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 Tue, 22 Oct 2019 20:55:18 +0200 600 Turkey, Russia Strike Deal to Remove Syrian Kurdish YPG, Launch Joint Patrols https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/10/22/turkey-russia-strike-deal-to-remove-syrian-kurdish-ypg-launch-joint-patrols-a67862 The meeting comes amid weeks of tensions between Moscow, Ankara and Damascus over fighting in northern Syria. Tue, 22 Oct 2019 19:13:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/10/22/turkey-russia-strike-deal-to-remove-syrian-kurdish-ypg-launch-joint-patrols-a67862 3 Dead in Underground Mine Accident at Russia's Nornickel https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/10/22/3-dead-in-underground-mine-accident-at-russias-nornickel-a67861 The deaths could have been caused by methane gas poisoning, a source said. Tue, 22 Oct 2019 17:52:50 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/10/22/3-dead-in-underground-mine-accident-at-russias-nornickel-a67861 St. Petersburg Police Round Up 800 Migrant Workers After Mass Brawl https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/10/22/st-petersburg-market-raid-leads-to-mass-roundup-of-migrant-workers-a67858 Police were searching for the instigators of the brawl, which involved 50 migrants in St. Petersburg’s market area. Tue, 22 Oct 2019 17:05:44 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/10/22/st-petersburg-market-raid-leads-to-mass-roundup-of-migrant-workers-a67858 Russia Vows to Forgive Ethiopia's Debts Amid Growing Push for Influence in Africa https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/10/22/russia-vows-to-forgive-ethiopias-debts-amid-growing-push-for-influence-in-africa-a67851 Russia hopes its debt forgiveness will expand opportunities for military and economic influence on the continent. Tue, 22 Oct 2019 16:12:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/10/22/russia-vows-to-forgive-ethiopias-debts-amid-growing-push-for-influence-in-africa-a67851 'The Arctic Shelf Is Ours,' Russian Defense Ministry Says https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/10/22/the-arctic-shelf-is-ours-russian-defense-ministry-says-a67843 Russia says it now has the data needed to support its claims in the Arctic region. Tue, 22 Oct 2019 15:04:03 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/10/22/the-arctic-shelf-is-ours-russian-defense-ministry-says-a67843 Kremlin: Preparations for Normandy Summit on Ukraine Have Ground to a Halt https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/10/22/kremlin-preparations-for-normandy-summit-on-ukraine-have-ground-to-a-halt-a67857 "The demands of one of the parties are constantly changing," the Kremlin's spokesman said. Tue, 22 Oct 2019 14:47:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/10/22/kremlin-preparations-for-normandy-summit-on-ukraine-have-ground-to-a-halt-a67857 Russian Special Agents Raid Jehovah’s Witnesses Resort as Crackdown Intensifies https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/10/22/russian-special-agents-raid-jehovahs-witnesses-resort-as-crackdown-intensifies-a67855 Prosecutors in a Siberian city are also seeking a seven-year prison sentence for a local Jehovah’s Witness.  Tue, 22 Oct 2019 14:44:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/10/22/russian-special-agents-raid-jehovahs-witnesses-resort-as-crackdown-intensifies-a67855 Russia Named World’s Most Unequal Economy https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/10/22/russia-named-worlds-most-unequal-economy-a67836 The richest 10% of the population controls 83% of Russia's wealth. Tue, 22 Oct 2019 14:19:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/10/22/russia-named-worlds-most-unequal-economy-a67836 Russia Is Importing Thousands of Cows From Europe https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/10/22/russia-is-importing-thousands-of-cows-from-europe-a67844 Putin’s plan for dairy dominance hinges on a multi-million euro cow-buying spree. Tue, 22 Oct 2019 14:17:27 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/10/22/russia-is-importing-thousands-of-cows-from-europe-a67844 Russian Helicopters Land in Abandoned U.S. Base in Syria https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/10/22/russian-helicopters-land-abandoned-us-base-syria-a67849 Tabqa is the latest U.S.-held position now controlled by Russian-backed forces. Tue, 22 Oct 2019 13:04:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/10/22/russian-helicopters-land-abandoned-us-base-syria-a67849 Russia Is Trying to Meddle in 2020 U.S. Election via Facebook – Zuckerberg https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/10/22/russia-trying-meddle-2020-us-election-facebook-zuckerberg-a67841 Facebook said it had shut down accounts linked to Russia’s “troll farm.” Tue, 22 Oct 2019 11:34:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/10/22/russia-trying-meddle-2020-us-election-facebook-zuckerberg-a67841 S.Korea Scrambled Fighter Jets After Russian Warplanes Violated Air Defense Zone https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/10/22/skorea-scrambled-fighter-jets-after-russian-warplanes-violated-air-defense-zone-a67848 Calls to the Russian embassy in Seoul seeking comment went unanswered. Tue, 22 Oct 2019 11:18:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/10/22/skorea-scrambled-fighter-jets-after-russian-warplanes-violated-air-defense-zone-a67848 Most Russian Families Can Only Afford Food and Clothes https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/10/22/most-russian-families-can-only-afford-food-and-clothes-a67842 Just one third of the population can afford to splurge on non-essentials. Tue, 22 Oct 2019 10:51:06 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/10/22/most-russian-families-can-only-afford-food-and-clothes-a67842 Russia Sends Nuclear-Bombers to South Africa in ‘Friendly’ Visit https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/10/22/russia-sends-nuclear-bombers-south-africa-friendly-visit-a67838 It is reportedly the first time that Russia lands the TU-160 strategic bombers in Africa. Tue, 22 Oct 2019 10:22:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/10/22/russia-sends-nuclear-bombers-south-africa-friendly-visit-a67838 Vladimir Putin Wants Everyone to Love the Way He Watches Them https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/10/22/vladimir-putin-wants-everyone-to-love-the-way-he-watches-them-a67840 These days it’s not just foreigners who are being tracked, but all 12.6 million Muscovites, too. Tue, 22 Oct 2019 09:50:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/10/22/vladimir-putin-wants-everyone-to-love-the-way-he-watches-them-a67840 Russian Icebreaker Made Distress Call During Storm Off Norway by Accident – Reports https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/10/22/russian-icebreaker-makes-mayday-call-during-storm-off-norway-a67839 There were no reports of injuries and no plans for evacuation. Tue, 22 Oct 2019 09:16:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/10/22/russian-icebreaker-makes-mayday-call-during-storm-off-norway-a67839 What Went Wrong at Russia’s Latest Military Drills? https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/10/22/what-went-wrong-russias-latest-military-drills-a67837 There were reports of mishaps at the drills involving ballistic and cruise missiles. Tue, 22 Oct 2019 09:09:30 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/10/22/what-went-wrong-russias-latest-military-drills-a67837 Greenpeace Finds High Radiation Along Planned Moscow Highway Route https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/10/21/greenpeace-finds-high-radiation-along-planned-moscow-highway-route-a67834 Tests of soil samples revealed levels of radiation that could cause cancer in residents. Mon, 21 Oct 2019 16:53:45 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/10/21/greenpeace-finds-high-radiation-along-planned-moscow-highway-route-a67834 Putin Appoints TV Presenter as Human Rights Head, Pushes Out Liberals https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/10/21/putin-appoints-tv-presenter-as-human-rights-head-pushes-out-liberals-a67835 Well-known liberal figures like Yekaterina Schulmann and Pavel Chikov will no longer advise the Kremlin on human rights. Mon, 21 Oct 2019 16:48:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/10/21/putin-appoints-tv-presenter-as-human-rights-head-pushes-out-liberals-a67835 Russian Journalist-Turned-Mercenary Killed in Libya – Reports https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/10/21/russian-journalist-turned-mercenary-killed-in-libya-reports-a67830 He is one of up to 35 Russian mercenaries reported to have died in an airstrike last month. Mon, 21 Oct 2019 15:40:11 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/10/21/russian-journalist-turned-mercenary-killed-in-libya-reports-a67830 Russia Has More New Malls Than Anywhere Else in Europe https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/10/21/russia-has-more-new-malls-than-anywhere-else-in-europe-a67831 Study finds new shopping space opening despite a squeeze in living standards. Mon, 21 Oct 2019 15:22:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/10/21/russia-has-more-new-malls-than-anywhere-else-in-europe-a67831 Cancer Deaths Up 679% Among St. Petersburg Teens – Official Report https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/10/21/cancer-deaths-up-679-among-st-petersburg-teens-official-report-a67824 Regions across Russia have cut spending on cancer treatments in recent years amid rising costs. Mon, 21 Oct 2019 14:15:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/10/21/cancer-deaths-up-679-among-st-petersburg-teens-official-report-a67824 Russia Plans to Lure Shippers From Suez to the Arctic With Payments https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/10/21/russia-plans-to-lure-shippers-from-suez-to-the-arctic-with-payments-a67826 Some shippers remain reluctant to make the detour from the Suez Canal toward the Arctic due to multiple risks. Mon, 21 Oct 2019 13:18:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/10/21/russia-plans-to-lure-shippers-from-suez-to-the-arctic-with-payments-a67826 Yandex Shares Bounce Back as Russia Softens Foreign Ownership Rules https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/10/21/yandex-shares-bounce-back-as-russia-softens-foreign-ownership-rules-a67825 Shares were up 9% on Monday morning, but Yandex is still vulnerable. Mon, 21 Oct 2019 12:16:51 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/10/21/yandex-shares-bounce-back-as-russia-softens-foreign-ownership-rules-a67825 Tech Giant Elon Musk Appears at Small Russia Business Forum https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/10/21/tech-giant-elon-musk-appears-at-small-russia-business-forum-a67807 The organizers invited the billionaire entrepreneur by billboard. Mon, 21 Oct 2019 11:36:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/10/21/tech-giant-elon-musk-appears-at-small-russia-business-forum-a67807 12 Prisons With Militants Left Unguarded in Syria After Turkey Assault, Russia Warns https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/10/21/12-prisons-militants-left-unguarded-syria-turkey-assault-russia-warns-a67821 Turkey’s assault could allow for the escape of thousands of Islamic State militants. Mon, 21 Oct 2019 11:21:21 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/10/21/12-prisons-militants-left-unguarded-syria-turkey-assault-russia-warns-a67821 Chechen Policeman Kills Russian Colleague in North Caucasus https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/10/21/chechen-policeman-kills-russian-colleague-north-caucasus-a67816 The Chechen policeman is a member of a unit named after Akhmad Kadyrov. Mon, 21 Oct 2019 10:35:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/10/21/chechen-policeman-kills-russian-colleague-north-caucasus-a67816 Russian Nuclear Sub Misfires During Putin-Supervised Drills – Reports https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/10/21/russian-nuclear-sub-misfires-putin-supervised-drills-reports-a67814 Russia held major test launches of ballistic and cruise missiles last week. Mon, 21 Oct 2019 09:54:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/10/21/russian-nuclear-sub-misfires-putin-supervised-drills-reports-a67814 Hacking the Hackers: Russian Group Hijacked Iranian Spying Operation, Officials Say https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/10/21/hacking-the-hackers-russian-group-hijacked-iranian-spying-operation-officials-say-a67815 The Russian group "Turla" has used Iranian tools to hack in to organizations in at least 20 different countries, British security officials said. Mon, 21 Oct 2019 09:38:37 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/10/21/hacking-the-hackers-russian-group-hijacked-iranian-spying-operation-officials-say-a67815 News From Russia: What You Missed Over the Weekend https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/10/21/news-from-russia-what-you-missed-over-the-weekend-33-a67813 Dam disaster. African training. Foreign Yandex. Mon, 21 Oct 2019 09:03:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/10/21/news-from-russia-what-you-missed-over-the-weekend-33-a67813 Dam Collapse Kills at Least 15 Gold Miners in Siberia https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/10/19/dam-collapse-kills-at-least-15-gold-miners-siberia-a67810 Local authorities said the collapsed dam was not registered by official bodies. Sat, 19 Oct 2019 11:02:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/10/19/dam-collapse-kills-at-least-15-gold-miners-siberia-a67810 Russian Lawmakers Accuse BBC, Meduza, RFE/RL of Violating Election Law https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/10/18/russian-lawmakers-accuse-bbc-meduza-rferl-of-violating-election-law-a67806 The outlets are now at risk of being blocked within Russia as a result. Fri, 18 Oct 2019 16:40:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/10/18/russian-lawmakers-accuse-bbc-meduza-rferl-of-violating-election-law-a67806 Putin Oversees Nuclear Submarine Drills Across Russia https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/10/18/putin-oversees-nuclear-submarine-drills-across-russia-a67808 The large-scale exercises come at a time of growing concerns over a new arms race between Russia and the West. Fri, 18 Oct 2019 15:32:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/10/18/putin-oversees-nuclear-submarine-drills-across-russia-a67808 Russian Spies Are Recruiting MGIMO Students – Proekt https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/10/18/russian-spies-recruit-mgimo-students-proekt-a67796 MGIMO is considered one of Russia’s elite academic institutions. Fri, 18 Oct 2019 14:12:27 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/10/18/russian-spies-recruit-mgimo-students-proekt-a67796 Russia’s Thawing Permafrost May Cost Economy $2.3Bln a Year https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/10/18/russias-thawing-permafrost-may-cost-economy-23-billion-a-year-a67800 Russia’s oil and gas infrastructure isn’t ready for rising temperatures and melting ice. Fri, 18 Oct 2019 14:05:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/10/18/russias-thawing-permafrost-may-cost-economy-23-billion-a-year-a67800 Last Soviet Leader Gorbachev Urges Russia, U.S. to Hold Nuclear Talks https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/10/18/last-soviet-leader-gorbachev-urges-russia-us-to-hold-nuclear-talks-a67801 The last major nuclear arms control treaty between Russia and the United States, the New START treaty, is due to expire in 2021. Fri, 18 Oct 2019 13:01:52 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/10/18/last-soviet-leader-gorbachev-urges-russia-us-to-hold-nuclear-talks-a67801 History Is Not on Putin’s Side, Says Former U.S. Ambassador https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/10/18/history-is-not-on-putins-side-says-former-us-ambassador-a67785 Michael McFaul believes the future of Russia is “normal, boring and democratic.” Fri, 18 Oct 2019 13:00:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/10/18/history-is-not-on-putins-side-says-former-us-ambassador-a67785 Experts Raise Questions Over Strong Russian Official Economic Statistics https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/10/18/experts-raise-questions-over-strong-russian-official-economic-statistics-a67795 Analysts struggle to explain an unexpected jump in real incomes and GDP recorded by the official Russian statistics agency. Fri, 18 Oct 2019 10:58:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/10/18/experts-raise-questions-over-strong-russian-official-economic-statistics-a67795 Russia Moves to Phase Out Plastic Bags in New Draft Law https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/10/18/russia-moves-phase-out-plastic-bags-new-draft-law-a67791 More than 26 billion plastic bags are handed out annually in shops across Russia. Fri, 18 Oct 2019 10:06:10 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/10/18/russia-moves-phase-out-plastic-bags-new-draft-law-a67791 Russia Was Involved in Online Attacks During Protests, Ecuador Official Says https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/10/18/russia-was-involved-online-attacks-during-protestsecuador-official-says-a67790 Unrest over an end to fuel subsidies has gripped Ecuador. Fri, 18 Oct 2019 08:56:58 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/10/18/russia-was-involved-online-attacks-during-protestsecuador-official-says-a67790 Defendants in Russian Extremism Case Slit Wrists in Court https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/10/17/defendants-in-russian-extremism-case-slit-wrists-in-court-a67789 The men were part of a social media group that prosecutors say was plotting to bring down the government. Thu, 17 Oct 2019 18:02:07 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/10/17/defendants-in-russian-extremism-case-slit-wrists-in-court-a67789 Russia’s Natural Resources Ministry Calls for Urgent Action to Save Wild Reindeer https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/10/17/russias-natural-resources-ministry-calls-for-urgent-action-to-save-wild-reindeer-a67765 Numbers of the creatures on the Taymyr Peninsula have halved over the past 20 years. Thu, 17 Oct 2019 17:02:27 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/10/17/russias-natural-resources-ministry-calls-for-urgent-action-to-save-wild-reindeer-a67765 U.S. Helped Moscow Foil Recent Terror Plot With Intel, FSB Says https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/10/17/us-helped-moscow-foil-recent-terror-plot-intel-fsb-says-a67788 “We pay them back and provide assistance and support," Russia's security chief said. Thu, 17 Oct 2019 16:28:47 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/10/17/us-helped-moscow-foil-recent-terror-plot-intel-fsb-says-a67788 Alleged Rape of Russian Journalist Sparks Criminal Case After Outcry https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/10/17/alleged-rape-russian-journalist-sparks-criminal-case-after-outcry-a67786 The woman says she was raped by an editor after a newsroom party. Thu, 17 Oct 2019 16:08:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/10/17/alleged-rape-russian-journalist-sparks-criminal-case-after-outcry-a67786 ‘They Tried to Break Me, Then Offered Me a Deal,’ Sentsov Says of Russian Imprisonment https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/10/17/they-tried-to-break-me-then-offered-me-a-deal-sentsov-says-of-russian-imprisonment-a67784 Following his return to Ukraine in a historic prisoner swap, Oleg Sentsov discusses his hunger strike, Crimea and more. Thu, 17 Oct 2019 15:04:27 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/10/17/they-tried-to-break-me-then-offered-me-a-deal-sentsov-says-of-russian-imprisonment-a67784 Russia Rejects Climate Change Plan After Business Uproar https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/10/17/russia-rejects-climate-change-plan-after-business-uproar-a67780 Russia’s largest companies have killed off plans to introduce individual emissions quotas and a carbon trading system.  Thu, 17 Oct 2019 13:59:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/10/17/russia-rejects-climate-change-plan-after-business-uproar-a67780 Kremlin Questions Language of 'Unusual' Trump Letter to Erdogan https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/10/17/kremlin-questions-language-of-unusual-trump-letter-to-erdogan-a67782 "You don't often encounter such language in correspondence between heads of state," the Kremlin spokesman said. Thu, 17 Oct 2019 13:27:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/10/17/kremlin-questions-language-of-unusual-trump-letter-to-erdogan-a67782 Putin Seeks to Abandon Geneva Conventions’ Victim-Protection Clause https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/10/17/putin-seeks-to-abandon-geneva-conventions-victim-protection-clause-a67781 Putin cited “the risks of abusing the commission's powers for political purposes” as a reason for dropping it. Thu, 17 Oct 2019 13:27:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/10/17/putin-seeks-to-abandon-geneva-conventions-victim-protection-clause-a67781 Putin Orders Monitoring of Youth Behavior Online https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/10/17/putin-orders-monitoring-youth-behavior-online-a67776 The move calls for research on how the internet influences young people's opinions. Thu, 17 Oct 2019 11:02:27 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/10/17/putin-orders-monitoring-youth-behavior-online-a67776 Russia Protests After U.S. Diplomats Found Near Secret Test Site https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/10/17/russia-protests-after-us-diplomats-found-near-secret-test-site-a67778 The diplomats were removed from a train near the site of a military testing accident that took place in August. Thu, 17 Oct 2019 10:18:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/10/17/russia-protests-after-us-diplomats-found-near-secret-test-site-a67778