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 Mon, 18 Jan 2021 04:54:01 +0100 600 Russia Detains Poisoned Kremlin Critic Navalny on Return to Home Soil The opposition leader has spent months in Germany recovering from an attack with a poison Western experts concluded was Novichok. Sun, 17 Jan 2021 19:04:00 +0100 Navalny Returns to Russia Chief Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny detained on his return to Russia from Germany. Sun, 17 Jan 2021 18:50:00 +0100 Alexei Navalny: Russia's Charismatic Anti-Putin Campaigner Navalny has won a young fan base and has more than two million followers on Twitter. Sun, 17 Jan 2021 11:56:02 +0100 Coronavirus in Russia: The Latest News | Jan. 17 Second wave. Deaths approach 70,000. Mass vaccination. Sun, 17 Jan 2021 09:02:00 +0100 Germany Says Answered Russia Call for Aid in Navalny Probe German prosecutors interrogated Navalny on Moscow's request earlier last year. Sat, 16 Jan 2021 14:46:13 +0100 A Year After Shock Appointment, Russian Prime Minister Mishustin’s Star is Rising Some experts are predicting that the well-connected technocrat might be destined for a long career at the summit of Russian politics. Sat, 16 Jan 2021 07:00:12 +0100 Russia Pulling 'Military Instructors' Out of Central African Republic Russia told the UN it plans to withdraw the 300 "military instructors" it sent to the Central African Republic at the end of 2020. Fri, 15 Jan 2021 17:45:00 +0100 The Open Skies Treaty: NATO's Eyes Over Russia Washington has said Moscow had "weaponized" the treaty to target "critical infrastructure" in the U.S. and Europe. Fri, 15 Jan 2021 15:41:14 +0100 U.S. Will Lift Nord Stream 2 Sanctions if Europe Suspends Construction, Says Biden Advisor The U.S. imposed sanctions at the end of 2019 in an effort to halt the construction of the pipeline, which will transport Russian gas to Europe. Fri, 15 Jan 2021 15:36:00 +0100 Russia Intends to Give Election Advice to U.S. “We’ll send recommendations,” the speaker of the lower house of parliament Vyacheslav Volodin said in an interview. Fri, 15 Jan 2021 14:38:26 +0100 Russia Says Leaving Open Skies Military Treaty Russia has announced its intention to withdraw from the Open Skies Treaty citing the "lack of progress" maintaining its function since the U.S. with drew last year. Fri, 15 Jan 2021 13:07:00 +0100 To Jail or Not to Jail: Kremlin in Bind Over Navalny Return Should Putin allow his most outspoken critic to return to Russia freely and risk looking weak, or jail him and make him a cause celebre? Fri, 15 Jan 2021 12:56:29 +0100 Russian Tycoon Prigozhin Offers Tombstone for Journalists Killed in Central Africa The three died while investigating the Wagner mercenary group, which has been linked to Prigozhin. Fri, 15 Jan 2021 11:43:37 +0100 Nearly Half of Russian Regions Have Limited Access to Coronavirus Vaccine – Report Mass vaccination against Covid-19 is currently not feasible in 42 Russian regions, according to an independent study. Fri, 15 Jan 2021 10:38:00 +0100 Most Russians Still Mistrust Coronavirus Vaccine – Poll Worries about side effects and trial results made the vaccine a no go for 60% of respondents. Fri, 15 Jan 2021 10:08:10 +0100 New START: Expiring Arms Accord Between Cold War Rivals Negotiations to renew the treaty stalled under the Trump administration, who lobbied unsuccessfully to have China become a party to the restrictions. Fri, 15 Jan 2021 09:37:00 +0100 Russians Demand Housing for ‘Children of the Gulag’ Pensioners whose parents were repressed under Stalin are still waiting for state housing. Fri, 15 Jan 2021 08:10:21 +0100 Moscow Could Be Back To Normal By May – Mayor Vaccination rate in the capital passes 1%, but analysts say nationwide numbers may be significantly overstated. Thu, 14 Jan 2021 17:43:00 +0100 Russia's Top Online Retailer Launches in Germany Marketplace Wildberries is plotting expansion into lucrative Western European markets. Thu, 14 Jan 2021 16:46:00 +0100 Russia Says Trump Ban a 'Nuclear Blast in Cyber Space' Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova called the social media ban "a blow against democratic values proclaimed by the West." Thu, 14 Jan 2021 16:07:50 +0100 Russia Warns 'Obliged' to Detain Kremlin Critic Navalny on Return Navalny said he planned to return to Russia from Germany on Sunday despite a number of legal threats. Thu, 14 Jan 2021 15:58:00 +0100 Russia Building Coastal Base for ‘Doomsday Nuke’ – Reports The base is aimed at extending the Poseidon's service life. Thu, 14 Jan 2021 14:29:12 +0100 Vaccinated Russians in Far East Promised Mask Exemption Health officials urge vaccine recipients to continue wearing face masks until the shot builds up their immunity. Thu, 14 Jan 2021 13:40:00 +0100 Kiev Case vs. Moscow on Crimea 'Partly Admissible' – Europe Court The European Court of Human Rights added that it was not ruling on whether the annexation of Crimea itself was illegal. Thu, 14 Jan 2021 13:09:46 +0100 Russia Says It Has Vaccinated 1.5M. Some Experts Think the Numbers Don’t Add Up. Official coronavirus statistics have been controversial since the start of the pandemic. Now, the Sputnik V rollout is under the spotlight. Thu, 14 Jan 2021 10:17:00 +0100 Amnesty Seeks Probe Into Civilian Deaths in Karabakh Conflict Both sides have denied targeting civilians during the conflict "despite clear evidence they have both done so," Amnesty said. Thu, 14 Jan 2021 09:47:00 +0100 Navalny Added to Russia’s Wanted List The opposition leader's lawyer said the news is unlikely to affect his return to Moscow on Sunday. Thu, 14 Jan 2021 09:36:00 +0100 Moscow Mayor Orders Kids Back to School Sobyanin said he would consider easing other restrictions if epidemiologists say that infection rates have stabilized at current levels. Thu, 14 Jan 2021 08:03:00 +0100 Putin Orders Mass Coronavirus Vaccination Next Week Putin called Russia's Sputnik V vaccine the “best in the world” and ordered officials to ramp up vaccinations. Wed, 13 Jan 2021 14:26:00 +0100 Russia Probes Circus Over Monkey, Goats in Nazi Garb The circus and the local Orthodox Church claimed that the performance hadn't violated Russia's law banning the use of Nazi symbols. Wed, 13 Jan 2021 11:43:40 +0100 Russian Ruble Is World’s Most Undervalued Currency on Big Mac Index The ruble’s slump in 2020 means Russia now has the cheapest Big Macs in the world, according to The Economist. Wed, 13 Jan 2021 11:22:00 +0100 Putin Aide-Turned-Critic Probed for U.S. Election Conspiracy Blog Andrei Illarionov falsely claimed that U.S. Capitol rioters were “provoked” by Black Lives Matter and that the U.S. election outcome was still “unknown.” Wed, 13 Jan 2021 11:17:09 +0100 Navalny Announces Return to Russia Despite Prison Threat The opposition figure said he will fly to Russia on Jan. 17 following his recovery from Novichok poisoning. Wed, 13 Jan 2021 09:44:00 +0100 Moscow Clinic Could Sidestep Red Tape to Bring Pfizer Vaccine to Russia The Moscow branch of Israel’s Hadassah Clinic said it is in "direct negotiations" to bring the vaccine to Russia before its official registration. Wed, 13 Jan 2021 08:50:00 +0100 Russia Starts Mass Vaccinations in Cosmonaut Center By mid-December, Russia had vaccinated several cosmonauts ahead of future flights and some of them have already received both doses. Tue, 12 Jan 2021 20:48:00 +0100 Russia Imprisons 3 Crimean Tatars for Extremism, Plotting to ‘Seize Power’ The Memorial human rights group has recognized the defendants as political prisoners. Tue, 12 Jan 2021 18:54:00 +0100 Young Russians’ Extremism Sentences Reduced for ‘Plot to Overthrow Putin’ The activists' supporters have said their case was fabricated by the security services. Tue, 12 Jan 2021 16:07:00 +0100 Russia Seeks to Jail Navalny Russia’s prison authority has asked to replace Navalny’s suspended sentence in the Yves Rocher case with a real prison term. Tue, 12 Jan 2021 14:47:00 +0100 Siberian Shaman Seeks to Oust Putin in Horseback Crusade Alexander Gabyshev was detained several times and placed in a psychiatric hospital after earlier attempts to trek across Russia to "exorcise" Putin. Tue, 12 Jan 2021 14:21:00 +0100 Russia Hands 4th Porn Charge to LGBT Activist Tsvetkova Over Vulva Drawings Russian artist and LGBT activist Yulia Tsvetkova has been hit with pornography charges a fourth time over her artwork of vulvas. Tue, 12 Jan 2021 12:48:27 +0100 Resignation of Yakutsk’s First Female Mayor Raises Questions About Russia’s Ruling Party Some experts believe Sardana Avksentiyeva was forced out by a Kremlin keen to clear the field ahead of Duma elections. Tue, 12 Jan 2021 11:54:00 +0100 Russian Activists Announce End to 2-Year Landfill Protests The massive planned landfill for Moscow's trash in Russia's north had become a national symbol of environmental protest. Tue, 12 Jan 2021 11:23:00 +0100 Telegram Downloads Soar as Trump Supporters Deplatformed Trump supporters flocked to the encrypted messaging app after “posts on Parler had urged users” to move there, The Daily Telegraph reported. Tue, 12 Jan 2021 10:11:25 +0100 Algeria, Palestine Greenlight Russia’s Coronavirus Vaccine The countries are the first African and Middle Eastern nations to issue emergency-use authorization approvals.  Tue, 12 Jan 2021 08:29:00 +0100 Strong Earthquake Hits Mongolia-Russia Border A 6.8-magnitude earthquake struck in Northern Mongolia, close to the Russian border early Tuesday morning. Tue, 12 Jan 2021 00:15:58 +0100 Armenian Leader Says Karabakh Conflict Unresolved The rare trilateral talks marked the first post-war meeting on the implementation of a Russia-brokered peace agreement between Armenia and Azerbaijan. Mon, 11 Jan 2021 18:50:00 +0100 Russian Jailed in Sweden Over Hammer Attack on Anti-Kadyrov Blogger Swedish court alleges high-level backing for attempted murder of Chechen dissident Tumso Abdurakhmanov. Mon, 11 Jan 2021 17:18:11 +0100 Gorbachev Expects Biden to Extend U.S.-Russia Arms Curbs The New START Treaty is the Cold War rivals' last remaining nuclear reduction pact and is set to expire Feb. 5.  Mon, 11 Jan 2021 16:12:03 +0100 Russia to Trial 'Light' One-Dose Version of Sputnik Jab The light version of the vaccine could be an "effective temporary solution" for badly hit countries, the head of Russia's sovereign wealth fund said. Mon, 11 Jan 2021 15:42:55 +0100 Moscow to Track Residents' Income, Grades, Pets in Digital Database – Kommersant The so-called “centralized profile management” system is reportedly expected to handle 20 million profiles a year. Mon, 11 Jan 2021 15:32:00 +0100