be destined for a long career at the summit of Russian politics. Sat, 16 Jan 2021 07:00:12 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2021/01/16/a-year-after-shock-appointment-russian-prime-minister-mishustins-star-is-rising-a72624 Russia Pulling 'Military Instructors' Out of Central African Republic https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2021/01/15/russia-pulling-military-instructors-out-of-central-african-republic-a72631 Russia told the UN it plans to withdraw the 300 "military instructors" it sent to the Central African Republic at the end of 2020. Fri, 15 Jan 2021 17:45:00 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2021/01/15/russia-pulling-military-instructors-out-of-central-african-republic-a72631 The Open Skies Treaty: NATO's Eyes Over Russia https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2021/01/15/the-open-skies-treaty-natos-eyes-over-russia-a72630 Washington has said Moscow had "weaponized" the treaty to target "critical infrastructure" in the U.S. and Europe. Fri, 15 Jan 2021 15:41:14 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2021/01/15/the-open-skies-treaty-natos-eyes-over-russia-a72630 U.S. Will Lift Nord Stream 2 Sanctions if Europe Suspends Construction, Says Biden Advisor https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2021/01/15/us-will-lift-nord-stream-2-sanctions-if-europe-suspends-construction-says-biden-advisor-a72629 The U.S. imposed sanctions at the end of 2019 in an effort to halt the construction of the pipeline, which will transport Russian gas to Europe. Fri, 15 Jan 2021 15:36:00 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2021/01/15/us-will-lift-nord-stream-2-sanctions-if-europe-suspends-construction-says-biden-advisor-a72629 Russia Intends to Give Election Advice to U.S. https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2021/01/15/russia-intends-to-give-election-advice-to-us-a72628 “We’ll send recommendations,” the speaker of the lower house of parliament Vyacheslav Volodin said in an interview. Fri, 15 Jan 2021 14:38:26 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2021/01/15/russia-intends-to-give-election-advice-to-us-a72628 Russia Says Leaving Open Skies Military Treaty https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2021/01/15/russia-says-leaving-open-skies-military-treaty-a72627 Russia has announced its intention to withdraw from the Open Skies Treaty citing the "lack of progress" maintaining its function since the U.S. with drew last year. Fri, 15 Jan 2021 13:07:00 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2021/01/15/russia-says-leaving-open-skies-military-treaty-a72627 To Jail or Not to Jail: Kremlin in Bind Over Navalny Return https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2021/01/15/to-jail-or-not-to-jail-kremlin-in-bind-over-navalny-return-a72625 Should Putin allow his most outspoken critic to return to Russia freely and risk looking weak, or jail him and make him a cause celebre? Fri, 15 Jan 2021 12:56:29 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2021/01/15/to-jail-or-not-to-jail-kremlin-in-bind-over-navalny-return-a72625 Russian Tycoon Prigozhin Offers Tombstone for Journalists Killed in Central Africa https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2021/01/15/russian-tycoon-prigozhin-offers-tombstone-for-journalists-killed-in-central-africa-a72622 The three died while investigating the Wagner mercenary group, which has been linked to Prigozhin. Fri, 15 Jan 2021 11:43:37 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2021/01/15/russian-tycoon-prigozhin-offers-tombstone-for-journalists-killed-in-central-africa-a72622 Nearly Half of Russian Regions Have Limited Access to Coronavirus Vaccine – Report https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2021/01/15/nearly-half-of-russian-regions-have-limited-access-to-coronavirus-vaccine-report-a72613 Mass vaccination against Covid-19 is currently not feasible in 42 Russian regions, according to an independent study. Fri, 15 Jan 2021 10:38:00 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2021/01/15/nearly-half-of-russian-regions-have-limited-access-to-coronavirus-vaccine-report-a72613 Most Russians Still Mistrust Coronavirus Vaccine – Poll https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2021/01/15/most-russians-still-mistrust-coronavirus-vaccine-poll-a72619 Worries about side effects and trial results made the vaccine a no go for 60% of respondents. Fri, 15 Jan 2021 10:08:10 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2021/01/15/most-russians-still-mistrust-coronavirus-vaccine-poll-a72619 New START: Expiring Arms Accord Between Cold War Rivals https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2021/01/15/new-start-expiring-arms-accord-between-cold-war-rivals-a72623 Negotiations to renew the treaty stalled under the Trump administration, who lobbied unsuccessfully to have China become a party to the restrictions. Fri, 15 Jan 2021 09:37:00 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2021/01/15/new-start-expiring-arms-accord-between-cold-war-rivals-a72623 Russians Demand Housing for ‘Children of the Gulag’ https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2021/01/15/russians-demand-housing-for-children-of-the-gulag-a72618 Pensioners whose parents were repressed under Stalin are still waiting for state housing. Fri, 15 Jan 2021 08:10:21 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2021/01/15/russians-demand-housing-for-children-of-the-gulag-a72618 Moscow Could Be Back To Normal By May – Mayor https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2021/01/14/moscow-could-be-back-to-normal-by-may-mayor-a72616 Vaccination rate in the capital passes 1%, but analysts say nationwide numbers may be significantly overstated. Thu, 14 Jan 2021 17:43:00 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2021/01/14/moscow-could-be-back-to-normal-by-may-mayor-a72616 Russia's Top Online Retailer Launches in Germany https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2021/01/14/russias-top-online-retailer-launches-in-germany-a72615 Marketplace Wildberries is plotting expansion into lucrative Western European markets. Thu, 14 Jan 2021 16:46:00 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2021/01/14/russias-top-online-retailer-launches-in-germany-a72615 Russia Says Trump Ban a 'Nuclear Blast in Cyber Space' https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2021/01/14/russia-says-trump-ban-a-nuclear-blast-in-cyber-space-a72614 Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova called the social media ban "a blow against democratic values proclaimed by the West." Thu, 14 Jan 2021 16:07:50 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2021/01/14/russia-says-trump-ban-a-nuclear-blast-in-cyber-space-a72614 Russia Warns 'Obliged' to Detain Kremlin Critic Navalny on Return https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2021/01/14/russia-says-obliged-to-detain-navalny-upon-return-a72611 Navalny said he planned to return to Russia from Germany on Sunday despite a number of legal threats. Thu, 14 Jan 2021 15:58:00 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2021/01/14/russia-says-obliged-to-detain-navalny-upon-return-a72611 Russia Building Coastal Base for ‘Doomsday Nuke’ – Reports https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2021/01/14/russia-building-coastal-base-for-doomsday-nuke-reports-a72608 The base is aimed at extending the Poseidon's service life. Thu, 14 Jan 2021 14:29:12 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2021/01/14/russia-building-coastal-base-for-doomsday-nuke-reports-a72608 Vaccinated Russians in Far East Promised Mask Exemption https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2021/01/14/vaccinated-russians-in-far-east-promised-mask-exemption-a72609 Health officials urge vaccine recipients to continue wearing face masks until the shot builds up their immunity. Thu, 14 Jan 2021 13:40:00 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2021/01/14/vaccinated-russians-in-far-east-promised-mask-exemption-a72609 Kiev Case vs. Moscow on Crimea 'Partly Admissible' – Europe Court https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2021/01/14/kiev-case-vs-moscow-on-crimea-partly-admissible-europe-court-a72610 The European Court of Human Rights added that it was not ruling on whether the annexation of Crimea itself was illegal. Thu, 14 Jan 2021 13:09:46 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2021/01/14/kiev-case-vs-moscow-on-crimea-partly-admissible-europe-court-a72610 Russia Says It Has Vaccinated 1.5M. Some Experts Think the Numbers Don’t Add Up. https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2021/01/14/russia-says-it-has-vaccinated-15m-some-experts-think-the-numbers-dont-add-up-a72602 Official coronavirus statistics have been controversial since the start of the pandemic. Now, the Sputnik V rollout is under the spotlight. Thu, 14 Jan 2021 10:17:00 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2021/01/14/russia-says-it-has-vaccinated-15m-some-experts-think-the-numbers-dont-add-up-a72602 Amnesty Seeks Probe Into Civilian Deaths in Karabakh Conflict https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2021/01/14/amnesty-seeks-probe-into-civilian-deaths-in-karabakh-conflict-a72604 Both sides have denied targeting civilians during the conflict "despite clear evidence they have both done so," Amnesty said. Thu, 14 Jan 2021 09:47:00 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2021/01/14/amnesty-seeks-probe-into-civilian-deaths-in-karabakh-conflict-a72604 Navalny Added to Russia’s Wanted List https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2021/01/14/navalny-added-to-russias-wanted-list-a72605 The opposition leader's lawyer said the news is unlikely to affect his return to Moscow on Sunday. Thu, 14 Jan 2021 09:36:00 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2021/01/14/navalny-added-to-russias-wanted-list-a72605 Moscow Mayor Orders Kids Back to School https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2021/01/14/moscow-mayor-orders-kids-back-to-school-a72603 Sobyanin said he would consider easing other restrictions if epidemiologists say that infection rates have stabilized at current levels. Thu, 14 Jan 2021 08:03:00 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2021/01/14/moscow-mayor-orders-kids-back-to-school-a72603 Putin Orders Mass Coronavirus Vaccination Next Week https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2021/01/13/putin-orders-mass-coronavirus-vaccination-next-week-a72468 Putin called Russia's Sputnik V vaccine the “best in the world” and ordered officials to ramp up vaccinations. Wed, 13 Jan 2021 14:26:00 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2021/01/13/putin-orders-mass-coronavirus-vaccination-next-week-a72468 Russia Probes Circus Over Monkey, Goats in Nazi Garb https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2021/01/13/russia-probes-circus-over-monkey-goats-in-nazi-garb-a72599 The circus and the local Orthodox Church claimed that the performance hadn't violated Russia's law banning the use of Nazi symbols. Wed, 13 Jan 2021 11:43:40 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2021/01/13/russia-probes-circus-over-monkey-goats-in-nazi-garb-a72599 Russian Ruble Is World’s Most Undervalued Currency on Big Mac Index https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2021/01/13/russian-ruble-is-worlds-most-undervalued-currency-on-big-mac-index-a72597 The ruble’s slump in 2020 means Russia now has the cheapest Big Macs in the world, according to The Economist. Wed, 13 Jan 2021 11:22:00 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2021/01/13/russian-ruble-is-worlds-most-undervalued-currency-on-big-mac-index-a72597 Putin Aide-Turned-Critic Probed for U.S. Election Conspiracy Blog https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2021/01/13/putin-aide-turned-critic-probed-for-us-election-conspiracy-blog-a72595 Andrei Illarionov falsely claimed that U.S. Capitol rioters were “provoked” by Black Lives Matter and that the U.S. election outcome was still “unknown.” Wed, 13 Jan 2021 11:17:09 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2021/01/13/putin-aide-turned-critic-probed-for-us-election-conspiracy-blog-a72595 Navalny Announces Return to Russia Despite Prison Threat https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2021/01/13/navalny-announces-return-to-russia-despite-prison-threat-a72596 The opposition figure said he will fly to Russia on Jan. 17 following his recovery from Novichok poisoning. Wed, 13 Jan 2021 09:44:00 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2021/01/13/navalny-announces-return-to-russia-despite-prison-threat-a72596 Moscow Clinic Could Sidestep Red Tape to Bring Pfizer Vaccine to Russia https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2021/01/13/moscow-clinic-could-sidestep-red-tape-to-bring-pfizer-vaccine-to-russia-a72359 The Moscow branch of Israel’s Hadassah Clinic said it is in "direct negotiations" to bring the vaccine to Russia before its official registration. Wed, 13 Jan 2021 08:50:00 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2021/01/13/moscow-clinic-could-sidestep-red-tape-to-bring-pfizer-vaccine-to-russia-a72359 Russia Starts Mass Vaccinations in Cosmonaut Center https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2021/01/12/russia-starts-mass-vaccinations-in-cosmonaut-center-a72593 By mid-December, Russia had vaccinated several cosmonauts ahead of future flights and some of them have already received both doses. Tue, 12 Jan 2021 20:48:00 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2021/01/12/russia-starts-mass-vaccinations-in-cosmonaut-center-a72593 Russia Imprisons 3 Crimean Tatars for Extremism, Plotting to ‘Seize Power’ https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2021/01/12/russia-imprisons-3-crimean-tatars-for-extremism-plotting-to-seize-power-a72591 The Memorial human rights group has recognized the defendants as political prisoners. Tue, 12 Jan 2021 18:54:00 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2021/01/12/russia-imprisons-3-crimean-tatars-for-extremism-plotting-to-seize-power-a72591 Young Russians’ Extremism Sentences Reduced for ‘Plot to Overthrow Putin’ https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2021/01/12/young-russians-extremism-sentences-reduced-for-plot-to-overthrow-putin-a72587 The activists' supporters have said their case was fabricated by the security services. Tue, 12 Jan 2021 16:07:00 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2021/01/12/young-russians-extremism-sentences-reduced-for-plot-to-overthrow-putin-a72587 Russia Seeks to Jail Navalny https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2021/01/12/russia-seeks-to-jail-navalny-a72589 Russia’s prison authority has asked to replace Navalny’s suspended sentence in the Yves Rocher case with a real prison term. Tue, 12 Jan 2021 14:47:00 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2021/01/12/russia-seeks-to-jail-navalny-a72589 Siberian Shaman Seeks to Oust Putin in Horseback Crusade https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2021/01/12/siberian-shaman-seeks-to-oust-putin-in-relaunched-horseback-crusade-a72584 Alexander Gabyshev was detained several times and placed in a psychiatric hospital after earlier attempts to trek across Russia to "exorcise" Putin. Tue, 12 Jan 2021 14:21:00 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2021/01/12/siberian-shaman-seeks-to-oust-putin-in-relaunched-horseback-crusade-a72584 Russia Hands 4th Porn Charge to LGBT Activist Tsvetkova Over Vulva Drawings https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2021/01/12/russia-hands-4th-porn-charge-to-lgbt-activist-tsvetkova-over-vulva-drawings-a72582 Russian artist and LGBT activist Yulia Tsvetkova has been hit with pornography charges a fourth time over her artwork of vulvas. Tue, 12 Jan 2021 12:48:27 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2021/01/12/russia-hands-4th-porn-charge-to-lgbt-activist-tsvetkova-over-vulva-drawings-a72582 Resignation of Yakutsk’s First Female Mayor Raises Questions About Russia’s Ruling Party https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2021/01/12/resignation-of-yakutsks-first-female-mayor-raises-questions-about-russias-ruling-party-a72586 Some experts believe Sardana Avksentiyeva was forced out by a Kremlin keen to clear the field ahead of Duma elections. Tue, 12 Jan 2021 11:54:00 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2021/01/12/resignation-of-yakutsks-first-female-mayor-raises-questions-about-russias-ruling-party-a72586 Russian Activists Announce End to 2-Year Landfill Protests https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2021/01/12/russian-activists-announce-end-to-2-year-landfill-protests-a72580 The massive planned landfill for Moscow's trash in Russia's north had become a national symbol of environmental protest. Tue, 12 Jan 2021 11:23:00 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2021/01/12/russian-activists-announce-end-to-2-year-landfill-protests-a72580 Telegram Downloads Soar as Trump Supporters Deplatformed https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2021/01/12/telegram-downloads-soar-as-trump-supporters-deplatformed-a72579 Trump supporters flocked to the encrypted messaging app after “posts on Parler had urged users” to move there, The Daily Telegraph reported. Tue, 12 Jan 2021 10:11:25 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2021/01/12/telegram-downloads-soar-as-trump-supporters-deplatformed-a72579 Algeria, Palestine Greenlight Russia’s Coronavirus Vaccine https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2021/01/12/algeria-palestine-greenlight-russias-coronavirus-vaccine-a72578 The countries are the first African and Middle Eastern nations to issue emergency-use authorization approvals.  Tue, 12 Jan 2021 08:29:00 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2021/01/12/algeria-palestine-greenlight-russias-coronavirus-vaccine-a72578 Strong Earthquake Hits Mongolia-Russia Border https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2021/01/12/strong-earthquake-hits-mongolia-russia-border-a72577 A 6.8-magnitude earthquake struck in Northern Mongolia, close to the Russian border early Tuesday morning. Tue, 12 Jan 2021 00:15:58 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2021/01/12/strong-earthquake-hits-mongolia-russia-border-a72577 Armenian Leader Says Karabakh Conflict Unresolved https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2021/01/11/putin-karabakh-foes-discuss-next-steps-in-peace-process-a72572 The rare trilateral talks marked the first post-war meeting on the implementation of a Russia-brokered peace agreement between Armenia and Azerbaijan. Mon, 11 Jan 2021 18:50:00 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2021/01/11/putin-karabakh-foes-discuss-next-steps-in-peace-process-a72572 Russian Jailed in Sweden Over Hammer Attack on Anti-Kadyrov Blogger https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2021/01/11/russian-jailed-in-sweden-over-hammer-attack-on-anti-kadyrov-blogger-a72576 Swedish court alleges high-level backing for attempted murder of Chechen dissident Tumso Abdurakhmanov. Mon, 11 Jan 2021 17:18:11 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2021/01/11/russian-jailed-in-sweden-over-hammer-attack-on-anti-kadyrov-blogger-a72576 Gorbachev Expects Biden to Extend U.S.-Russia Arms Curbs https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2021/01/11/gorbachev-expects-biden-to-extend-us-russia-arms-curbs-a72575 The New START Treaty is the Cold War rivals' last remaining nuclear reduction pact and is set to expire Feb. 5.  Mon, 11 Jan 2021 16:12:03 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2021/01/11/gorbachev-expects-biden-to-extend-us-russia-arms-curbs-a72575 Russia to Trial 'Light' One-Dose Version of Sputnik Jab https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2021/01/11/russia-to-trial-light-one-dose-version-of-sputnik-jab-a72574 The light version of the vaccine could be an "effective temporary solution" for badly hit countries, the head of Russia's sovereign wealth fund said. Mon, 11 Jan 2021 15:42:55 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2021/01/11/russia-to-trial-light-one-dose-version-of-sputnik-jab-a72574 Moscow to Track Residents' Income, Grades, Pets in Digital Database – Kommersant https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2021/01/11/moscow-to-track-residents-income-grades-pets-in-digital-database-kommersant-a72571 The so-called “centralized profile management” system is reportedly expected to handle 20 million profiles a year. Mon, 11 Jan 2021 15:32:00 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2021/01/11/moscow-to-track-residents-income-grades-pets-in-digital-database-kommersant-a72571