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 Wed, 27 Mar 2019 01:07:01 +0100 600 Former Russian Minister Arrested, Accused of Embezzling $62 Million In May 2012, Mikhail Abyzov was appointed as Minister for Open Government Affairs in former President Dmitry Medvedev's cabinet. Tue, 26 Mar 2019 18:31:00 +0100 Russia Says Presence of "Russian Specialists" in Venezuela Is Governed by Mutual Accord The presence of "Russian specialists" in Venezuela is governed by a cooperation agreement between the two countries, Russia says Tue, 26 Mar 2019 17:51:00 +0100 Divisive Chechnya Deal Sparks Protest Calling for Ingush Leader’s Resignation As many as 10,000 people protested against the deal which critics say amounts to a surrender of Ingush territory. Tue, 26 Mar 2019 16:25:00 +0100 Russian Footballer Punished Over ‘Racist’ Comments, Issues Apology “It’s weird when a black player plays for the Russian national team,” Pogrebnyak said. Tue, 26 Mar 2019 16:13:27 +0100 Russia’s Deployment of Military Planes to Venezuela Sparks U.S. Backlash The United States accused Russia of "reckless escalation" of the situation in Venezuela. Tue, 26 Mar 2019 12:43:00 +0100 Russian Passport Holders Enjoy 47th-Highest Ease of Travel – Ranking Russian citizens can visit 118 destinations visa-free or on arrival. Tue, 26 Mar 2019 12:21:00 +0100 Facebook Removes Accounts From Russia and Iran For 'Coordinated Inauthentic Behavior' Nearly 2,000 Russian pages, groups and accounts were taken down from Facebook and Instagram. Tue, 26 Mar 2019 10:58:32 +0100 London Court Rules in Favor of Calvey’s Baring Vostok in Bank Battle – FT Russian businessman Avetisyan has been trying to take control of Vostochny Bank from Calvey. Tue, 26 Mar 2019 10:55:00 +0100 Militants Kill 3 Russian Soldiers in Syria Ambush, Defense Ministry Says Estimates vary on the total number of Russians killed since Moscow intervened in Syria's civil war. Tue, 26 Mar 2019 10:18:00 +0100 First Russian Found Guilty of Encouraging Children to Protest The volunteer for opposition leader Alexei Navalny's campaign was charged with involving two adolescents in an anti-torture picket. Tue, 26 Mar 2019 08:49:06 +0100 Russia’s Youth Agency Granted Right to Block Websites The agency can now block any website that it views as inciting juvenile crime or threatening young people’s lives. Tue, 26 Mar 2019 07:55:00 +0100 Russia Tells UN It Sent Home Over Half of North Korean Workers in 2018 U.S. estimates say the North Korean regime earns more than $500 million a year from nearly 100,000 workers abroad. Tue, 26 Mar 2019 07:33:00 +0100 94% of Russians Are Concerned About the Environment, Poll Says Eighty-three percent of respondents named damage caused by landfills as a critical problem. Mon, 25 Mar 2019 15:44:00 +0100 Kemerovo Mourns, One Year After Fire Tragedy That Killed 60 People Hundreds of people paid tribute to the victims of the deadly fire over the weekend. Mon, 25 Mar 2019 14:02:00 +0100 Russian Teacher Forced to Step Down Over ‘Prostitute’ Dress The school director called her a “stain on the reputation of the school” and said that her behavior encourages “pedophilia.” Mon, 25 Mar 2019 13:51:00 +0100 Russian Space Firm to Scrap Rocket Deal With Ukraine Ukraine's Yuzhmash is contracted to manufacture 12 rockets for S7 Space's floating launch platform. Mon, 25 Mar 2019 12:22:00 +0100 ‘An Inescapable Phase of Life’: Fighting Loneliness Among Russia’s Elderly Already saddled with meager pensions, Russia’s elderly also face another hardship: solitude. Mon, 25 Mar 2019 12:09:00 +0100 We Told You So: Russian Officials React to Mueller Report on Collusion Mueller found no evidence that Trump's campaign had conspired with Russia. Mon, 25 Mar 2019 11:12:00 +0100 Russian Troops, Advisers Arrive in Venezuela – Reports Moscow has said it would not allow a U.S.-backed revolution in the country. Mon, 25 Mar 2019 09:22:00 +0100 News From Russia: What You Missed Over the Weekend Russia in Venezuela. Kerch trains. Troubled cruise ship. Mon, 25 Mar 2019 07:47:00 +0100 No Evidence of Trump-Russia Collusion, Mueller Report Says The report found no evidence that any member of Trump's election campaign conspired with Russia. Sun, 24 Mar 2019 21:11:00 +0100 Russian Detained Smuggling Drugged Orangutan out of Bali The animal was found sleeping in a basket in the man's luggage as he passed through security. Sat, 23 Mar 2019 11:14:18 +0100 Russia ‘Bewildered’ by Poland’s World War II Commemoration Snub Russia wasn't invited because of its annexation of Crimea and activities in eastern Ukraine, an aide to Poland's president said. Fri, 22 Mar 2019 15:25:00 +0100 Russian Police Question Activist for ‘Pornographic’ Body-Positivity Project The images are aimed at promoting body positivity among young women. Fri, 22 Mar 2019 14:55:07 +0100 Russian Media Ordered to Delete News Linking Lawmaker to Crime Boss Five outlets accused the deputy of raising funds for the release of criminal boss Young Shakro. Fri, 22 Mar 2019 14:03:00 +0100 Ombudsman Titov Appeals to Russian Authorities Over Detained Businessmen Russian businessmen can spend as long as three years in detention before their trials begin. Fri, 22 Mar 2019 13:37:00 +0100 Russian Race Walker to Be Stripped of Medals Over Doping Alexandr Ivanov will lose all his medals won between June 2012 and August 2014. Fri, 22 Mar 2019 12:00:00 +0100 Back In Moscow, Pyotr Verzilov Continues to Search for Answers Six months after surviving an apparent poison attack, the activist is undeterred. Fri, 22 Mar 2019 11:41:00 +0100 Ex-Putin Aide's Death in U.S. May Have Been Murder, Reports Say Mikhail Lesin’s 2015 death is just one example in the trend of high-profile Russians dying or falling ill abroad. Fri, 22 Mar 2019 10:47:00 +0100 Attackers Throw Explosive at Russian Consulate in Athens There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack. Fri, 22 Mar 2019 10:27:06 +0100 Russia Agrees To Ensure Gas Supplies to Hungary, Bypassing Ukraine New pipelines are under construction. Fri, 22 Mar 2019 09:13:00 +0100 Russia: Golan Heights Status Change Would Violate UN Decisions – RIA Zakharova: a change of the Golan Heights status would be a violation of UN decisions. Fri, 22 Mar 2019 08:48:00 +0100 Anti-Women Blogger’s Hate Speech Sentence Overturned in Russia The blogger was sentenced for inciting hatred against women online last year. Fri, 22 Mar 2019 08:45:00 +0100 Last Soviet Leader Steps Down. And the Story of an American Teacher Detained for 'Drug Smuggling' The weekly news podcast from central Moscow. Thu, 21 Mar 2019 19:20:09 +0100 Russian LNG Projects Are Competitive — Shell Executive Russian fuel is well positioned to reach new markets in Asia. Thu, 21 Mar 2019 14:58:00 +0100 Russia’s Lumber, Wildlife, Water Resources Valued at $94Bln The Russian economy relies heavily on its own natural resources. Thu, 21 Mar 2019 14:42:09 +0100 Corruption in Russia's Military Quadrupled in 2018, Prosecutors Say More than 2,800 Russian military officials were brought to justice for corruption last year. Thu, 21 Mar 2019 13:41:00 +0100 Kremlin Accuses U.S. of Stoking Tensions by Flying Bombers Near Its Borders Russia intercepted a U.S. B-52 strategic bomber on Thursday. Thu, 21 Mar 2019 12:39:00 +0100 Life Expectancy in Russia Inches Upward to 73 – Health Ministry Official The increase comes amid a $26.68-billion overhaul of the country's health care system. Thu, 21 Mar 2019 12:33:00 +0100 Most Russians Believe New Law Will Curb ‘Fake News’ – Poll President Putin has signed a set of laws carrying punishments for spreading “fake news” and showing “blatant disrespect” to the state. Thu, 21 Mar 2019 10:18:00 +0100 Kremlin Wonders If Putin May Follow Kazakh Model to Keep Power A transition similar to the one under way in Kazakhstan has been actively discussed in Moscow. Thu, 21 Mar 2019 08:54:00 +0100 Russia Completes Construction of First-Ever Rail Bridge to China The bridge is expected to boast an annual shipment volume of 21 million tons when it opens later this year. Thu, 21 Mar 2019 08:51:59 +0100 Russian Lawmakers to Assess Damages From Ukraine’s ‘Annexation’ of Crimea The task force will include members from parliament, as well as experts, scholars and representatives from Crimea and Sevastopol. Thu, 21 Mar 2019 07:58:00 +0100 Ukraine Targets Russia's En+ With New Sanctions The aluminum and power producer's assets will be frozen for a three-year period. Thu, 21 Mar 2019 07:35:00 +0100 Putin Reshuffles Regional Governors Ahead of 2019 Vote Five new regional governors have resigned as approval for the ruling party drops. Wed, 20 Mar 2019 16:01:00 +0100 Russia Drops Further in World Happiness Index – UN Russia is now the 68th-happiest place on Earth, wedged between Pakistan and the Philippines. Wed, 20 Mar 2019 13:47:00 +0100 Putin Congratulates New President of ‘Brotherly Nation’ Kazakhstan Kazakshtan is one of Russia's biggest trading partners and has been its key ally in the Eurasian Economic Union project. Wed, 20 Mar 2019 13:46:00 +0100 Russia's Prison Service Wants Guards to Apologize to Inmates for Rights Violations The draft regulations come after leaked videos of torture in a Russian prison rocked the country's penitentiary system. Wed, 20 Mar 2019 13:14:00 +0100 Putin Kicks Off Massive New Gas Field in Russia’s Arctic Gazprom plans to start producing 32 billion cubic meters of gas per year once the gas field is developed. Wed, 20 Mar 2019 13:01:00 +0100 Can Urban Renewal Plug Russia’s Brain Drain? Regional officials hope that beautifying towns can stop people from leaving. Wed, 20 Mar 2019 12:36:00 +0100