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, 21 May 2019 20:41:38 +0200 600 Poland Urges Russia to Compensate for Oil Mistakes — Polish Prime Minister Flows through the Druzhba pipeline were suspended due to contamination, sending shockwaves through global oil markets. Tue, 21 May 2019 14:46:00 +0200 Renault Hands Control of the Dashboard to Yandex Yandex will provide real-time navigation and other services for locally made cars. Tue, 21 May 2019 14:36:40 +0200 Russian Millennials Worry Most About Corruption and Inequality, Study Says Their responses differed from millennials worldwide, who named climate change and income inequality as their top concerns. Tue, 21 May 2019 14:06:00 +0200 Kremlin Criticizes New U.S. Pledge to Sanction Nord Stream 2 Pipeline The U.S. and several eastern European, Nordic and Baltic countries fear the pipeline will increase the EU's reliance on Russian gas. Tue, 21 May 2019 13:51:20 +0200 Kremlin Is Spending $43M to Renovate Imperial Mansion for Orthodox Patriarch, Media Reports The residence will be equipped with its own private church, library, pool hall and possibly an elevator, reports said. Tue, 21 May 2019 13:19:00 +0200 Russia's FSB Wants Alleged U.S. Spy Whelan to Be Held for 3 More Months – Interfax Paul Whelan's arrest has heightened already-tense relations between the U.S. and Russia. Tue, 21 May 2019 11:40:36 +0200 200 Russian Journalists Protest 'Clampdown on Free Speech' After Kommersant Firings The scandal was sparked Monday when two veteran journalists were fired over an article about a political reshuffle. Tue, 21 May 2019 10:16:00 +0200 Ukraine’s Zelenskiy Asks U.S. for Stronger Anti-Russia Sanctions on First Day in Office The new Ukrainian president's meeting with a U.S. delegation was one of his first foreign policy actions. Tue, 21 May 2019 10:06:00 +0200 Russian Police Detain Navalny Aide Over Nationwide Pension Protests Leonid Volkov said he has been charged for his role in protesting Russia's contentious pension reform legislation. Tue, 21 May 2019 08:49:35 +0200 A Glimpse Behind the Iron Curtain As nostalgia for the Soviet Union swells, one project aims to show what life was like for ordinary citizens in the U.S.S.R. Tue, 21 May 2019 08:26:00 +0200 Russian GRU Officer Charged With Running Apple ‘Ponzi Scheme’ – RBC At least 17 people were reportedly defrauded on promises of big profits from iPhone and MacBook imports. Mon, 20 May 2019 17:22:50 +0200 Russia Has Most Protected Natural Areas in the World, WWF Says Russia has 3.3 times more protected natural areas than previously thought. Mon, 20 May 2019 16:34:00 +0200 Record $185M in Cash Seized From Russian Official in Sting Operation Videos posted online show bags stuffed with what was reported to be 12 billion rubles. Mon, 20 May 2019 15:02:00 +0200 318K HIV-Positive Russians Have Died Since 1987 – Watchdog Rospotrebnadzor said 57.5 percent of all HIV-positive cases were transmitted sexually and 39 percent through drug use. Mon, 20 May 2019 13:28:00 +0200 Russian Journalists Quit En Masse as Censorship Scandal Hits Kommersant Two veteran Kommersant journalists say they were forced to step down after reporting about senator Valentina Matvieynko's political future. Mon, 20 May 2019 12:24:00 +0200 Putin Has No Plans to Congratulate Zelenskiy on Inauguration — Kremlin Putin said he will congratulate Zelenskiy if he changes relations with Russia.  Mon, 20 May 2019 11:45:09 +0200 Russia Says It Repelled an Attack on Its Main Syrian Air Base – Reports Russia had shot down six missiles fired at the Hmeymim air base in Syria's Latakia Province. Mon, 20 May 2019 11:33:00 +0200 Russia's CSKA Wins Eighth Euroleague Basketball Title CSKA beat Anadolu Efes Istanbul after 20 points each from American forwards Will Clyburn and Cory Higgins Mon, 20 May 2019 11:13:14 +0200 Russian Church Leader Calls to End Abortions to Boost Population Russia currently has the second-highest abortion rate in the world after China. Mon, 20 May 2019 11:12:00 +0200 New Ukrainian President Zelenskiy Takes Office, Calls to End War in East The new leader said Ukraine is ready for dialogue with Russia. Mon, 20 May 2019 10:56:00 +0200 Russian Oligarch Denies Links to Video That Brought Down Austria's Government The scandal led to the resignation of Austria's vice chancellor over alleged Russian ties. Mon, 20 May 2019 10:50:00 +0200 News From Russia: What You Missed Over the Weekend Putin-Trump meeting. Eurovision finale. Butina's plea. Mon, 20 May 2019 08:41:00 +0200 How One Village on the Volga Sowed Chaos in Europe’s Oil Market The hardscrabble village of Nikolayevka emerged as the epicenter of an international oil scandal. Sun, 19 May 2019 10:28:00 +0200 Russian Plan to Free Whales Risks Their Survival, Say Scientists Russian scientists had announced that the captive orcas would be freed by June 10 directly from their holding pens. Fri, 17 May 2019 17:06:00 +0200 Pompeo Names 3 National Interests U.S. Shares With Russia President Vladimir Putin had previously expressed a mutual desire to improve battered U.S.-Russian ties. Fri, 17 May 2019 16:21:23 +0200 Russia to Award $3M to Greenpeace in Settlement The agreement should end years of legal battles following Russia's seizure of a Dutch-flagged Greenpeace vessel. Fri, 17 May 2019 16:06:00 +0200 Yekaterinburg Protesters Will Hold Out for Proof Church Project Is Canceled For now, residents are celebrating a cautious victory over plans to build in their much-loved inner city haven. Fri, 17 May 2019 15:06:00 +0200 Russia's Crimean Annexation Cost Ukrainian Ports $400M – FT Russia has restricted Ukrainian ships' passage through the Kerch Strait since it annexed Crimea in 2014. Fri, 17 May 2019 14:30:00 +0200 Ministers Agree Way For Russia to Rejoin Europe's Human Rights Body Russia's voting rights in the council were suspended over its 2014 annexation of Crimea from Ukraine. Fri, 17 May 2019 13:46:00 +0200 Kremlin Pledges a Response to New U.S. Sanctions on Russian Individuals The United States imposed sanctions on a Chechen group and five people over human rights abuses. Fri, 17 May 2019 12:10:52 +0200 Russian TV Cancels ‘The Voice Kids’ Results After Mass Vote Rigging Phone bots cast thousands of votes for the daughter of a popular singer and a banker. Fri, 17 May 2019 12:04:00 +0200 ‘No End in Sight’ to Fraud in Russia’s Space Agency, Top Investigator Says “It’s a very simple scheme: The money is first moved abroad, then the family leaves, and then the defendant follows [them],” Bastrykin said. Fri, 17 May 2019 10:21:07 +0200 Venezuela Wants Russia to Help Restructure Its Debt to Other Countries — Reports Venezuela's ambassador in Geneva said the country would like to receive debt-restructuring assistance from Russia. Fri, 17 May 2019 10:11:50 +0200 Head of FSB's Secretive Unit Charged for $850K Bribery Colonel Kirill Cherkalin received $850,000 “for acts or inactions in favor of the bribe-giver and commercial structures.” Fri, 17 May 2019 08:45:20 +0200 U.S. Sanctions Chechen Group, Russians for Alleged Human Rights Abuses The individuals were sanctioned for actions the U.S. says included extrajudicial killings and the torture of LGBT individuals. Thu, 16 May 2019 22:12:00 +0200 Russian Mayor Halts Church Construction Amid Protests, Clashes The city of Yekaterinburg has been rocked this week by mass protests against plans to build a church in a city park. Thu, 16 May 2019 21:51:00 +0200 Russia Evades Exclusion From Council of Europe Losing membership would deprive Russian citizens of the right to appeal to the European Court of Human Rights. Thu, 16 May 2019 17:05:19 +0200 Russia to Set Up ‘Fake News Database’ Offending online news outlets could be legally blocked if the “fake news” is not deleted. Thu, 16 May 2019 17:02:46 +0200 Why Are Russians Clashing Over a New Cathedral in Yekaterinburg? Inside the mass protests that have led to the arrests of dozens of citizens. Thu, 16 May 2019 16:11:00 +0200 Britain Scrambled Fighters Twice to Intercept Russian Aircraft in Baltic The two countries' aircraft met in NATO airspace. Thu, 16 May 2019 11:19:44 +0200 A Majority of Russian Families Have No Savings, Poll Says Western sanctions and dropping oil prices have hit Russian consumers' savings accounts. Thu, 16 May 2019 10:54:00 +0200 Russian Bill Seeks to Criminalize News That Leads to International Sanctions The amendments would impose a maximum term of five years in prison and fines of 5 million rubles ($77,500) for publishing such materials. Thu, 16 May 2019 10:44:00 +0200 Siberian Mayor Rejects Church Plans as Anti-Cathedral Protests Rock Yekaterinburg The city canceled plans to build a cathedral in a public park after protests against similar plans erupted 2,500 kilometers west. Thu, 16 May 2019 10:04:20 +0200 Dozens Arrested in Russian City Rocked by Protests Against Church Building Seventy people were detained as thousands of residents continued to rally against the construction of a cathedral. Thu, 16 May 2019 08:53:00 +0200 Russia to Halt Disputed Landfill Construction After Mass Protests – Reports The $162 million landfill project, which would ship Moscow's trash north, has been met with months of mass rallies. Wed, 15 May 2019 16:47:48 +0200 Russia Dirty Oil Crisis Drags On as Port Loads Tainted Cargo At least one tainted cargo has been loaded onto a tanker since Monday. Wed, 15 May 2019 16:30:31 +0200 ‘Paralyzer’ Laser Drones Developed for the Russian Military – Reports Russian security forces have been increasingly turning to laser technologies over the past year. Wed, 15 May 2019 16:24:21 +0200 Russian National Sentenced to 25 Years Over Alleged Terror Plot The suspect planned to travel to Syria after detonating the device, the FSB said. Wed, 15 May 2019 15:48:24 +0200 Massive Data Breach Exposes Russian Officials’ Passports, Reports Say The breach affected 360,000 current and former officials' data, including high-ranking figures in the State Duma. Wed, 15 May 2019 15:44:00 +0200 Russia Eases Arms Resale Rules to Avoid Sanctions – Reports The decree allows countries buying Russian arms to avoid direct contact with Russia and slip past U.S. sanctions. Wed, 15 May 2019 13:11:00 +0200