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 Sat, 20 Jul 2019 19:54:38 +0200 600 ‘A Pre-Revolutionary Situation’: More Than 20,000 Rally in Moscow for Free Elections https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/07/20/a-pre-revolutionary-situation-more-than-20000-rally-in-moscow-for-free-elections-a66499 Russia’s largest protest in years came after a week of demonstrations against the barring of opposition candidates from city council elections. Sat, 20 Jul 2019 19:17:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/07/20/a-pre-revolutionary-situation-more-than-20000-rally-in-moscow-for-free-elections-a66499 Putin Says He 'Sympathized' With Trump Before U.S. Election https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/07/20/putin-says-he-sympathized-with-trump-before-us-election-a66497 The Russian president made the comments in an interview with U.S. filmmaker Oliver Stone published on the Kremlin website. Sat, 20 Jul 2019 11:22:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/07/20/putin-says-he-sympathized-with-trump-before-us-election-a66497 Former Austrian Chancellor Lands Russian Job https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/07/19/former-austrian-chancellor-lands-russian-job-a66495 Christian Kern has joined the board of Russian Railways. Fri, 19 Jul 2019 16:35:19 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/07/19/former-austrian-chancellor-lands-russian-job-a66495 Russia to Phase Out Paper Passports by 2022 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/07/19/russia-to-phase-out-paper-passports-by-2022-a66489 The new passports will be plastic cards containing electronic chips. Fri, 19 Jul 2019 16:07:23 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/07/19/russia-to-phase-out-paper-passports-by-2022-a66489 Half of Working Russians Earn Less Than $550 a Month https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/07/19/half-working-russians-earn-less-than-550-usd-month-a66487 Stagnation in incomes has led to a deterioration in the quality of life for ordinary Russians. Fri, 19 Jul 2019 14:32:29 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/07/19/half-working-russians-earn-less-than-550-usd-month-a66487 Suspect in Russian Tainted Oil Scandal Seeks Political Asylum in Lithuania https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/07/19/suspect-in-russian-tainted-oil-scandal-seeks-political-asylum-in-lithuania-a66492 The contamination was discovered in April and led to a major disruption of supplies from Russia. Fri, 19 Jul 2019 13:39:33 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/07/19/suspect-in-russian-tainted-oil-scandal-seeks-political-asylum-in-lithuania-a66492 Russia Tests New Arctic Anti-Aircraft Missiles at Novaya Zemlya https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/07/19/russia-tests-new-arctic-anti-aircraft-missiles-novaya-zemlya-a66485 The Tor-M2DT missile system has a vital role in Russia’s re-armament of the Arctic. Fri, 19 Jul 2019 11:10:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/07/19/russia-tests-new-arctic-anti-aircraft-missiles-novaya-zemlya-a66485 Russia Could Ground International Flights Under New Proposal https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/07/19/russia-could-ground-international-flights-under-new-proposal-a66478 Airlines will need to provide passengers' personal information to the authorities. Fri, 19 Jul 2019 11:01:10 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/07/19/russia-could-ground-international-flights-under-new-proposal-a66478 Hard Man Putin May Be Showing Softer Side to Russia’s Neighbors https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/07/19/hard-man-putin-may-be-showing-softer-side-to-russias-neighbors-a66481 Russia has been in conflict with former Soviet satellites seeking greater EU integration. Fri, 19 Jul 2019 10:43:03 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/07/19/hard-man-putin-may-be-showing-softer-side-to-russias-neighbors-a66481 From Russia, No Love for EU's New Chief and Her Hawkish Stance https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/07/19/from-russia-no-love-for-eus-new-chief-and-her-hawkish-stance-a66483 "When the European Commission express their position on the long-term development of relations with us, we will of course respond," Lavrov said. Fri, 19 Jul 2019 09:49:26 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/07/19/from-russia-no-love-for-eus-new-chief-and-her-hawkish-stance-a66483 Moscow Officials Sued For Allowing Gay Couple to Adopt https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/07/19/moscow-offiicials-sued-allowing-gay-couple-adopt-a66477 The gay couple was accused of “harming their [children's] health and moral and spiritual development.” Fri, 19 Jul 2019 09:35:13 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/07/19/moscow-offiicials-sued-allowing-gay-couple-adopt-a66477 Moscow, St. Petersburg Named Russia’s Most Polluted Cities – Greenpeace https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/07/18/moscow-st-petersburg-named-russias-most-polluted-cities-greenpeace-a66475 Scientists associate NO2 pollution with diseases such as diabetes, stroke and asthma. Thu, 18 Jul 2019 16:50:08 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/07/18/moscow-st-petersburg-named-russias-most-polluted-cities-greenpeace-a66475 Ukraine Agrees Prisoner Swap With Pro-Russian Separatists https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/07/18/ukraine-agrees-prisoner-swap-with-pro-russian-separatists-a66476 Kiev expected to exchange 208 people serving jail sentences in Ukraine for 69 Ukrainians. Thu, 18 Jul 2019 16:36:24 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/07/18/ukraine-agrees-prisoner-swap-with-pro-russian-separatists-a66476 Moscow Is Home to the World’s Third-Largest Number of Billionaires https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/07/18/moscow-is-home-to-the-worlds-third-largest-number-of-billionaires-a66474 The Russian capital has 71 super-rich residents, behind New York and Hong Kong. Thu, 18 Jul 2019 16:06:46 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/07/18/moscow-is-home-to-the-worlds-third-largest-number-of-billionaires-a66474 New Russian #MeToo Flashmob Takes Twitter by Storm https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/07/18/new-russian-me-too-flashmob-takes-twitter-storm-a66466 Under the new hashtag, female users share their stories of everyday harassment and abuse in the country. Thu, 18 Jul 2019 15:19:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/07/18/new-russian-me-too-flashmob-takes-twitter-storm-a66466 Russia, Ukraine Agree ‘Comprehensive’ Cease-Fire in Donbass https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/07/18/russia-ukraine-agree-comprehensive-cease-fire-donbass-a66472 The sides have agreed to lay down arms starting midnight this Sunday, July 21. Thu, 18 Jul 2019 14:03:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/07/18/russia-ukraine-agree-comprehensive-cease-fire-donbass-a66472 Ukraine Announces Fast-Track Passports After Putin's Russian Citizenship Offer https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/07/18/ukraine-announces-fast-track-passports-after-putins-russian-citizenship-offer-a66470 The decision followed a Russian move to simplify citizenship for Ukrainians. Thu, 18 Jul 2019 13:27:32 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/07/18/ukraine-announces-fast-track-passports-after-putins-russian-citizenship-offer-a66470 Russia Denies Its Troops Are Fighting in Northwest Syria https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/07/18/russia-denies-its-troops-are-fighting-in-northwest-syria-a66471 "Russia has had no and has no ground forces in Syria," the defense ministry said. Thu, 18 Jul 2019 13:21:50 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/07/18/russia-denies-its-troops-are-fighting-in-northwest-syria-a66471 Russian Cops Take Down Security Officials for Planting Drugs on Teen https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/07/18/russian-cops-take-down-security-officials-planting-drugs-teen-a66467 The officials took the 16-year-old victim to an ATM to withdraw cash for a bribe. Thu, 18 Jul 2019 11:52:39 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/07/18/russian-cops-take-down-security-officials-planting-drugs-teen-a66467 Russia Has Deployed Ground Forces in Idlib, Syrian Rebels Say https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/07/18/russia-has-deployed-ground-forces-in-idlib-syrian-rebels-say-a66462 This is the first time Moscow has sent ground troops on the battlefield, rebels say. Thu, 18 Jul 2019 09:51:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/07/18/russia-has-deployed-ground-forces-in-idlib-syrian-rebels-say-a66462 Chinese and Russian Cyber Watchdogs Meet in Moscow https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/07/18/chinese-and-russian-cyber-watchdogs-meet-in-moscow-a66465 Cooperation in this area between the two regulators could alarm Russian proponents of Internet freedom. Thu, 18 Jul 2019 09:49:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/07/18/chinese-and-russian-cyber-watchdogs-meet-in-moscow-a66465 Russia's Putin Extends Passport Offer to Ukraine Citizens https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/07/18/russias-putin-extends-passport-offer-to-ukraine-citizens-a66461 Moscow made the move ahead of Ukrainian parliamentary elections on Sunday. Thu, 18 Jul 2019 09:45:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/07/18/russias-putin-extends-passport-offer-to-ukraine-citizens-a66461 Second Russian Nuclear Plant Taken Down After Malfunction https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/07/18/second-russian-nuclear-plant-taken-down-after-malfunction-a66464 The four-reactor Kalinin plant is located 350 kilometers northwest of Moscow. Thu, 18 Jul 2019 09:12:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/07/18/second-russian-nuclear-plant-taken-down-after-malfunction-a66464 U.S. Senator Asks FBI to Investigate Russia's FaceApp Over Security Concerns https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/07/18/us-senator-asks-fbi-to-investigate-russias-faceapp-over-security-concerns-a66460 Schumer said the photo editing app's location in Russia raises questions Thu, 18 Jul 2019 09:02:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/07/18/us-senator-asks-fbi-to-investigate-russias-faceapp-over-security-concerns-a66460 First Bout With Putin Puts Ukraine’s New Leader Under Spotlight https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/07/17/first-bout-with-putin-puts-ukraines-new-leader-under-spotlight-a66457 Zelenskiy is immersed in his first negotiations with Putin. Wed, 17 Jul 2019 16:39:36 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/07/17/first-bout-with-putin-puts-ukraines-new-leader-under-spotlight-a66457 Kremlin Opens Door to Changing Constitution as Succession Looms https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/07/17/kremlin-opens-door-to-changing-constitution-as-succession-looms-a66458 It could potentially allow him to switch roles to retain power as head of the ruling party and prime minister. Wed, 17 Jul 2019 16:20:20 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/07/17/kremlin-opens-door-to-changing-constitution-as-succession-looms-a66458 Russia Accuses the Netherlands of ‘Exploiting’ MH17 Tragedy https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/07/17/russia-accuses-netherlands-exploiting-mh17-tragedy-a66452 “This tragedy has become a tool in a dirty political game,” Russia's Foreign Ministry said on the fifth anniversary of the downing. Wed, 17 Jul 2019 15:24:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/07/17/russia-accuses-netherlands-exploiting-mh17-tragedy-a66452 Russian Court Extends Arrest of Detained Ukrainian Sailors https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/07/17/russian-court-extends-arrest-of-detained-ukrainian-sailors-a66449 Moscow accuses the sailors of illegally entering Russian waters, something Kiev denies. Wed, 17 Jul 2019 14:00:45 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/07/17/russian-court-extends-arrest-of-detained-ukrainian-sailors-a66449 Struggling Murmansk Shipping Company Loses Control of Sole Passenger Line https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/07/17/struggling-murmansk-shipping-company-loses-control-sole-passenger-line-a66450 The ship is a lifeline for Russians living in settlements on the White Sea coast. Wed, 17 Jul 2019 13:46:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/07/17/struggling-murmansk-shipping-company-loses-control-sole-passenger-line-a66450 EU Calls on Russia to Accept Responsibility for MH17 on Fifth Anniversary https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/07/17/eu-calls-russia-accept-responsibility-mh17-fifth-anniversary-a66446 The victims’ families also called on the Russian government to "take responsibility." Wed, 17 Jul 2019 10:22:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/07/17/eu-calls-russia-accept-responsibility-mh17-fifth-anniversary-a66446 Two Russian Boxers Competed While Serving Bans for Doping https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/07/17/two-russian-boxers-competed-despite-doping-bans-a66443 Russian anti-doping agency said it had been unaware of the cases and said that it would investigate. Wed, 17 Jul 2019 10:17:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/07/17/two-russian-boxers-competed-despite-doping-bans-a66443 Russians’ Fear of Chernobyl Repeat Hits Record Low, Poll Says https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/07/17/russians-fear-chernobyl-repeat-hits-record-low-poll-says-a66440 “The generation that remembers the accident is disappearing,”  Levada sociologist Karina Pipiya said. Wed, 17 Jul 2019 10:03:59 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/07/17/russians-fear-chernobyl-repeat-hits-record-low-poll-says-a66440 Russia Denies Visas to Anglo-American School Teachers https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/07/17/russia-denies-visas-anglo-american-school-teachers-nyt-a66439 The bans could be aimed at pressuring the U.S. into returning two Russian diplomatic compounds. Wed, 17 Jul 2019 09:49:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/07/17/russia-denies-visas-anglo-american-school-teachers-nyt-a66439 Kremlin’s Growth Hopes Face New Headwinds as Economy Sputters https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/07/17/kremlins-growth-hopes-face-new-headwinds-as-economy-sputters-a66442 Government officials have been insisting that the economy will perk up, but economists say that optimism may have been premature. Wed, 17 Jul 2019 09:25:37 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/07/17/kremlins-growth-hopes-face-new-headwinds-as-economy-sputters-a66442 Trump Says Turkey Won’t Receive F-35s Over Russian Missile System https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/07/17/trump-says-turkey-wont-receive-f-35s-over-russian-missile-system-a66441 It was Trump's clearest statement on the issue since President Erdogan’s government began receiving components for the Russian-made S-400. Wed, 17 Jul 2019 09:08:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/07/17/trump-says-turkey-wont-receive-f-35s-over-russian-missile-system-a66441 Russian Premier League Hits Record Attendance in Season Kick-Off https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/07/16/russian-premier-league-hits-record-attendance-season-kick-off-a66416 The photos of the action from the Premier League's first eight games. Tue, 16 Jul 2019 16:40:17 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/07/16/russian-premier-league-hits-record-attendance-season-kick-off-a66416 Russia Orders Facebook to Remove Photos of Swastika Flag https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/07/16/russia-orders-facebook-remove-photos-swastika-flag-a66432 Facebook has been put on a government registry of banned information over the picture. Tue, 16 Jul 2019 16:25:09 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/07/16/russia-orders-facebook-remove-photos-swastika-flag-a66432 Russia’s S-400 Is ‘the Best Missile System All-Around,’ U.S. Firm Says https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/07/16/russias-s400-is-best-missile-system-all-around-us-intel-firm-says-a66429 An overview of the S-400’s strengths and limitations, based on a new report by Stratfor. Tue, 16 Jul 2019 15:59:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/07/16/russias-s400-is-best-missile-system-all-around-us-intel-firm-says-a66429 Will a Road Through a Nuclear Dumping Ground Result in ‘Moscow’s Chernobyl’? https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/07/16/will-a-road-through-a-nuclear-dumping-ground-result-in-moscow-chernobyl-a66404 Activists warn that construction will release radioactive dust into the air and the Moscow River. Tue, 16 Jul 2019 12:03:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/07/16/will-a-road-through-a-nuclear-dumping-ground-result-in-moscow-chernobyl-a66404 Turkey Will Produce S-400 Systems With Russia, Erdogan Says https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/07/16/turkey-will-produce-s-400-systems-with-russia-erdogan-says-a66430 "The S-400s are the strongest defense system against those who want to attack our country,” Erdogan said. Tue, 16 Jul 2019 11:31:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/07/16/turkey-will-produce-s-400-systems-with-russia-erdogan-says-a66430 Hackers Hit Bulgaria Sending Data From Russian Email https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/07/16/hackers-hit-bulgaria-sending-data-from-russian-email-a66431 It was probably motivated by Bulgaria's move to buy eight new Lockheed Martin F-16 fighters from the United States. Tue, 16 Jul 2019 10:51:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/07/16/hackers-hit-bulgaria-sending-data-from-russian-email-a66431 Clashes Erupt at New Garbage Protests in Moscow Suburb https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/07/16/clashes-erupt-new-garbage-protests-moscow-suburb-a66423 Locals say plans for the garbage dump have led to a spike in deforestation. Tue, 16 Jul 2019 10:26:55 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/07/16/clashes-erupt-new-garbage-protests-moscow-suburb-a66423 U.S. Teen Accused of Raping Woman in Russian Beach Town https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/07/16/us-teen-accused-raping-woman-russian-beach-town-a66426 A 16-year-old Russian was also allegedly involved in the crime. Tue, 16 Jul 2019 09:57:18 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/07/16/us-teen-accused-raping-woman-russian-beach-town-a66426 Putin's Huge Military Buildup Leaves Industry With Debt Hangover https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/07/16/putins-huge-military-buildup-leaves-industry-with-debt-hangover-a66425 The loan portfolio is more than 2 trillion rubles, costing as much in annual payments as the entire industry earns in profits. Tue, 16 Jul 2019 09:34:01 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/07/16/putins-huge-military-buildup-leaves-industry-with-debt-hangover-a66425 Russia Hints At Swap of Jailed Sailors as Ukraine Nears Key Poll https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/07/16/russia-hints-at-swap-of-jailed-sailors-as-ukraine-nears-key-poll-a66424 “It’s being discussed — we’re thinking about it,” Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Grigory Karasin said Monday. Tue, 16 Jul 2019 09:10:43 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/07/16/russia-hints-at-swap-of-jailed-sailors-as-ukraine-nears-key-poll-a66424 Moscow Opposition Rallies for Fair Elections, 39 Detained https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/07/15/moscow-opposition-rallies-for-fair-elections-39-detained-a66420 Hundreds of protesters rallied in Moscow on Sunday to demand fair elections. Mon, 15 Jul 2019 16:56:42 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/07/15/moscow-opposition-rallies-for-fair-elections-39-detained-a66420 Same-Sex Adoptions Will Lead to Human Extinction, Russian Speaker Says https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/07/15/same-sex-adoptions-lead-human-extinction-russian-speaker-says-a66415 “There are basic ingredients for happiness that are universal," the upper house speaker said. Mon, 15 Jul 2019 14:59:09 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/07/15/same-sex-adoptions-lead-human-extinction-russian-speaker-says-a66415 Nixon Fan Detained in Russia for Installing Plaque to U.S. President https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/07/15/nixon-fan-detained-russia-plaque-us-president-a66412 The 75-year-old was detained for organizing an unauthorized event, activists said. Mon, 15 Jul 2019 13:28:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/07/15/nixon-fan-detained-russia-plaque-us-president-a66412 Rosneft Wants Massive Tax Break for Arctic Investment, Media Reports https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/07/15/rosneft-wants-massive-tax-break-arctic-investment-media-reports-a66410 Rosneft could invest up to 8.5 trillion rubles ($135.2 billion) in the Arctic in return. Mon, 15 Jul 2019 10:57:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/07/15/rosneft-wants-massive-tax-break-arctic-investment-media-reports-a66410 News From Russia: What You Missed Over the Weekend https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/07/15/news-from-russia-what-you-missed-over-the-weekend-19-a66407 Moscow election protests. Air defense giveaway. Space census. Mon, 15 Jul 2019 09:13:06 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/07/15/news-from-russia-what-you-missed-over-the-weekend-19-a66407