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, 26 Mar 2019 15:03:54 +0100 600 Russia’s Deployment of Military Planes to Venezuela Sparks U.S. Backlash https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/03/26/russias-deployment-of-military-planes-to-venezuela-sparks-us-backlash-a64962 The United States accused Russia of "reckless escalation" of the situation in Venezuela. Tue, 26 Mar 2019 12:43:00 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/03/26/russias-deployment-of-military-planes-to-venezuela-sparks-us-backlash-a64962 Russian Passport Holders Enjoy 47th-Highest Ease of Travel – Ranking https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/03/26/russian-passport-holders-enjoy-47th-highest-ease-of-travel-ranking-a64957 Russian citizens can visit 118 destinations visa-free or on arrival. Tue, 26 Mar 2019 12:21:00 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/03/26/russian-passport-holders-enjoy-47th-highest-ease-of-travel-ranking-a64957 Facebook Removes Accounts From Russia and Iran For 'Coordinated Inauthentic Behavior' https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/03/26/facebook-removes-accounts-from-russia-and-iran-for-coordinated-inauthentic-behavior-a64959 Nearly 2,000 Russian pages, groups and accounts were taken down from Facebook and Instagram. Tue, 26 Mar 2019 10:58:32 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/03/26/facebook-removes-accounts-from-russia-and-iran-for-coordinated-inauthentic-behavior-a64959 London Court Rules in Favor of Calvey’s Baring Vostok in Bank Battle – FT https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/03/26/london-court-rules-in-favor-of-calveys-baring-vostok-in-bank-battle-ft-a64961 Russian businessman Avetisyan has been trying to take control of Vostochny Bank from Calvey. Tue, 26 Mar 2019 10:55:00 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/03/26/london-court-rules-in-favor-of-calveys-baring-vostok-in-bank-battle-ft-a64961 Militants Kill 3 Russian Soldiers in Syria Ambush, Defense Ministry Says https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/03/26/3-russian-soldiers-killed-in-syria-defense-ministry-confirms-a64952 Estimates vary on the total number of Russians killed since Moscow intervened in Syria's civil war. Tue, 26 Mar 2019 10:18:00 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/03/26/3-russian-soldiers-killed-in-syria-defense-ministry-confirms-a64952 First Russian Found Guilty of Encouraging Children to Protest https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/03/26/first-russian-found-guilty-of-encouraging-children-to-protest-a64951 The volunteer for opposition leader Alexei Navalny's campaign was charged with involving two adolescents in an anti-torture picket. Tue, 26 Mar 2019 08:49:06 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/03/26/first-russian-found-guilty-of-encouraging-children-to-protest-a64951 Russia’s Youth Agency Granted Right to Block Websites https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/03/26/russias-youth-agency-granted-right-to-block-websites-a64950 The agency can now block any website that it views as inciting juvenile crime or threatening young people’s lives. Tue, 26 Mar 2019 07:55:00 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/03/26/russias-youth-agency-granted-right-to-block-websites-a64950 Russia Tells UN It Sent Home Over Half of North Korean Workers in 2018 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/03/26/russia-tells-un-it-sent-home-over-half-nkorean-workers-in-2018-a64949 U.S. estimates say the North Korean regime earns more than $500 million a year from nearly 100,000 workers abroad. Tue, 26 Mar 2019 07:33:00 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/03/26/russia-tells-un-it-sent-home-over-half-nkorean-workers-in-2018-a64949 94% of Russians Are Concerned About the Environment, Poll Says https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/03/25/1-of-russians-happy-with-environment-poll-a64946 Eighty-three percent of respondents named damage caused by landfills as a critical problem. Mon, 25 Mar 2019 15:44:00 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/03/25/1-of-russians-happy-with-environment-poll-a64946 Kemerovo Mourns, One Year After Fire Tragedy That Killed 60 People https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/03/25/kemerovo-mourns-one-year-after-fire-tragedy-a64941 Hundreds of people paid tribute to the victims of the deadly fire over the weekend. Mon, 25 Mar 2019 14:02:00 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/03/25/kemerovo-mourns-one-year-after-fire-tragedy-a64941 Russian Teacher Forced to Step Down Over ‘Prostitute’ Dress https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/03/25/russian-teacher-forced-to-step-down-over-prostitute-dress-a64943 The school director called her a “stain on the reputation of the school” and said that her behavior encourages “pedophilia.” Mon, 25 Mar 2019 13:51:00 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/03/25/russian-teacher-forced-to-step-down-over-prostitute-dress-a64943 Russian Space Firm to Scrap Rocket Deal With Ukraine https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/03/25/russian-space-firm-to-scrap-rocket-deal-with-ukraine-a64938 Ukraine's Yuzhmash is contracted to manufacture 12 rockets for S7 Space's floating launch platform. Mon, 25 Mar 2019 12:22:00 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/03/25/russian-space-firm-to-scrap-rocket-deal-with-ukraine-a64938 ‘An Inescapable Phase of Life’: Fighting Loneliness Among Russia’s Elderly https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/03/25/an-inescapable-phase-of-life-fighting-loneliness-among-russias-elderly-a64935 Already saddled with meager pensions, Russia’s elderly also face another hardship: solitude. Mon, 25 Mar 2019 12:09:00 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/03/25/an-inescapable-phase-of-life-fighting-loneliness-among-russias-elderly-a64935 We Told You So: Russian Officials React to Mueller Report on Collusion https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/03/25/we-told-you-so-russian-officials-react-to-mueller-report-on-collusion-a64939 Mueller found no evidence that Trump's campaign had conspired with Russia. Mon, 25 Mar 2019 11:12:00 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/03/25/we-told-you-so-russian-officials-react-to-mueller-report-on-collusion-a64939 Russian Troops, Advisers Arrive in Venezuela – Reports https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/03/25/russian-troops-advisers-arrive-in-venezuela-reports-a64937 Moscow has said it would not allow a U.S.-backed revolution in the country. Mon, 25 Mar 2019 09:22:00 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/03/25/russian-troops-advisers-arrive-in-venezuela-reports-a64937 News From Russia: What You Missed Over the Weekend https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/03/25/news-from-russia-what-you-missed-over-the-weekend-4-a64934 Russia in Venezuela. Kerch trains. Troubled cruise ship. Mon, 25 Mar 2019 07:47:00 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/03/25/news-from-russia-what-you-missed-over-the-weekend-4-a64934 No Evidence of Trump-Russia Collusion, Mueller Report Says https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/03/24/no-evidence-of-trump-russia-collusion-mueller-report-says-a64933 The report found no evidence that any member of Trump's election campaign conspired with Russia. Sun, 24 Mar 2019 21:11:00 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/03/24/no-evidence-of-trump-russia-collusion-mueller-report-says-a64933 Russian Detained Smuggling Drugged Orangutan out of Bali https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/03/23/russian-detained-smuggling-drugged-orangutan-out-of-bali-a64931 The animal was found sleeping in a basket in the man's luggage as he passed through security. Sat, 23 Mar 2019 11:14:18 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/03/23/russian-detained-smuggling-drugged-orangutan-out-of-bali-a64931 Russia ‘Bewildered’ by Poland’s World War II Commemoration Snub https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/03/22/russia-bewildered-by-polands-world-war-ii-commemoration-snub-a64929 Russia wasn't invited because of its annexation of Crimea and activities in eastern Ukraine, an aide to Poland's president said. Fri, 22 Mar 2019 15:25:00 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/03/22/russia-bewildered-by-polands-world-war-ii-commemoration-snub-a64929 Russian Police Question Activist for ‘Pornographic’ Body-Positivity Project https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/03/22/russian-police-question-activist-for-pornographic-body-positivity-project-a64925 The images are aimed at promoting body positivity among young women. Fri, 22 Mar 2019 14:55:07 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/03/22/russian-police-question-activist-for-pornographic-body-positivity-project-a64925 Russian Media Ordered to Delete News Linking Lawmaker to Crime Boss https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/03/22/russian-media-ordered-to-delete-news-linking-lawmaker-to-crime-boss-a64926 Five outlets accused the deputy of raising funds for the release of criminal boss Young Shakro. Fri, 22 Mar 2019 14:03:00 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/03/22/russian-media-ordered-to-delete-news-linking-lawmaker-to-crime-boss-a64926 Ombudsman Titov Appeals to Russian Authorities Over Detained Businessmen https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/03/22/ombudsman-titov-appeals-russian-authorities-over-detained-businessmen-a64920 Russian businessmen can spend as long as three years in detention before their trials begin. Fri, 22 Mar 2019 13:37:00 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/03/22/ombudsman-titov-appeals-russian-authorities-over-detained-businessmen-a64920 Russian Race Walker to Be Stripped of Medals Over Doping https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/03/22/russian-race-walker-to-be-stripped-of-medals-over-doping-a64924 Alexandr Ivanov will lose all his medals won between June 2012 and August 2014. Fri, 22 Mar 2019 12:00:00 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/03/22/russian-race-walker-to-be-stripped-of-medals-over-doping-a64924 Back In Moscow, Pyotr Verzilov Continues to Search for Answers https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/03/22/back-in-moscow-pyotr-verzilov-continues-to-search-for-answers-a64888 Six months after surviving an apparent poison attack, the activist is undeterred. Fri, 22 Mar 2019 11:41:00 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/03/22/back-in-moscow-pyotr-verzilov-continues-to-search-for-answers-a64888 Ex-Putin Aide's Death in U.S. May Have Been Murder, Reports Say https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/03/22/ex-putin-aides-death-in-us-may-have-been-murder-reports-say-a64918 Mikhail Lesin’s 2015 death is just one example in the trend of high-profile Russians dying or falling ill abroad. Fri, 22 Mar 2019 10:47:00 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/03/22/ex-putin-aides-death-in-us-may-have-been-murder-reports-say-a64918 Attackers Throw Explosive at Russian Consulate in Athens https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/03/22/athens-a64921 There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack. Fri, 22 Mar 2019 10:27:06 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/03/22/athens-a64921 Russia Agrees To Ensure Gas Supplies to Hungary, Bypassing Ukraine https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/03/22/russia-agrees-to-ensure-gas-supplies-to-hungary-a64919 New pipelines are under construction. Fri, 22 Mar 2019 09:13:00 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/03/22/russia-agrees-to-ensure-gas-supplies-to-hungary-a64919 Russia: Golan Heights Status Change Would Violate UN Decisions – RIA https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/03/22/russia-golan-heights-status-change-would-violate-un-decisions-ria-a64916 Zakharova: a change of the Golan Heights status would be a violation of UN decisions. Fri, 22 Mar 2019 08:48:00 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/03/22/russia-golan-heights-status-change-would-violate-un-decisions-ria-a64916 Anti-Women Blogger’s Hate Speech Sentence Overturned in Russia https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/03/22/anti-women-bloggers-hate-speech-sentence-overturned-in-russia-a64915 The blogger was sentenced for inciting hatred against women online last year. Fri, 22 Mar 2019 08:45:00 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/03/22/anti-women-bloggers-hate-speech-sentence-overturned-in-russia-a64915 Last Soviet Leader Steps Down. And the Story of an American Teacher Detained for 'Drug Smuggling' https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/03/21/last-soviet-leader-steps-down-and-the-story-of-an-american-teacher-detained-for-drug-smuggling-a64903 The weekly news podcast from central Moscow. Thu, 21 Mar 2019 19:20:09 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/03/21/last-soviet-leader-steps-down-and-the-story-of-an-american-teacher-detained-for-drug-smuggling-a64903 Russian LNG Projects Are Competitive — Shell Executive https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/03/21/russian-lng-projects-are-competitive-shell-executive-a64913 Russian fuel is well positioned to reach new markets in Asia. Thu, 21 Mar 2019 14:58:00 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/03/21/russian-lng-projects-are-competitive-shell-executive-a64913 Russia’s Lumber, Wildlife, Water Resources Valued at $94Bln https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/03/21/russias-lumber-wildlife-water-resources-valued-at-94bln-a64909 The Russian economy relies heavily on its own natural resources. Thu, 21 Mar 2019 14:42:09 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/03/21/russias-lumber-wildlife-water-resources-valued-at-94bln-a64909 Corruption in Russia's Military Quadrupled in 2018, Prosecutors Say https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/03/21/corruption-in-russias-military-quadrupled-in-2018-prosecutors-say-a64907 More than 2,800 Russian military officials were brought to justice for corruption last year. Thu, 21 Mar 2019 13:41:00 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/03/21/corruption-in-russias-military-quadrupled-in-2018-prosecutors-say-a64907 Kremlin Accuses U.S. of Stoking Tensions by Flying Bombers Near Its Borders https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/03/21/kremlin-accuses-us-of-stoking-tensions-by-flying-bombers-near-its-borders-a64908 Russia intercepted a U.S. B-52 strategic bomber on Thursday. Thu, 21 Mar 2019 12:39:00 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/03/21/kremlin-accuses-us-of-stoking-tensions-by-flying-bombers-near-its-borders-a64908 Life Expectancy in Russia Inches Upward to 73 – Health Ministry Official https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/03/21/life-expectancy-in-russia-inches-upward-to-73-health-ministry-official-a64906 The increase comes amid a $26.68-billion overhaul of the country's health care system. Thu, 21 Mar 2019 12:33:00 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/03/21/life-expectancy-in-russia-inches-upward-to-73-health-ministry-official-a64906 Most Russians Believe New Law Will Curb ‘Fake News’ – Poll https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/03/21/most-russians-believe-new-law-will-curb-fake-news-poll-a64902 President Putin has signed a set of laws carrying punishments for spreading “fake news” and showing “blatant disrespect” to the state. Thu, 21 Mar 2019 10:18:00 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/03/21/most-russians-believe-new-law-will-curb-fake-news-poll-a64902 Kremlin Wonders If Putin May Follow Kazakh Model to Keep Power https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/03/21/kremlin-wonders-if-putin-may-follow-kazakh-model-to-keep-power-a64901 A transition similar to the one under way in Kazakhstan has been actively discussed in Moscow. Thu, 21 Mar 2019 08:54:00 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/03/21/kremlin-wonders-if-putin-may-follow-kazakh-model-to-keep-power-a64901 Russia Completes Construction of First-Ever Rail Bridge to China https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/03/21/russia-completes-construction-on-first-ever-rail-bridge-to-china-a64900 The bridge is expected to boast an annual shipment volume of 21 million tons when it opens later this year. Thu, 21 Mar 2019 08:51:59 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/03/21/russia-completes-construction-on-first-ever-rail-bridge-to-china-a64900 Russian Lawmakers to Assess Damages From Ukraine’s ‘Annexation’ of Crimea https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/03/21/russian-lawmakers-to-assess-damages-from-ukraines-annexation-of-crimea-a64899 The task force will include members from parliament, as well as experts, scholars and representatives from Crimea and Sevastopol. Thu, 21 Mar 2019 07:58:00 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/03/21/russian-lawmakers-to-assess-damages-from-ukraines-annexation-of-crimea-a64899 Ukraine Targets Russia's En+ With New Sanctions https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/03/21/ukraine-targets-russias-en-with-new-sanctions-a64897 The aluminum and power producer's assets will be frozen for a three-year period. Thu, 21 Mar 2019 07:35:00 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/03/21/ukraine-targets-russias-en-with-new-sanctions-a64897 Putin Reshuffles Regional Governors Ahead of 2019 Vote https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/03/20/putin-reshuffles-regional-governors-ahead-of-2019-vote-a64896 Five new regional governors have resigned as approval for the ruling party drops. Wed, 20 Mar 2019 16:01:00 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/03/20/putin-reshuffles-regional-governors-ahead-of-2019-vote-a64896 Russia Drops Further in World Happiness Index – UN https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/03/20/russia-drops-further-in-world-happiness-index-un-a64885 Russia is now the 68th-happiest place on Earth, wedged between Pakistan and the Philippines. Wed, 20 Mar 2019 13:47:00 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/03/20/russia-drops-further-in-world-happiness-index-un-a64885 Putin Congratulates New President of ‘Brotherly Nation’ Kazakhstan https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/03/20/putin-congratulates-new-president-brotherly-nation-kazakhstan-a64886 Kazakshtan is one of Russia's biggest trading partners and has been its key ally in the Eurasian Economic Union project. Wed, 20 Mar 2019 13:46:00 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/03/20/putin-congratulates-new-president-brotherly-nation-kazakhstan-a64886 Russia's Prison Service Wants Guards to Apologize to Inmates for Rights Violations https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/03/20/russias-prison-service-wants-guards-to-apologize-to-inmates-for-rights-violations-a64882 The draft regulations come after leaked videos of torture in a Russian prison rocked the country's penitentiary system. Wed, 20 Mar 2019 13:14:00 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/03/20/russias-prison-service-wants-guards-to-apologize-to-inmates-for-rights-violations-a64882 Putin Kicks Off Massive New Gas Field in Russia’s Arctic https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/03/20/putin-kicks-off-massive-new-gas-field-in-russias-arctic-a64883 Gazprom plans to start producing 32 billion cubic meters of gas per year once the gas field is developed. Wed, 20 Mar 2019 13:01:00 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/03/20/putin-kicks-off-massive-new-gas-field-in-russias-arctic-a64883 Can Urban Renewal Plug Russia’s Brain Drain? https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/03/20/can-urban-renewal-plug-russias-brain-drain-a63905 Regional officials hope that beautifying towns can stop people from leaving. Wed, 20 Mar 2019 12:36:00 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/03/20/can-urban-renewal-plug-russias-brain-drain-a63905 Plane Crash Deaths More Than Double in Russia – Aviation Authorities https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/03/20/plane-crash-deaths-more-than-double-in-russia-aviation-authorities-a64878 Three-quarters of all accidents in 2018 were blamed on human error. Wed, 20 Mar 2019 09:46:29 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/03/20/plane-crash-deaths-more-than-double-in-russia-aviation-authorities-a64878 U.S.-Russia Talks on Venezuela Stall Over Role of Maduro https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/03/20/us-russia-talks-on-venezuela-stall-over-role-of-maduro-a64881 Russia has said Maduro remains the country's only legitimate leader whereas the U.S. backs Juan Guaido. Wed, 20 Mar 2019 09:19:00 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/03/20/us-russia-talks-on-venezuela-stall-over-role-of-maduro-a64881 Siberian City Grinds to a Halt After Locals Protest Rape Linked to Migrant https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/03/20/siberian-city-grinds-to-a-halt-after-locals-protest-rape-linked-to-migrant-a64874 Local police have vowed to crack down on “the instigators of ethnic strife.” Wed, 20 Mar 2019 08:49:36 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/03/20/siberian-city-grinds-to-a-halt-after-locals-protest-rape-linked-to-migrant-a64874 Russia Ditches Real Income Data That Has Slumped for Five Years https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/03/20/russia-ditches-real-income-data-that-has-slumped-for-five-years-a64877 The new methodology will include data on online sales and sales from smaller retailers among other things. Wed, 20 Mar 2019 08:23:00 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/03/20/russia-ditches-real-income-data-that-has-slumped-for-five-years-a64877