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, 26 Jan 2020 12:34:14 +0100 600 Russia in Talks With China to Help its Citizens Leave Wuhan Russian citizens may potentially be evacuated from the center of the outbreak, as the World Health Organization declared the new coronavirus an emergency for China. Sat, 25 Jan 2020 15:05:10 +0100 Putin Orders Prosecutor General to Review Moscow Protester's Conviction Putin has ordered an investigation into whether the sentencing of Konstantin Kotov was lawful. Sat, 25 Jan 2020 13:56:00 +0100 Bulgaria Set to Expel Two Russian Diplomats Over Espionage Prosecutors had said earlier that the Russians were engaged in espionage but could not be charged due to diplomatic immunity. Fri, 24 Jan 2020 15:17:00 +0100 Russia-North Korea Trade Up Despite Sanctions, Reports Say Pyongyang has been under UN sanctions since 2006 over its missile and nuclear programs. Fri, 24 Jan 2020 15:11:00 +0100 Australian Wildlife Finds Sanctuary on Russian Migrant’s Farm Animals began flocking to Vladimir Balashov's farm after his neighbors' properties burned down on New Year's Eve. Fri, 24 Jan 2020 14:23:11 +0100 Russia to Install ‘Spiritual’ Domestic Apps – Vedomosti From July 1, smartphones will be required to go on sale with pre-installed apps approved by the Russian government. Fri, 24 Jan 2020 11:57:50 +0100 Activists Urge Russians to Vote Against Putin’s ‘Constitutional Coup’ The plea came in an open letter in Russia’s Novaya Gazeta newspaper. Fri, 24 Jan 2020 10:15:00 +0100 Flights to Moscow from China's Wuhan Suspended Over Coronavirus Fears Russia’s deputy health minister called the disease a biological threat to the country earlier this week. Fri, 24 Jan 2020 10:02:00 +0100 U.S. ‘Intercepted’ Russian General in Syria – State Dept Russia and the U.S. have experienced “hiccups” in their military deconfliction efforts in Syria, including around 14 months ago. Fri, 24 Jan 2020 08:38:00 +0100 Russia Says It Missed UN Deadline to Repatriate North Korean Workers Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman said that Moscow had missed the UN deadline and that around 1,000 North Korean workers were still in Russia. Fri, 24 Jan 2020 08:08:52 +0100 Putin Appoints Former Economy Minister Maxim Oreshkin as Adviser The move follows last week's resignation of the government. Fri, 24 Jan 2020 08:02:59 +0100 Bulgaria Charges 3 Russians Over Poisoning Possibly Linked to Skripal Case Bulgarian prosecutors said the method the accused Russians used was "dangerous to the lives of many." Thu, 23 Jan 2020 16:21:49 +0100 LGBT Israelis Barred from Adopting Russian Children The new agreement has been met with outrage by Israel's LGBT community. Thu, 23 Jan 2020 15:23:00 +0100 Syrian Army Retreats After Idlib Attack, Russia Says Russia's Defense Ministry said that up to 40 Syrian soldiers have been killed in militant attacks. Thu, 23 Jan 2020 14:21:00 +0100 Putin Opens Leningrad Siege Memorial in Jerusalem An estimated 1,300 survivors of the 872-day siege currently live in Israel. Thu, 23 Jan 2020 14:19:28 +0100 Putin to Revive Russia’s ‘Great Wall’ The 17th-century defensive wall ran for 800 kilometers through southern and central Russia. Thu, 23 Jan 2020 13:19:00 +0100 New Russian PM’s Sister Owns $14M in Hidden Real Estate – BBC Natalya Stenina's only work experience is a stint at Aeroflot in the early 2000s, BBC Russia reported. Thu, 23 Jan 2020 11:42:24 +0100 Russians See Pollution as a Greater Threat Than Terrorism – Poll Two-thirds of Russian respondents also said they believe that global warming is caused by human activity. Thu, 23 Jan 2020 09:10:05 +0100 Popular Russian Stand-Up Comic Flees Russia After Police Probe Alexander Dolgopolov is being investigated over a joke that allegedly hurt a viewer's "religious feelings." Thu, 23 Jan 2020 08:10:00 +0100 Russia’s Sports Minister Assumes Office Despite Criminal Past Oleg Matytsin had reportedly been convicted for abuse of office as the head of a university a decade ago. Thu, 23 Jan 2020 08:06:00 +0100 WADA Provisionally Suspends Moscow Anti-Doping Lab for 'Serious Violation' WADA said its Laboratory Expert Group had deemed Moscow's deletion and alteration of laboratory data to be "a serious violation." Thu, 23 Jan 2020 08:00:03 +0100 Putin Says Russia Has to be Strong Presidential Republic The president made the statement when asked about a possible transitional period once he steps down in 2024. Wed, 22 Jan 2020 20:16:00 +0100 Russia Rules Out Coronavirus After Medical Scare Two people were hospitalized after arriving at St. Petersburg's Pulkovo Airport on Wednesday with symptoms of the coronavirus. Wed, 22 Jan 2020 16:06:00 +0100 Young Russian Tries to Sue Over Violent Lesbian ‘Exorcism’ in Chechnya The young woman said her parents’ acquaintance beat her on several occasions with a stick while reading the Quran to "exorcise" her. Wed, 22 Jan 2020 15:20:22 +0100 Who Made It Into Russia’s New Cabinet? Who's who in the new Russian government. Wed, 22 Jan 2020 14:31:00 +0100 Russian Tourists Undeterred From China Despite Coronavirus Outbreak Russia's consumer health watchdog is advising Russian tourists to avoid the outbreak's epicenter. Wed, 22 Jan 2020 13:09:00 +0100 Russia’s Tumultuous Week: The Main Events Putin's annual state of the nation address has set off a chain of events that could reshape Russia's power structures. Wed, 22 Jan 2020 12:40:00 +0100 Russian, Syrian Troops Hold Joint Drills The exercises were aimed at protecting economic interests in Moscow’s key naval foothold in the Mediterranean. Wed, 22 Jan 2020 08:12:00 +0100 Trump Administration Planning to Add Belarus to Travel Ban List – Reports The list of countries was not final and could yet be changed, according to the website Politico. Wed, 22 Jan 2020 08:07:00 +0100 Russia Gets New Government in What Putin Calls 'Major Renewal' Tuesday's new appointments could be intended to reboot the government's flagging image. Tue, 21 Jan 2020 18:33:00 +0100 U.S. Troops ‘Block’ Russian Soldiers in Syria The standoff took place two days after Kurdish forces reportedly prevented Russian troops from passing through a major city. Tue, 21 Jan 2020 14:50:00 +0100 Russian ‘Plumbers’ Questioned at Davos Over Espionage Suspicions – Report While both men carried Russian diplomatic passports, they reportedly identified themselves as plumbers. Tue, 21 Jan 2020 14:25:00 +0100 New China Coronavirus Poses ‘Biological Threat’ to Russia – Official Russian airports have stepped up screening of travelers arriving from China. Tue, 21 Jan 2020 13:30:00 +0100 Iran Confirms Russian-Made Missiles Downed Ukraine Plane Iran had purchased the missiles from Russia as part of a $700 million contract.  Tue, 21 Jan 2020 10:43:02 +0100 'Men Only': Largest Pool in Russia's North Caucasus Bans Women The spa in Russia’s republic of Dagestan did not say what prompted the abrupt rule change. Tue, 21 Jan 2020 09:42:00 +0100 Fire Kills Uzbek Laborers in Siberian Village Eleven people died in the fire. Tue, 21 Jan 2020 08:54:00 +0100 Russian Jehovah's Witness Gets Suspended Sentence for 'Extremist Activity' Prosecutors had asked the court to sentence Bubnov to seven years in prison. Tue, 21 Jan 2020 08:43:58 +0100 Russia Plans ‘World’s Biggest’ Orthodox Church – Reports The mastermind behind the project is reportedly Father Sergei, an influential and secretive spiritual leader. Tue, 21 Jan 2020 08:03:00 +0100 Putin Outlines Sweeping Powers for State Council in Shakeup Leading a strengthened State Council might allow Putin to continue to dominate Russian politics even after the end of his current term. Tue, 21 Jan 2020 07:51:00 +0100 2 in 3 Russians Believe Russia Has Political Prisoners – Poll More than half of Russians believe that their country imprisons people for political reasons. Mon, 20 Jan 2020 15:39:00 +0100 Russian Official Walks Back Call to ‘Wipe Out’ Critical Journalists “They need to be wiped out, as the people say,” Ignatyev was quoted as saying about journalists critical of the authorities. Mon, 20 Jan 2020 15:23:23 +0100 In Wake of Putin’s ‘Coup,’ Russia’s Top Opposition Leader Refrains From Action Other opposition figures are planning a Feb. 29 march against the president’s proposed reforms that could keep him in power past 2024. Mon, 20 Jan 2020 15:03:00 +0100 Freak Warm Weather Threatens Birth of Baby Seals in Northern Russia – NGO Dozens of baby seals risk being stranded on the shore or in the open sea if sea ice doesn’t form in the coming weeks. Mon, 20 Jan 2020 14:44:00 +0100 New Russian PM Transferred His Wealth to Wife – Kommersant Critics have questioned how Mishustin's wife came to earn 789 million rubles ($12.5 million) without owning a business. Mon, 20 Jan 2020 13:49:00 +0100 Russian Prosecutor General Chaika to Leave Post Putin proposed that the Federation Council appoint Igor Krasnov, deputy head of the Investigative Committee as the new prosecutor general. Mon, 20 Jan 2020 13:13:00 +0100 Russian Oil Deals in Syria Linked to ‘Putin’s Chef’ – Novaya Gazeta The blocs in the oil exploration contracts with Russia's Mercury and Velada are estimated to contain at least 250 billion cubic meters of gas each. Mon, 20 Jan 2020 11:51:00 +0100 No Normalization in Relations Yet, UK PM Johnson Tells Russia's Putin There would be no normalization of the two countries' relations until Moscow ends its "destabilizing activity," Johnson said. Mon, 20 Jan 2020 11:30:00 +0100 Helsinki Eyes New 6-Hour Bullet Train to Moscow Finnish foreign trade minister Ville Skinnari said the high-speed train would boost tourist traffic between the cities. Mon, 20 Jan 2020 10:19:58 +0100 News From Russia: What You Missed Over the Weekend Muscovites protest. Libyan truce. Skripal warning. Mon, 20 Jan 2020 08:03:00 +0100 5 Killed in Russian Hotel After Boiling Water Floods Basement At least three other people were taken to hospital suffering from burns. 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