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 Tue, 22 Oct 2019 20:55:18 +0200 600 Turkey, Russia Strike Deal to Remove Syrian Kurdish YPG, Launch Joint Patrols 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 3 Dead in Underground Mine Accident at Russia's Nornickel The deaths could have been caused by methane gas poisoning, a source said. Tue, 22 Oct 2019 17:52:50 +0200 St. Petersburg Police Round Up 800 Migrant Workers After Mass Brawl 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 Russia Vows to Forgive Ethiopia's Debts Amid Growing Push for Influence in Africa Russia hopes its debt forgiveness will expand opportunities for military and economic influence on the continent. Tue, 22 Oct 2019 16:12:00 +0200 'The Arctic Shelf Is Ours,' Russian Defense Ministry Says Russia says it now has the data needed to support its claims in the Arctic region. Tue, 22 Oct 2019 15:04:03 +0200 Kremlin: Preparations for Normandy Summit on Ukraine Have Ground to a Halt "The demands of one of the parties are constantly changing," the Kremlin's spokesman said. Tue, 22 Oct 2019 14:47:00 +0200 Russian Special Agents Raid Jehovah’s Witnesses Resort as Crackdown Intensifies 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 Russia Named World’s Most Unequal Economy The richest 10% of the population controls 83% of Russia's wealth. Tue, 22 Oct 2019 14:19:00 +0200 Russia Is Importing Thousands of Cows From Europe Putin’s plan for dairy dominance hinges on a multi-million euro cow-buying spree. Tue, 22 Oct 2019 14:17:27 +0200 Russian Helicopters Land in Abandoned U.S. Base in Syria Tabqa is the latest U.S.-held position now controlled by Russian-backed forces. Tue, 22 Oct 2019 13:04:00 +0200 Russia Is Trying to Meddle in 2020 U.S. Election via Facebook – Zuckerberg Facebook said it had shut down accounts linked to Russia’s “troll farm.” Tue, 22 Oct 2019 11:34:00 +0200 S.Korea Scrambled Fighter Jets After Russian Warplanes Violated Air Defense Zone Calls to the Russian embassy in Seoul seeking comment went unanswered. Tue, 22 Oct 2019 11:18:00 +0200 Most Russian Families Can Only Afford Food and Clothes Just one third of the population can afford to splurge on non-essentials. Tue, 22 Oct 2019 10:51:06 +0200 Russia Sends Nuclear-Bombers to South Africa in ‘Friendly’ Visit It is reportedly the first time that Russia lands the TU-160 strategic bombers in Africa. Tue, 22 Oct 2019 10:22:00 +0200 Vladimir Putin Wants Everyone to Love the Way He Watches Them 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 Russian Icebreaker Made Distress Call During Storm Off Norway by Accident – Reports There were no reports of injuries and no plans for evacuation. Tue, 22 Oct 2019 09:16:00 +0200 What Went Wrong at Russia’s Latest Military Drills? There were reports of mishaps at the drills involving ballistic and cruise missiles. Tue, 22 Oct 2019 09:09:30 +0200 Greenpeace Finds High Radiation Along Planned Moscow Highway Route Tests of soil samples revealed levels of radiation that could cause cancer in residents. Mon, 21 Oct 2019 16:53:45 +0200 Putin Appoints TV Presenter as Human Rights Head, Pushes Out Liberals 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 Russian Journalist-Turned-Mercenary Killed in Libya – Reports 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 Russia Has More New Malls Than Anywhere Else in Europe Study finds new shopping space opening despite a squeeze in living standards. Mon, 21 Oct 2019 15:22:00 +0200 Cancer Deaths Up 679% Among St. Petersburg Teens – Official Report Regions across Russia have cut spending on cancer treatments in recent years amid rising costs. Mon, 21 Oct 2019 14:15:00 +0200 Russia Plans to Lure Shippers From Suez to the Arctic With Payments 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 Yandex Shares Bounce Back as Russia Softens Foreign Ownership Rules Shares were up 9% on Monday morning, but Yandex is still vulnerable. Mon, 21 Oct 2019 12:16:51 +0200 Tech Giant Elon Musk Appears at Small Russia Business Forum The organizers invited the billionaire entrepreneur by billboard. Mon, 21 Oct 2019 11:36:00 +0200 12 Prisons With Militants Left Unguarded in Syria After Turkey Assault, Russia Warns Turkey’s assault could allow for the escape of thousands of Islamic State militants. Mon, 21 Oct 2019 11:21:21 +0200 Chechen Policeman Kills Russian Colleague in North Caucasus The Chechen policeman is a member of a unit named after Akhmad Kadyrov. Mon, 21 Oct 2019 10:35:00 +0200 Russian Nuclear Sub Misfires During Putin-Supervised Drills – Reports Russia held major test launches of ballistic and cruise missiles last week. Mon, 21 Oct 2019 09:54:00 +0200 Hacking the Hackers: Russian Group Hijacked Iranian Spying Operation, Officials Say 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 News From Russia: What You Missed Over the Weekend Dam disaster. African training. Foreign Yandex. Mon, 21 Oct 2019 09:03:00 +0200 Dam Collapse Kills at Least 15 Gold Miners in Siberia Local authorities said the collapsed dam was not registered by official bodies. Sat, 19 Oct 2019 11:02:00 +0200 Russian Lawmakers Accuse BBC, Meduza, RFE/RL of Violating Election Law The outlets are now at risk of being blocked within Russia as a result. Fri, 18 Oct 2019 16:40:00 +0200 Putin Oversees Nuclear Submarine Drills Across Russia 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 Russian Spies Are Recruiting MGIMO Students – Proekt MGIMO is considered one of Russia’s elite academic institutions. Fri, 18 Oct 2019 14:12:27 +0200 Russia’s Thawing Permafrost May Cost Economy $2.3Bln a Year Russia’s oil and gas infrastructure isn’t ready for rising temperatures and melting ice. Fri, 18 Oct 2019 14:05:00 +0200 Last Soviet Leader Gorbachev Urges Russia, U.S. to Hold Nuclear Talks 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 History Is Not on Putin’s Side, Says Former U.S. Ambassador Michael McFaul believes the future of Russia is “normal, boring and democratic.” Fri, 18 Oct 2019 13:00:00 +0200 Experts Raise Questions Over Strong Russian Official Economic Statistics 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 Russia Moves to Phase Out Plastic Bags in New Draft Law More than 26 billion plastic bags are handed out annually in shops across Russia. Fri, 18 Oct 2019 10:06:10 +0200 Russia Was Involved in Online Attacks During Protests, Ecuador Official Says Unrest over an end to fuel subsidies has gripped Ecuador. Fri, 18 Oct 2019 08:56:58 +0200 Defendants in Russian Extremism Case Slit Wrists in Court 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 Russia’s Natural Resources Ministry Calls for Urgent Action to Save Wild Reindeer Numbers of the creatures on the Taymyr Peninsula have halved over the past 20 years. Thu, 17 Oct 2019 17:02:27 +0200 U.S. Helped Moscow Foil Recent Terror Plot With Intel, FSB Says “We pay them back and provide assistance and support," Russia's security chief said. Thu, 17 Oct 2019 16:28:47 +0200 Alleged Rape of Russian Journalist Sparks Criminal Case After Outcry The woman says she was raped by an editor after a newsroom party. Thu, 17 Oct 2019 16:08:00 +0200 ‘They Tried to Break Me, Then Offered Me a Deal,’ Sentsov Says of Russian Imprisonment 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 Russia Rejects Climate Change Plan After Business Uproar 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 Kremlin Questions Language of 'Unusual' Trump Letter to Erdogan "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 Putin Seeks to Abandon Geneva Conventions’ Victim-Protection Clause 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 Putin Orders Monitoring of Youth Behavior Online The move calls for research on how the internet influences young people's opinions. Thu, 17 Oct 2019 11:02:27 +0200 Russia Protests After U.S. Diplomats Found Near Secret Test Site 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