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 Thu, 02 Jul 2020 21:30:14 +0200 600 Putin’s WWII and Referendum Holidays Cost Russian Economy More Than $5Bln The government added two extra public holidays to stage delayed Victory Day parade and assist constitutional vote. Thu, 02 Jul 2020 17:13:26 +0200 Putin Thanks Russians for 'Support and Trust' After Vote He made no mention of the fact that the changes also reset his constitutional term limit. Thu, 02 Jul 2020 15:00:29 +0200 Russia Halts Early Release of Jehovah’s Witness Dennis Christensen “It’s unknown what made the prosecution change its position,” the Jehovah's Witnesses in Russia said. Thu, 02 Jul 2020 14:51:19 +0200 Russia Extends International Flight Ban Due to Coronavirus Foreign citizens and stateless people will not be allowed entry into Russia until 11:59 p.m. July 31. Thu, 02 Jul 2020 14:18:11 +0200 Coronavirus in Russia: The Latest News | July 2 Russia opens up. Constitutional vote. Vaccine race. Thu, 02 Jul 2020 13:26:00 +0200 Putin Triumphant as Critics Slam Vote Extending His Rule The vote which saw a huge majority approve Putin's reforms was followed by reports of widespread violations. Thu, 02 Jul 2020 12:29:00 +0200 Mongolia Quarantines Russian Border Region Over Bubonic Plague Suspicion Lab tests confirmed that two individuals had contracted the illness after eating marmot meat. Thu, 02 Jul 2020 11:35:52 +0200 Russia's Coronavirus Cases Pass 660K Russia held a national vote on constitutional changes that allow Putin to stay in power until 2036 despite the pandemic. Thu, 02 Jul 2020 09:42:00 +0200 Final Vote Result Shows Big Majority for Putin Reforms With all votes counted, the Central Elections Commission said 77.92% had backed the reforms, with turnout of about 65%. Thu, 02 Jul 2020 09:21:00 +0200 Russian Voters Back Reforms Allowing Putin to Stay Until 2036 With almost 30% of polling stations reporting after the end of six days of voting, 74% of voters have supported the reforms.  Wed, 01 Jul 2020 21:25:00 +0200 ‘All We Have Is Putin’: Russians Vote to Grant President Ability to Extend Rule Until 2036 Hours before the polls had even closed, Russia’s election commission released initial results showing a 73% yes vote. Wed, 01 Jul 2020 18:52:00 +0200 Russians Celebrate LGBT Pride in Front of U.S. Embassy's Rainbow Flag Despite backlash against the flag among Russians, some Muscovites posed with it to show their support for gay rights. Wed, 01 Jul 2020 16:14:57 +0200 Putin Slams New U.S. Sanctions Aimed at 'Suffocating' Syria The sanctions aim to force Syrian President Assad to accept calls for a ceasefire, elections and political transition. Wed, 01 Jul 2020 15:34:49 +0200 First Results Show Overwhelming Support for Russia’s Constitutional Reforms Polling stations are still open in eight of Russia's 11 time zones. Wed, 01 Jul 2020 14:35:00 +0200 Russia Emerges From Coronavirus Quarantine, in Photos Russians across the country try their best to enjoy summer amid the pandemic. Wed, 01 Jul 2020 14:14:44 +0200 Make Putin President for Life, Chechnya's Kadyrov Says The Kremlin was quick to dismiss the suggestion. Wed, 01 Jul 2020 13:14:34 +0200 Bank Transfers Bolstered U.S. Suspicions of Russia-Taliban Bounty – NYT U.S. intercepts reportedly showed large transfers from Russian military intelligence to a Taliban-linked account. Wed, 01 Jul 2020 11:39:48 +0200 Where Can I Travel in Russia This Summer? Many Russian regions are re-opening for domestic tourism following three months of coronavirus lockdowns. Wed, 01 Jul 2020 10:32:00 +0200 Latvia Bans Russia's RT 'Propaganda' Channels The bans are permanent unless RT fires its head who is under international sanctions. Tue, 30 Jun 2020 23:16:41 +0200 Russian Cosmonaut Votes on Putin's Reforms From ISS Russia's space agency said Anatoly Ivanishin is the first man to have voted online from orbit. Tue, 30 Jun 2020 23:04:48 +0200 Journalist Assaulted at Polling Station During Vote on Putin’s Rule Critics say the weeklong vote is designed to limit independent observers’ ability to track voter fraud. Tue, 30 Jun 2020 16:30:00 +0200 Russian Arctic Sets 'Fantastical' Heat Records: Weather Chief The head of Russia's weather service says climate change and a change in atmospheric circulation are to blame. Tue, 30 Jun 2020 16:09:24 +0200 ‘100% Bullsh*t’: Russia Blasts Reports of Taliban Bounties for Killed U.S. Troops Russian officials and diplomats were swift to condemn the reports, calling them "nonsense" and "blatant lies." Tue, 30 Jun 2020 14:21:30 +0200 Putin Urges Russians to Back 'Stability, Security, Prosperity' in Vote He made no mention of a controversial amendment that could allow him to stay in power until 2036. Tue, 30 Jun 2020 13:01:00 +0200 American Teacher Jailed in Russia for Cleaning Product Purchase Returns to U.S. Gaylen Grandstaff was arrested in 2017 after ordering a detergent containing a banned substance. Tue, 30 Jun 2020 11:54:00 +0200 Moscow Oil Spill Triggers 1,000-Fold Pollution Surge The oil slick in the Khimki Reservoir that supplies water to Moscow now covers 22,900 square meters. Tue, 30 Jun 2020 11:04:31 +0200 Moscow’s Tour Guides Pray for Miracle as Summer Season Ebbs Away With Russia’s borders still shut, the country faces a year of lost tourist spending. Tue, 30 Jun 2020 09:57:45 +0200 Serbian Defense Chief Tests Positive for Virus After Moscow Visit He visited Serbian troops in Moscow last Tuesday and was scheduled to attend the Victory Day parade the next day. Tue, 30 Jun 2020 09:26:00 +0200 Russia to Offer Simplified E-Visas to Tourists From 53 Countries in 2021 Citizens of EU member states, China, Japan, India and Turkey will be able to obtain e-visas to Russia for about $50. Mon, 29 Jun 2020 17:27:00 +0200 Explainer: Russia's Arctic Environmental Disasters The fast-warming region has been hit by three separate disasters in the span of a month. Mon, 29 Jun 2020 15:00:00 +0200 Scandinavian Radiation Spike Linked to Russian Nuclear Plant Malfunction Dutch authorities first pinpointed Russia as the source, then pulled back. Mon, 29 Jun 2020 12:42:33 +0200 Exit Poll Shows Russians Strongly Backing Constitution Reforms Some 76% of respondents voted for the package of amendments that would allow Putin to run again in 2024. Mon, 29 Jun 2020 12:05:00 +0200 Siberian Wildfires Swell Amid Historic Heatwave Most of the blazes are in a region that saw possibly the hottest-ever temperature above the Arctic Circle this month. Mon, 29 Jun 2020 10:29:00 +0200 News From Russia: What You Missed Over the Weekend Taliban bounty. Arctic oil spill. Scarlet Sails. Mon, 29 Jun 2020 08:54:00 +0200 Russian Mining Giant Admits Waste 'Violations' at Arctic Plant Journalists claimed the factory deliberately funneled the wastewater into wildlife areas. Sun, 28 Jun 2020 19:48:00 +0200 Trump Denies He Was Briefed on Russia-Taliban Bounty Intelligence Trump slammed the report by The New York Times as "probably just another phony Times hit job." Sun, 28 Jun 2020 15:08:00 +0200 U.S. Intercepts Russian Warplanes off Alaska This was the fourth time this month that U.S. planes have intercepted Russian aircraft near Alaska. Sun, 28 Jun 2020 09:38:00 +0200 Russia Spies Aided Taliban Attacks, U.S. Intel Says – NYT A Russian unit offered the Taliban incentives for targeting a U.S.-led coalition, states the report. Sat, 27 Jun 2020 14:10:00 +0200 Macron 'Confident' of Progress in Russia Ties Putin and the French president are pursuing a policy of rapprochement. Fri, 26 Jun 2020 20:15:00 +0200 Oil Firm Says Russian Mercenaries Enter Key Libya Field Moscow denies any involvement in the presence of Russian mercenaries in the conflict. Fri, 26 Jun 2020 18:38:13 +0200 As Russia’s Constitution Reform Vote Kicks Off, Election Watchdog Decries ‘Manipulative’ Process In an interview, Grigory Melkonyants of the Golos election monitor said the vote is set to be the “least transparent” in years. Fri, 26 Jun 2020 17:05:00 +0200 Wanted Russian Cybercrime Group Resurfaces With Work-From-Home Attacks – NYT Evil Corp targets employees of major U.S. corporations who have been working from home due to the coronavirus. Fri, 26 Jun 2020 16:43:06 +0200 Serebrennikov Trial: Russia Gives Suspended Sentence to Prominent Director in Fraud Case The sentencing marks a surprise legal victory in a case the director's supporters say was politically motivated. Fri, 26 Jun 2020 15:59:00 +0200 1 in 5 Moscow Residents Have Coronavirus Antibodies – Official “Herd immunity continues to form and about 20% of Muscovites currently have such immunity.” Fri, 26 Jun 2020 14:06:00 +0200 Investor Breathes New Life Into Major Arctic Coal Project Russia plans to boost its domestic coal output by up to 50%, with the Arctic region playing a key role in these plans. Fri, 26 Jun 2020 13:12:00 +0200 Russia to Speed Up S-400 Delivery to India Amid China Standoff “This system will be our silver bullet against our enemies,” an unnamed Indian military source told Kommersant. Fri, 26 Jun 2020 11:30:48 +0200 Orenburg Become Fourth Russian Football Club With Positive Virus Tests The Russian Premier League resumed on June 19 but was immediately disrupted by the coronavirus. Fri, 26 Jun 2020 09:47:57 +0200 Anti-Putin Shaman Recognized as Political Prisoner Alexander Gabyshev was placed in a mental asylum following his attempts to trek across the country to “banish” Putin. Fri, 26 Jun 2020 09:34:41 +0200 Russia Plans Tourist Space Walks in 2023 Energia space corporation aims to take two tourists to the International Space Station. Thu, 25 Jun 2020 18:54:50 +0200 Russian Artists Call for Justice in "Theater Trial" The verdict in the case against director Kirill Serebrennikov and three others will be reached tomorrow. Thu, 25 Jun 2020 17:34:00 +0200