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 Sat, 20 Jul 2019 19:54:38 +0200 600 ‘A Pre-Revolutionary Situation’: More Than 20,000 Rally in Moscow for Free Elections Russia’s largest protest in years came after a week of demonstrations against the barring of opposition candidates from city council elections. Sat, 20 Jul 2019 19:17:00 +0200 Putin Says He 'Sympathized' With Trump Before U.S. Election The Russian president made the comments in an interview with U.S. filmmaker Oliver Stone published on the Kremlin website. Sat, 20 Jul 2019 11:22:00 +0200 Former Austrian Chancellor Lands Russian Job Christian Kern has joined the board of Russian Railways. Fri, 19 Jul 2019 16:35:19 +0200 Russia to Phase Out Paper Passports by 2022 The new passports will be plastic cards containing electronic chips. Fri, 19 Jul 2019 16:07:23 +0200 Half of Working Russians Earn Less Than $550 a Month Stagnation in incomes has led to a deterioration in the quality of life for ordinary Russians. Fri, 19 Jul 2019 14:32:29 +0200 Suspect in Russian Tainted Oil Scandal Seeks Political Asylum in Lithuania The contamination was discovered in April and led to a major disruption of supplies from Russia. Fri, 19 Jul 2019 13:39:33 +0200 Russia Tests New Arctic Anti-Aircraft Missiles at Novaya Zemlya The Tor-M2DT missile system has a vital role in Russia’s re-armament of the Arctic. Fri, 19 Jul 2019 11:10:00 +0200 Russia Could Ground International Flights Under New Proposal Airlines will need to provide passengers' personal information to the authorities. Fri, 19 Jul 2019 11:01:10 +0200 Hard Man Putin May Be Showing Softer Side to Russia’s Neighbors Russia has been in conflict with former Soviet satellites seeking greater EU integration. Fri, 19 Jul 2019 10:43:03 +0200 From Russia, No Love for EU's New Chief and Her Hawkish Stance "When the European Commission express their position on the long-term development of relations with us, we will of course respond," Lavrov said. Fri, 19 Jul 2019 09:49:26 +0200 Moscow Officials Sued For Allowing Gay Couple to Adopt The gay couple was accused of “harming their [children's] health and moral and spiritual development.” Fri, 19 Jul 2019 09:35:13 +0200 Moscow, St. Petersburg Named Russia’s Most Polluted Cities – Greenpeace Scientists associate NO2 pollution with diseases such as diabetes, stroke and asthma. Thu, 18 Jul 2019 16:50:08 +0200 Ukraine Agrees Prisoner Swap With Pro-Russian Separatists Kiev expected to exchange 208 people serving jail sentences in Ukraine for 69 Ukrainians. Thu, 18 Jul 2019 16:36:24 +0200 Moscow Is Home to the World’s Third-Largest Number of Billionaires The Russian capital has 71 super-rich residents, behind New York and Hong Kong. Thu, 18 Jul 2019 16:06:46 +0200 New Russian #MeToo Flashmob Takes Twitter by Storm Under the new hashtag, female users share their stories of everyday harassment and abuse in the country. Thu, 18 Jul 2019 15:19:00 +0200 Russia, Ukraine Agree ‘Comprehensive’ Cease-Fire in Donbass The sides have agreed to lay down arms starting midnight this Sunday, July 21. Thu, 18 Jul 2019 14:03:00 +0200 Ukraine Announces Fast-Track Passports After Putin's Russian Citizenship Offer The decision followed a Russian move to simplify citizenship for Ukrainians. Thu, 18 Jul 2019 13:27:32 +0200 Russia Denies Its Troops Are Fighting in Northwest Syria "Russia has had no and has no ground forces in Syria," the defense ministry said. Thu, 18 Jul 2019 13:21:50 +0200 Russian Cops Take Down Security Officials for Planting Drugs on Teen The officials took the 16-year-old victim to an ATM to withdraw cash for a bribe. Thu, 18 Jul 2019 11:52:39 +0200 Russia Has Deployed Ground Forces in Idlib, Syrian Rebels Say This is the first time Moscow has sent ground troops on the battlefield, rebels say. Thu, 18 Jul 2019 09:51:00 +0200 Chinese and Russian Cyber Watchdogs Meet in Moscow Cooperation in this area between the two regulators could alarm Russian proponents of Internet freedom. Thu, 18 Jul 2019 09:49:00 +0200 Russia's Putin Extends Passport Offer to Ukraine Citizens Moscow made the move ahead of Ukrainian parliamentary elections on Sunday. Thu, 18 Jul 2019 09:45:00 +0200 Second Russian Nuclear Plant Taken Down After Malfunction The four-reactor Kalinin plant is located 350 kilometers northwest of Moscow. Thu, 18 Jul 2019 09:12:00 +0200 U.S. Senator Asks FBI to Investigate Russia's FaceApp Over Security Concerns Schumer said the photo editing app's location in Russia raises questions Thu, 18 Jul 2019 09:02:00 +0200 First Bout With Putin Puts Ukraine’s New Leader Under Spotlight Zelenskiy is immersed in his first negotiations with Putin. Wed, 17 Jul 2019 16:39:36 +0200 Kremlin Opens Door to Changing Constitution as Succession Looms It could potentially allow him to switch roles to retain power as head of the ruling party and prime minister. Wed, 17 Jul 2019 16:20:20 +0200 Russia Accuses the Netherlands of ‘Exploiting’ MH17 Tragedy “This tragedy has become a tool in a dirty political game,” Russia's Foreign Ministry said on the fifth anniversary of the downing. Wed, 17 Jul 2019 15:24:00 +0200 Russian Court Extends Arrest of Detained Ukrainian Sailors Moscow accuses the sailors of illegally entering Russian waters, something Kiev denies. Wed, 17 Jul 2019 14:00:45 +0200 Struggling Murmansk Shipping Company Loses Control of Sole Passenger Line The ship is a lifeline for Russians living in settlements on the White Sea coast. Wed, 17 Jul 2019 13:46:00 +0200 EU Calls on Russia to Accept Responsibility for MH17 on Fifth Anniversary The victims’ families also called on the Russian government to "take responsibility." Wed, 17 Jul 2019 10:22:00 +0200 Two Russian Boxers Competed While Serving Bans for Doping Russian anti-doping agency said it had been unaware of the cases and said that it would investigate. Wed, 17 Jul 2019 10:17:00 +0200 Russians’ Fear of Chernobyl Repeat Hits Record Low, Poll Says “The generation that remembers the accident is disappearing,”  Levada sociologist Karina Pipiya said. Wed, 17 Jul 2019 10:03:59 +0200 Russia Denies Visas to Anglo-American School Teachers The bans could be aimed at pressuring the U.S. into returning two Russian diplomatic compounds. Wed, 17 Jul 2019 09:49:00 +0200 Kremlin’s Growth Hopes Face New Headwinds as Economy Sputters Government officials have been insisting that the economy will perk up, but economists say that optimism may have been premature. Wed, 17 Jul 2019 09:25:37 +0200 Trump Says Turkey Won’t Receive F-35s Over Russian Missile System It was Trump's clearest statement on the issue since President Erdogan’s government began receiving components for the Russian-made S-400. Wed, 17 Jul 2019 09:08:00 +0200 Russian Premier League Hits Record Attendance in Season Kick-Off The photos of the action from the Premier League's first eight games. Tue, 16 Jul 2019 16:40:17 +0200 Russia Orders Facebook to Remove Photos of Swastika Flag Facebook has been put on a government registry of banned information over the picture. Tue, 16 Jul 2019 16:25:09 +0200 Russia’s S-400 Is ‘the Best Missile System All-Around,’ U.S. Firm Says An overview of the S-400’s strengths and limitations, based on a new report by Stratfor. Tue, 16 Jul 2019 15:59:00 +0200 Will a Road Through a Nuclear Dumping Ground Result in ‘Moscow’s Chernobyl’? Activists warn that construction will release radioactive dust into the air and the Moscow River. Tue, 16 Jul 2019 12:03:00 +0200 Turkey Will Produce S-400 Systems With Russia, Erdogan Says "The S-400s are the strongest defense system against those who want to attack our country,” Erdogan said. Tue, 16 Jul 2019 11:31:00 +0200 Hackers Hit Bulgaria Sending Data From Russian Email It was probably motivated by Bulgaria's move to buy eight new Lockheed Martin F-16 fighters from the United States. Tue, 16 Jul 2019 10:51:00 +0200 Clashes Erupt at New Garbage Protests in Moscow Suburb Locals say plans for the garbage dump have led to a spike in deforestation. Tue, 16 Jul 2019 10:26:55 +0200 U.S. Teen Accused of Raping Woman in Russian Beach Town A 16-year-old Russian was also allegedly involved in the crime. Tue, 16 Jul 2019 09:57:18 +0200 Putin's Huge Military Buildup Leaves Industry With Debt Hangover The loan portfolio is more than 2 trillion rubles, costing as much in annual payments as the entire industry earns in profits. Tue, 16 Jul 2019 09:34:01 +0200 Russia Hints At Swap of Jailed Sailors as Ukraine Nears Key Poll “It’s being discussed — we’re thinking about it,” Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Grigory Karasin said Monday. Tue, 16 Jul 2019 09:10:43 +0200 Moscow Opposition Rallies for Fair Elections, 39 Detained Hundreds of protesters rallied in Moscow on Sunday to demand fair elections. Mon, 15 Jul 2019 16:56:42 +0200 Same-Sex Adoptions Will Lead to Human Extinction, Russian Speaker Says “There are basic ingredients for happiness that are universal," the upper house speaker said. Mon, 15 Jul 2019 14:59:09 +0200 Nixon Fan Detained in Russia for Installing Plaque to U.S. President The 75-year-old was detained for organizing an unauthorized event, activists said. Mon, 15 Jul 2019 13:28:00 +0200 Rosneft Wants Massive Tax Break for Arctic Investment, Media Reports Rosneft could invest up to 8.5 trillion rubles ($135.2 billion) in the Arctic in return. Mon, 15 Jul 2019 10:57:00 +0200 News From Russia: What You Missed Over the Weekend Moscow election protests. Air defense giveaway. Space census. Mon, 15 Jul 2019 09:13:06 +0200