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, 18 Nov 2019 09:40:58 +0100 600 Putin’s Favorability Among Russians Drops 10% – Poll https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/11/18/putins-favorability-among-russians-drops-10-poll-a68208 “In general, all authoritarian regimes are held up on such an alienated attitude,” the head of the Levada Center said.  Mon, 18 Nov 2019 09:15:53 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/11/18/putins-favorability-among-russians-drops-10-poll-a68208 Opposition Wins no Seats in Belarus Election as Lukashenko Vows to Stay Put https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/11/18/opposition-wins-no-seats-in-belarus-election-as-lukashenko-vows-to-stay-put-a68205 "I have promised that I would not hang on to this seat until my fingers turn blue," Lukashenko said. Mon, 18 Nov 2019 08:24:00 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/11/18/opposition-wins-no-seats-in-belarus-election-as-lukashenko-vows-to-stay-put-a68205 News From Russia: What You Missed Over the Weekend https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/11/18/news-from-russia-what-you-missed-over-the-weekend-37-a68204 Kerch ships. British report. Domestic violence law. Mon, 18 Nov 2019 07:52:00 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/11/18/news-from-russia-what-you-missed-over-the-weekend-37-a68204 Russia Says It Will Return Captured Naval Ships to Ukraine on Monday https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/11/17/russia-says-it-will-return-captured-naval-ships-to-ukraine-on-monday-a68203 Russia seized the ships off the coast of Crimea last year after opening fire on them and wounding several sailors. Sun, 17 Nov 2019 11:49:00 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/11/17/russia-says-it-will-return-captured-naval-ships-to-ukraine-on-monday-a68203 St. Petersburg Scientology Leader Released 2 Years Into Arrest https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/11/15/st-petersburg-scientology-leader-released-2-years-into-arrest-a68201 Ivan Matsitsky was detained on extremism, illegal entrepreneurship and incitement charges in 2017. Fri, 15 Nov 2019 16:16:00 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/11/15/st-petersburg-scientology-leader-released-2-years-into-arrest-a68201 Russia’s FSB Linked to $450M Bitcoin Disappearance – BBC https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/11/15/russias-fsb-linked-450m-bitcoin-disappearance-a68195 Russian security services obtained the cryptocurrency for “the FSB fund,” BBC investigation says. Fri, 15 Nov 2019 16:12:15 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/11/15/russias-fsb-linked-450m-bitcoin-disappearance-a68195 St. Petersburg Launches International Competition for New Zaryadye-Style Park https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/11/15/st-petersburg-launches-international-competition-for-new-zaryadye-style-park-a68199 Local officials say the new park will open a unique panorama view onto the city's historical landmarks. Fri, 15 Nov 2019 16:01:00 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/11/15/st-petersburg-launches-international-competition-for-new-zaryadye-style-park-a68199 Belarus Slams Russia Over Warplanes, Joint Border https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/11/15/belarus-slams-russia-over-warplanes-joint-border-a68189 A spat over payment for fighter jets is the latest crack in the relationship between the two allies. Fri, 15 Nov 2019 15:09:50 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/11/15/belarus-slams-russia-over-warplanes-joint-border-a68189 One Day on a Wheelchair in Moscow https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/11/15/one-day-on-a-wheelchair-in-moscow-a68198 An estimated 8% of Russians have disabilities, but they are rarely seen on Moscow’s streets. Activists say it’s because the city lacks accessibility. Fri, 15 Nov 2019 14:59:00 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/11/15/one-day-on-a-wheelchair-in-moscow-a68198 Russia Trades Captive Spies With Norway, Lithuania in Cold War-style Swap https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/11/15/russia-trades-captive-spies-with-norway-lithuania-in-cold-war-style-swap-a68193 The move secures the return of several captured agents to their home countries. Fri, 15 Nov 2019 14:11:00 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/11/15/russia-trades-captive-spies-with-norway-lithuania-in-cold-war-style-swap-a68193 Expert Calls for Demolition of St. Petersburg’s Center to Save Money https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/11/15/architect-calls-demolition-st-petersburgs-center-save-money-a68192 A Moscow architecture expert told the St. Petersburg Cultural Forum the city can’t afford conservation and needs to attract investors. Fri, 15 Nov 2019 13:47:00 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/11/15/architect-calls-demolition-st-petersburgs-center-save-money-a68192 Crimean Zoo Owner Asks Public to Adopt 30 Bears – Or He'll Kill Them https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/11/15/crimean-zoo-owner-asks-public-to-take-30-bears-otherwise-hell-kill-them-a68185 Oleg Zubkov pointed to government pressure and mounting fines as the reasons he can no longer provide a home for the bears. Fri, 15 Nov 2019 13:33:00 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/11/15/crimean-zoo-owner-asks-public-to-take-30-bears-otherwise-hell-kill-them-a68185 Russia Lands Forces at Former U.S. Air Base in Northern Syria https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/11/15/russia-lands-forces-at-former-us-air-base-in-northern-syria-a68191 Armed Russian military police were shown in footage aired flying into the Syrian air base in northern Aleppo province. Fri, 15 Nov 2019 12:25:00 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/11/15/russia-lands-forces-at-former-us-air-base-in-northern-syria-a68191 Lithuania Pardons Russian Spies, Paving Way for 3-Way Swap https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/11/15/lithuania-pardons-russian-spies-paving-way-for-3-way-swap-a68187 The move could lead to the release of Norwegian Frode Berg, who was jailed in Russia for espionage. Fri, 15 Nov 2019 10:18:00 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/11/15/lithuania-pardons-russian-spies-paving-way-for-3-way-swap-a68187 How Does a Powerful Russian Lobby Plan to Halt Climate Change? With Coal, Oil and Gas https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/11/15/how-does-a-powerful-russian-lobby-plan-to-halt-climate-change-with-coal-oil-and-gas-a68173 If Russia is to move away from a carbon-based economy, experts say it will take external pressure. For now, though, there is none. Fri, 15 Nov 2019 10:09:00 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/11/15/how-does-a-powerful-russian-lobby-plan-to-halt-climate-change-with-coal-oil-and-gas-a68173 Russia’s Rosneft Secretly Exporting Venezuelan Oil – Bloomberg https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/11/15/russias-rosneft-secretly-exporting-venezuelan-oil-bloomberg-a68188 Rosneft-contracted oil tanker switched off GPS transponder before sailing to Venezuela to pick up two million barrels. Fri, 15 Nov 2019 09:42:00 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/11/15/russias-rosneft-secretly-exporting-venezuelan-oil-bloomberg-a68188 We Hope Trump Visits Russia for Victory Day in May, Putin Says https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/11/15/we-hope-trump-visits-russia-for-victory-day-in-may-putin-says-a68183 Putin said it would be the "right" thing for Trump to attend the commemorative event. Fri, 15 Nov 2019 08:23:00 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/11/15/we-hope-trump-visits-russia-for-victory-day-in-may-putin-says-a68183 U.S. Warns Egypt Over $2Bln Russian Fighter Jet Deal – WSJ https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/11/15/us-warns-egypt-over-2bln-russian-fighter-jet-deal-wsj-a68179 Washington is reportedly urging its allies and partners to reconsider transactions with Russia. Fri, 15 Nov 2019 08:01:32 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/11/15/us-warns-egypt-over-2bln-russian-fighter-jet-deal-wsj-a68179 Russia Recognizes Bolivia’s Interim Leader as Violence Continues https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/11/14/russia-recognizes-bolivias-interim-leader-as-violence-continues-a68178 “Russia will perceive Mrs. Añez as Bolivia’s leader, but only until the elections,” Russia’s Deputy Foreign Minister said. Thu, 14 Nov 2019 16:10:00 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/11/14/russia-recognizes-bolivias-interim-leader-as-violence-continues-a68178 Russia Questions Authenticity of Dutch MH17 Phone Intercepts https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/11/14/russia-questions-authenticity-of-dutch-mh17-phone-intercepts-a68177 The world is awash with "fake news," the Foreign Ministry said. Thu, 14 Nov 2019 15:52:00 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/11/14/russia-questions-authenticity-of-dutch-mh17-phone-intercepts-a68177 Russia Tests ISIS Orphans’ DNA Ahead of Repatriation https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/11/14/russia-tests-isis-orphans-dna-ahead-of-repatriation-a68176 The tests will confirm if the children have Russian relatives. Thu, 14 Nov 2019 15:14:40 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/11/14/russia-tests-isis-orphans-dna-ahead-of-repatriation-a68176 Russia Blames Fatal Plane Crash on Pilots, Including One Who Lied to Get License https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/11/14/russia-blames-fatal-plane-crash-on-pilots-including-one-who-lied-to-get-license-a68175 The plane from Moscow had been trying to abort its landing when it nose-dived into the runway and burst into flames. Thu, 14 Nov 2019 12:54:00 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/11/14/russia-blames-fatal-plane-crash-on-pilots-including-one-who-lied-to-get-license-a68175 MH17 Crash Probe Releases Intercepted Calls Between East Ukraine Rebels and Russian Officials https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/11/14/mh17-crash-probe-releases-intercepted-calls-between-east-ukraine-rebels-and-russian-officials-a68174 An international investigation published the calls it says connects pro-Russian separatist fighters to high-ranking Russian officials. Thu, 14 Nov 2019 12:05:00 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/11/14/mh17-crash-probe-releases-intercepted-calls-between-east-ukraine-rebels-and-russian-officials-a68174 U.S. Shale to Overtake Russia’s Entire Oil and Gas Production https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/11/14/us-shale-overtake-russia-oil-gas-production-a68168 International Energy Agency forecasts falling share for Russia in world energy mix. Thu, 14 Nov 2019 11:34:15 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/11/14/us-shale-overtake-russia-oil-gas-production-a68168 170K in East Ukraine Get Russian Passports Under Putin’s Fast-Track Program https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/11/14/170k-in-east-ukraine-get-russian-passports-under-putins-fast-track-program-a68169 The decision to simplify Russian passports for eastern Ukrainians six months ago angered Kiev and Washington. Thu, 14 Nov 2019 10:46:29 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/11/14/170k-in-east-ukraine-get-russian-passports-under-putins-fast-track-program-a68169 Richard Branson Considering Pobeda Investment – Reports https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/11/14/richard-branson-considering-pobeda-investment-a68167 British billionaire could purchase a 25% stake in the Russian low-cost airline, according to local media reports. Thu, 14 Nov 2019 09:21:40 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/11/14/richard-branson-considering-pobeda-investment-a68167 Russia’s Deadly College Shooting: What We Know So Far https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/11/14/russias-deadly-college-shooting-what-we-know-so-far-a68165 One student is dead and three others injured after the shooter opened fire inside the school. Thu, 14 Nov 2019 08:46:00 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/11/14/russias-deadly-college-shooting-what-we-know-so-far-a68165 St. Petersburg Tackles a Homeless Problem Moscow Won’t Address https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/11/14/st-petersburg-tackles-a-homeless-problem-moscow-wont-address-a68162 St. Petersburg has become more accepting of homeless people than Moscow thanks to the Nochlezhka NGO. Thu, 14 Nov 2019 08:38:00 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/11/14/st-petersburg-tackles-a-homeless-problem-moscow-wont-address-a68162 Russia Launches New Air Base in Former U.S. Syria Stronghold https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/11/14/russia-launches-new-air-base-in-former-us-syria-stronghold-a68164 Russian forces have strengthened their presence in northern Syria after the U.S. announced its withdrawal. Thu, 14 Nov 2019 08:00:00 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/11/14/russia-launches-new-air-base-in-former-us-syria-stronghold-a68164 Kneeling Russian Pensioner Confronts Medvedev Over Hot Water Shutoff https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/11/13/kneeling-russian-pensioner-confronts-medvedev-over-hot-water-shutoff-a68160 The prime minister's response echoed a 2016 remark where he told disgruntled pensioners to "Hang in there." Wed, 13 Nov 2019 15:46:59 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/11/13/kneeling-russian-pensioner-confronts-medvedev-over-hot-water-shutoff-a68160 Russian Child Witnessing Father’s Violent Arrest Was Tortured, European Court Rules https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/11/13/russian-child-witnessing-fathers-violent-arrest-was-tortured-european-court-rules-a68152 The unanimous ruling said that witnessing torture against a loved one is a form of torture in itself. Wed, 13 Nov 2019 15:15:55 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/11/13/russian-child-witnessing-fathers-violent-arrest-was-tortured-european-court-rules-a68152 Russian Economic Growth Accelerates https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/11/13/russian-gdp-economic-growth-accelerates-a68161 Official statistics show Russian GDP growth picking up, but not by enough to meet the government’s target. Wed, 13 Nov 2019 15:14:45 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/11/13/russian-gdp-economic-growth-accelerates-a68161 Russians Break Shopping Records on Chinese Singles’ Day https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/11/13/russians-break-shopping-records-chinese-singles-day-a68159 Russians made 30 million purchases on Chinese platform AliExpress in 24 hours. Wed, 13 Nov 2019 14:31:10 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/11/13/russians-break-shopping-records-chinese-singles-day-a68159 Russia's Northern Fleet Bolsters Its Forces With Siberian Huskies https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/11/13/russias-northern-fleet-bolsters-its-forces-with-siberian-huskies-a68140 Russia’s Armed Forces will soon welcome some new recruits. Wed, 13 Nov 2019 13:52:00 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/11/13/russias-northern-fleet-bolsters-its-forces-with-siberian-huskies-a68140 Sami Parliaments, EU Concerned by Russia Shutting Down Indigenous Rights Group https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/11/13/sami-parliaments-eu-concerned-by-russia-shutting-down-indigenous-rights-group-a68153 "Russia’s goal with the shutdown is to keep indigenous peoples outside any international, Arctic and UN venues." Wed, 13 Nov 2019 12:35:09 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/11/13/sami-parliaments-eu-concerned-by-russia-shutting-down-indigenous-rights-group-a68153 Ukrainian Tycoon Kolomoisky’s Change of Heart Over Russia, in Quotes https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/11/13/ukrainian-tycoon-kolomoiskys-change-of-heart-over-russia-in-quotes-a68157 The ally of recently elected Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy says Ukraine should give up on the West. Wed, 13 Nov 2019 11:58:00 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/11/13/ukrainian-tycoon-kolomoiskys-change-of-heart-over-russia-in-quotes-a68157 Moscow Accuses U.S. of Hunting Russians After Israel Extradites Suspected Hacker https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/11/13/moscow-accuses-us-of-hunting-russians-after-israel-extradites-suspected-hacker-a68155 Burkov is accused of various crimes, including wire fraud, computer intrusions, identity theft and money laundering. Wed, 13 Nov 2019 10:48:00 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/11/13/moscow-accuses-us-of-hunting-russians-after-israel-extradites-suspected-hacker-a68155 The Russian Stock Market is the Best Performer in the World in 2019 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/11/13/russian-stock-market-best-performer-world-2019-a68150 Investors in the MSCI Russia Index have booked a 44% profit since the start of the year. Wed, 13 Nov 2019 10:10:22 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/11/13/russian-stock-market-best-performer-world-2019-a68150 Czech Humanitarian Group Declared ‘Undesirable’ in Russia https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/11/13/czech-humanitarian-group-declared-undesirable-in-russia-a68145 People in Need is the fourth foreign organization to be slapped with the "undesirable" label this year. Wed, 13 Nov 2019 10:03:00 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/11/13/czech-humanitarian-group-declared-undesirable-in-russia-a68145 Moscow Has Second Worst Road Rage in World https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/11/13/moscow-second-worst-road-rage-world-a68146 Only Mongolia's capital Ulaanbaatar scores higher than Moscow for driver anger. Wed, 13 Nov 2019 08:53:27 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/11/13/moscow-second-worst-road-rage-world-a68146 Russia Says Businesswoman Sentenced in Kuwait Is ‘Safe’ After Embezzlement Verdict https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/11/13/russia-says-businesswoman-sentenced-in-kuwait-is-safe-after-embezzlement-verdict-a68144 She may be inside the Russian Embassy in Kuwait City. Wed, 13 Nov 2019 08:10:51 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/11/13/russia-says-businesswoman-sentenced-in-kuwait-is-safe-after-embezzlement-verdict-a68144 Russia Jails 6 Crimean Tatar Activists for Terrorism, Sparking Condemnation https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/11/12/russia-jails-6-crimean-tatar-activists-for-terrorism-sparking-condemnation-a68143 Amnesty International decried the verdicts as “overt repression.” Tue, 12 Nov 2019 16:09:00 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/11/12/russia-jails-6-crimean-tatar-activists-for-terrorism-sparking-condemnation-a68143 Russian Authorities Can Seize Assets of Criminals’ Acquaintances, Court Rules https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/11/12/russian-authorities-can-seize-assets-of-criminals-acquaintances-court-rules-a68135 Lawyers warned that the decision could hurt Russia’s attractiveness as an investment destination. Tue, 12 Nov 2019 15:15:26 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/11/12/russian-authorities-can-seize-assets-of-criminals-acquaintances-court-rules-a68135 Murder on the Moika: Brutal Killing Sparks Public Outcry in Russia https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/11/12/murder-on-the-moika-brutal-killing-sparks-public-outcry-in-russia-a68138 Critics say the murder of a young woman by her former professor was spurred by a culture of impunity. Tue, 12 Nov 2019 13:32:00 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/11/12/murder-on-the-moika-brutal-killing-sparks-public-outcry-in-russia-a68138 The Aftermath of Journalist Ivan Golunov’s Case, Explained https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/11/12/the-aftermath-of-journalist-ivan-golunovs-case-explained-a68134 Five months after Golunov's brief arrest on fabricated drug charges, many questions remain unanswered. Tue, 12 Nov 2019 13:21:21 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/11/12/the-aftermath-of-journalist-ivan-golunovs-case-explained-a68134 Russia Is Building One of the World’s Largest Facial Recognition Networks https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/11/12/russia-is-building-one-of-the-worlds-largest-facial-recognition-networks-a68139 According to some projections, it may even be bigger than China’s 200 million camera system. Tue, 12 Nov 2019 13:16:00 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/11/12/russia-is-building-one-of-the-worlds-largest-facial-recognition-networks-a68139 Israel Extradites Suspected Russian Hacker to U.S. in Snub to Moscow https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/11/12/israel-extradites-suspected-russian-hacker-to-us-in-snub-to-moscow-a68131 Russia had asked Israel to exchange Burkov for Naama Issachar, who was sentenced to Russian prison on drug-smuggling charges. Tue, 12 Nov 2019 09:42:35 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/11/12/israel-extradites-suspected-russian-hacker-to-us-in-snub-to-moscow-a68131 Putin's Chef Prigozhin Splits His Business Empire – Reports https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/11/12/putins-chef-prigozhin-splits-business-empire-a68133 27-year old lawyer named as co-owner of Kremlin ally’s food business by Russian news sites. Tue, 12 Nov 2019 09:31:00 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/11/12/putins-chef-prigozhin-splits-business-empire-a68133 Putin Hangs Netanyahu Out to Dry Over Hashish Jailing https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/11/12/putin-hangs-netanyahu-out-to-dry-over-hashish-jailing-a68136 Putin has snubbed repeated requests from Netanyahu to free Naama Issachar, sentenced to 7 1/2 years in jail for carrying a small amount of hashish. Tue, 12 Nov 2019 09:10:00 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/11/12/putin-hangs-netanyahu-out-to-dry-over-hashish-jailing-a68136 Chechnya Outperforms Kremlin's KPIs Nationwide – Reports https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/11/12/chechnya-outperforms-kremlins-kpis-nationwide-reports-a68129 Residents of Chechnya have the country's highest trust levels toward their region's leader, President Putin and elections. Tue, 12 Nov 2019 08:52:00 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/11/12/chechnya-outperforms-kremlins-kpis-nationwide-reports-a68129