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 Thu, 27 Feb 2020 07:06:44 +0100 600 Putin Agrees to Hold Nationwide Vote on Constitutional Changes on April 22 – Interfax The proposed constitutional changes could give Putin scope to extend his grip on power after leaving the presidency. Wed, 26 Feb 2020 16:32:00 +0100 Belarus Arrests Jehovah’s Witness at Russia’s Request It marks the first time Belarus has arrested a member of the religious group following a request from Russia. Wed, 26 Feb 2020 15:53:21 +0100 Russia Partially Suspends South Korea Flights, Iranian Visas Over Coronavirus Russia will suspend almost all South Korea flights, as well as stop issuing visas to some Iranians, amidst intensifying coronavirus fears. Wed, 26 Feb 2020 15:40:47 +0100 ‘I Created the System’: Kremlin’s Ousted ‘Grey Cardinal’ Surkov, in Quotes Putin's ex-aide argued that the president's constitutional reforms may allow him to reset his term limit. Wed, 26 Feb 2020 14:46:21 +0100 Russian Tennis Star Sharapova, 5-Time Grand Slam Champion, Retires "In giving my life to tennis, tennis gave me a life. I'll miss it everyday," she wrote in her retirement announcement. Wed, 26 Feb 2020 14:40:00 +0100 Polar Bear Cannibalism On the Rise in Russia’s Arctic, Scientists Say Growing human activity and development in the region has shrunk the animals' hunting grounds. Wed, 26 Feb 2020 14:10:38 +0100 China to Russia: End Discriminatory Coronavirus Measures Against Chinese The Chinese Embassy deplored what it called the "ubiquitous monitoring" of Chinese nationals, including on Moscow public transport. Wed, 26 Feb 2020 12:40:00 +0100 U.S. Slaps Sanctions on Russia, Other Countries Over Iran Russia sees the latest wave of sanctions related to Iran’s missile program “illegitimate,” a Foreign Ministry source said. Wed, 26 Feb 2020 12:25:00 +0100 Former U.S. Marine Faces 10 Years in Russian Prison Trevor Reed is accused of assaulting police officers during a drunken night out last year, charges that his defense denies. Wed, 26 Feb 2020 11:46:00 +0100 Russian Orthodox Church Steps Up Surveillance Under Government Anti-Terrorism Orders The Church says the cameras won't be installed in confession booths. Wed, 26 Feb 2020 11:17:35 +0100 Kremlin Kicks Off Search for New Lawmakers in Reality Show-Style Contest Do you have what it takes to become Russia's next top parliamentarian? Wed, 26 Feb 2020 09:49:00 +0100 Russian Freediving Legend’s Son Breaks Under-Ice World Record Alexei Molchanov swam for 180 meters beneath the ice in a Moscow region quarry. Wed, 26 Feb 2020 08:12:00 +0100 Coronavirus in Russia: The Latest News | Feb. 26 The latest on Russia’s response to the coronavirus. Wed, 26 Feb 2020 00:49:00 +0100 Bellingcat Names Russian Diplomat as Bulgarian Poisoning Suspect It's “the first known case when a Russian diplomat is simultaneously wanted for attempted murder under an Interpol Red Notice,” Bellingcat wrote. Tue, 25 Feb 2020 16:06:00 +0100 Russian TV Airs 13M Names of Soviet WWII Casualties Ahead of 75th Victory Day It will take 76 days to air all 12.6 million names. Tue, 25 Feb 2020 14:57:49 +0100 Russian Police Charged Over Musician's Gruesome Beheading Before his death, the 25-year-old drummer had recorded a video claiming that police planted drugs on him and forced him to confess. Tue, 25 Feb 2020 13:53:20 +0100 Dmitry Yazov, 95, Dies in Moscow Yazov was one of the most decorated and controversial Russian military figures of the twentieth century.  Tue, 25 Feb 2020 11:41:31 +0100 MH17 Investigators Have an Eyewitness, Dutch Prosecutor Says The prosecutor's interview comes two weeks ahead of the first court hearing into the tragedy over eastern Ukraine. Tue, 25 Feb 2020 10:51:00 +0100 Russia to Expand Surveillance to Tattoo, Iris, Voice Recognition – RBC Russia's police force is also testing the ability to identify people by gait in hopes of catching criminal suspects. Tue, 25 Feb 2020 09:21:52 +0100 ‘It’s Like Nirvana’: Inside the Banya, Russia’s Centuries-Old Winter Refuge Russians have been visiting the traditional bathhouses since the 11th century. Tue, 25 Feb 2020 08:24:00 +0100 Russia Outraged by ‘Mini’ U.S. Nuclear Drill Russian lawmakers accused the U.S. of sowing fear within Europe with the exercise and defended its military presence there. Tue, 25 Feb 2020 08:03:00 +0100 Europeans, Britain, China, Russia to Meet Iran in Vienna on Feb. 26 Britain, France and Germany accused Iran of violating the terms of the 2015 arms control agreement. Mon, 24 Feb 2020 14:18:00 +0100 Prague Changes Russia's Embassy Address to Boris Nemtsov Square Nemtsov, one of Russia President Vladimir Putin's most vocal critics, was shot dead in February 2015 as he walked across a bridge near the Kremlin. Mon, 24 Feb 2020 14:03:00 +0100 Sanders Blasts Russia for Reportedly Trying to Boost His Presidential Campaign U.S. officials had reportedly told Sanders about the Russian effort and had also informed President Trump. Sat, 22 Feb 2020 13:01:54 +0100 Russian Sailors Jailed in Greece for 400 Years for Trafficking Migrants – Reports The sailors claim that they were initially hired to tow yachts and then received threats when they objected to trafficking people. Fri, 21 Feb 2020 16:04:19 +0100 Russia Denies Backing Trump's Re-Election as Critics Blast Reported Meddling The Kremlin on Friday denied it was interfering in the 2020 U.S. presidential campaign to boost Trump's chances. Fri, 21 Feb 2020 15:50:00 +0100 Russia Arrests U.S. Cancer Medicine Inventor for Bribery The bribe was allegedly made in exchange for help with adding pharmaceutical products to a list of controlled substances. Fri, 21 Feb 2020 14:36:59 +0100 Norway Rejects Moscow's Claim It Violated Svalbard Treaty Russia complained that Oslo-imposed rules were restricting Russian organizations' activities in the strategically located islands. Fri, 21 Feb 2020 13:54:00 +0100 Russia-Turkey Tensions in Syria, Explained Deadly fighting has led Russia and Turkey to the brink of conflict in Syria this week. Fri, 21 Feb 2020 11:32:44 +0100 Alexander Galitsky: From Soviet Engineer to Libertarian Investor The father of the Russian internet tells The Moscow Times he wants to kill all borders and warns that society is falling behind technology. Fri, 21 Feb 2020 10:12:48 +0100 Moscow Deploys Facial Recognition in Mass Coronavirus Quarantine “Any person arriving from China must not leave their home or hotel for two weeks,” Mayor Sergei Sobyanin said. Fri, 21 Feb 2020 09:02:00 +0100 Russia is Helping Trump in 2020 Election, U.S. Intel Says – NYT Trump reportedly complained that his Democratic Party opponents would “weaponize” the intelligence. Fri, 21 Feb 2020 07:54:00 +0100 Georgia, Backed by U.S. and Britain, Blames Russia for 'Paralyzing' Cyberattack State, private and media websites were taken out by the attack, including those belonging to the Georgian president's office. Thu, 20 Feb 2020 18:00:00 +0100 Turkey Says Syrian Air Strikes Kill Two Turkish Soldiers Near Idlib The attacks come a day after Syrian forces, backed by Russia airpower, have mounted an offensive to capture the region. Thu, 20 Feb 2020 16:13:00 +0100 Russian Lawmakers Propose Special Governing Status for Arctic Strategically important areas of Russia's north could be directly administered by the federal government under a new proposal. Thu, 20 Feb 2020 15:23:00 +0100 Russian-U.S. ‘Road Rage’ Incident Filmed in Syria A U.S. Oshkosh M-ATV ran a Russian Tigr armored car off the busy road as it attempted to overtake the U.S. convoy. Thu, 20 Feb 2020 15:02:00 +0100 Russia Gets Tough on Coronavirus. And What Does Surkov's Departure Say About Modern Russia This week's most important news stories from Russia brought to you by Moscow Times journalists and expert commentators. Thu, 20 Feb 2020 14:12:00 +0100 Black Smog Raises Siberian City’s Alarms Krasnoyarsk briefly topped an independent air monitor's list of the world’s most polluted cities this week. Thu, 20 Feb 2020 14:06:00 +0100 Russian Health Officials Use TikTok to Boost HIV Awareness The project aims “to describe the discrimination and stigma that HIV-positive people face.” Thu, 20 Feb 2020 13:07:00 +0100 Turkey, Russia Discuss Joint Patrol Option in Syria's Idlib The agreement could be a means of reaching a deal that will halt fighting in Syria's Idlib region. Thu, 20 Feb 2020 12:08:34 +0100 Russia Eyes Amnesty for Imprisoned Moscow Protesters A draft bill in Russia's lower house of parliament would free prisoners jailed after last summer's mass opposition rallies in Moscow. Thu, 20 Feb 2020 11:45:00 +0100 Wildberries Founder Becomes Russia’s Richest Woman Tatyana Bakalchuk surpasses businesswoman Yelena Baturina, who had been at the top of the list since 2004. Thu, 20 Feb 2020 09:48:57 +0100 'Nothing Fell Apart': Putin Speaks on Shock Cabinet Reshuffle When asked who else knew about his plans, Putin responded: “I did. Isn’t that enough?” Thu, 20 Feb 2020 08:59:00 +0100 Trump Offered to Pardon Assange If He Denied Russia Helped Leak Democrats' Emails, Lawyer Says U.S. intelligence agencies concluded that Russia interfered in the 2016 election to try to help Trump win. Thu, 20 Feb 2020 08:03:00 +0100 2 More Russians Infected With Coronavirus A total of three Russian citizens are thought to have contracted the coronavirus. Thu, 20 Feb 2020 06:29:00 +0100 Putin Says ‘It’s Tough’ to Live Below Minimum Wage in Response to Disgruntled Woman Observers quickly drew comparisons to former Prime Minister Medvedev’s infamous “There’s no money, but you hang in there” refrain from 2016. Wed, 19 Feb 2020 16:35:00 +0100 Cossacks Patrol Central Russian ‘Chinatown’ for Coronavirus The group is conducting patrols of Yekaterinburg's predominantly Chinese neighborhood for signs of coronavirus infection. Wed, 19 Feb 2020 15:55:00 +0100 Coronavirus Hits Russian Exports to China Shipments stall as Russian border crossings are limited and Chinese demand slumps. Wed, 19 Feb 2020 14:34:53 +0100 Turkey Edges Toward Direct Conflict With Russian-Backed Syria The Kremlin said a clash between Turkish and Syrian forces would be a "worst-case scenario." Wed, 19 Feb 2020 13:10:00 +0100 China 'Dumbstruck’ by Russia’s Coronavirus Entry Ban – Kommersant “The decision was made at a time when the number of cases has declined,” a source said of Russia's ban on Chinese nationals. Wed, 19 Feb 2020 11:39:00 +0100