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 Tue, 02 Mar 2021 09:11:22 +0100 600 Israeli Defense System Shot Down Russian Missile in Karabakh War – Reports https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2021/03/02/israeli-defense-system-shot-down-russian-missile-in-karabakh-war-reports-a73116 An unnamed official said Yerevan had launched a Russian Iskander missile “directly into the capital” of Azerbaijan days before signing a ceasefire with Baku. Tue, 02 Mar 2021 08:13:46 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2021/03/02/israeli-defense-system-shot-down-russian-missile-in-karabakh-war-reports-a73116 Slovakia Receives First Shipment of Russia's Sputnik V Vaccine https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2021/03/01/slovakia-receives-first-shipment-of-russias-sputnik-v-vaccine-a73115 Shipment arrived Monday afternoon and the country's prime minister said he would sidestep EU approval rules to start using the vaccines. Mon, 01 Mar 2021 18:49:00 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2021/03/01/slovakia-receives-first-shipment-of-russias-sputnik-v-vaccine-a73115 Coronavirus in Russia: The Latest News | March 2 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2021/03/01/coronavirus-in-russia-the-latest-news-march-2-a69117 Deaths approach 90,000. Mass vaccination. Mon, 01 Mar 2021 18:12:00 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2021/03/01/coronavirus-in-russia-the-latest-news-march-2-a69117 Kremlin Rejects Research Showing Falling Incomes https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2021/03/01/kremlin-rejects-research-showing-falling-incomes-a73113 Russians’ wallets have not been hit harder by the pandemic than those in other countries, the Kremlin claims. Mon, 01 Mar 2021 15:33:05 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2021/03/01/kremlin-rejects-research-showing-falling-incomes-a73113 UN Experts Urge Global Probe of Navalny Poisoning https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2021/03/01/un-experts-urge-global-probe-of-navalny-poisoning-a73114 The experts also demanded Navalny's "immediate release" from a Russian penal colony. Mon, 01 Mar 2021 14:42:00 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2021/03/01/un-experts-urge-global-probe-of-navalny-poisoning-a73114 U.S., Russia Warships Dock in Strategic Sudan Port https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2021/03/01/us-russia-warships-dock-in-strategic-sudan-port-a73110 Russia recently signed a 25-year agreement to build a naval base in Port Sudan, part of Moscow's latest geopolitical push into Africa. Mon, 01 Mar 2021 13:02:00 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2021/03/01/us-russia-warships-dock-in-strategic-sudan-port-a73110 Second Russian Officer Suspected of Leaking Navalny Poisoners’ Data – Kommersant https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2021/03/01/second-russian-officer-suspected-of-leaking-navalny-poisoners-data-kommersant-2-a73105 The St. Petersburg police major faces up to 10 years in prison if found guilty of abuse of office. Mon, 01 Mar 2021 11:50:05 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2021/03/01/second-russian-officer-suspected-of-leaking-navalny-poisoners-data-kommersant-2-a73105 What Did Japarov Get in Russia? https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2021/03/01/what-did-japarov-get-in-russia-a73108 The Moscow visit marked Japarov's first foreign trip as President of the Kyrgyz Republic. Mon, 01 Mar 2021 10:20:00 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2021/03/01/what-did-japarov-get-in-russia-a73108 2 in 3 Russians Believe Coronavirus Is a Bioweapon – Poll https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2021/03/01/2-in-3-russians-believe-coronavirus-is-a-bioweapon-poll-a73101 A World Health Organization (WHO) mission investigating the origins of Covid-19 has all but dismissed a theory that it came from a lab in China. Mon, 01 Mar 2021 10:01:00 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2021/03/01/2-in-3-russians-believe-coronavirus-is-a-bioweapon-poll-a73101 Twitter Maliciously Violates Russian Law, State Censor Says https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2021/03/01/twitter-maliciously-violates-russian-law-state-censor-says-a73103 Roskomnadzor says Twitter failed to take down thousands of tweets containing banned information. Mon, 01 Mar 2021 09:45:00 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2021/03/01/twitter-maliciously-violates-russian-law-state-censor-says-a73103 In Russian Arctic, Miner Nornickel Exhibits Green Goal https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2021/03/01/in-russian-arctic-miner-nornickel-exhibits-green-goal-a73104 Arctic's worst polluter aims to transform into an environmentally friendly company. Mon, 01 Mar 2021 08:37:00 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2021/03/01/in-russian-arctic-miner-nornickel-exhibits-green-goal-a73104 News From Russia: What You Missed Over the Weekend https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2021/03/01/news-from-russia-what-you-missed-over-the-weekend-102-a73100 Nemtsov remembrance. Navalny's prison colony. Sputnik Light. Mon, 01 Mar 2021 07:58:10 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2021/03/01/news-from-russia-what-you-missed-over-the-weekend-102-a73100 ‘They Will Break You’: Inside Navalny’s Notorious New Prison Home https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2021/02/28/they-will-break-you-inside-navalnys-notorious-new-prison-home-a73099 In conversations with The Moscow Times, former inmates of the jail spoke of psychological isolation and harsh conditions. Sun, 28 Feb 2021 17:43:23 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2021/02/28/they-will-break-you-inside-navalnys-notorious-new-prison-home-a73099 Struggling Czech Republic Turns to Russian Jabs After EU Delays https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2021/02/28/struggling-czech-republic-turns-to-russian-jabs-after-eu-delays-a73098 President Milos Zeman said he personally requested a batch of Russia's Sputnik V vaccines in a letter to Vladimir Putin. Sun, 28 Feb 2021 14:16:41 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2021/02/28/struggling-czech-republic-turns-to-russian-jabs-after-eu-delays-a73098 Russia Launches its First Arctic Monitoring Satellite https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2021/02/28/russia-launches-its-first-arctic-monitoring-satellite-a73097 The 'Arktika' space system is designed to monitor the climate and environment in the Arctic region. Sun, 28 Feb 2021 10:13:00 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2021/02/28/russia-launches-its-first-arctic-monitoring-satellite-a73097 Putin, Biden Should Aim for More Arms Curbs – Gorbachev https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2021/02/27/putin-biden-should-aim-for-more-arms-curbs-gorbachev-a73096 "Experience shows that it is necessary to meet and negotiate," the last Soviet leader said. Sat, 27 Feb 2021 15:38:00 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2021/02/27/putin-biden-should-aim-for-more-arms-curbs-gorbachev-a73096 Russians, Western Envoys Mark Anniversary of Kremlin Critic Nemtsov's Murder https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2021/02/27/russians-western-envoys-mark-anniversary-of-kremlin-critic-nemtsovs-murder-a73095 Boris Nemtsov was one of President Vladimir Putin's loudest critics until he was shot and killed on a Moscow bridge near the Kremlin.  Sat, 27 Feb 2021 14:58:00 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2021/02/27/russians-western-envoys-mark-anniversary-of-kremlin-critic-nemtsovs-murder-a73095 Moscow Mayor Scraps Vote on Soviet Secret Police Chief Statue https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2021/02/26/moscow-mayor-scraps-vote-on-soviet-secret-police-chief-statue-a73093 Sergei Sobyanin said the statue election was "increasingly turning into a confrontation between people holding different views." Fri, 26 Feb 2021 20:14:48 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2021/02/26/moscow-mayor-scraps-vote-on-soviet-secret-police-chief-statue-a73093 FBI Adds ‘Putin’s Chef’ to Wanted List, Offers $250K Reward https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2021/02/26/fbi-adds-putins-chef-to-wanted-list-offers-250k-reward-a73090 The FBI accuses Prigozhin of “conspiracy to defraud the United States.” Fri, 26 Feb 2021 15:52:00 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2021/02/26/fbi-adds-putins-chef-to-wanted-list-offers-250k-reward-a73090 Biden Says U.S. Will 'Never' Accept 'Aggressive' Russia's Crimea Annexation https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2021/02/26/biden-says-us-will-never-accept-aggressive-russias-crimea-annexation-a73092 Biden's statement marked the seventh anniversary of the Russian invasion of the peninsula. Fri, 26 Feb 2021 15:39:00 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2021/02/26/biden-says-us-will-never-accept-aggressive-russias-crimea-annexation-a73092 Melting Arctic Forces Polar Bears to Adapt to Land-Based Diet – Russian Scientists https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2021/02/26/melting-arctic-forces-polar-bears-to-adapt-to-land-based-diet-russian-scientists-a73089 Russian researchers say they are seeing fewer malnourished polar bears despite shrinking Arctic ice pushing the animals further south. Fri, 26 Feb 2021 15:15:11 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2021/02/26/melting-arctic-forces-polar-bears-to-adapt-to-land-based-diet-russian-scientists-a73089 Russia’s Booming Intensive Animal Farming ‘A Ticking Time Bomb’ for Future Viruses https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2021/02/26/russias-booming-intensive-animal-farming-a-ticking-time-bomb-for-future-viruses-a73085 Following the discovery of the first case of H5N8 bird flu in humans, virologists fear farms will become virus “petri dishes.” Fri, 26 Feb 2021 14:55:00 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2021/02/26/russias-booming-intensive-animal-farming-a-ticking-time-bomb-for-future-viruses-a73085 Opposition to Putin’s Re-Election Hits Post-Crimea High – Poll https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2021/02/26/opposition-to-putins-re-election-hits-post-crimea-high-poll-a73087 The results come months after Russians voted in favor of controversial constitutional reforms that allow Putin to run for two more terms. Fri, 26 Feb 2021 13:44:21 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2021/02/26/opposition-to-putins-re-election-hits-post-crimea-high-poll-a73087 Russian Prisons Chief Confirms Navalny in Penal Colony https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2021/02/26/russian-prisons-chief-confirms-navalny-in-penal-colony-a73088 "I guarantee that there exists no threat to his life and health," the head of the Federal Prison Service noted. Fri, 26 Feb 2021 12:54:00 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2021/02/26/russian-prisons-chief-confirms-navalny-in-penal-colony-a73088 Popular Political Sports Website Bought by Aspiring Russian Lawmaker https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2021/02/26/popular-political-sports-website-bought-by-aspiring-russian-lawmaker-a73083 Readers expressed fears that Sports.ru's editorial independence could be curbed under its new ownership. Fri, 26 Feb 2021 12:30:00 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2021/02/26/popular-political-sports-website-bought-by-aspiring-russian-lawmaker-a73083 Russia Slams ‘Outrageous’ U.S. Airstrikes in Syria https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2021/02/26/russia-slams-outrageous-us-airstrikes-in-syria-a73082 Russian officials accused Washington of violating international law by striking at a sovereign country's territory. Fri, 26 Feb 2021 12:28:00 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2021/02/26/russia-slams-outrageous-us-airstrikes-in-syria-a73082 Russia’s Coronavirus Vaccine More Expensive for Africa Than Western Jabs – FT https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2021/02/26/russias-coronavirus-vaccine-more-expensive-for-africa-than-western-jabs-ft-a73080 The Russian Direct Investment Fund maintains that Sputnik V's $9.75 price tag “is the same for all markets.” Fri, 26 Feb 2021 10:10:49 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2021/02/26/russias-coronavirus-vaccine-more-expensive-for-africa-than-western-jabs-ft-a73080 Russian Domestic Violence Victim’s Death Blamed on ‘Negligent’ Cops https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2021/02/26/russian-domestic-violence-victims-death-blamed-on-negligent-cops-a73075 Police ignored repeated calls from neighbors as 23-year-old student Vera Pekhteleva’s ex-boyfriend beat her for 3.5 hours until she died. Fri, 26 Feb 2021 09:46:04 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2021/02/26/russian-domestic-violence-victims-death-blamed-on-negligent-cops-a73075 Boeing 777 With Engine Trouble Makes Emergency Landing in Moscow https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2021/02/26/boeing-777-with-engine-trouble-makes-emergency-landing-in-moscow-airline-a73081 The emergency landing comes days after another model rained down engine debris over the United States. Fri, 26 Feb 2021 08:50:00 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2021/02/26/boeing-777-with-engine-trouble-makes-emergency-landing-in-moscow-airline-a73081 Russian Diplomats Push Railway Handcar Home from North Korea https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2021/02/26/russian-diplomats-push-railway-handcar-home-from-north-korea-a73079 The diplomats and their families were forced to push the trolley for over a kilometer due to North Korea's coronavirus border closures. Fri, 26 Feb 2021 08:01:00 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2021/02/26/russian-diplomats-push-railway-handcar-home-from-north-korea-a73079 Thousands Rally in Armenia After PM Warns of 'Coup Attempt' https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2021/02/25/thousands-rally-in-armenia-after-pm-warns-of-coup-attempt-a73072 Russian President Vladimir Putin spoke to Prime Minister Pashinyan and "called on all parties to show restraint." Thu, 25 Feb 2021 22:46:00 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2021/02/25/thousands-rally-in-armenia-after-pm-warns-of-coup-attempt-a73072 Russian Pranksters Trick Amnesty Heads in Navalny 'Prisoner of Conscience' Call https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2021/02/25/russian-pranksters-trick-amnesty-heads-in-navalny-prisoner-of-conscience-call-a73076 "We may have done more harm than good," an Amnesty International official says on the call. Thu, 25 Feb 2021 16:08:00 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2021/02/25/russian-pranksters-trick-amnesty-heads-in-navalny-prisoner-of-conscience-call-a73076 Moscow City Hall Develops App to ‘Replace’ Skype, Slack – RBC https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2021/02/25/moscow-city-hall-develops-app-to-replace-skype-slack-rbc-a73066 The app disappeared from Google Play after RBC sent a request for comment to Moscow’s IT department. Thu, 25 Feb 2021 13:41:06 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2021/02/25/moscow-city-hall-develops-app-to-replace-skype-slack-rbc-a73066 Anti-Putin Shaman Charged With Sword Attack on Police https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2021/02/25/anti-putin-shaman-charged-with-sword-attack-on-police-a73069 Alexander Gabyshev, who announced plans to restart his crusade to “exorcise” Putin this spring, is accused of violently resisting detention. Thu, 25 Feb 2021 12:42:24 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2021/02/25/anti-putin-shaman-charged-with-sword-attack-on-police-a73069 German Man Charged for Spying at Bundestag for Russians — Prosecutors https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2021/02/25/german-man-charged-for-spying-at-bundestag-for-russians-prosecutors-a73073 A German man is facing espionage charges for passing PDF files with the floor plans of parliamentary properties to Russian secret services. Thu, 25 Feb 2021 11:17:00 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2021/02/25/german-man-charged-for-spying-at-bundestag-for-russians-prosecutors-a73073 Moscow To Expand Metro Facial Recognition Network https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2021/02/25/moscow-to-expand-metro-facial-recognition-network-a73074 Cameras that recognize faces and track fast movements will be installed across the city's metro system. Thu, 25 Feb 2021 10:50:31 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2021/02/25/moscow-to-expand-metro-facial-recognition-network-a73074 A Vote on Restoring a Secret Police Chief’s Statue Opens Old Wounds in Russia https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2021/02/25/a-vote-on-restoring-a-secret-police-chiefs-statue-opens-old-wounds-in-russia-a73068 Three decades after anti-communist protesters toppled the monument to Felix Dzerzhinsky outside the KGB’s headquarters, it could be set to return. Thu, 25 Feb 2021 09:26:36 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2021/02/25/a-vote-on-restoring-a-secret-police-chiefs-statue-opens-old-wounds-in-russia-a73068 Russian Imprisoned for Handing ‘State Secrets’ to China https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2021/02/25/russian-imprisoned-for-handing-state-secrets-to-china-a73063 Vladimir Vasilyev is at least the third Russian citizen to be convicted of state treason this year. Thu, 25 Feb 2021 08:43:00 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2021/02/25/russian-imprisoned-for-handing-state-secrets-to-china-a73063 Rare Deer Mauled to Death by Stray Moscow Dogs https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2021/02/25/rare-deer-mauled-to-death-by-stray-moscow-dogs-a73065 Activists blamed Losiny Ostrov (Elk Island)'s new administration for making cuts to its ranger service, leaving the animals vulnerable. Thu, 25 Feb 2021 08:04:00 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2021/02/25/rare-deer-mauled-to-death-by-stray-moscow-dogs-a73065 Russia’s Wildberries Launches in France, Italy and Spain https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2021/02/25/russias-wildberries-launches-in-france-italy-and-spain-a73060 Russia’s leading online retail giant is betting big on Europe in a major expansion drive. Thu, 25 Feb 2021 07:45:00 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2021/02/25/russias-wildberries-launches-in-france-italy-and-spain-a73060 2 Gay Chechens Held on Terror Charges Without Proof – NGO https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2021/02/24/2-gay-chechens-held-on-terror-charges-without-proof-ngo-a73059 The men had fled Chechnya last year but were arrested and returned this month, the LGBT Network says. Wed, 24 Feb 2021 16:01:18 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2021/02/24/2-gay-chechens-held-on-terror-charges-without-proof-ngo-a73059 Putin Accuses West of Wanting to 'Shackle' Russia https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2021/02/24/putin-accuses-west-of-wanting-to-shackle-russia-a73058 Putin called on the FSB to make the Western threat a priority in its work this year along with its primary task of countering terrorism.  Wed, 24 Feb 2021 15:51:56 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2021/02/24/putin-accuses-west-of-wanting-to-shackle-russia-a73058 First Woman Jehovah’s Witness Sentenced to Prison in Russia https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2021/02/24/first-woman-jehovahs-witness-sentenced-to-prison-in-russia-a73057 Valentina Baranovskaya, 69, has been sentenced to two years in prison after being found guilty of participation in a banned organization. Wed, 24 Feb 2021 15:38:35 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2021/02/24/first-woman-jehovahs-witness-sentenced-to-prison-in-russia-a73057 Russia's Lavrov Slams West for Pandemic 'Selfishness' https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2021/02/24/russias-lavrov-slams-west-for-pandemic-selfishness-a73055 Lavrov accused Western countries of having a "desire to take advantage of the pandemic to punish 'undesirable' governments." Wed, 24 Feb 2021 13:27:00 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2021/02/24/russias-lavrov-slams-west-for-pandemic-selfishness-a73055 Russia to Assist Armenia With Military Reform Following Karabakh Conflict https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2021/02/24/russia-to-assist-armenia-with-military-reform-following-karabakh-conflict-a73050 Yerevan is also counting on Moscow's assistance in the Nagorno-Karabakh peacekeeping process, its defense minister said. Wed, 24 Feb 2021 13:13:00 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2021/02/24/russia-to-assist-armenia-with-military-reform-following-karabakh-conflict-a73050 Putin Tightens Fines for Protesters, ‘Biased’ Social Media Giants https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2021/02/24/putin-tightens-fines-for-protesters-biased-social-media-giants-a73046 The new laws come ahead of parliamentary elections this fall which will take place amid simmering public anger over falling incomes.  Wed, 24 Feb 2021 12:13:45 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2021/02/24/putin-tightens-fines-for-protesters-biased-social-media-giants-a73046 Moscow Blocks Nemtsov Supporters From Laying Flowers at Memorial Site https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2021/02/24/moscow-blocks-nemtsov-supporters-from-laying-flowers-at-memorial-site-a73045 City authorities later called the cleanup of the site a "misunderstanding." Wed, 24 Feb 2021 11:26:00 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2021/02/24/moscow-blocks-nemtsov-supporters-from-laying-flowers-at-memorial-site-a73045 Russian Fugitive Nabbed in Bali After Dramatic Escape https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2021/02/24/russian-fugitive-nabbed-in-bali-after-dramatic-escape-a73049 Andrey Kovalenko's dash for freedom came as officials readied to deport him back to Russia on an Interpol warrant. Wed, 24 Feb 2021 11:06:00 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2021/02/24/russian-fugitive-nabbed-in-bali-after-dramatic-escape-a73049 Arctic Shipper Shows Off Historic Icebreaking Voyage https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2021/02/24/arctic-shipper-shows-off-historic-icebreaking-voyage-a73047 A Russian commercial vessel has sailed the Northern Sea Route in February for the first time ever, with multi-year-old ice no longer present. Wed, 24 Feb 2021 10:19:00 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2021/02/24/arctic-shipper-shows-off-historic-icebreaking-voyage-a73047 Russian Priest Blesses Police Van in Siberia https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2021/02/24/russian-priest-blesses-police-van-in-siberia-a73042 The photo op follows the detention of some 12,000 people at mass nationwide rallies supporting jailed Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny. Wed, 24 Feb 2021 09:53:23 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2021/02/24/russian-priest-blesses-police-van-in-siberia-a73042