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, 23 Nov 2020 23:13:45 +0100 600 Ice Storm in Russia’s Far East Linked to Climate Change https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/11/23/ice-storm-in-russias-far-east-linked-to-climate-change-a72123 The storm has battered the region and left 100,000 residents without electricity for several days. Mon, 23 Nov 2020 16:00:00 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/11/23/ice-storm-in-russias-far-east-linked-to-climate-change-a72123 Russia Fines Pussy Riot Activists for Hanging Pride Flags https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/11/23/russia-fines-pussy-riot-activists-for-hanging-pride-flags-a72126 The activists had described the protest action as a "birthday gift" to Putin and published a list of demands. Mon, 23 Nov 2020 15:31:51 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/11/23/russia-fines-pussy-riot-activists-for-hanging-pride-flags-a72126 Putin Signs Law Raising Income Tax for High Earners https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/11/23/putin-signs-law-raising-income-tax-for-high-earners-a72124 Starting next year, the tax rate will rise from 13% to 15% on incomes over 5 million rubles. Mon, 23 Nov 2020 15:12:00 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/11/23/putin-signs-law-raising-income-tax-for-high-earners-a72124 Siberian Schoolkids Charged With Terror Over Minecraft Plot – Reports https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/11/23/siberian-schoolkids-charged-with-terror-over-minecraft-plot-reports-a72120 The three teenagers were reportedly planning to detonate an FSB office they had built on Minecraft. Mon, 23 Nov 2020 13:21:00 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/11/23/siberian-schoolkids-charged-with-terror-over-minecraft-plot-reports-a72120 NYT's Russia Job Posting 'Russophobic,' Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Says https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/11/23/nyts-russia-job-posting-russophobic-foreign-ministry-spokeswoman-says-a72117 “The American press has been fighting the ‘monster’ for so long that it did not notice that it became the monster itself.” Mon, 23 Nov 2020 12:56:00 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/11/23/nyts-russia-job-posting-russophobic-foreign-ministry-spokeswoman-says-a72117 7 Die From Drinking Hand Sanitizer at Party in Russia https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/11/23/7-die-from-drinking-hand-sanitizer-at-dinner-party-in-russia-a72119 Two others survived but remain connected to a mechanical ventilator in a coma. Mon, 23 Nov 2020 12:03:00 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/11/23/7-die-from-drinking-hand-sanitizer-at-dinner-party-in-russia-a72119 Russia Plans Biometric Database for Citizens, Foreigners – TASS https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/11/23/russia-plans-biometric-database-for-citizens-foreigners-tass-a72116 Law enforcement will be able to identify individuals via face recognition and fingerprints. Mon, 23 Nov 2020 10:10:44 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/11/23/russia-plans-biometric-database-for-citizens-foreigners-tass-a72116 Russia Confirms Record 25K Coronavirus Cases https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/11/23/russia-confirms-record-25k-coronavirus-cases-a72118 Infection rates per 100,000 people have more than doubled from 6.1 in October to 15.3 in November. Mon, 23 Nov 2020 09:20:58 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/11/23/russia-confirms-record-25k-coronavirus-cases-a72118 Coronavirus in Russia: The Latest News | Nov. 23 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/11/23/coronavirus-in-russia-the-latest-news-nov-22-a69117 Record-breaking new cases. Deaths surpass 36,000. Vaccine race. Mon, 23 Nov 2020 08:45:00 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/11/23/coronavirus-in-russia-the-latest-news-nov-22-a69117 News From Russia: What You Missed Over the Weekend https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/11/23/news-from-russia-what-you-missed-over-the-weekend-88-a72115 Closing skies. Sanctioned UK officials. Western food embargo extended. Mon, 23 Nov 2020 07:49:00 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/11/23/news-from-russia-what-you-missed-over-the-weekend-88-a72115 Thousands March in Belarus Opposition Rally in Minsk https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/11/22/thousands-march-in-belarus-opposition-rally-in-minsk-a72114 For more than three months Belarus has been gripped by historic weekly opposition rallies. Sun, 22 Nov 2020 16:19:15 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/11/22/thousands-march-in-belarus-opposition-rally-in-minsk-a72114 Armenia PM Urges Stronger Military Links With Russia https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/11/21/13-a72109 Nikol Pashinyan called Saturday for greater military cooperation with Russia, a day after Azerbaijani troops began moving into territory in Nagorno-Karabakh. Sat, 21 Nov 2020 16:06:00 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/11/21/13-a72109 Russia Imposes Reciprocal Sanctions on 25 UK Officials https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/11/21/russia-imposes-reciprocal-sanctions-on-25-uk-officials-a72113 Britain had earlier sanctioned 25 Russian officials for their alleged involvement in the death of lawyer Sergei Magnitsky. Sat, 21 Nov 2020 14:42:00 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/11/21/russia-imposes-reciprocal-sanctions-on-25-uk-officials-a72113 Russia Extends Western Food Imports Embargo to End 2021 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/11/21/russia-extends-western-food-imports-embargo-to-end-2021-a72112 The Russian embargo was in response to EU sanctions introduced after Russia's annexation of the Crimean peninsula. Sat, 21 Nov 2020 11:59:00 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/11/21/russia-extends-western-food-imports-embargo-to-end-2021-a72112 Russia Virus Toll, Deaths, Hit New Highs https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/11/21/russia-virus-toll-deaths-hit-new-highs-a72111 The news comes as several regions experience medicine shortages and long waiting times for ambulances. Sat, 21 Nov 2020 11:25:00 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/11/21/russia-virus-toll-deaths-hit-new-highs-a72111 Swiss Prosecutors to Close Magnitsky Probe – Reports https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/11/20/swiss-prosecutors-to-close-magnitsky-probe-reports-a72108 Hermitage Capital reportedly accused Swiss law enforcement of “capitulating to the Russians.” Fri, 20 Nov 2020 15:51:50 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/11/20/swiss-prosecutors-to-close-magnitsky-probe-reports-a72108 Moscow, St. Petersburg Residents Least Likely to Catch Coronavirus – Study https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/11/20/moscow-st-petersburg-residents-least-likely-to-catch-coronavirus-study-a72106 Both Moscow and St. Petersburg set single-day records for new coronavirus infections Friday. Fri, 20 Nov 2020 15:13:54 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/11/20/moscow-st-petersburg-residents-least-likely-to-catch-coronavirus-study-a72106 Macron Accuses Russia, Turkey of Promoting Anti-French Sentiment in Africa https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/11/20/macron-accuses-russia-turkey-of-promoting-anti-french-sentiment-in-africa-a72107 The French president accused Moscow and Ankara of trying "to play on post-colonial resentment." Fri, 20 Nov 2020 14:34:45 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/11/20/macron-accuses-russia-turkey-of-promoting-anti-french-sentiment-in-africa-a72107 Ice Storms in Russia's Far East Prompt State of Emergency https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/11/20/ice-storms-in-russias-far-east-prompt-state-of-emergency-a72105 The abnormal weather phenomenon hasn't been observed in the region in 30 years. Fri, 20 Nov 2020 13:29:00 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/11/20/ice-storms-in-russias-far-east-prompt-state-of-emergency-a72105 In a Poor Russian City, Coronavirus Hits Hard https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/11/20/in-a-poor-russian-city-coronavirus-hits-hard-a72104 The pandemic has combined with poverty to push Ivanovo’s healthcare system to its breaking point. Fri, 20 Nov 2020 11:47:00 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/11/20/in-a-poor-russian-city-coronavirus-hits-hard-a72104 Russian Jailed for Sharing Military Secrets With CIA – TASS https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/11/20/russian-jailed-for-sharing-military-secrets-with-cia-tass-a72103 The man is accused of trying to share information about advanced naval weapons systems. Fri, 20 Nov 2020 10:39:00 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/11/20/russian-jailed-for-sharing-military-secrets-with-cia-tass-a72103 Russia Preparing Golden Visa Scheme – Reports https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/11/20/russia-preparing-golden-visa-scheme-reports-a72100 Foreigners could get permanent residency in Russia with a $130,000 investment. Fri, 20 Nov 2020 10:34:41 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/11/20/russia-preparing-golden-visa-scheme-reports-a72100 Russia Confirms Record 24K Coronavirus Cases https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/11/20/russia-confirms-record-24k-coronavirus-cases-a72102 The latest record comes a day after Russia became the fifth country to cross 2 million infections. Fri, 20 Nov 2020 09:31:33 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/11/20/russia-confirms-record-24k-coronavirus-cases-a72102 Russia Battles Exiled Parishioners for French Church Ownership https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/11/20/russia-battles-exiled-parishioners-for-french-church-ownership-a72099 Moscow is accused of an “aggressive strategy” to reclaim pre-revolutionary Orthodox churches abroad. Fri, 20 Nov 2020 08:26:00 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/11/20/russia-battles-exiled-parishioners-for-french-church-ownership-a72099 Belarus Adds Opposition Telegram Channel Founders to Terror List https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/11/19/belarus-adds-opposition-telegram-channel-founders-to-terror-list-a72098 "In Belarus terrorism is punishable by life imprisonment or death," the Nexta channel wrote.  Thu, 19 Nov 2020 16:05:21 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/11/19/belarus-adds-opposition-telegram-channel-founders-to-terror-list-a72098 Russia Threatens to Block YouTube for ‘Censoring’ State Media https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/11/19/russia-threatens-to-block-youtube-for-censoring-state-media-a72095 The move comes after Facebook, Twitter and YouTube began labeling state-affiliated media accounts. Thu, 19 Nov 2020 14:40:32 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/11/19/russia-threatens-to-block-youtube-for-censoring-state-media-a72095 St. Petersburg Opposition Official Questioned By Police After Ripping Putin Portrait https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/11/19/st-petersburg-opposition-official-questioned-by-police-after-ripping-putin-portrait-a72093 The deputy reportedly told police he was “angered” that someone had replaced Pushkin’s portrait with one of Putin. Thu, 19 Nov 2020 12:08:00 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/11/19/st-petersburg-opposition-official-questioned-by-police-after-ripping-putin-portrait-a72093 Russia Starts Building $850M High-Speed Arctic Internet https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/11/19/russia-starts-building-850m-high-speed-arctic-internet-a72089 The underwater fiber optic cable will stretch from Murmansk to Vladivostok. Thu, 19 Nov 2020 11:27:00 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/11/19/russia-starts-building-850m-high-speed-arctic-internet-a72089 Russia’s Coronavirus Cases Top 2 Million https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/11/19/russias-coronavirus-cases-top-2-million-in-new-one-day-record-increase-a72084 Russian officials continue to resist widespread lockdowns despite record-breaking new infections and deaths. Thu, 19 Nov 2020 09:19:28 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/11/19/russias-coronavirus-cases-top-2-million-in-new-one-day-record-increase-a72084 Bolsonaro Beams as Putin Praises His 'Masculinity' https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/11/19/bolsonaro-beams-as-putin-praises-his-masculinity-a72088 The episode gave birth to a flood of memes poking fun at the Russian strongman and the Brazilian populist. Thu, 19 Nov 2020 08:44:40 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/11/19/bolsonaro-beams-as-putin-praises-his-masculinity-a72088 Picketing 'Slavic Santa' Arrested on Red Square https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/11/19/picketing-slavic-santa-arrested-on-red-square-a72087 The man dressed as Ded Moroz was protesting the cancellation of Moscow's holiday celebrations due to the coronavirus. Thu, 19 Nov 2020 08:15:00 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/11/19/picketing-slavic-santa-arrested-on-red-square-a72087 Oxygen Pipe Explodes at Moscow's Main Coronavirus Hospital https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/11/18/oxygen-pipe-explodes-at-moscows-main-coronavirus-hospital-a72086 The capital's health department said there is no threat to patients or hospital staff. Wed, 18 Nov 2020 17:52:05 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/11/18/oxygen-pipe-explodes-at-moscows-main-coronavirus-hospital-a72086 Putin 'Alarmed' by Russia's Spike in Virus Deaths https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/11/18/putin-alarmed-by-russias-spike-in-virus-deaths-a72085 "It is completely unacceptable to pretend that all is fine," he said. Wed, 18 Nov 2020 16:22:57 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/11/18/putin-alarmed-by-russias-spike-in-virus-deaths-a72085 'Uighur Jail' Note Found in St. Petersburg Shoe Alarms Human Right Experts https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/11/18/uighur-jail-note-found-in-st-petersburg-shoe-alarms-human-right-experts-a72082 In the wake of reports implicating the fashion industry in use of forced labor activists say “burden of proof” lies with The North Face brand. Wed, 18 Nov 2020 15:55:00 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/11/18/uighur-jail-note-found-in-st-petersburg-shoe-alarms-human-right-experts-a72082 Moscow Medics Battle Coronavirus On Converted Ice Rink https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/11/18/moscow-medics-battle-coronavirus-on-converted-ice-rink-a72078 The capital's main speed-skating venue is now being used to treat hundreds of coronavirus patients. Wed, 18 Nov 2020 13:32:00 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/11/18/moscow-medics-battle-coronavirus-on-converted-ice-rink-a72078 Injured Humpback Whale Migrates From Russia to Southern California https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/11/18/injured-humpback-whale-migrates-from-russia-to-southern-california-a72081 The whale, nicknamed Lomot (Russian for “chunk” or “hunk”), didn't let its damaged tail stop it from crossing the Pacific Ocean. Wed, 18 Nov 2020 12:40:00 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/11/18/injured-humpback-whale-migrates-from-russia-to-southern-california-a72081 Coronavirus-Hit Region’s Governor Treated in Moscow Out of ‘Altruism’ https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/11/18/coronavirus-hit-regions-governor-treated-in-moscow-out-of-altruism-a72080 The Vladimir region's governor said his treatment at a private Moscow clinic will leave a hospital bed in his region open to those who need it. Wed, 18 Nov 2020 10:39:00 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/11/18/coronavirus-hit-regions-governor-treated-in-moscow-out-of-altruism-a72080 Ozon Sets Price for Blockbuster $5Bln Share Sale in Quest to Be Russia’s Amazon https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/11/18/ozon-sets-price-for-blockbuster-5bln-share-sale-in-quest-to-be-russias-amazon-a72073 Online retail giant gears up for most hotly anticipated Russian stock market launch in years. Wed, 18 Nov 2020 09:03:00 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/11/18/ozon-sets-price-for-blockbuster-5bln-share-sale-in-quest-to-be-russias-amazon-a72073 Bill to Give Putin Lifetime Immunity Passes First Reading https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/11/18/bill-to-give-putin-lifetime-immunity-passes-first-reading-a72079 The bill has sparked rumors that Putin, 68, is planning to step down, but the Kremlin denied this saying he is in good health. Wed, 18 Nov 2020 08:56:38 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/11/18/bill-to-give-putin-lifetime-immunity-passes-first-reading-a72079 Russia to Upgrade ‘Outdated’ Multiple Rocket Launchers https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/11/18/russia-to-upgrade-outdated-multiple-rocket-launchers-a72077 The next-generation family of Tornado MLRS will replace outdated models by 2027. Wed, 18 Nov 2020 08:55:00 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/11/18/russia-to-upgrade-outdated-multiple-rocket-launchers-a72077 France Urges Russia to Resolve Karabakh Ceasefire 'Ambiguities' https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/11/17/france-urges-russia-to-resolve-karabakh-ceasefire-ambiguitiesges-russia-to-resolve-karabakh-ceasefire-ambiguities-a72076 Russian President Vladimir Putin brokered the ceasefire between Azerbaijan and Armenia, which allowed Azerbaijan to consolidate gains after several weeks of fighting. Tue, 17 Nov 2020 18:54:42 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/11/17/france-urges-russia-to-resolve-karabakh-ceasefire-ambiguitiesges-russia-to-resolve-karabakh-ceasefire-ambiguities-a72076 Kremlin Slams Brutality, Provocations in Belarus After Protester’s Death https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/11/17/kremlin-slams-brutality-provocations-in-belarus-after-protesters-death-a72074 Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov criticized both unprovoked police brutality and provocations by protesters. Tue, 17 Nov 2020 16:05:00 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/11/17/kremlin-slams-brutality-provocations-in-belarus-after-protesters-death-a72074 Putin Urges BRICS to Mass Produce Russian Covid-19 Vaccines https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/11/17/putin-urges-brics-to-mass-produce-russian-covid-19-vaccines-a72075 He didn't specify what broader efforts between the five countries to mass produce the vaccines would entail. Tue, 17 Nov 2020 15:18:00 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/11/17/putin-urges-brics-to-mass-produce-russian-covid-19-vaccines-a72075 ‘A Ward Boss With Nukes’: Obama Unloads on Putin in New Memoir https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/11/17/a-ward-boss-with-nukes-obama-unloads-on-putin-in-new-memoir-a72072 The former U.S. president shared his unfiltered thoughts on Putin and Russia in his newly published memoir. Tue, 17 Nov 2020 14:28:29 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/11/17/a-ward-boss-with-nukes-obama-unloads-on-putin-in-new-memoir-a72072 Russia Develops Coronavirus Contact-Tracing App https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/11/17/russia-develops-coronavirus-contact-tracing-app-a72068 The app is reportedly based on Apple and Google's Exposure Notifications contact-tracing system. Tue, 17 Nov 2020 12:47:00 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/11/17/russia-develops-coronavirus-contact-tracing-app-a72068 Russia Breaks 16-Year Air Pollution Record – Analysis https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/11/17/russia-breaks-16-year-air-pollution-record-analysis-a72066 Experts found three times as many “high” and “extremely high” air pollution instances in 2020 so far than in all of 2019. Tue, 17 Nov 2020 11:32:00 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/11/17/russia-breaks-16-year-air-pollution-record-analysis-a72066 Russia Sees Record Daily Virus Deaths as Regions Struggle https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/11/17/russia-sees-record-daily-virus-deaths-as-regions-struggle-a72071 Excess death figures suggest that the actual number of fatalities could be much higher. Tue, 17 Nov 2020 11:14:15 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/11/17/russia-sees-record-daily-virus-deaths-as-regions-struggle-a72071 As Russia Eases Its Border Restrictions, Who Is Able to Enter? https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/11/17/as-russia-eases-its-border-restrictions-who-is-able-to-enter-a71853 More than 15 countries now have direct flights to Russia, but travel restrictions remain in place for most visitors. Tue, 17 Nov 2020 11:01:00 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/11/17/as-russia-eases-its-border-restrictions-who-is-able-to-enter-a71853 Now Comes a Karabakh War Over Cultural Heritage https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/11/17/now-comes-a-karabakh-war-over-cultural-heritage-a72067 Fears are growing in particular for Armenian monuments being handed over to Azerbaijan. Tue, 17 Nov 2020 11:00:00 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/11/17/now-comes-a-karabakh-war-over-cultural-heritage-a72067 Mutating Coronavirus Discovered in Siberia https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/11/17/mutating-coronavirus-discovered-in-siberia-a72070 The discovery comes as Russia's coronavirus outbreak continues to shift from the epicenter of Moscow to the outer regions. Tue, 17 Nov 2020 10:32:00 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/11/17/mutating-coronavirus-discovered-in-siberia-a72070