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 Mon, 16 Dec 2019 13:36:50 +0100 600 The 5 Biggest Russian Headlines of 2019 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/12/16/the-5-biggest-russian-headlines-of-2019-a68621 The stories that shaped the narrative across Russia this year. Mon, 16 Dec 2019 12:52:00 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/12/16/the-5-biggest-russian-headlines-of-2019-a68621 Did Russia Register Its First Transgender Marriage? https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/12/16/did-russia-register-its-first-transgender-marriage-a68633 Russia has banned LGBT marriages and classifies transgender people as mentally ill. Mon, 16 Dec 2019 12:19:00 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/12/16/did-russia-register-its-first-transgender-marriage-a68633 Russian Tech Giant Sues Amazon's Twitch for Record $3Bln https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/12/16/russian-tech-giant-sues-amazons-twitch-for-record-3bln-a68629 The case marks the second online dispute between Rambler and a U.S. tech giant in the past week. Mon, 16 Dec 2019 09:49:00 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/12/16/russian-tech-giant-sues-amazons-twitch-for-record-3bln-a68629 News From Russia: What You Missed Over the Weekend https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/12/16/news-from-russia-what-you-missed-over-the-weekend-41-a68628 Sunken dock. Support for Khachaturyan sisters. Trash troubles. Mon, 16 Dec 2019 07:57:25 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/12/16/news-from-russia-what-you-missed-over-the-weekend-41-a68628 Russia Seeks to Lift Ban on 'Blood Diamonds' From African Ally https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/12/15/russia-lift-ban-blood-diamonds-african-ally-a68627 Russia is pressing for action as Putin seeks to challenge the U.S. and other major powers' influence in Africa. Sun, 15 Dec 2019 11:14:00 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/12/15/russia-lift-ban-blood-diamonds-african-ally-a68627 Moscow’s Urban Renewal Budget Equals Rest of Russia’s https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/12/13/moscows-urban-renewal-budget-equals-rest-russias-a68613 Moscow spent more on beautification than education this year. Fri, 13 Dec 2019 16:09:10 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/12/13/moscows-urban-renewal-budget-equals-rest-russias-a68613 Russia Developing Nuclear Arms Beyond U.S. Arsenal, U.S. Military Says https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/12/13/russia-developing-nuclear-arms-beyond-us-arsenal-us-military-says-a68615 “Russia continues to develop nuclear weapons that the United States does not possess,” a senior officer overseeing the U.S. nuclear arsenal said. Fri, 13 Dec 2019 14:24:00 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/12/13/russia-developing-nuclear-arms-beyond-us-arsenal-us-military-says-a68615 7 Things British PM Boris Johnson Has Said About Russia https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/12/13/7-things-british-pm-boris-johnson-has-said-about-russia-a68611 The self-described "committed Russophile" has won a landslide victory in Britain's parliamentary elections. Fri, 13 Dec 2019 13:38:00 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/12/13/7-things-british-pm-boris-johnson-has-said-about-russia-a68611 Russia’s Natural Population Decline to Hit 11-Year Record in 2019 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/12/13/russias-natural-population-decline-hit-11-year-record-2019-a68612 In previous years, Russia's natural population decline was offset by migrant inflows. Fri, 13 Dec 2019 13:12:00 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/12/13/russias-natural-population-decline-hit-11-year-record-2019-a68612 World’s Largest Nuclear Icebreaker Starts Sea Trials https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/12/13/worlds-largest-nuclear-icebreaker-starts-sea-trials-a68617 The nuclear icebreaker will test its ballast system, navigation equipment, anchors and electric installations as well as maneuvering characteristics. Fri, 13 Dec 2019 12:53:00 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/12/13/worlds-largest-nuclear-icebreaker-starts-sea-trials-a68617 Russia Backs Penalties for Attending ‘Undesirable’ Courses Abroad https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/12/13/russia-backs-penalties-for-attending-undesirable-courses-abroad-a68609 “The most common form [of foreign interference] is training future ‘specialists’ abroad,” one Russian lawmaker said. Fri, 13 Dec 2019 12:24:52 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/12/13/russia-backs-penalties-for-attending-undesirable-courses-abroad-a68609 Russia Jails Jehovah's Witness for 6 Years for Extremism https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/12/13/russia-jails-jehovahs-witness-for-6-years-for-extremism-a68614 Vladimir Alushkin was found guilty of extremist activity. Fri, 13 Dec 2019 12:21:00 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/12/13/russia-jails-jehovahs-witness-for-6-years-for-extremism-a68614 Yegor Zhukov Wants to Be Russia’s President One Day https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/12/13/yegor-zhukov-wants-to-be-russias-president-one-day-a68597 The figurehead of the crackdown on Moscow’s summer protests says he’s just getting started. Fri, 13 Dec 2019 11:51:00 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/12/13/yegor-zhukov-wants-to-be-russias-president-one-day-a68597 Ukraine Detains 5 People for Killing Russian-Belarussian Journalist in 2016 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/12/13/ukraine-detains-5-people-for-killing-russian-belarussian-journalist-in-2016-a68610 Sheremet, who was killed in Kiev on his way to work, was known for his criticism of his home country's leadership. Fri, 13 Dec 2019 09:10:52 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/12/13/ukraine-detains-5-people-for-killing-russian-belarussian-journalist-in-2016-a68610 Russian Police Raid U.S.-Owned Web Server Nginx’s Moscow Office https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/12/13/russia-nginx-fsb-raid-a68606 Russian internet Rambler says its exclusive rights to the web server were violated, costing it up to $820,000. Fri, 13 Dec 2019 08:53:00 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/12/13/russia-nginx-fsb-raid-a68606 EU Leaders To Extend Sanctions on Russia https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/12/13/eu-leaders-to-extend-sanctions-on-russia-a68607 EU leaders in Brussels Thursday agreed to extend main economic sanctions against Russia for an additional six months. Fri, 13 Dec 2019 08:08:03 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/12/13/eu-leaders-to-extend-sanctions-on-russia-a68607 U.S. Senate Confirms Next U.S. Ambassador to Russia https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/12/13/us-senate-confirms-next-us-ambassador-to-russia-a68605 John Sullivan will be the top U.S. diplomat in Russia at a particularly challenging time in the bilateral relationship. Fri, 13 Dec 2019 07:53:58 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/12/13/us-senate-confirms-next-us-ambassador-to-russia-a68605 Fire at Russia's Only Aircraft Carrier Kills 1, Injures 12 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/12/13/fire-at-russias-only-aircraft-carrier-kills-1-injures-12-a68579 Eight people have reportedly been hospitalized and up to three of them are in serious condition. Fri, 13 Dec 2019 07:19:00 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/12/13/fire-at-russias-only-aircraft-carrier-kills-1-injures-12-a68579 Pointing to Russian Mercenaries, Turkey’s Erdogan Weighs Joining Fight in Libya https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/12/12/pointing-to-russian-mercenaries-turkeys-erdogan-weighs-joining-fight-in-libya-a68600 Turkey could counter Russia's private military presence in the war-torn country with its own troops. Thu, 12 Dec 2019 15:34:00 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/12/12/pointing-to-russian-mercenaries-turkeys-erdogan-weighs-joining-fight-in-libya-a68600 Muscovites Say Goodbye to Former Mayor Yury Luzhkov https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/12/12/muscovites-say-goodbye-to-former-mayor-yury-luzhkov-a68592 Prominent members of Russia's political, business and arts communities came to say their final goodbyes. Thu, 12 Dec 2019 14:18:08 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/12/12/muscovites-say-goodbye-to-former-mayor-yury-luzhkov-a68592 Putin Adviser Vows to Highlight Climate Activists’ Demands https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/12/12/putin-adviser-vows-to-convey-russian-climate-activists-demands-a68587 The young activists now plan to meet with experts “to relay a strong collective position” at the anticipated talks with Putin. Thu, 12 Dec 2019 13:59:32 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/12/12/putin-adviser-vows-to-convey-russian-climate-activists-demands-a68587 2 Russian Pilots Killed in Military Helicopter Crash https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/12/12/2-russian-pilots-killed-in-military-helicopter-crash-a68577 The pilots had embarked on their scheduled training flight late at night amid poor weather conditions. Thu, 12 Dec 2019 13:11:00 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/12/12/2-russian-pilots-killed-in-military-helicopter-crash-a68577 Russian TV Pulls Ukraine President’s Comedy Series After Putin Joke https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/12/12/russian-tv-pulls-ukraine-presidents-comedy-series-after-putin-joke-a68581 The Kremlin said it had nothing to do with TNT’s decision to move the political satire online. Thu, 12 Dec 2019 12:38:16 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/12/12/russian-tv-pulls-ukraine-presidents-comedy-series-after-putin-joke-a68581 Russian Nationalist Party Leader Endorses Johnson in U.K. Election https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/12/12/russian-nationalist-party-leader-endorses-johnson-in-uk-election-a68588 Opponents have accused Boris Johnson of delaying publishing a report on alleged Russian meddling in Britain for political reasons. Thu, 12 Dec 2019 12:10:00 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/12/12/russian-nationalist-party-leader-endorses-johnson-in-uk-election-a68588 7 Men Attack Teenager in Russia for ‘Lesbian’ Appearance https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/12/12/7-men-attack-teenager-in-russia-for-lesbian-appearance-a68584 The detained attackers reportedly admitted that they didn’t like how the girl had been holding hands with her friend. Thu, 12 Dec 2019 11:29:00 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/12/12/7-men-attack-teenager-in-russia-for-lesbian-appearance-a68584 Russia Halts Close Intercepts of American Jets in Europe, U.S. Says https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/12/12/russia-halts-close-intercepts-of-american-jets-in-europe-us-says-a68576 The head of U.S. European Command said there have been “zero unprofessional incidents” with Russian jets in 90 days. Thu, 12 Dec 2019 09:30:39 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/12/12/russia-halts-close-intercepts-of-american-jets-in-europe-us-says-a68576 Russia Expels Two German Diplomats in Row Over Berlin Killing https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/12/12/russia-expels-two-german-diplomats-in-row-over-berlin-killing-a68582 The move is a tit-for-tat response after Berlin last week ordered the expulsion of two Russian diplomats. Thu, 12 Dec 2019 09:25:00 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/12/12/russia-expels-two-german-diplomats-in-row-over-berlin-killing-a68582 Giuliani Ally Parnas Got $1M From Russia, U.S. Says https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/12/12/giuliani-ally-parnas-got-1m-from-russia-us-says-a68578 The payment raises provocative new questions about the nature of the work Parnas and his associate Igor Fruman were doing. Thu, 12 Dec 2019 09:15:00 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/12/12/giuliani-ally-parnas-got-1m-from-russia-us-says-a68578 Russia Orders Deportation of U.S. Academics Over University Lecture https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/12/12/russia-orders-deportation-of-us-academics-over-university-lecture-a68575 The five academics reportedly gave the lecture on a tourist visa. Thu, 12 Dec 2019 08:07:00 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/12/12/russia-orders-deportation-of-us-academics-over-university-lecture-a68575 Russia’s Climate Policy Among World’s Worst, Study Says https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/12/11/russias-climate-change-policy-among-worlds-worst-study-says-a68564 The report noted a “significant discrepancy between the positive wording and the weak implementation of Russia’s climate policy.” Wed, 11 Dec 2019 16:13:00 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/12/11/russias-climate-change-policy-among-worlds-worst-study-says-a68564 These Are Russia’s 100 Most Comfortable Cities https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/12/11/these-are-russias-100-most-comfortable-cities-a68567 The rapidly developing city of Krasnodar in southern Russia ranked first overall, with a high environmental score. Wed, 11 Dec 2019 15:48:57 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/12/11/these-are-russias-100-most-comfortable-cities-a68567 Siberian Shaman Who Wanted to Banish Putin Banned from Leaving Hometown https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/12/11/siberian-shaman-who-wanted-to-banish-putin-banned-from-leaving-hometown-a68569 His trek was cut short after police detained him on a road in eastern Siberia for an unspecified crime. Wed, 11 Dec 2019 15:10:00 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/12/11/siberian-shaman-who-wanted-to-banish-putin-banned-from-leaving-hometown-a68569 Germany Contradicts Russia Over Georgian Murdered in Berlin https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/12/11/germany-contradicts-russia-over-georgian-murdered-in-berlin-a68568 In a tense rebuttal, the German government said it was unaware of Russia's several extradition requests. Wed, 11 Dec 2019 15:01:00 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/12/11/germany-contradicts-russia-over-georgian-murdered-in-berlin-a68568 Children of Stalin’s Terror Win Crucial Housing Case https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/12/11/children-of-stalins-terror-win-crucial-housing-case-a68563 They are now entitled to state housing in the cities their parents were deported from during the Stalinist repressions. Wed, 11 Dec 2019 13:16:00 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/12/11/children-of-stalins-terror-win-crucial-housing-case-a68563 ‘It Starts With a Cup, Ends With a Shooting’: 3 Putin Quotes on Human Rights https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/12/11/it-starts-with-a-cup-ends-with-a-shooting-3-putin-quotes-on-human-rights-a68556 Moscow protesters were rightly jailed for throwing plastic cups at police this summer, Putin said. Wed, 11 Dec 2019 12:45:00 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/12/11/it-starts-with-a-cup-ends-with-a-shooting-3-putin-quotes-on-human-rights-a68556 Russia’s National Boxing Team Pulls Out of 2020 Olympics Over Doping Ban https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/12/11/russias-national-boxing-team-pulls-out-of-2020-olympics-over-doping-ban-a68560 “For us, the most important thing is that our boxers are able to perform under the flag of Russia and our anthem will be heard.” Wed, 11 Dec 2019 12:06:06 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/12/11/russias-national-boxing-team-pulls-out-of-2020-olympics-over-doping-ban-a68560 $6.5M U.S. Tech Bound for Russia Seized by Authorities https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/12/11/us-tech-bound-for-russia-seized-by-authorities-a68557 U.S. authorities seized a turbine that was bound for Russia's Arctic in an apparent violation of sanctions. Wed, 11 Dec 2019 09:41:00 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/12/11/us-tech-bound-for-russia-seized-by-authorities-a68557 Airing Fake MH17 Image Was a 'Mistake,' Russian State TV Chief Admits https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/12/11/airing-fake-mh17-image-was-a-mistake-russian-state-tv-chief-admits-a68555 “Yes, we’re human, we made a mistake, but not on purpose,” Konstantin Ernst told The New Yorker's Joshua Yaffa. Wed, 11 Dec 2019 09:17:00 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/12/11/airing-fake-mh17-image-was-a-mistake-russian-state-tv-chief-admits-a68555 Russian Circuses Face Calls to Ban Performing Animals https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/12/11/russian-circuses-performing-animals-a68547 A growing movement sees traditional acts with trained wild animals as cruel and exploitative. Wed, 11 Dec 2019 07:58:39 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/12/11/russian-circuses-performing-animals-a68547 Trump Hosts Russia's Lavrov at White House, Warns Against Election Meddling https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/12/11/russias-lavrov-calls-a68553 Lavrov also called on the U.S. to publish bilateral communications over the 2016 election. Wed, 11 Dec 2019 01:02:00 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/12/11/russias-lavrov-calls-a68553 Abnormally Warm Winter Keeps Siberian Bears From Hibernating https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/12/10/abnormally-warm-winter-keeps-siberian-bears-from-hibernating-a68549 The above-average temperatures are waking bears up from hibernation months ahead of schedule. Tue, 10 Dec 2019 15:35:00 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/12/10/abnormally-warm-winter-keeps-siberian-bears-from-hibernating-a68549 How Russian Media Reacted to 4-Year Olympics Ban https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/12/10/how-russian-media-reacted-to-4-year-olympics-ban-a68548 "We live in a country that mercilessly sacrifices the present and the future for the sake of blurring spots from the past." Tue, 10 Dec 2019 15:17:56 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/12/10/how-russian-media-reacted-to-4-year-olympics-ban-a68548 Large Statue of Putin Unveiled in Kyrgyzstan https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/12/10/large-statue-of-putin-unveiled-in-kyrgyzstan-a68552 A ski resort in Kyrgyzstan revealed a large statue of Putin after the resort founder received a million-dollar Russian loan. Tue, 10 Dec 2019 14:49:17 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/12/10/large-statue-of-putin-unveiled-in-kyrgyzstan-a68552 10,000 People Protest Controversial Landfill in Northern Russia https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/12/10/10000-people-protest-controversial-landfill-in-northern-russia-a68550 Thousands of people rallied against the construction of the Shiyes landfill over a year after the first protests began. Tue, 10 Dec 2019 14:33:08 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/12/10/10000-people-protest-controversial-landfill-in-northern-russia-a68550 $740Bln U.S. Defense Bill Targets Russian Pipelines https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/12/10/740bln-us-defense-bill-targets-russian-pipelines-a68539 The NDAA also calls for sanctions on Turkey over its purchase of a Russian S-400 missile defense system. Tue, 10 Dec 2019 13:30:00 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/12/10/740bln-us-defense-bill-targets-russian-pipelines-a68539 Life Sentence for St. Petersburg Metro Bomber https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/12/10/life-sentence-for-st-petersburg-metro-bomber-a68544 The main organizer has received a life sentence for the bombing that killed 15 people and injured dozens more. Tue, 10 Dec 2019 12:57:00 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/12/10/life-sentence-for-st-petersburg-metro-bomber-a68544 From the Archive: Ex-Moscow Mayor Yury Luzhkov's Life https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/12/10/from-the-archive-ex-moscow-mayor-yury-luzhkovs-life-in-photos-a68543 A look at the famous politician's life and career. Tue, 10 Dec 2019 11:45:00 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/12/10/from-the-archive-ex-moscow-mayor-yury-luzhkovs-life-in-photos-a68543 Former Moscow Mayor Yury Luzhkov Dies at 83 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/12/10/former-moscow-mayor-yury-luzhkov-dies-at-83-a68541 Luzhkov, who served as Moscow's mayor for 18 years from 1992-2010, led the city's transformation into a modern metropolis. Tue, 10 Dec 2019 10:23:00 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/12/10/former-moscow-mayor-yury-luzhkov-dies-at-83-a68541 ‘No Miracle, But We’ve Advanced’: Russia-Ukraine Peace Summit Results https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/12/10/no-miracle-but-weve-advanced-russia-ukraine-peace-summit-results-a68534 The two sides agreed on a prisoner swap, renewed their commitment to a ceasefire and more. Tue, 10 Dec 2019 08:58:00 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/12/10/no-miracle-but-weve-advanced-russia-ukraine-peace-summit-results-a68534 Putin Says Georgian Killed in Berlin Was Behind Moscow Metro Bombing https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/12/10/putin-says-georgian-killed-in-berlin-was-behind-moscow-metro-bombing-a68536 Tue, 10 Dec 2019 08:10:10 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/12/10/putin-says-georgian-killed-in-berlin-was-behind-moscow-metro-bombing-a68536