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 Fri, 22 Feb 2019 03:30:24 +0100 600 Arrest of ‘Legendary’ U.S. Investor Calvey. And Why Russian Soldiers No Longer Can Take Selfies https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/02/21/podcast-a64590 The weekly news and analysis podcast from Moscow. Thu, 21 Feb 2019 16:47:00 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/02/21/podcast-a64590 St. Petersburg’s Dam Is Holding Back the Floods, for Now https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/02/21/st-petersburgs-dam-is-holding-back-floods-for-now-a64066 Russia's second-largest city is in a race against climate change. Thu, 21 Feb 2019 16:20:00 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/02/21/st-petersburgs-dam-is-holding-back-floods-for-now-a64066 Patriotic Course Teaches Russian Schoolkids to Disperse Protests https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/02/21/patriotic-course-teaches-russian-schoolkids-to-disperse-protests-a64588 The course featured a live demonstration with men armed with sticks and Molotov cocktails playing violent protesters. Thu, 21 Feb 2019 13:57:00 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/02/21/patriotic-course-teaches-russian-schoolkids-to-disperse-protests-a64588 I'm Ready for Another Cuban Missile Crisis If You Want One, Putin Tells U.S. https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/02/21/putin-to-us-im-ready-for-another-cuban-missile-crisis-if-you-want-one-a64586 Over five decades on, tensions are rising again over Russian fears that the U.S. might deploy missiles in Europe. Thu, 21 Feb 2019 12:58:00 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/02/21/putin-to-us-im-ready-for-another-cuban-missile-crisis-if-you-want-one-a64586 Twitter Says Troll Accounts Linked to Russia Were Actually Venezuelan, Revises Data https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/02/21/twitter-says-troll-accounts-linked-to-russia-were-actually-venezuelan-revises-data-a64585 Twitter removed 228 accounts from the Russian IRA dataset earlier this month. Thu, 21 Feb 2019 10:54:00 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/02/21/twitter-says-troll-accounts-linked-to-russia-were-actually-venezuelan-revises-data-a64585 Russia Now Has 2 Woman Billionaires, Forbes Says https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/02/21/russia-now-has-2-woman-billionaires-forbes-says-a64584 Tatiana Bakalchuk, the founder of popular private online retailer Wildberries, joined Forbes Russia's women billionaires list. Thu, 21 Feb 2019 10:15:00 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/02/21/russia-now-has-2-woman-billionaires-forbes-says-a64584 Despite Putin's Swagger, Russia Struggles to Modernize Its Navy https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/02/21/despite-putins-swagger-russia-struggles-to-modernise-its-navy-a64582 The navy's problems stem largely, but not exclusively, from the Ukrainian sanctions. Thu, 21 Feb 2019 09:19:46 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/02/21/despite-putins-swagger-russia-struggles-to-modernise-its-navy-a64582 Russia Must Build Own Internet in Case of Foreign Disruption, Putin Says https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/02/21/russia-must-build-own-internet-in-case-of-foreign-disruption-a64578 The comments came days after Russian lawmakers backed tighter internet controls. Thu, 21 Feb 2019 08:26:00 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/02/21/russia-must-build-own-internet-in-case-of-foreign-disruption-a64578 Russian Military Posts Video of Underwater Nuclear Drone Launch https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/02/21/russian-military-posts-video-underwater-nuclear-drone-launch-a64575 Putin said the new Poseidon underwater drone would be ready to deploy in the spring. Thu, 21 Feb 2019 07:52:00 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/02/21/russian-military-posts-video-underwater-nuclear-drone-launch-a64575 Rebels Say Russia Blocks Food Supply to Syria Refugee Camp https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/02/21/rebels-say-russia-blocks-food-supply-to-syria-refugee-camp-a64577 The blockade has resulted in prices skyrocketing and caused scarcity. Thu, 21 Feb 2019 07:45:38 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/02/21/rebels-say-russia-blocks-food-supply-to-syria-refugee-camp-a64577 Calvey Indicted for Fraud, the Latest on His Case https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/02/20/the-latest-on-us-investor-calveys-detention-russia-on-fraud-charges-a64557 The most important updates on the arrest of Michael Calvey. Wed, 20 Feb 2019 14:38:00 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/02/20/the-latest-on-us-investor-calveys-detention-russia-on-fraud-charges-a64557 Venezuela Accepts Shipment of Russian Humanitarian Aid — Reports https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/02/20/venezuela-accepts-shipment-russian-humanitarian-aid-reports-a64572 Maduro earlier said Russia had shipped 300 tons of medicine and medical equipment to Caracas. Wed, 20 Feb 2019 14:13:08 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/02/20/venezuela-accepts-shipment-russian-humanitarian-aid-reports-a64572 Having an Honest Business Is Not Possible in Russia, Majority Says https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/02/20/having-honest-business-is-not-possible-russia-majority-says-a64563 Respondents cited taxes, red tape and large expenses as being the biggest obstacles to opening a business. Wed, 20 Feb 2019 13:35:00 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/02/20/having-honest-business-is-not-possible-russia-majority-says-a64563 Putin: If Washington Deploys Missiles in Europe, We'll Target U.S. https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/02/20/missile-a64569 In his toughest remarks yet on a potential new arms race, Putin said Russia was not seeking confrontation. Wed, 20 Feb 2019 12:43:00 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/02/20/missile-a64569 The Highlights of Putin’s Federal Assembly Address https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/02/20/the-highlights-of-putins-federal-assembly-address-a64567 Putin gave a speech to 2,000 senior government officials on Wednesday. Wed, 20 Feb 2019 11:38:00 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/02/20/the-highlights-of-putins-federal-assembly-address-a64567 7 Jehovah’s Witnesses Brutally Tortured in Russia, Spokesman Says https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/02/20/7-jehovahs-witnesses-brutally-tortured-russia-spokesman-says-a64558 The victims were reportedly stripped, suffocated, doused with water and shocked with stun guns. Wed, 20 Feb 2019 10:40:00 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/02/20/7-jehovahs-witnesses-brutally-tortured-russia-spokesman-says-a64558 Residents of Smog-Hit Russian Town Sue Over Health Complications https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/02/20/residents-smog-hit-russian-town-sue-over-health-complications-a64556 Locals blamed a mining company for attempting to hide what they called an 'ecological tragedy.' Wed, 20 Feb 2019 09:31:00 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/02/20/residents-smog-hit-russian-town-sue-over-health-complications-a64556 Russia Looks to Extend Detention of Ex U.S. Marine Held for Spying https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/02/20/russia-looks-to-extend-detention-of-ex-us-marine-held-for-spying-a64559 Paul Whelan, who holds U.S., British, Canadian and Irish passports, was detained in a Moscow hotel room on Dec. 28. Wed, 20 Feb 2019 09:13:16 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/02/20/russia-looks-to-extend-detention-of-ex-us-marine-held-for-spying-a64559 Russian Oil Giant Could Take Over Ruined Tsarist Palace Under New Law https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/02/20/russian-oil-giant-could-take-over-ruined-tsarist-palace-under-new-law-a64555 The once lavish palace served as a residence for Russia's imperial Romanov dynasty before the 1917 Bolshevik Revolution. Wed, 20 Feb 2019 07:54:00 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/02/20/russian-oil-giant-could-take-over-ruined-tsarist-palace-under-new-law-a64555 Greenpeace Demands Release of Whales Held Captive in Russia https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/02/20/greenpeace-demands-release-whales-held-captive-russia-a64550 More than 100 orcas and belugas are believed to be held in so-called “whale jails” in Far East Russia. Wed, 20 Feb 2019 07:51:00 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/02/20/greenpeace-demands-release-whales-held-captive-russia-a64550 Danske Quits Baltics and Russia as Laundering Case Deepens https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/02/19/danske-quits-baltics-and-russia-as-laundering-case-deepens-a64554 Danske said it will close down its activities in Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Russia. Tue, 19 Feb 2019 16:07:00 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/02/19/danske-quits-baltics-and-russia-as-laundering-case-deepens-a64554 Kuril Population Overwhelmingly Opposes Transfer of Islands to Japan https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/02/19/kuril-islands-population-overwhelmingly-opposes-possible-transfer-to-japan-a64551 President Putin said that any deal to end the territorial dispute with Japan would need public backing. Tue, 19 Feb 2019 15:35:36 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/02/19/kuril-islands-population-overwhelmingly-opposes-possible-transfer-to-japan-a64551 Russia Plans to Send Space Tourists on ‘Gagarin Route’ by 2021 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/02/19/russia-plans-send-space-tourists-gagarin-route-a64549 Roscosmos signed a deal with the U.S. space tourism firm Space Adventures to send two civilians to the ISS by late 2021. Tue, 19 Feb 2019 15:18:56 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/02/19/russia-plans-send-space-tourists-gagarin-route-a64549 Russia's Putin, Saudi King Ready to Continue Energy Cooperation https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/02/19/russias-putin-saudi-king-ready-to-continue-energy-cooperation-a64553 The two leaders praised bilateral partnership between Russia and Saudi Arabia. Tue, 19 Feb 2019 15:15:30 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/02/19/russias-putin-saudi-king-ready-to-continue-energy-cooperation-a64553 Russian Soldiers Banned From Taking Selfies Under New Law https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/02/19/russian-soldiers-banned-from-taking-selfies-under-new-law-a64547 The bill institutes a ban on the sharing of photographs, videos, and geolocation data. Tue, 19 Feb 2019 13:54:58 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/02/19/russian-soldiers-banned-from-taking-selfies-under-new-law-a64547 U.S. Sanctions Delay Russian Passenger Jet by a Year https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/02/19/us-sanctions-delay-russian-passenger-jet-by-a-year-a64541 Rostec's chief executive said production would not now start until the end of 2020. Tue, 19 Feb 2019 07:48:00 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/02/19/us-sanctions-delay-russian-passenger-jet-by-a-year-a64541 ‘Not Made of Steel’: Kadyrov Briefly Cedes Power Over Health Scare https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/02/19/kadyrov-isnt-made-of-steel-chechen-leader-briefly-cedes-power-over-health-scare-a64542 The Chechen leader said he caught a common cold that forced him to temporarily hand over power last week. Tue, 19 Feb 2019 07:41:00 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/02/19/kadyrov-isnt-made-of-steel-chechen-leader-briefly-cedes-power-over-health-scare-a64542 Detention of Investor Is an 'Emergency' for Russian Economy, Kudrin Says https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/02/19/detention-of-investor-is-emergency-for-russian-economy-ex-finance-minister-says-a64540 Michael Calvey was detained on Thursday after accusations of embezzlement. Tue, 19 Feb 2019 07:39:00 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/02/19/detention-of-investor-is-emergency-for-russian-economy-ex-finance-minister-says-a64540 Facebook Blocks RT’s Viral ‘In the Now’ Video Page https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/02/18/facebook-blocks-rts-viral-in-the-now-video-page-a64535 Russian lawmakers criticized the ban as a black stain on Facebook's reputation. Mon, 18 Feb 2019 16:02:00 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/02/18/facebook-blocks-rts-viral-in-the-now-video-page-a64535 Russian Journalist Attacked After Investigation into Local Official — Reports https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/02/18/russian-journalist-attacked-after-investigation-into-local-official-a64534 The outlet said it had faced multiple threats to stop its investigation. Mon, 18 Feb 2019 15:43:20 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/02/18/russian-journalist-attacked-after-investigation-into-local-official-a64534 Kremlin Says Investor Arrest Won't Hurt Business Climate https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/02/18/kremlin-says-investor-arrest-wont-hurt-business-climate-a64536 Analysts are disturbed by the arrest of Michael Calvey. Mon, 18 Feb 2019 15:23:00 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/02/18/kremlin-says-investor-arrest-wont-hurt-business-climate-a64536 Russia’s Pobeda Airline (Finally) Relaxes Hand Luggage Rules https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/02/18/russia-pobeda-airline-finally-relaxes-hand-luggage-rules-a64531 It is a victory for frequent flyers. Mon, 18 Feb 2019 14:29:00 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/02/18/russia-pobeda-airline-finally-relaxes-hand-luggage-rules-a64531 Over Half of Russian Military Police Have Syrian War Experience — Official https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/02/18/over-half-of-russian-military-police-have-syrian-war-experience-official-a64532 Russian officers have patrolled Golan Heights and Manbij. Mon, 18 Feb 2019 13:16:08 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/02/18/over-half-of-russian-military-police-have-syrian-war-experience-official-a64532 Kremlin Says It Is Following Situation with Calvey's Detention Very Closely https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/02/18/kremlin-says-following-situation-with-calveys-detention-very-closely-a64530 Calvey's detention is beyond Vladimir Putin's remit, his spokesman says. Mon, 18 Feb 2019 11:46:00 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/02/18/kremlin-says-following-situation-with-calveys-detention-very-closely-a64530 Scammed Nigerian Footballers Stranded in Russia After World Cup, NGO Says https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/02/18/scammed-nigerians-footballers-stranded-russia-after-world-cup-ngo-says-a64527 Nigeria's consulate has reportedly refused to help the men, a local NGO said. Mon, 18 Feb 2019 11:06:00 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/02/18/scammed-nigerians-footballers-stranded-russia-after-world-cup-ngo-says-a64527 Russian Journalist and Activist Briefly Detained in Amsterdam https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/02/18/russian-journalist-activist-briefly-detained-amsterdam-a64526 The journalist accused Dutch police of trying to gain unauthorized access to her work phone. Mon, 18 Feb 2019 09:26:30 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/02/18/russian-journalist-activist-briefly-detained-amsterdam-a64526 News From Russia: What You Missed Over the Weekend https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/02/18/news-from-russia-what-you-missed-over-weekend-a64525 School collapse. Russia given 'investment grade.' Skripal's health deteriorates. Mon, 18 Feb 2019 07:55:00 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/02/18/news-from-russia-what-you-missed-over-weekend-a64525 Russia's Gazprombank Freezes Accounts of Venezuela's PDVSA, Source Says https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/02/17/russias-gazprombank-freezes-accounts-of-venezuelas-pdvsa-source-says-a64523 Gazprombank is Russia’s third biggest lender by assets. Sun, 17 Feb 2019 13:37:00 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/02/17/russias-gazprombank-freezes-accounts-of-venezuelas-pdvsa-source-says-a64523 Russian University Building Partly Collapses, No Casualties https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/02/16/russian-university-building-partly-collapses-no-casualties-a64524 Around two dozen people were trapped in the building of the University of Information Technologies, Mechanics and Optics. Sat, 16 Feb 2019 19:14:00 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/02/16/russian-university-building-partly-collapses-no-casualties-a64524 Russia's Lavrov Calls UK's Williamson 'Minister of War' https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/02/16/russias-lavrov-calls-uks-williamson-minister-of-war-a64522 Earlier, Gavin Williamson accused Moscow of "trying to goad the West" in a bellicose speech. Sat, 16 Feb 2019 16:29:00 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/02/16/russias-lavrov-calls-uks-williamson-minister-of-war-a64522 Russian Court Orders Baring Vostok's Calvey to Be Kept in Custody Until April https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/02/16/russian-court-orders-baring-vostoks-calvey-to-be-kept-in-custody-until-april-13-a64521 The judge said Calvey, a U.S. citizen, was accused of a "serious crime" and could try to flee. Sat, 16 Feb 2019 16:08:00 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/02/16/russian-court-orders-baring-vostoks-calvey-to-be-kept-in-custody-until-april-13-a64521 In Search of Better Quality of Life, Russians Lean on Credit https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/02/16/in-search-of-better-quality-of-life-russians-lean-on-credit-a64505 Personal loans in Russia have grown by 46 percent over the past year. Sat, 16 Feb 2019 14:00:00 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/02/16/in-search-of-better-quality-of-life-russians-lean-on-credit-a64505 Turkey's Erdogan Says No Going Back From S-400 Arms Deal with Russia https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/02/16/turkeys-erdogan-says-bo-going-back-from-s-400-arms-deal-with-russia-a64520 "We made the S-400 deal with Russia, so it's out of the question for us to turn back. That's done." Sat, 16 Feb 2019 12:43:00 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/02/16/turkeys-erdogan-says-bo-going-back-from-s-400-arms-deal-with-russia-a64520 Belarus Ready to 'Unite' With Russia, Lukashenko Says https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/02/15/were-ready-unite-with-russia-belarus-leader-lukashenko-says-a64517 “The two of us could unite tomorrow, no problem,” Lukashenko said. Fri, 15 Feb 2019 16:05:00 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/02/15/were-ready-unite-with-russia-belarus-leader-lukashenko-says-a64517 Remembering the Soviet Withdrawal from Afghanistan, 30 Years Later, in Pictures https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/02/15/remembering-soviet-withdrawal-from-afghanistan-30-years-later-in-pictures-a64514 Feb. 15, 2019, marks the 30th anniversary of the Soviet withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan. Fri, 15 Feb 2019 15:48:00 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/02/15/remembering-soviet-withdrawal-from-afghanistan-30-years-later-in-pictures-a64514 Russian Nuclear-Capable Bombers Fly Over Sea of Japan https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/02/15/russian-nuclear-capable-bombers-fly-over-sea-of-japan-a64516 Tokyo scrambled air force planes to intercept them. Fri, 15 Feb 2019 15:08:00 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/02/15/russian-nuclear-capable-bombers-fly-over-sea-of-japan-a64516 What's Behind the Arrest of the U.S. Founder of a Major Private Equity Group in Russia? https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/02/15/us-founder-major-privaty-equity-group-russia-detained-embezzlement-charges-explained-a64512 Michael Calvey, 51, and three other partners in the fund who have also been detained face up to 10 years if convicted. Fri, 15 Feb 2019 13:36:00 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/02/15/us-founder-major-privaty-equity-group-russia-detained-embezzlement-charges-explained-a64512 Belgian Intel Officer Is a Suspected Russian Spy, Reports Say https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/02/15/belgian-intel-officer-suspected-russian-spy-a64513 The unnamed officer was accused of providing a Serbian national, who is suspected of being a Russian agent, access to classified information in 2016. Fri, 15 Feb 2019 13:25:00 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/02/15/belgian-intel-officer-suspected-russian-spy-a64513 U.S. Investor Calvey Detained in Moscow on Suspicion of Fraud https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/02/15/us-investor-calvey-detained-in-moscow-on-suspicion-of-fraud-a64510 Michael Calvey is the founder and a senior partner at the Baring Vostok equity funds group. Fri, 15 Feb 2019 11:14:00 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/02/15/us-investor-calvey-detained-in-moscow-on-suspicion-of-fraud-a64510 We Won't Allow a Color Revolution in Venezuela, Moscow Says https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/02/15/we-wont-allow-a-color-revolution-in-venezuela-moscow-says-a64509 Russia's Foreign Ministry has said it won't allow a "color revolution." Fri, 15 Feb 2019 11:03:00 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/02/15/we-wont-allow-a-color-revolution-in-venezuela-moscow-says-a64509