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 Mon, 18 Nov 2019 09:40:58 +0100 600 Putin’s Favorability Among Russians Drops 10% – Poll “In general, all authoritarian regimes are held up on such an alienated attitude,” the head of the Levada Center said.  Mon, 18 Nov 2019 09:15:53 +0100 Opposition Wins no Seats in Belarus Election as Lukashenko Vows to Stay Put "I have promised that I would not hang on to this seat until my fingers turn blue," Lukashenko said. Mon, 18 Nov 2019 08:24:00 +0100 News From Russia: What You Missed Over the Weekend Kerch ships. British report. Domestic violence law. Mon, 18 Nov 2019 07:52:00 +0100 Russia Says It Will Return Captured Naval Ships to Ukraine on Monday Russia seized the ships off the coast of Crimea last year after opening fire on them and wounding several sailors. Sun, 17 Nov 2019 11:49:00 +0100 St. Petersburg Scientology Leader Released 2 Years Into Arrest Ivan Matsitsky was detained on extremism, illegal entrepreneurship and incitement charges in 2017. Fri, 15 Nov 2019 16:16:00 +0100 Russia’s FSB Linked to $450M Bitcoin Disappearance – BBC Russian security services obtained the cryptocurrency for “the FSB fund,” BBC investigation says. Fri, 15 Nov 2019 16:12:15 +0100 St. Petersburg Launches International Competition for New Zaryadye-Style Park Local officials say the new park will open a unique panorama view onto the city's historical landmarks. Fri, 15 Nov 2019 16:01:00 +0100 Belarus Slams Russia Over Warplanes, Joint Border A spat over payment for fighter jets is the latest crack in the relationship between the two allies. Fri, 15 Nov 2019 15:09:50 +0100 One Day on a Wheelchair in Moscow An estimated 8% of Russians have disabilities, but they are rarely seen on Moscow’s streets. Activists say it’s because the city lacks accessibility. Fri, 15 Nov 2019 14:59:00 +0100 Russia Trades Captive Spies With Norway, Lithuania in Cold War-style Swap The move secures the return of several captured agents to their home countries. Fri, 15 Nov 2019 14:11:00 +0100 Expert Calls for Demolition of St. Petersburg’s Center to Save Money A Moscow architecture expert told the St. Petersburg Cultural Forum the city can’t afford conservation and needs to attract investors. Fri, 15 Nov 2019 13:47:00 +0100 Crimean Zoo Owner Asks Public to Adopt 30 Bears – Or He'll Kill Them Oleg Zubkov pointed to government pressure and mounting fines as the reasons he can no longer provide a home for the bears. Fri, 15 Nov 2019 13:33:00 +0100 Russia Lands Forces at Former U.S. Air Base in Northern Syria Armed Russian military police were shown in footage aired flying into the Syrian air base in northern Aleppo province. Fri, 15 Nov 2019 12:25:00 +0100 Lithuania Pardons Russian Spies, Paving Way for 3-Way Swap The move could lead to the release of Norwegian Frode Berg, who was jailed in Russia for espionage. Fri, 15 Nov 2019 10:18:00 +0100 How Does a Powerful Russian Lobby Plan to Halt Climate Change? With Coal, Oil and Gas If Russia is to move away from a carbon-based economy, experts say it will take external pressure. For now, though, there is none. Fri, 15 Nov 2019 10:09:00 +0100 Russia’s Rosneft Secretly Exporting Venezuelan Oil – Bloomberg Rosneft-contracted oil tanker switched off GPS transponder before sailing to Venezuela to pick up two million barrels. Fri, 15 Nov 2019 09:42:00 +0100 We Hope Trump Visits Russia for Victory Day in May, Putin Says Putin said it would be the "right" thing for Trump to attend the commemorative event. Fri, 15 Nov 2019 08:23:00 +0100 U.S. Warns Egypt Over $2Bln Russian Fighter Jet Deal – WSJ Washington is reportedly urging its allies and partners to reconsider transactions with Russia. Fri, 15 Nov 2019 08:01:32 +0100 Russia Recognizes Bolivia’s Interim Leader as Violence Continues “Russia will perceive Mrs. Añez as Bolivia’s leader, but only until the elections,” Russia’s Deputy Foreign Minister said. Thu, 14 Nov 2019 16:10:00 +0100 Russia Questions Authenticity of Dutch MH17 Phone Intercepts The world is awash with "fake news," the Foreign Ministry said. Thu, 14 Nov 2019 15:52:00 +0100 Russia Tests ISIS Orphans’ DNA Ahead of Repatriation The tests will confirm if the children have Russian relatives. Thu, 14 Nov 2019 15:14:40 +0100 Russia Blames Fatal Plane Crash on Pilots, Including One Who Lied to Get License The plane from Moscow had been trying to abort its landing when it nose-dived into the runway and burst into flames. Thu, 14 Nov 2019 12:54:00 +0100 MH17 Crash Probe Releases Intercepted Calls Between East Ukraine Rebels and Russian Officials An international investigation published the calls it says connects pro-Russian separatist fighters to high-ranking Russian officials. Thu, 14 Nov 2019 12:05:00 +0100 U.S. Shale to Overtake Russia’s Entire Oil and Gas Production International Energy Agency forecasts falling share for Russia in world energy mix. Thu, 14 Nov 2019 11:34:15 +0100 170K in East Ukraine Get Russian Passports Under Putin’s Fast-Track Program The decision to simplify Russian passports for eastern Ukrainians six months ago angered Kiev and Washington. Thu, 14 Nov 2019 10:46:29 +0100 Richard Branson Considering Pobeda Investment – Reports British billionaire could purchase a 25% stake in the Russian low-cost airline, according to local media reports. Thu, 14 Nov 2019 09:21:40 +0100 Russia’s Deadly College Shooting: What We Know So Far One student is dead and three others injured after the shooter opened fire inside the school. Thu, 14 Nov 2019 08:46:00 +0100 St. Petersburg Tackles a Homeless Problem Moscow Won’t Address St. Petersburg has become more accepting of homeless people than Moscow thanks to the Nochlezhka NGO. Thu, 14 Nov 2019 08:38:00 +0100 Russia Launches New Air Base in Former U.S. Syria Stronghold Russian forces have strengthened their presence in northern Syria after the U.S. announced its withdrawal. Thu, 14 Nov 2019 08:00:00 +0100 Kneeling Russian Pensioner Confronts Medvedev Over Hot Water Shutoff The prime minister's response echoed a 2016 remark where he told disgruntled pensioners to "Hang in there." Wed, 13 Nov 2019 15:46:59 +0100 Russian Child Witnessing Father’s Violent Arrest Was Tortured, European Court Rules The unanimous ruling said that witnessing torture against a loved one is a form of torture in itself. Wed, 13 Nov 2019 15:15:55 +0100 Russian Economic Growth Accelerates Official statistics show Russian GDP growth picking up, but not by enough to meet the government’s target. Wed, 13 Nov 2019 15:14:45 +0100 Russians Break Shopping Records on Chinese Singles’ Day Russians made 30 million purchases on Chinese platform AliExpress in 24 hours. Wed, 13 Nov 2019 14:31:10 +0100 Russia's Northern Fleet Bolsters Its Forces With Siberian Huskies Russia’s Armed Forces will soon welcome some new recruits. Wed, 13 Nov 2019 13:52:00 +0100 Sami Parliaments, EU Concerned by Russia Shutting Down Indigenous Rights Group "Russia’s goal with the shutdown is to keep indigenous peoples outside any international, Arctic and UN venues." Wed, 13 Nov 2019 12:35:09 +0100 Ukrainian Tycoon Kolomoisky’s Change of Heart Over Russia, in Quotes The ally of recently elected Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy says Ukraine should give up on the West. Wed, 13 Nov 2019 11:58:00 +0100 Moscow Accuses U.S. of Hunting Russians After Israel Extradites Suspected Hacker Burkov is accused of various crimes, including wire fraud, computer intrusions, identity theft and money laundering. Wed, 13 Nov 2019 10:48:00 +0100 The Russian Stock Market is the Best Performer in the World in 2019 Investors in the MSCI Russia Index have booked a 44% profit since the start of the year. Wed, 13 Nov 2019 10:10:22 +0100 Czech Humanitarian Group Declared ‘Undesirable’ in Russia People in Need is the fourth foreign organization to be slapped with the "undesirable" label this year. Wed, 13 Nov 2019 10:03:00 +0100 Moscow Has Second Worst Road Rage in World Only Mongolia's capital Ulaanbaatar scores higher than Moscow for driver anger. Wed, 13 Nov 2019 08:53:27 +0100 Russia Says Businesswoman Sentenced in Kuwait Is ‘Safe’ After Embezzlement Verdict She may be inside the Russian Embassy in Kuwait City. Wed, 13 Nov 2019 08:10:51 +0100 Russia Jails 6 Crimean Tatar Activists for Terrorism, Sparking Condemnation Amnesty International decried the verdicts as “overt repression.” Tue, 12 Nov 2019 16:09:00 +0100 Russian Authorities Can Seize Assets of Criminals’ Acquaintances, Court Rules Lawyers warned that the decision could hurt Russia’s attractiveness as an investment destination. Tue, 12 Nov 2019 15:15:26 +0100 Murder on the Moika: Brutal Killing Sparks Public Outcry in Russia Critics say the murder of a young woman by her former professor was spurred by a culture of impunity. Tue, 12 Nov 2019 13:32:00 +0100 The Aftermath of Journalist Ivan Golunov’s Case, Explained Five months after Golunov's brief arrest on fabricated drug charges, many questions remain unanswered. Tue, 12 Nov 2019 13:21:21 +0100 Russia Is Building One of the World’s Largest Facial Recognition Networks According to some projections, it may even be bigger than China’s 200 million camera system. Tue, 12 Nov 2019 13:16:00 +0100 Israel Extradites Suspected Russian Hacker to U.S. in Snub to Moscow Russia had asked Israel to exchange Burkov for Naama Issachar, who was sentenced to Russian prison on drug-smuggling charges. Tue, 12 Nov 2019 09:42:35 +0100 Putin's Chef Prigozhin Splits His Business Empire – Reports 27-year old lawyer named as co-owner of Kremlin ally’s food business by Russian news sites. Tue, 12 Nov 2019 09:31:00 +0100 Putin Hangs Netanyahu Out to Dry Over Hashish Jailing Putin has snubbed repeated requests from Netanyahu to free Naama Issachar, sentenced to 7 1/2 years in jail for carrying a small amount of hashish. Tue, 12 Nov 2019 09:10:00 +0100 Chechnya Outperforms Kremlin's KPIs Nationwide – Reports Residents of Chechnya have the country's highest trust levels toward their region's leader, President Putin and elections. Tue, 12 Nov 2019 08:52:00 +0100