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 Wed, 19 Jun 2019 02:51:09 +0200 600 78-Year-Old Jehovah’s Witness Prosecuted in Russia Over ‘Extremism’ https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/06/18/78-year-old-jehovahs-witness-prosecuted-russia-over-extremism-a66052 Police monitored the woman for more than a year to collect evidence, the group said. Tue, 18 Jun 2019 16:34:34 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/06/18/78-year-old-jehovahs-witness-prosecuted-russia-over-extremism-a66052 Russian Authorities Cannot Prohibit Rallies Over Security, Top Court Rules https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/06/18/russian-authorities-cannot-prohibit-rallies-over-security-top-court-rules-a66050 The court said the authorities are ultimately responsible for ensuring safety at protests. Tue, 18 Jun 2019 16:09:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/06/18/russian-authorities-cannot-prohibit-rallies-over-security-top-court-rules-a66050 Russia's Security Service Searches Magnate's Art Gallery – TASS https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/06/18/russias-security-service-searches-magnates-art-gallery-tass-a66051 David Yakobashvili is a former juice magnate who has oil trade and real estate holdings. Tue, 18 Jun 2019 15:34:14 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/06/18/russias-security-service-searches-magnates-art-gallery-tass-a66051 ‘Real Men’ Must Serve in the Army, Majority of Russians Say https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/06/18/real-men-must-serve-in-army-majority-russians-say-a66047 Russia’s military and intelligence services are among the country’s most-trusted institutions. Tue, 18 Jun 2019 15:12:02 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/06/18/real-men-must-serve-in-army-majority-russians-say-a66047 Russian Official Attempts Suicide During Corruption Hearing https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/06/18/russian-official-attempts-suicide-during-corruption-hearing-a66045 The official cut his wrist after telling the court that “he had only one argument left — his life.” Tue, 18 Jun 2019 14:31:31 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/06/18/russian-official-attempts-suicide-during-corruption-hearing-a66045 Western Sanctions Will Remain Until Ukraine's Sovereignty Restored – Merkel https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/06/18/western-sanctions-will-remain-until-ukraines-sovereignty-restored-merkel-a66046 The sanctions related to Crimea can only be lifted if Crimea returns to Ukraine, she said. Tue, 18 Jun 2019 14:27:31 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/06/18/western-sanctions-will-remain-until-ukraines-sovereignty-restored-merkel-a66046 Putin Signs Law Clamping Down on Distribution of Foreign Print Media https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/06/18/putin-signs-law-clamping-down-distribution-foreign-media-a66041 The amendment introduces fines for the unauthorized production or distribution of print media. Tue, 18 Jun 2019 12:05:04 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/06/18/putin-signs-law-clamping-down-distribution-foreign-media-a66041 Russia to Washington: Abandon Middle East Troop Plans or Risk War With Iran https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/06/18/russia-to-washington-abandon-middle-east-troop-plans-or-risk-war-with-iran-a66042 Washington planned to send around 1,000 more troops to the Middle East for defensive purposes.  Tue, 18 Jun 2019 11:34:20 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/06/18/russia-to-washington-abandon-middle-east-troop-plans-or-risk-war-with-iran-a66042 900 Roma Forced to Move After Village Brawl in Russia – Reports https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/06/18/900-roma-forced-move-after-village-brawl-russia-reports-a66039 Locals set fire to a Roma house after the mass fight in which one person died and four were injured. Tue, 18 Jun 2019 11:14:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/06/18/900-roma-forced-move-after-village-brawl-russia-reports-a66039 Navalny Aide Released After Back-to-Back Jailing Over Pension Reform Protests https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/06/18/navalny-aide-released-after-back-back-jailing-over-pension-reform-protests-a66037 Volkov had spent 28 days in jail for the September 2018 protests. Tue, 18 Jun 2019 10:24:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/06/18/navalny-aide-released-after-back-back-jailing-over-pension-reform-protests-a66037 UN Predicts Russia’s Population Could Halve By 2100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/06/18/un-predicts-russias-population-could-halve-2100-a66035 According to the UN’s “pessimistic” forecast, Russia’s population will fall to 83.7 million by 2100. Tue, 18 Jun 2019 09:22:10 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/06/18/un-predicts-russias-population-could-halve-2100-a66035 Russia Thwarts U.S. Cyber Attacks on Its Infrastructure — News Agencies https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/06/17/russia-uncovers-attempted-us-cyberattacks-on-its-infrastructure-ria-a66034 The New York Times had reported the U.S. had inserted potentially disruptive implants into Russia's power grid. Mon, 17 Jun 2019 16:50:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/06/17/russia-uncovers-attempted-us-cyberattacks-on-its-infrastructure-ria-a66034 Russian Deputy Warns About Mosques Replacing Churches, ‘Like in Switzerland’ https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/06/17/russian-deputy-warns-about-mosques-replacing-churches-like-switzerland-a66033 “The government will work better if church bells are ringing," he said. Mon, 17 Jun 2019 16:31:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/06/17/russian-deputy-warns-about-mosques-replacing-churches-like-switzerland-a66033 Environmental Crimes Cost Russia $187M in 2018 – Prosecutors https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/06/17/environmental-crimes-cost-russia-186-million-2018-proesutors-a66023 Prosecutors found 278,000 violations of environmental law. Mon, 17 Jun 2019 16:05:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/06/17/environmental-crimes-cost-russia-186-million-2018-proesutors-a66023 Deploying U.S. Troops in Poland Fully Defensive, Ambassador Says in Retort to Russia https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/06/17/deploying-us-troops-in-poland-fully-defensive-ambassador-says-in-retort-to-russia-a66032 Russia had previously called the U.S.-Poland troop deployment "aggressive." Mon, 17 Jun 2019 15:40:55 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/06/17/deploying-us-troops-in-poland-fully-defensive-ambassador-says-in-retort-to-russia-a66032 German Student Expelled and Told to Leave Russia After Writing Article About Protests https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/06/17/german-student-expelled-told-leave-russia-after-article-protests-a66030 Police said that student had violated the terms of his visa by writing the article. Mon, 17 Jun 2019 15:11:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/06/17/german-student-expelled-told-leave-russia-after-article-protests-a66030 Russian Air Force Receives First New MiG-35 Fighters https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/06/17/russian-air-force-receives-first-new-mig-35-fighters-a66027 Russia plans to replace its entire fleet of light fighters with the modernized MiG-35. Mon, 17 Jun 2019 13:12:38 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/06/17/russian-air-force-receives-first-new-mig-35-fighters-a66027 Kremlin Says Report on Alleged U.S. Power Grid Incursion Is Worrying https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/06/17/kremlin-says-report-on-alleged-us-power-grid-incursion-is-worrying-a66028 The Kremlin said a cyber war was, in theory, possible. Mon, 17 Jun 2019 12:44:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/06/17/kremlin-says-report-on-alleged-us-power-grid-incursion-is-worrying-a66028 Russia's Energy Ministry Says Grid Is Safe, Despite Report on U.S. Cyberattacks https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/06/17/russia-says-energy-grid-is-safe-despire-report-us-cyberattacks-a66025 The New York Times reported Saturday about U.S. efforts to hack Russia's power grid. Mon, 17 Jun 2019 11:33:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/06/17/russia-says-energy-grid-is-safe-despire-report-us-cyberattacks-a66025 Arrest of Navalny Aide Highlights Latest Trend in Protest Clampdown in Russia https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/06/17/arrest-of-navalny-aide-highlights-latest-trend-in-protest-clampdown-in-russia-a66022 Police have threatened to continue re-arresting Leonid Volkov past September elections. Mon, 17 Jun 2019 11:01:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/06/17/arrest-of-navalny-aide-highlights-latest-trend-in-protest-clampdown-in-russia-a66022 News From Russia: What You Missed Over the Weekend https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/06/17/news-from-russian-what-you-missed-over-weekend-a66021 Golunov rally. Yekaterinburg church. No disinformation. Mon, 17 Jun 2019 09:07:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/06/17/news-from-russian-what-you-missed-over-weekend-a66021 Russia Dismisses Accusations of Meddling in EU Elections https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/06/16/russia-dismisses-accusations-of-meddling-in-eu-elections-a66020 An EU report on the vote for its parliament said there was evidence both sides had sought to promote extreme views. Sun, 16 Jun 2019 18:00:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/06/16/russia-dismisses-accusations-of-meddling-in-eu-elections-a66020 Russia's Putin Gives China's Xi Ice Cream on His 66th Birthday https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/06/15/russias-putin-gives-chinas-xi-ice-cream-on-his-66th-birthday-a66018 State television showed pictures of Xi and Putin holding up champagne glasses to toast Xi's birthday. Sat, 15 Jun 2019 11:41:35 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/06/15/russias-putin-gives-chinas-xi-ice-cream-on-his-66th-birthday-a66018 Russia’s New Arctic Missile Knocks out Targets in Massive Test Launch https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/06/15/russias-new-arctic-missile-knocks-out-targets-in-massive-test-launch-a66016 The targets moved in different directions and at different altitudes. They were all successfully eliminated, the military representatives say. Sat, 15 Jun 2019 10:13:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/06/15/russias-new-arctic-missile-knocks-out-targets-in-massive-test-launch-a66016 Russian Runner Suspended for Working With Banned Coach – Reports https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/06/14/russian-runner-suspended-for-working-with-banned-coach-reports-a66014 The charge came as a result of an investigation carried out with the Russian anti-doping agency. Fri, 14 Jun 2019 16:16:57 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/06/14/russian-runner-suspended-for-working-with-banned-coach-reports-a66014 The State of Russian Stadiums, a Year After the World Cup https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/06/14/the-state-of-russian-stadiums-a-year-after-the-world-cup-a66004 Russia's World Cup was widely hailed as a success — but its stadiums have had mixed fates since then. Fri, 14 Jun 2019 16:11:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/06/14/the-state-of-russian-stadiums-a-year-after-the-world-cup-a66004 Kazakhstan’s Mass Election Protests, Explained https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/06/14/kazakhstans-mass-election-protests-explained-a66007 A timeline of the crackdown on pro-democracy protests in Russia’s oil-rich ally. Fri, 14 Jun 2019 16:08:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/06/14/kazakhstans-mass-election-protests-explained-a66007 Russian Plane That Crashed in Flames Was Hit by Lightning, Investigation Says https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/06/14/russian-plane-that-crashed-in-flames-was-hit-by-lightning-investigation-says-a66013 The Interstate Aviation Committee did not conclude that pilot error was to blame, however. Fri, 14 Jun 2019 15:46:17 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/06/14/russian-plane-that-crashed-in-flames-was-hit-by-lightning-investigation-says-a66013 Iran Says Situation in Middle East Calls for Closer Ties With Russia https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/06/14/iran-says-situation-in-middle-east-calls-for-closer-ties-with-russia-a66009 Rouhani earlier said U.S. actions pose a serious threat to stability in the Middle East. Fri, 14 Jun 2019 14:41:39 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/06/14/iran-says-situation-in-middle-east-calls-for-closer-ties-with-russia-a66009 Russian ‘Whale Jail’ Company Slapped With $900K Fine Over Orca Captures https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/06/14/russian-whale-jail-company-slapped-900k-fine-over-orca-captures-a66005 Nearly 100 whales reportedly bound for export to China have been held for months in cramped pens. Fri, 14 Jun 2019 12:41:47 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/06/14/russian-whale-jail-company-slapped-900k-fine-over-orca-captures-a66005 A Change in Russia’s Draconian Drug Laws Could Be on the Horizon https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/06/14/a-change-in-russias-draconian-drug-laws-could-be-on-the-horizon-a65911 The fiasco surrounding the case of investigative journalist Ivan Golunov is bringing the country’s controversial Article 228 into the spotlight. Fri, 14 Jun 2019 12:24:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/06/14/a-change-in-russias-draconian-drug-laws-could-be-on-the-horizon-a65911 How Russian Oil Giant Rosneft Uses Its Corporate Jets for Business and Pleasure https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/06/14/how-russian-oil-giant-rosneft-uses-its-corporate-jets-for-business-and-pleasure-a66001 A new investigation tracks Rosneft's corporate jets making frequent trips to popular vacation spots over the past four years. Fri, 14 Jun 2019 09:37:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/06/14/how-russian-oil-giant-rosneft-uses-its-corporate-jets-for-business-and-pleasure-a66001 Russians Grow Friendlier Toward U.S. and Ukraine, Poll Says https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/06/14/russians-grow-friendlier-toward-us-ukraine-poll-says-a65998 “People are tired of mobilizing and feeling threatened by war,” the pollster's director said. Fri, 14 Jun 2019 09:36:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/06/14/russians-grow-friendlier-toward-us-ukraine-poll-says-a65998 Europol Points to Russian Money as Biggest Laundering Threat https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/06/14/europol-points-to-russian-money-as-biggest-laundering-threat-a66000 "There are billions of [dollars of] criminal money that are being taken out of the Russian economy," Europol said. Fri, 14 Jun 2019 09:11:15 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/06/14/europol-points-to-russian-money-as-biggest-laundering-threat-a66000 Moscow Police Release Hundreds of Detained Protesters https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/06/13/moscow-police-release-hundreds-of-detained-protesters-a65980 At least 549 people were detained in central Moscow at the protest. Thu, 13 Jun 2019 16:15:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/06/13/moscow-police-release-hundreds-of-detained-protesters-a65980 Russia Warns Against Using Tanker Attacks to Pressure Iran https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/06/13/russia-warns-against-using-tanker-attacks-to-pressure-iran-ria-a65991 Russia's deputy foreign minister warned against "attempts to lay the blame at the door of those we don't like." Thu, 13 Jun 2019 15:25:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/06/13/russia-warns-against-using-tanker-attacks-to-pressure-iran-ria-a65991 Chechen Leader Threatens to Break Fingers, Tear Out Tongues of Online Critics https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/06/13/chechen-leader-threatens-break-fingers-tear-tongues-online-critics-a65983 Chechen police "will come and knock on the doors" of anyone who insults Chechnya, Kadyrov said. Thu, 13 Jun 2019 14:38:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/06/13/chechen-leader-threatens-break-fingers-tear-tongues-online-critics-a65983 Russia Says Syrian Rebels, Not Syrian Army Attacked Turkey's Observation Post https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/06/13/russia-says-syrian-rebels-not-syrian-army-attacked-turkeys-observation-post-a65989 Ankara said the attack was mounted by the Syrian army. Thu, 13 Jun 2019 14:29:39 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/06/13/russia-says-syrian-rebels-not-syrian-army-attacked-turkeys-observation-post-a65989 Turkey Urges Russia to Restore Calm in Syria After Attack on Its Troops https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/06/13/turkey-urges-russia-to-restore-calm-in-syria-after-attack-on-its-troops-a65988 Moscow and Ankara had earlier agreed on a full ceasefire in the northwest, centered on Idlib. Thu, 13 Jun 2019 14:18:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/06/13/turkey-urges-russia-to-restore-calm-in-syria-after-attack-on-its-troops-a65988 Putin Sacks High-Ranking Police Generals Over Golunov Case https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/06/13/putin-sacks-high-ranking-police-generals-over-golunov-case-a65986 Russia's Interior Minister requested the two generals be dismissed after the mishandling of Golunov's detention. Thu, 13 Jun 2019 13:00:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/06/13/putin-sacks-high-ranking-police-generals-over-golunov-case-a65986 Russia Will Respond to New U.S. Deployment in Poland, Lawmakers Say https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/06/13/russian-lawmaker-says-poland-could-be-targeted-if-russia-is-attacked-interfax-a65985 Earlier, U.S. President Donald Trump promised to deploy 1,000 U.S. troops to Poland. Thu, 13 Jun 2019 12:56:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/06/13/russian-lawmaker-says-poland-could-be-targeted-if-russia-is-attacked-interfax-a65985 Russia Carries Out Air Strikes Against Militants in Syria's Idlib – Reports https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/06/13/russia-carries-out-air-strikes-against-militants-in-syrias-idlib-reports-a65984 The Turkish army had asked for Russia to protect its troops by striking "terrorists in Idlib." Thu, 13 Jun 2019 12:33:32 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/06/13/russia-carries-out-air-strikes-against-militants-in-syrias-idlib-reports-a65984 Giant Russian Passport Carried in Eastern Ukraine on Russia Day https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/06/13/giant-russian-passport-carried-eastern-ukraine-celebrate-russia-day-a65981 The 200-square-meter document represents Russia’s fast-track passport offer, one Luhansk activist said. Thu, 13 Jun 2019 12:13:20 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/06/13/giant-russian-passport-carried-eastern-ukraine-celebrate-russia-day-a65981 Putin Vows to Back Moldovan President in Fight Against ‘Usurpers’ https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/06/13/putin-vows-to-back-moldovan-president-fight-against-usurpers-a65977 Putin compared the situation in Moldova to that of Ukraine. Thu, 13 Jun 2019 09:53:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/06/13/putin-vows-to-back-moldovan-president-fight-against-usurpers-a65977 Trump Considers Sanctions on European Firms Over Russia's Nord Stream 2 Gas Pipeline https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/06/13/trump-considers-sanctions-european-firms-over-russias-nord-stream-2-natgas-pipeline-a65978 Many German politicians support Nord Stream 2 because the country needs steady gas supplies. Thu, 13 Jun 2019 09:39:07 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/06/13/trump-considers-sanctions-european-firms-over-russias-nord-stream-2-natgas-pipeline-a65978 Putin Says Relations Between Russia and U.S. are Getting 'Worse and Worse' https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/06/13/putin-says-relations-between-russia-and-us-are-getting-worse-and-worse-mir-tv-a65979 Putin said he might meet with U.S. President Donald Trump later this month. Thu, 13 Jun 2019 09:34:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/06/13/putin-says-relations-between-russia-and-us-are-getting-worse-and-worse-mir-tv-a65979 Russia and Turkey Broker Ceasefire in Syria's Idlib, Russian Media Reports https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/06/13/russia-and-turkey-broker-ceasefire-in-syrias-idlib-russian-media-reports-a65976 The Russian military said the ceasefire had led to a significant reduction in violence. Thu, 13 Jun 2019 08:45:28 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/06/13/russia-and-turkey-broker-ceasefire-in-syrias-idlib-russian-media-reports-a65976 Police Detain Over 500 in Moscow During Protest Over Reporter’s Arrest https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/06/12/police-detain-over-400-at-moscow-protest-march-in-support-of-journalist-a65972 After investigative journalist Ivan Golunov was released on Tuesday, protesters’ focus turned to those responsible for his detention. Wed, 12 Jun 2019 16:57:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/06/12/police-detain-over-400-at-moscow-protest-march-in-support-of-journalist-a65972 Senior Russian Athletics Official Faces Doping Ban, Federation Says https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/06/12/senior-russian-athletics-official-faces-doping-ban-a65974 Russia's gold medalist in the high jump at the 2008 Olympics has been suspended. Wed, 12 Jun 2019 15:21:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/06/12/senior-russian-athletics-official-faces-doping-ban-a65974 Putin Was Personally Involved in Decision to Free Detained Journalist, Publisher Says https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/06/12/putin-was-personally-involved-decision-free-detained-journalist-publisher-says-a65969 Public pressure had played a decisive role in Golunov's release, Muratov said. Wed, 12 Jun 2019 11:48:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/06/12/putin-was-personally-involved-decision-free-detained-journalist-publisher-says-a65969