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 Tue, 21 May 2019 20:41:38 +0200 600 Poland Urges Russia to Compensate for Oil Mistakes — Polish Prime Minister https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/05/21/poland-urges-russia-to-compensate-for-oil-mistakes-polish-prime-minister-a65674 Flows through the Druzhba pipeline were suspended due to contamination, sending shockwaves through global oil markets. Tue, 21 May 2019 14:46:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/05/21/poland-urges-russia-to-compensate-for-oil-mistakes-polish-prime-minister-a65674 Renault Hands Control of the Dashboard to Yandex https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/05/21/renault-hands-control-of-the-dashboard-to-yandex-a65673 Yandex will provide real-time navigation and other services for locally made cars. Tue, 21 May 2019 14:36:40 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/05/21/renault-hands-control-of-the-dashboard-to-yandex-a65673 Russian Millennials Worry Most About Corruption and Inequality, Study Says https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/05/21/russian-millennials-worry-most-about-corruption-and-inequality-study-says-a65670 Their responses differed from millennials worldwide, who named climate change and income inequality as their top concerns. Tue, 21 May 2019 14:06:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/05/21/russian-millennials-worry-most-about-corruption-and-inequality-study-says-a65670 Kremlin Criticizes New U.S. Pledge to Sanction Nord Stream 2 Pipeline https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/05/21/kremlin-criticizes-new-us-pledge-to-sanction-nord-stream-2-pipeline-a65672 The U.S. and several eastern European, Nordic and Baltic countries fear the pipeline will increase the EU's reliance on Russian gas. Tue, 21 May 2019 13:51:20 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/05/21/kremlin-criticizes-new-us-pledge-to-sanction-nord-stream-2-pipeline-a65672 Kremlin Is Spending $43M to Renovate Imperial Mansion for Orthodox Patriarch, Media Reports https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/05/21/kremlin-is-spending-43-million-renovate-imperial-mansion-orthodox-patriarch-a65667 The residence will be equipped with its own private church, library, pool hall and possibly an elevator, reports said. Tue, 21 May 2019 13:19:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/05/21/kremlin-is-spending-43-million-renovate-imperial-mansion-orthodox-patriarch-a65667 Russia's FSB Wants Alleged U.S. Spy Whelan to Be Held for 3 More Months – Interfax https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/05/21/russias-fsb-wants-alleged-us-spy-whelan-to-be-held-for-3-more-months-interfax-a65669 Paul Whelan's arrest has heightened already-tense relations between the U.S. and Russia. Tue, 21 May 2019 11:40:36 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/05/21/russias-fsb-wants-alleged-us-spy-whelan-to-be-held-for-3-more-months-interfax-a65669 200 Russian Journalists Protest 'Clampdown on Free Speech' After Kommersant Firings https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/05/21/200-russian-journalists-protest-clampdown-free-speech-after-kommersant-firings-a65664 The scandal was sparked Monday when two veteran journalists were fired over an article about a political reshuffle. Tue, 21 May 2019 10:16:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/05/21/200-russian-journalists-protest-clampdown-free-speech-after-kommersant-firings-a65664 Ukraine’s Zelenskiy Asks U.S. for Stronger Anti-Russia Sanctions on First Day in Office https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/05/21/ukraines-zelenskiy-asks-us-for-stronger-anti-russia-sanctions-on-first-day-in-office-a65665 The new Ukrainian president's meeting with a U.S. delegation was one of his first foreign policy actions. Tue, 21 May 2019 10:06:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/05/21/ukraines-zelenskiy-asks-us-for-stronger-anti-russia-sanctions-on-first-day-in-office-a65665 Russian Police Detain Navalny Aide Over Nationwide Pension Protests https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/05/21/russian-police-detain-navalny-aide-over-nationwide-pension-protests-a65663 Leonid Volkov said he has been charged for his role in protesting Russia's contentious pension reform legislation. Tue, 21 May 2019 08:49:35 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/05/21/russian-police-detain-navalny-aide-over-nationwide-pension-protests-a65663 A Glimpse Behind the Iron Curtain https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/05/21/a-glimpse-behind-the-iron-curtain-a65604 As nostalgia for the Soviet Union swells, one project aims to show what life was like for ordinary citizens in the U.S.S.R. Tue, 21 May 2019 08:26:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/05/21/a-glimpse-behind-the-iron-curtain-a65604 Russian GRU Officer Charged With Running Apple ‘Ponzi Scheme’ – RBC https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/05/20/russian-gru-officer-charged-with-running-apple-ponzi-scheme-rbc-a65661 At least 17 people were reportedly defrauded on promises of big profits from iPhone and MacBook imports. Mon, 20 May 2019 17:22:50 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/05/20/russian-gru-officer-charged-with-running-apple-ponzi-scheme-rbc-a65661 Russia Has Most Protected Natural Areas in the World, WWF Says https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/05/20/russia-has-most-protected-natural-areas-in-the-world-wwf-says-a65659 Russia has 3.3 times more protected natural areas than previously thought. Mon, 20 May 2019 16:34:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/05/20/russia-has-most-protected-natural-areas-in-the-world-wwf-says-a65659 Record $185M in Cash Seized From Russian Official in Sting Operation https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/05/20/185m-seized-from-ex-fsb-official-in-corruption-scandal-a65658 Videos posted online show bags stuffed with what was reported to be 12 billion rubles. Mon, 20 May 2019 15:02:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/05/20/185m-seized-from-ex-fsb-official-in-corruption-scandal-a65658 318K HIV-Positive Russians Have Died Since 1987 – Watchdog https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/05/20/318k-hiv-positive-russians-have-died-since-1987-watchdog-a65653 Rospotrebnadzor said 57.5 percent of all HIV-positive cases were transmitted sexually and 39 percent through drug use. Mon, 20 May 2019 13:28:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/05/20/318k-hiv-positive-russians-have-died-since-1987-watchdog-a65653 Russian Journalists Quit En Masse as Censorship Scandal Hits Kommersant https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/05/20/russian-journalists-quit-en-masse-censorship-scandal-hits-kommersant-a65657 Two veteran Kommersant journalists say they were forced to step down after reporting about senator Valentina Matvieynko's political future. Mon, 20 May 2019 12:24:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/05/20/russian-journalists-quit-en-masse-censorship-scandal-hits-kommersant-a65657 Putin Has No Plans to Congratulate Zelenskiy on Inauguration — Kremlin https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/05/20/putin-has-no-plans-to-congratulate-zelenskiy-on-inauguration-kremlin-a65655 Putin said he will congratulate Zelenskiy if he changes relations with Russia.  Mon, 20 May 2019 11:45:09 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/05/20/putin-has-no-plans-to-congratulate-zelenskiy-on-inauguration-kremlin-a65655 Russia Says It Repelled an Attack on Its Main Syrian Air Base – Reports https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/05/20/russia-says-it-repelled-an-attack-on-its-main-syrian-air-base-ria-a65654 Russia had shot down six missiles fired at the Hmeymim air base in Syria's Latakia Province. Mon, 20 May 2019 11:33:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/05/20/russia-says-it-repelled-an-attack-on-its-main-syrian-air-base-ria-a65654 Russia's CSKA Wins Eighth Euroleague Basketball Title https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/05/20/russias-cska-wins-eighth-euroleague-basketball-title-a65652 CSKA beat Anadolu Efes Istanbul after 20 points each from American forwards Will Clyburn and Cory Higgins Mon, 20 May 2019 11:13:14 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/05/20/russias-cska-wins-eighth-euroleague-basketball-title-a65652 Russian Church Leader Calls to End Abortions to Boost Population https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/05/20/russian-church-leader-calls-to-end-abortions-to-boost-population-a65647 Russia currently has the second-highest abortion rate in the world after China. Mon, 20 May 2019 11:12:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/05/20/russian-church-leader-calls-to-end-abortions-to-boost-population-a65647 New Ukrainian President Zelenskiy Takes Office, Calls to End War in East https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/05/20/new-ukrainian-president-zelenskiy-takes-office-calls-end-war-east-a65649 The new leader said Ukraine is ready for dialogue with Russia. Mon, 20 May 2019 10:56:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/05/20/new-ukrainian-president-zelenskiy-takes-office-calls-end-war-east-a65649 Russian Oligarch Denies Links to Video That Brought Down Austria's Government https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/05/20/russian-oligarch-denies-links-to-video-that-brought-down-austrias-government-a65645 The scandal led to the resignation of Austria's vice chancellor over alleged Russian ties. Mon, 20 May 2019 10:50:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/05/20/russian-oligarch-denies-links-to-video-that-brought-down-austrias-government-a65645 News From Russia: What You Missed Over the Weekend https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/05/20/news-from-russia-what-you-missed-over-the-weekend-12-a65642 Putin-Trump meeting. Eurovision finale. Butina's plea. Mon, 20 May 2019 08:41:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/05/20/news-from-russia-what-you-missed-over-the-weekend-12-a65642 How One Village on the Volga Sowed Chaos in Europe’s Oil Market https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/05/19/how-one-village-on-the-volga-sowed-chaos-in-europes-oil-market-a65641 The hardscrabble village of Nikolayevka emerged as the epicenter of an international oil scandal. Sun, 19 May 2019 10:28:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/05/19/how-one-village-on-the-volga-sowed-chaos-in-europes-oil-market-a65641 Russian Plan to Free Whales Risks Their Survival, Say Scientists https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/05/17/russian-plan-to-free-whales-risks-their-survival-say-scientists-a65637 Russian scientists had announced that the captive orcas would be freed by June 10 directly from their holding pens. Fri, 17 May 2019 17:06:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/05/17/russian-plan-to-free-whales-risks-their-survival-say-scientists-a65637 Pompeo Names 3 National Interests U.S. Shares With Russia https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/05/17/pompeo-names-3-national-interests-us-shares-with-russia-a65629 President Vladimir Putin had previously expressed a mutual desire to improve battered U.S.-Russian ties. Fri, 17 May 2019 16:21:23 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/05/17/pompeo-names-3-national-interests-us-shares-with-russia-a65629 Russia to Award $3M to Greenpeace in Settlement https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/05/17/russia-to-award-3mln-to-greenpeace-in-settlement-a65632 The agreement should end years of legal battles following Russia's seizure of a Dutch-flagged Greenpeace vessel. Fri, 17 May 2019 16:06:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/05/17/russia-to-award-3mln-to-greenpeace-in-settlement-a65632 Yekaterinburg Protesters Will Hold Out for Proof Church Project Is Canceled https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/05/17/yekaterinburg-protesters-will-hold-out-for-proof-church-project-is-canceled-a65630 For now, residents are celebrating a cautious victory over plans to build in their much-loved inner city haven. Fri, 17 May 2019 15:06:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/05/17/yekaterinburg-protesters-will-hold-out-for-proof-church-project-is-canceled-a65630 Russia's Crimean Annexation Cost Ukrainian Ports $400M – FT https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/05/17/russias-crimean-annexation-cost-ukrainian-ports-400m-ft-a65625 Russia has restricted Ukrainian ships' passage through the Kerch Strait since it annexed Crimea in 2014. Fri, 17 May 2019 14:30:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/05/17/russias-crimean-annexation-cost-ukrainian-ports-400m-ft-a65625 Ministers Agree Way For Russia to Rejoin Europe's Human Rights Body https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/05/17/ministers-agree-way-for-russia-to-rejoin-europes-human-rights-body-a65628 Russia's voting rights in the council were suspended over its 2014 annexation of Crimea from Ukraine. Fri, 17 May 2019 13:46:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/05/17/ministers-agree-way-for-russia-to-rejoin-europes-human-rights-body-a65628 Kremlin Pledges a Response to New U.S. Sanctions on Russian Individuals https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/05/17/kremlin-pledges-a-response-to-new-us-sanctions-on-russian-individuals-a65626 The United States imposed sanctions on a Chechen group and five people over human rights abuses. Fri, 17 May 2019 12:10:52 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/05/17/kremlin-pledges-a-response-to-new-us-sanctions-on-russian-individuals-a65626 Russian TV Cancels ‘The Voice Kids’ Results After Mass Vote Rigging https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/05/17/russian-tv-cancels-the-voice-kids-results-after-vote-rigging-probe-a65622 Phone bots cast thousands of votes for the daughter of a popular singer and a banker. Fri, 17 May 2019 12:04:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/05/17/russian-tv-cancels-the-voice-kids-results-after-vote-rigging-probe-a65622 ‘No End in Sight’ to Fraud in Russia’s Space Agency, Top Investigator Says https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/05/17/no-end-in-sight-russias-space-agency-top-investigator-says-a65618 “It’s a very simple scheme: The money is first moved abroad, then the family leaves, and then the defendant follows [them],” Bastrykin said. Fri, 17 May 2019 10:21:07 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/05/17/no-end-in-sight-russias-space-agency-top-investigator-says-a65618 Venezuela Wants Russia to Help Restructure Its Debt to Other Countries — Reports https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/05/17/venezuela-wants-russia-to-help-restructure-its-debt-to-other-countries-reports-a65619 Venezuela's ambassador in Geneva said the country would like to receive debt-restructuring assistance from Russia. Fri, 17 May 2019 10:11:50 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/05/17/venezuela-wants-russia-to-help-restructure-its-debt-to-other-countries-reports-a65619 Head of FSB's Secretive Unit Charged for $850K Bribery https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/05/17/senior-fsb-official-charged-with-850k-bribery-a65617 Colonel Kirill Cherkalin received $850,000 “for acts or inactions in favor of the bribe-giver and commercial structures.” Fri, 17 May 2019 08:45:20 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/05/17/senior-fsb-official-charged-with-850k-bribery-a65617 U.S. Sanctions Chechen Group, Russians for Alleged Human Rights Abuses https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/05/16/us-sanctions-chechen-group-russians-for-alleged-human-rights-abuses-a65616 The individuals were sanctioned for actions the U.S. says included extrajudicial killings and the torture of LGBT individuals. Thu, 16 May 2019 22:12:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/05/16/us-sanctions-chechen-group-russians-for-alleged-human-rights-abuses-a65616 Russian Mayor Halts Church Construction Amid Protests, Clashes https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/05/16/russian-mayor-halts-church-construction-amid-protests-clashes-a65615 The city of Yekaterinburg has been rocked this week by mass protests against plans to build a church in a city park. Thu, 16 May 2019 21:51:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/05/16/russian-mayor-halts-church-construction-amid-protests-clashes-a65615 Russia Evades Exclusion From Council of Europe https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/05/16/russia-evades-exclusion-from-council-of-europe-a65614 Losing membership would deprive Russian citizens of the right to appeal to the European Court of Human Rights. Thu, 16 May 2019 17:05:19 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/05/16/russia-evades-exclusion-from-council-of-europe-a65614 Russia to Set Up ‘Fake News Database’ https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/05/16/russia-to-set-up-fake-news-database-a65613 Offending online news outlets could be legally blocked if the “fake news” is not deleted. Thu, 16 May 2019 17:02:46 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/05/16/russia-to-set-up-fake-news-database-a65613 Why Are Russians Clashing Over a New Cathedral in Yekaterinburg? https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/05/16/why-are-russians-protesting-a-churchs-construction-in-yekaterinburg-a65611 Inside the mass protests that have led to the arrests of dozens of citizens. Thu, 16 May 2019 16:11:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/05/16/why-are-russians-protesting-a-churchs-construction-in-yekaterinburg-a65611 Britain Scrambled Fighters Twice to Intercept Russian Aircraft in Baltic https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/05/16/britain-scrambled-fighters-twice-to-intercept-russian-aircraft-in-baltic-a65609 The two countries' aircraft met in NATO airspace. Thu, 16 May 2019 11:19:44 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/05/16/britain-scrambled-fighters-twice-to-intercept-russian-aircraft-in-baltic-a65609 A Majority of Russian Families Have No Savings, Poll Says https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/05/16/a-majority-of-russian-families-have-no-savings-poll-says-a65605 Western sanctions and dropping oil prices have hit Russian consumers' savings accounts. Thu, 16 May 2019 10:54:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/05/16/a-majority-of-russian-families-have-no-savings-poll-says-a65605 Russian Bill Seeks to Criminalize News That Leads to International Sanctions https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/05/16/russian-bill-seeks-to-criminalize-news-that-leads-to-international-sanctions-a65608 The amendments would impose a maximum term of five years in prison and fines of 5 million rubles ($77,500) for publishing such materials. Thu, 16 May 2019 10:44:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/05/16/russian-bill-seeks-to-criminalize-news-that-leads-to-international-sanctions-a65608 Siberian Mayor Rejects Church Plans as Anti-Cathedral Protests Rock Yekaterinburg https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/05/16/siberian-mayor-rejects-church-plans-as-anti-cathedral-protests-rock-yekaterinburg-a65603 The city canceled plans to build a cathedral in a public park after protests against similar plans erupted 2,500 kilometers west. Thu, 16 May 2019 10:04:20 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/05/16/siberian-mayor-rejects-church-plans-as-anti-cathedral-protests-rock-yekaterinburg-a65603 Dozens Arrested in Russian City Rocked by Protests Against Church Building https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/05/16/russian-city-sees-mass-detentions-amid-ongoing-church-building-rallies-a65602 Seventy people were detained as thousands of residents continued to rally against the construction of a cathedral. Thu, 16 May 2019 08:53:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/05/16/russian-city-sees-mass-detentions-amid-ongoing-church-building-rallies-a65602 Russia to Halt Disputed Landfill Construction After Mass Protests – Reports https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/05/15/russia-to-halt-disputed-landfill-construction-after-mass-protests-reports-a65597 The $162 million landfill project, which would ship Moscow's trash north, has been met with months of mass rallies. Wed, 15 May 2019 16:47:48 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/05/15/russia-to-halt-disputed-landfill-construction-after-mass-protests-reports-a65597 Russia Dirty Oil Crisis Drags On as Port Loads Tainted Cargo https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/05/15/russia-dirty-oil-crisis-drags-on-as-port-loads-tainted-cargo-1-a65600 At least one tainted cargo has been loaded onto a tanker since Monday. Wed, 15 May 2019 16:30:31 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/05/15/russia-dirty-oil-crisis-drags-on-as-port-loads-tainted-cargo-1-a65600 ‘Paralyzer’ Laser Drones Developed for the Russian Military – Reports https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/05/15/paralyzer-laser-drones-developed-for-the-russian-military-reports-a65599 Russian security forces have been increasingly turning to laser technologies over the past year. Wed, 15 May 2019 16:24:21 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/05/15/paralyzer-laser-drones-developed-for-the-russian-military-reports-a65599 Russian National Sentenced to 25 Years Over Alleged Terror Plot https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/05/15/russian-national-sentenced-25-years-over-alleged-terror-plot-a65589 The suspect planned to travel to Syria after detonating the device, the FSB said. Wed, 15 May 2019 15:48:24 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/05/15/russian-national-sentenced-25-years-over-alleged-terror-plot-a65589 Massive Data Breach Exposes Russian Officials’ Passports, Reports Say https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/05/15/massive-data-breach-exposes-russian-officials-passports-reports-a65596 The breach affected 360,000 current and former officials' data, including high-ranking figures in the State Duma. Wed, 15 May 2019 15:44:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/05/15/massive-data-breach-exposes-russian-officials-passports-reports-a65596 Russia Eases Arms Resale Rules to Avoid Sanctions – Reports https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/05/15/russia-eases-arms-resale-rules-to-avoid-sanctions-reports-a65585 The decree allows countries buying Russian arms to avoid direct contact with Russia and slip past U.S. sanctions. Wed, 15 May 2019 13:11:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/05/15/russia-eases-arms-resale-rules-to-avoid-sanctions-reports-a65585