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 Sat, 15 Aug 2020 16:16:44 +0200 600 Kremlin Predicts Swift Resolution of Belarus Unrest The Kremlin said Putin and Lukashenko agreed in a phone call that the "problems" in Belarus would be swiftly resolved. Sat, 15 Aug 2020 14:36:00 +0200 Russia Produces First Batch of Virus Vaccine: Ministry Russia said Saturday that it has produced the first batch of its coronavirus vaccine. Sat, 15 Aug 2020 14:33:50 +0200 Belarus Leader Reaches Out to Russia as Pressure Grows Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko discussed the protests shaking his country with Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin on Saturday. Sat, 15 Aug 2020 12:40:00 +0200 Belarus Hands 32 Detained 'Mercenaries' Over to Russia Russia on Friday announced the safe return of 32 of its citizens after Belarus detained them saying they were mercenaries. Sat, 15 Aug 2020 10:22:00 +0200 Coronavirus in Russia: The Latest News | Aug. 15 Russia opens up. Travel restrictions. Vaccine race. Sat, 15 Aug 2020 10:01:00 +0200 Russia's Official Coronavirus Cases Continue to Slow Russia is the world's fourth most-affected country in terms of infections. Sat, 15 Aug 2020 10:00:00 +0200 EU Approves Belarus Sanctions The EU will draw up a list of targets in Belarus for a new round of sanctions in response to the country's post-election crackdown. Fri, 14 Aug 2020 19:45:00 +0200 Belarus Factory Workers Hold Mass Walkouts to Back Opposition The walkouts were highly unusual in a country where Lukashenko has retained a Soviet-style command economy. Fri, 14 Aug 2020 17:24:00 +0200 'Torture Chamber': Jailed Belarusians Reveal Prison Abuse Detained protesters and chance bystanders gave harrowing accounts of beatings, humiliation and torture. Fri, 14 Aug 2020 16:17:00 +0200 Belarus Sees Walkouts, Protest Calls After 'Bloody' Vote Crackdown Detainees emerging from a detention center in Minsk said they had been beaten and deprived of food, water, sleep and medical care. Fri, 14 Aug 2020 14:23:00 +0200 1 in 2 Russian Doctors Distrust New Coronavirus Vaccine – Poll The doctors pointed to insufficient data proving the vaccine's effectiveness and the high speed at which it was developed. Fri, 14 Aug 2020 13:57:00 +0200 Russian Media Responds to Belarus Protest Crackdown Pro-Kremlin media have taken a more sympathetic tone toward protesters in recent days. Fri, 14 Aug 2020 12:47:00 +0200 Belarus Vote Challenger Calls for 'Peaceful' Protests in All Cities "The government turned the peaceful demonstration of citizens in the streets into a bloody massacre," Tikhanovskaya said. Fri, 14 Aug 2020 11:50:39 +0200 Belarusian Artist Embroiders Her Country's Historic Protests A Belarusian artist living in Prague responds to current events with white and red threads. Fri, 14 Aug 2020 10:34:29 +0200 Belarus: Symbols of the Opposition White bracelets, flowers, a punched fist and a Soviet-era song have become symbols of opposition to Lukashenko's rule. Fri, 14 Aug 2020 09:55:04 +0200 Tens of Thousands Rally in Belarus Against Post-Vote Crackdown In apparent concessions, Belarus released more than 1,000 detained protesters and the interior minister apologized to injured bystanders. Fri, 14 Aug 2020 09:37:54 +0200 Spent Nuclear Fuel Removed From Abandoned Soviet-Era Ship in ‘Major Milestone’ The nuclear fuel had posed “a serious danger to the people and the environment of the Barents Sea region.” Fri, 14 Aug 2020 09:14:16 +0200 Thousands Form Human Chains in Belarus After Post-Vote Crackdown Men and women, many wearing white and holding flowers, took to the streets of Minsk to protest against police brutality. Thu, 13 Aug 2020 19:54:00 +0200 Workers at Major Belarus Plants Strike in Growing Protest Against Police Violence In one video, crowds of workers raise their hands and cheer when polled about who voted for Lukashenko’s main challenger. Thu, 13 Aug 2020 16:35:38 +0200 Masked Men Raid Uber and Yandex's Belarus Offices Amid Election Protests Yandex's press service said the armed men identified themselves as members of Belarus’ security forces. Thu, 13 Aug 2020 15:28:00 +0200 Belarus: Days of Post-Election Turmoil A recap of the dramatic events in the ex-Soviet country since Sunday. Thu, 13 Aug 2020 15:20:00 +0200 MT’s Coronavirus Coverage Gets U.S. Journalism Nod The Moscow Times’ coverage of Russia’s student recruitment to help battle the coronavirus has been recognized by the ASJA. Thu, 13 Aug 2020 13:12:00 +0200 Russian Region Orders Mass Vaccination Against Bubonic Plague The order was issued after Mongolia's health ministry said that bubonic plague killed a man in the country's west. Thu, 13 Aug 2020 13:04:49 +0200 Belarus Detains Hundreds More in Post-Election Crackdown Dozens of protesters have been injured in the post-election unrest and two people died.  Thu, 13 Aug 2020 12:37:00 +0200 Russian YouTuber Arrested for Obtaining State Secrets Andrei Pyzh's YouTube channel shows his visits to industrial sites and abandoned bunkers. Thu, 13 Aug 2020 12:09:00 +0200 Duterte to Skip Philippine Trial of Russia Virus Vaccine Duterte had previously offered himself up as a guinea pig for the very first jab, expressing "huge trust" in the Russian vaccine. Thu, 13 Aug 2020 11:48:00 +0200 Brazil State Signs Deal to Make Russian Vaccine Officials stressed they would have to be sure of the vaccine's safety and effectiveness first. Thu, 13 Aug 2020 09:21:33 +0200 Belarus Nobel-Winner Alexievich Urges Lukashenko to Go "Leave before it's too late, before you've thrown people into a terrible abyss, into the abyss of civil war," she appealed to Lukashenko. Thu, 13 Aug 2020 09:21:00 +0200 Russian Violinist and Conductor Spivakov Rejects Lukashenko Award Over Belarus Crackdown “I’m ashamed to wear it because it’s associated with your rule,” the Russian National Philharmonic's conductor and artistic director said. Thu, 13 Aug 2020 09:02:00 +0200 Jailed Belarus Protester Dies During Crackdown The 25-year-old man died after he was detained on Sunday and sentenced to 10 days in prison. Thu, 13 Aug 2020 03:30:00 +0200 France 'Very Worried' Over Belarus Election Violence, Macron Tells Putin Putin was one of the few key world leaders to congratulate Belarusian President Lukashenko after the poll. Wed, 12 Aug 2020 20:28:28 +0200 Hundreds Detained, Firearms Used in Third Night of Belarus Unrest It was the first time Belarusian authorities confirmed the use of firearms during post-election protests. Wed, 12 Aug 2020 17:13:00 +0200 ‘Angel Investor’ Detained in Belarus Election Unrest Kirill Golub, a high-profile IT investor in Belarus and Lithuania, was detained under unclear circumstances in Minsk. Wed, 12 Aug 2020 16:20:00 +0200 Dozens of Journalists Attacked or Detained Amid Violent Belarus Crackdown The Belarusian Association of Journalists said it has documented at least 62 attacks or detentions. Wed, 12 Aug 2020 15:42:00 +0200 Popular Russian YouTuber to Belarus Officers: ‘Tell Your Bosses to Shove Off’ Yury Dud called on Belarusian police to stop violence against protesters but some questioned whether his words would be effective. Wed, 12 Aug 2020 13:45:09 +0200 Beleaguered Belarus Opposition Finds Baltic Refuge Presidential challenger Svetlana Tikhanovskaya is only the latest pro-democracy Belarusian to find shelter in the country's EU neighbors. Wed, 12 Aug 2020 12:59:48 +0200 Philippines' Duterte Says Will Be Russia Vaccine 'Guinea Pig' as Talks Begin "He's old. He can sacrifice his life for the Filipino people," Duterte's spokesman said. Wed, 12 Aug 2020 12:32:20 +0200 Lukashenko Challenger’s Ally Calls for End to Belarus Protest Crackdown “We ask the authorities to find the strength to face the will of the people,” Tikhanovskaya ally Maria Kolesnikova said. Wed, 12 Aug 2020 11:59:00 +0200 Arctic Warming Faster Than Previously Thought – Study The region's rate of warming is surpassing current climate models, fueling heat waves and sea ice melt. Wed, 12 Aug 2020 09:06:00 +0200 Lukashenko Challenger Makes 'Difficult Decision' to Leave Belarus State media released a video showing Tikhanovskaya urging supporters not to protest, but her allies said it was recorded under pressure. Tue, 11 Aug 2020 21:21:00 +0200 EU Says Belarus Vote Not Free, Threatens Sanctions The bloc's chief diplomat said authorities deployed disproportionate and unacceptable violence. Tue, 11 Aug 2020 20:50:00 +0200 ‘World’s First’ Coronavirus Vaccine: What We Know So Far About Russian Injection Russia says its coronavirus vaccine is ready for industrial production despite warnings from experts. Tue, 11 Aug 2020 15:42:00 +0200 Six Months Into the Coronavirus Outbreak, Russia’s Statistics Still Provide More Questions Than Answers Analysis of excess fatalities show regions may be underreporting deaths from Covid-19. Tue, 11 Aug 2020 15:15:00 +0200 WHO Wants to Review Russian Vaccine Safety Data The vaccine, which was approved by the government, still needs to go through its final phase of clinical trials. Tue, 11 Aug 2020 14:12:00 +0200 Belarus Vote Results ‘Falsified,’ Lukashenko ‘Deranged’ — Russian Lawmaker The candid remarks appear to contradict the Kremlin’s wait-and-see approach to the unrest in Belarus.  Tue, 11 Aug 2020 13:13:10 +0200 Putin Announces ‘World’s First’ Coronavirus Vaccine Putin said one of his daughters, whose identity he has neither confirmed nor denied to date, has already taken the vaccine. Tue, 11 Aug 2020 10:57:00 +0200 Russia Presses on With Coronavirus Vaccine Registration Despite Safety Concerns “Several hundred volunteers were vaccinated and there were no serious adverse reactions,” a health official said. Tue, 11 Aug 2020 09:53:00 +0200 One Killed in Second Night of Protests Against 'Rigged' Belarus Election Several thousand protesters took to the streets of Minsk for a second night of rallies as police fired tear gas and rubber bullets. Tue, 11 Aug 2020 03:45:00 +0200 Slovakia Expels 3 Russian Diplomats Russia said it would respond to the expulsions "in a similar way." Mon, 10 Aug 2020 22:01:00 +0200 Belarus Police Fire Rubber Bullets, Tear Gas on Protesters Riot police fired the tear gas and rubber bullets on peaceful protesters to break up the second night of protests against the presidential election. Mon, 10 Aug 2020 20:45:00 +0200