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 Sun, 25 Oct 2020 20:49:35 +0100 600 Belarusians Protest Lukashenko Ahead of Strike Ultimatum The opposition gave the president two weeks to resign or face a crippling general strike. Sun, 25 Oct 2020 14:24:00 +0100 Coronavirus in Russia: The Latest News | Oct. 25 Record-breaking new cases. Deaths surpass 25,000. Vaccine race. Sun, 25 Oct 2020 08:35:00 +0100 Turkey Rejects U.S. Pressure Over Russian Air Defense System Turkey on Saturday dismissed U.S. criticism that the Russian defense systems it has bought are not compatible with Ankara's NATO commitments. Sat, 24 Oct 2020 21:41:36 +0200 Russia Continued Developing Novichok After Program's Official Closure, Investigation Says The investigation comes amid mounting questions in the West over Russia’s alleged use of chemical weapons. Fri, 23 Oct 2020 17:43:00 +0200 Death of Sea Life Off Russia Peninsula 'Caused By Algae' Environmentalists said they were conducting their own inquiries and were not yet able to confirm the official probe's findings. Fri, 23 Oct 2020 16:44:24 +0200 Years of ‘Stone Age’ Forced Sterilizations Claimed at Russian Institution One former resident at the boarding house died after undergoing the surgical procedure. Fri, 23 Oct 2020 15:38:33 +0200 Russia Surpasses 17K Coronavirus Cases in New One-Day Record This is the first time that Russia has confirmed more than 17,000 Covid-19 infections in a single day. Fri, 23 Oct 2020 10:07:47 +0200 Russia-China Military Alliance ‘Quite Possible,’ Putin Says To date, Russia and China have rejected an outright military alliance in favor of a strategic partnership. Fri, 23 Oct 2020 09:07:13 +0200 Putin Says Karabakh Deaths Soaring as Diplomats Scramble Putin said he was in "constant" communication with Armenia and Azerbaijan's leaders after two ceasefire attempts fell through. Thu, 22 Oct 2020 22:20:00 +0200 EU, UK Slap Sanctions on Russian Spies for Hacking German Parliament The 2015 cyber attack completely paralyzed the IT infrastructure of the Bundestag. Thu, 22 Oct 2020 19:43:00 +0200 Oil Spill Hits Russia’s Pacific Coast Amid String of Pollution Incidents The spill is at least the third oil spill to hit Russia's waterways this month. Thu, 22 Oct 2020 17:15:00 +0200 Snowden Granted Permanent Russian Residency – Lawyer Changes made to Russian immigration law in 2019 allowed the U.S. whistleblower to obtain indefinite residency. Thu, 22 Oct 2020 15:16:00 +0200 Catholics Will Convert to Orthodoxy Over Pope’s LGBT Support, Russian Church Predicts A Russian Orthodox Church official called Pope Francis’ endorsement of same-sex civil unions “a strong step toward degradation.”  Thu, 22 Oct 2020 14:57:51 +0200 Russia to Probe Virus Deaths Caused By Oxygen Shortage At least 13 coronavirus patients were reported to have died when their oxygen supply ran out at a hospital in southern Russia. Thu, 22 Oct 2020 12:56:48 +0200 Putin: Russia's Rise in Coronavirus Deaths Due to Improved Methodology His statement comes as Russia has seen record numbers of new infections and deaths over the past week. Thu, 22 Oct 2020 11:32:00 +0200 Russia Moves to Open Defense Ministry Office in Serbia The office would reportedly be authorized to inspect Serbian military units that are armed with Russian weapons. Thu, 22 Oct 2020 09:09:00 +0200 North Pole Ice Cap Too Thin for Testing Russia’s Giant Icebreaker The nuclear-powered Arktika icebreaker reportedly “experienced no resistance at all” on its first test run to the North Pole. Wed, 21 Oct 2020 16:29:00 +0200 2nd Coronavirus Wave Could Be 10X Worse in Russia’s Regions, Disease Expert Says The situation in Moscow and St. Petersburg, meanwhile, was described as “close to manageable.” Wed, 21 Oct 2020 15:35:00 +0200 Russia Hosts New Talks in Search of Karabakh Truce The meeting follows two truce attempts earlier this month that had next to no impact on the ground. Wed, 21 Oct 2020 14:32:00 +0200 Russian Mayor Urges Kicking Maskless Passengers Off Public Transit “We’ll have to reinstate restrictions if we don’t follow simple rules,” Yekaterinburg's mayor warned. Wed, 21 Oct 2020 14:10:02 +0200 Kyrgyzstan Sets New Polls as New PM Reassures Russia The previous vote was annulled over political chaos that unseated a president and rattled Russia. Wed, 21 Oct 2020 13:24:14 +0200 Controversial Russian Priest Dies During Coronavirus Rehabilitation Archpriest Dimitry Smirnov was named “Sexist of the Year” by Russian feminists this year for his inflammatory statements. Wed, 21 Oct 2020 11:48:00 +0200 Russia Breaks Record for Daily Coronavirus Deaths Russian authorities continue to rule out a return to strict restrictions to slow the spread of the virus. Wed, 21 Oct 2020 10:11:00 +0200 ‘Stumbling Into a New Arms Race’: Imagery Shows Russia Preparing for Nuclear-Powered Missile Test The analysis came out as Russia and the U.S. edged closer to breaking an impasse over extending the New START treaty. Wed, 21 Oct 2020 09:11:26 +0200 U.S., Russia Edge Back Towards Talks on Nuclear Arms Pact The two sides were closer to breaking an impasse in long-running talks aimed at extending the New START treaty. Tue, 20 Oct 2020 19:48:00 +0200 Slight Arctic Warming Could Trigger Abrupt Permafrost Collapse – Study The warming works like “a sensitive trigger for a threshold-like permafrost climate change feedback,” the study's authors said. Tue, 20 Oct 2020 16:54:00 +0200 Russian Eco-Disasters Spark Environmental Fears Recent mass aquatic die-offs in Russia have sparked worldwide concern. Tue, 20 Oct 2020 16:03:37 +0200 Russia's New Coronavirus Cases Surpass 16K in New Record This is at least the fourth record one-day increase in Russia in the past seven days. Tue, 20 Oct 2020 13:24:00 +0200 Russia Offers U.S. One-Year Freeze on Nuclear Warhead Numbers The White House had described Russia's previous proposal as a "non-starter" unless accompanied by the freeze. Tue, 20 Oct 2020 13:01:00 +0200 U.S. Revokes Aeroflot Crew Visas Over $50M iPhone Smuggling Scheme Searches of various Aeroflot crew members’ luggage had revealed “millions of dollars of electronic devices,” investigators said. Tue, 20 Oct 2020 12:58:00 +0200 Soviet Diehards and Covid-19 Conspiracies: Inside Russia’s Anti-5G Movement In a country widely viewed as the home of global disinformation, a Western conspiracy theory is flourishing. Tue, 20 Oct 2020 12:09:00 +0200 Crew in No Danger After ISS Issues Resolved – Russia The crew aboard the ISS had reported issues with the oxygen production system, a toilet and the oven for preparing food. Tue, 20 Oct 2020 11:32:24 +0200 Ex-Vedomosti Journalists’ VTimes News Website Goes Live VTimes aims to continue Vedomosti’s tradition of independent, objective journalism for Russian-speaking readers. Tue, 20 Oct 2020 11:04:53 +0200 U.S. Trashes Faulty Russian Ventilators From Virus Aid Package – Reports The ventilator model was blamed for two fires that killed seven coronavirus patients in Moscow and St. Petersburg. Tue, 20 Oct 2020 09:31:40 +0200 U.S. Charges Russians With Cyberattacks on Ukraine, French Elections, Olympics The attacks were called "the most disruptive and destructive series of computer attacks ever attributed to a single group." Tue, 20 Oct 2020 08:00:00 +0200 Belarus Moves Detained U.S. Analyst to House Arrest — Lawyer Vitali Shkliarov was allegedly subjected to "extreme psychological pressure and physical abuse" in jail. Mon, 19 Oct 2020 15:33:00 +0200 2 Russian MMA Fighters Praise French Teacher’s Decapitation – Reports One reportedly called the suspect a “hero” while another joked that “freedom of speech has lost its beginning in France.”  Mon, 19 Oct 2020 13:54:24 +0200 Moscow Mayor: Return to Full Lockdown ‘Impossible’ “The optimal strategy is to find a middle way between closing the city and completely abandoning restrictive measures,” the mayor said. Mon, 19 Oct 2020 12:46:00 +0200 Russia Sets One-Day Coronavirus Record With Nearly 16K Cases For the first time, Russia has confirmed more than 100,000 Covid-19 cases within a week. Mon, 19 Oct 2020 10:47:47 +0200 Mass Fish Die-Off in Southern Russia Sparks Probe Witnesses pointed to factories in nearby regions as a possible cause, while authorities linked it to low oxygen levels. Mon, 19 Oct 2020 10:12:42 +0200 News From Russia: What You Missed Over the Weekend France in terror. Karabakh flare-up. Belarusians march. Mon, 19 Oct 2020 09:11:00 +0200 Tens of Thousands March in Belarus Despite Police Threat to Open Fire Police claimed that the protests were becoming more radicalized and warned that they would use lethal force "if necessary." Sun, 18 Oct 2020 19:07:00 +0200 Russia Dismisses Links to Chechen Accused of Beheading French Teacher Suspect was born in Moscow but has lived in France for the last 12 years, Russian Embassy in Paris says. Sat, 17 Oct 2020 18:01:00 +0200 Suspect in French Teacher Beheading was Chechen, Born in Moscow Brutal attack occurred Friday evening on the outskirts of Paris. Sat, 17 Oct 2020 09:52:02 +0200 W. House Calls Putin Proposal on Nuclear Treaty 'Non-Starter' The U.S. rejected Vladimir Putin's proposal to extend the New START nuclear treaty for one year unconditionally. Fri, 16 Oct 2020 20:18:20 +0200 Putin Proposes One-Year Extension of New START Treaty Tensions have raged for months over the fate of New START, which caps the number of nuclear warheads held by Washington and Moscow. Fri, 16 Oct 2020 14:55:38 +0200 Putin Proposes Closing Gay Marriage Loophole – Vedomosti If passed, same-sex marriages registered abroad would no longer be able to be registered in Russia. Fri, 16 Oct 2020 14:15:00 +0200 Russia Projected to Lose 11X More Population Than in 2019 – RBC An abrupt halt to migration and rising death rate due to the Covid-19 pandemic have taken a toll on Russia's population. Fri, 16 Oct 2020 12:01:00 +0200 In Crisis-Hit Kyrgyzstan, Russia Weighs Its Influence and Intentions Analysts interviewed by The Moscow Times disagreed on whether Russia is playing a constructive role in the ex-Soviet country. Fri, 16 Oct 2020 10:36:00 +0200 Russia Sets New Daily Coronavirus Record With Over 15K Cases Friday marked the first time that Russia has confirmed more than 15,000 Covid-19 infections in a single day.  Fri, 16 Oct 2020 10:11:04 +0200