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 Sat, 15 Aug 2020 16:16:44 +0200 600 Kremlin Predicts Swift Resolution of Belarus Unrest https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/08/15/kremlin-predicts-swift-resolution-of-belarus-unrest-a71162 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 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/08/15/kremlin-predicts-swift-resolution-of-belarus-unrest-a71162 Russia Produces First Batch of Virus Vaccine: Ministry https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/08/15/russia-produces-first-batch-of-virus-vaccine-ministry-a71161 Russia said Saturday that it has produced the first batch of its coronavirus vaccine. Sat, 15 Aug 2020 14:33:50 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/08/15/russia-produces-first-batch-of-virus-vaccine-ministry-a71161 Belarus Leader Reaches Out to Russia as Pressure Grows https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/08/15/belarus-leader-lukashenko-says-wants-to-talk-with-putin-a71160 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 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/08/15/belarus-leader-lukashenko-says-wants-to-talk-with-putin-a71160 Belarus Hands 32 Detained 'Mercenaries' Over to Russia https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/08/15/belarus-hands-32-detained-mercenaries-over-to-russia-a71159 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 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/08/15/belarus-hands-32-detained-mercenaries-over-to-russia-a71159 Coronavirus in Russia: The Latest News | Aug. 15 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/08/15/coronavirus-in-russia-the-latest-news-aug-14-a69117 Russia opens up. Travel restrictions. Vaccine race. Sat, 15 Aug 2020 10:01:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/08/15/coronavirus-in-russia-the-latest-news-aug-14-a69117 Russia's Official Coronavirus Cases Continue to Slow https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/08/15/russias-coronavirus-cases-surpass-910k-a69710 Russia is the world's fourth most-affected country in terms of infections. Sat, 15 Aug 2020 10:00:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/08/15/russias-coronavirus-cases-surpass-910k-a69710 EU Approves Belarus Sanctions https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/08/14/eu-approves-belarus-sanctions-a71157 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 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/08/14/eu-approves-belarus-sanctions-a71157 Belarus Factory Workers Hold Mass Walkouts to Back Opposition https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/08/14/belarus-factory-workers-hold-mass-walkouts-to-back-opposition-a71156 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 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/08/14/belarus-factory-workers-hold-mass-walkouts-to-back-opposition-a71156 'Torture Chamber': Jailed Belarusians Reveal Prison Abuse https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/08/14/torture-chamber-jailed-belarusians-reveal-prison-abuse-a71154 Detained protesters and chance bystanders gave harrowing accounts of beatings, humiliation and torture. Fri, 14 Aug 2020 16:17:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/08/14/torture-chamber-jailed-belarusians-reveal-prison-abuse-a71154 Belarus Sees Walkouts, Protest Calls After 'Bloody' Vote Crackdown https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/08/14/belarus-sees-walkouts-protest-calls-after-bloody-vote-crackdown-a71151 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 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/08/14/belarus-sees-walkouts-protest-calls-after-bloody-vote-crackdown-a71151 1 in 2 Russian Doctors Distrust New Coronavirus Vaccine – Poll https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/08/14/1-in-2-russian-doctors-distrust-new-coronavirus-vaccine-poll-a71153 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 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/08/14/1-in-2-russian-doctors-distrust-new-coronavirus-vaccine-poll-a71153 Russian Media Responds to Belarus Protest Crackdown https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/08/14/russian-media-responds-to-belarus-protest-crackdown-a71149 Pro-Kremlin media have taken a more sympathetic tone toward protesters in recent days. Fri, 14 Aug 2020 12:47:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/08/14/russian-media-responds-to-belarus-protest-crackdown-a71149 Belarus Vote Challenger Calls for 'Peaceful' Protests in All Cities https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/08/14/belarus-vote-challenger-calls-for-peaceful-protests-in-all-cities-a71152 "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 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/08/14/belarus-vote-challenger-calls-for-peaceful-protests-in-all-cities-a71152 Belarusian Artist Embroiders Her Country's Historic Protests https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/08/14/belarusian-artist-embroiders-her-countrys-historic-protests-a71150 A Belarusian artist living in Prague responds to current events with white and red threads. Fri, 14 Aug 2020 10:34:29 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/08/14/belarusian-artist-embroiders-her-countrys-historic-protests-a71150 Belarus: Symbols of the Opposition https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/08/14/belarus-symbols-of-the-opposition-a71146 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 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/08/14/belarus-symbols-of-the-opposition-a71146 Tens of Thousands Rally in Belarus Against Post-Vote Crackdown https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/08/14/tens-of-thousands-rally-in-belarus-against-post-vote-crackdown-a71148 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 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/08/14/tens-of-thousands-rally-in-belarus-against-post-vote-crackdown-a71148 Spent Nuclear Fuel Removed From Abandoned Soviet-Era Ship in ‘Major Milestone’ https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/08/14/spent-nuclear-fuel-removed-from-abandoned-soviet-era-ship-in-major-milestone-a71147 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 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/08/14/spent-nuclear-fuel-removed-from-abandoned-soviet-era-ship-in-major-milestone-a71147 Thousands Form Human Chains in Belarus After Post-Vote Crackdown https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/08/13/thousands-form-human-chains-in-belarus-after-post-vote-crackdown-a71143 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 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/08/13/thousands-form-human-chains-in-belarus-after-post-vote-crackdown-a71143 Workers at Major Belarus Plants Strike in Growing Protest Against Police Violence https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/08/13/workers-at-major-belarus-plants-strike-in-growing-protest-against-police-violence-a71144 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 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/08/13/workers-at-major-belarus-plants-strike-in-growing-protest-against-police-violence-a71144 Masked Men Raid Uber and Yandex's Belarus Offices Amid Election Protests https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/08/13/masked-men-raid-uber-and-yandexs-belarus-offices-amid-election-protests-a71142 Yandex's press service said the armed men identified themselves as members of Belarus’ security forces. Thu, 13 Aug 2020 15:28:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/08/13/masked-men-raid-uber-and-yandexs-belarus-offices-amid-election-protests-a71142 Belarus: Days of Post-Election Turmoil https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/08/13/belarus-days-of-post-election-turmoil-a71129 A recap of the dramatic events in the ex-Soviet country since Sunday. Thu, 13 Aug 2020 15:20:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/08/13/belarus-days-of-post-election-turmoil-a71129 MT’s Coronavirus Coverage Gets U.S. Journalism Nod https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/08/13/mts-coronavirus-coverage-gets-us-journalism-nod-a71140 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 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/08/13/mts-coronavirus-coverage-gets-us-journalism-nod-a71140 Russian Region Orders Mass Vaccination Against Bubonic Plague https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/08/13/russian-region-orders-mass-vaccination-against-bubonic-plague-a71139 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 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/08/13/russian-region-orders-mass-vaccination-against-bubonic-plague-a71139 Belarus Detains Hundreds More in Post-Election Crackdown https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/08/13/belarus-detains-hundreds-more-in-post-election-crackdown-a71136 Dozens of protesters have been injured in the post-election unrest and two people died.  Thu, 13 Aug 2020 12:37:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/08/13/belarus-detains-hundreds-more-in-post-election-crackdown-a71136 Russian YouTuber Arrested for Obtaining State Secrets https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/08/13/russian-youtuber-arrested-for-obtaining-state-secrets-a71137 Andrei Pyzh's YouTube channel shows his visits to industrial sites and abandoned bunkers. Thu, 13 Aug 2020 12:09:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/08/13/russian-youtuber-arrested-for-obtaining-state-secrets-a71137 Duterte to Skip Philippine Trial of Russia Virus Vaccine https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/08/13/duterte-to-skip-philippine-trial-of-russia-virus-vaccine-a71138 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 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/08/13/duterte-to-skip-philippine-trial-of-russia-virus-vaccine-a71138 Brazil State Signs Deal to Make Russian Vaccine https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/08/13/brazil-state-signs-deal-to-make-russian-vaccine-a71134 Officials stressed they would have to be sure of the vaccine's safety and effectiveness first. Thu, 13 Aug 2020 09:21:33 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/08/13/brazil-state-signs-deal-to-make-russian-vaccine-a71134 Belarus Nobel-Winner Alexievich Urges Lukashenko to Go https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/08/13/belarus-nobel-winner-alexievich-urges-lukashenko-to-go-a71135 "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 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/08/13/belarus-nobel-winner-alexievich-urges-lukashenko-to-go-a71135 Russian Violinist and Conductor Spivakov Rejects Lukashenko Award Over Belarus Crackdown https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/08/13/russian-violinist-and-conductor-spivakov-rejects-lukashenko-award-over-belarus-crackdown-a71132 “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 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/08/13/russian-violinist-and-conductor-spivakov-rejects-lukashenko-award-over-belarus-crackdown-a71132 Jailed Belarus Protester Dies During Crackdown https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/08/13/jailed-belarus-protester-dies-during-crackdown-a71131 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 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/08/13/jailed-belarus-protester-dies-during-crackdown-a71131 France 'Very Worried' Over Belarus Election Violence, Macron Tells Putin https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/08/12/france-very-worried-over-belarus-election-violence-macron-tells-putin-a71130 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 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/08/12/france-very-worried-over-belarus-election-violence-macron-tells-putin-a71130 Hundreds Detained, Firearms Used in Third Night of Belarus Unrest https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/08/12/hundreds-detained-firearms-used-in-third-night-of-belarus-unrest-a71125 It was the first time Belarusian authorities confirmed the use of firearms during post-election protests. Wed, 12 Aug 2020 17:13:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/08/12/hundreds-detained-firearms-used-in-third-night-of-belarus-unrest-a71125 ‘Angel Investor’ Detained in Belarus Election Unrest https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/08/12/angel-investor-detained-in-belarus-election-unrest-a71128 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 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/08/12/angel-investor-detained-in-belarus-election-unrest-a71128 Dozens of Journalists Attacked or Detained Amid Violent Belarus Crackdown https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/08/12/dozens-of-journalists-attacked-or-detained-amid-violent-belarus-crackdown-a71127 The Belarusian Association of Journalists said it has documented at least 62 attacks or detentions. Wed, 12 Aug 2020 15:42:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/08/12/dozens-of-journalists-attacked-or-detained-amid-violent-belarus-crackdown-a71127 Popular Russian YouTuber to Belarus Officers: ‘Tell Your Bosses to Shove Off’ https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/08/12/popular-russian-youtuber-to-belarus-officers-tell-your-bosses-to-shove-off-a71123 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 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/08/12/popular-russian-youtuber-to-belarus-officers-tell-your-bosses-to-shove-off-a71123 Beleaguered Belarus Opposition Finds Baltic Refuge https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/08/12/beleaguered-belarus-opposition-finds-baltic-refuge-a71126 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 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/08/12/beleaguered-belarus-opposition-finds-baltic-refuge-a71126 Philippines' Duterte Says Will Be Russia Vaccine 'Guinea Pig' as Talks Begin https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/08/12/philippines-duterte-says-will-be-russia-vaccine-guinea-pig-as-talks-begin-a71124 "He's old. He can sacrifice his life for the Filipino people," Duterte's spokesman said. Wed, 12 Aug 2020 12:32:20 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/08/12/philippines-duterte-says-will-be-russia-vaccine-guinea-pig-as-talks-begin-a71124 Lukashenko Challenger’s Ally Calls for End to Belarus Protest Crackdown https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/08/12/lukashenko-challengers-ally-calls-for-end-to-belarus-protest-crackdown-a71122 “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 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/08/12/lukashenko-challengers-ally-calls-for-end-to-belarus-protest-crackdown-a71122 Arctic Warming Faster Than Previously Thought – Study https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/08/12/arctic-warming-faster-than-previously-thought-study-a71119 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 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/08/12/arctic-warming-faster-than-previously-thought-study-a71119 Lukashenko Challenger Makes 'Difficult Decision' to Leave Belarus https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/08/11/lukashenko-challenger-makes-difficult-decision-to-leave-belarus-a71108 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 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/08/11/lukashenko-challenger-makes-difficult-decision-to-leave-belarus-a71108 EU Says Belarus Vote Not Free, Threatens Sanctions https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/08/11/eu-says-belarus-vote-not-free-threatens-sanctions-a71118 The bloc's chief diplomat said authorities deployed disproportionate and unacceptable violence. Tue, 11 Aug 2020 20:50:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/08/11/eu-says-belarus-vote-not-free-threatens-sanctions-a71118 ‘World’s First’ Coronavirus Vaccine: What We Know So Far About Russian Injection https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/08/11/worlds-first-coronavirus-vaccine-what-we-know-so-far-about-russian-injection-a71113 Russia says its coronavirus vaccine is ready for industrial production despite warnings from experts. Tue, 11 Aug 2020 15:42:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/08/11/worlds-first-coronavirus-vaccine-what-we-know-so-far-about-russian-injection-a71113 Six Months Into the Coronavirus Outbreak, Russia’s Statistics Still Provide More Questions Than Answers https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/08/11/six-months-into-the-coronavirus-outbreak-russias-statistics-still-provide-more-questions-than-answers-a71069 Analysis of excess fatalities show regions may be underreporting deaths from Covid-19. Tue, 11 Aug 2020 15:15:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/08/11/six-months-into-the-coronavirus-outbreak-russias-statistics-still-provide-more-questions-than-answers-a71069 WHO Wants to Review Russian Vaccine Safety Data https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/08/11/who-wants-to-review-russian-vaccine-safety-data-a71114 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 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/08/11/who-wants-to-review-russian-vaccine-safety-data-a71114 Belarus Vote Results ‘Falsified,’ Lukashenko ‘Deranged’ — Russian Lawmaker https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/08/11/belarus-vote-results-falsified-lukashenko-deranged-russian-lawmaker-a71111 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 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/08/11/belarus-vote-results-falsified-lukashenko-deranged-russian-lawmaker-a71111 Putin Announces ‘World’s First’ Coronavirus Vaccine https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/08/11/putin-announces-worlds-first-coronavirus-vaccine-a71112 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 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/08/11/putin-announces-worlds-first-coronavirus-vaccine-a71112 Russia Presses on With Coronavirus Vaccine Registration Despite Safety Concerns https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/08/11/russia-presses-on-with-coronavirus-vaccine-registration-despite-safety-concerns-a71109 “Several hundred volunteers were vaccinated and there were no serious adverse reactions,” a health official said. Tue, 11 Aug 2020 09:53:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/08/11/russia-presses-on-with-coronavirus-vaccine-registration-despite-safety-concerns-a71109 One Killed in Second Night of Protests Against 'Rigged' Belarus Election https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/08/11/man-killed-in-new-belarus-protests-over-disputed-election-a71107 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 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/08/11/man-killed-in-new-belarus-protests-over-disputed-election-a71107 Slovakia Expels 3 Russian Diplomats https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/08/10/slovakia-expels-3-russian-diplomats-a71106 Russia said it would respond to the expulsions "in a similar way." Mon, 10 Aug 2020 22:01:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/08/10/slovakia-expels-3-russian-diplomats-a71106 Belarus Police Fire Rubber Bullets, Tear Gas on Protesters https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/08/10/belarus-police-fire-rubber-bullets-tear-gas-on-protesters-a71105 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 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/08/10/belarus-police-fire-rubber-bullets-tear-gas-on-protesters-a71105