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 Mon, 19 Aug 2019 16:01:24 +0200 600 Moscow Protest Leaders Sued for $190K Over Blocked Traffic Claims https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/08/19/moscow-protest-leaders-sued-for-190k-over-blocked-traffic-claims-a66925 Authorities say that last month's opposition protests in central Moscow cut off traffic and hurt businesses' profits. Mon, 19 Aug 2019 14:55:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/08/19/moscow-protest-leaders-sued-for-190k-over-blocked-traffic-claims-a66925 Russia’s Nuclear Monitors ‘Went Silent’ Following Rocket Explosion – WSJ https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/08/19/russias-nuclear-monitors-went-silent-following-rocket-explosion-wsj-a66923 One arms control expert called the disruption “a very odd coincidence.” Mon, 19 Aug 2019 13:28:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/08/19/russias-nuclear-monitors-went-silent-following-rocket-explosion-wsj-a66923 17 Countries Owe Russia $27Bln – Reports https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/08/19/17-countries-owe-russia-27bln-reports-a66918 Another $13 billion of Russia's lending overseas is unaccounted for. Mon, 19 Aug 2019 12:03:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/08/19/17-countries-owe-russia-27bln-reports-a66918 Russia to Open Tourism Center in Remote Arctic Archipelago https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/08/19/tourist-center-is-opening-on-russias-remotest-arctic-archipelago-a66919 Visits to Franz Josef Land must be made more attractive to tourists, the local national park director says. Mon, 19 Aug 2019 11:14:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/08/19/tourist-center-is-opening-on-russias-remotest-arctic-archipelago-a66919 News From Russia: What You Missed Over the Weekend https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/08/19/news-from-russia-what-you-missed-over-the-weekend-24-a66914 Protest pickets. Nuclear network issues. Eastern Ukraine evidence. Mon, 19 Aug 2019 08:54:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/08/19/news-from-russia-what-you-missed-over-the-weekend-24-a66914 Macron’s Meeting Putin. Just Don’t Call Him Trump’s Messenger https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/08/18/macrons-meeting-putin-just-dont-call-him-trumps-messenger-a66912 France isn’t playing the role of go-between with Russia and other world powers Sun, 18 Aug 2019 13:03:10 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/08/18/macrons-meeting-putin-just-dont-call-him-trumps-messenger-a66912 Russia Says No Plans to Install New Missiles Unless U.S. Deploys Them https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/08/18/russia-says-no-plans-to-install-new-missiles-unless-us-deploys-them-a66911 The United States formally left the Intermediate Nuclear Forces (INF) treaty with Russia earlier this month. Sun, 18 Aug 2019 12:53:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/08/18/russia-says-no-plans-to-install-new-missiles-unless-us-deploys-them-a66911 Russian Nuclear Plant Taken Down After Safety System Error https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/08/18/russian-nuclear-plant-taken-down-after-safety-system-error-a66910 Last month, a Russian nuclear power plant northwest of Moscow turned off three of its four generating units. Sun, 18 Aug 2019 12:50:08 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/08/18/russian-nuclear-plant-taken-down-after-safety-system-error-a66910 Russian Opposition Activists Picket for Free Elections https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/08/17/russian-opposition-activists-picket-for-free-elections-a66909 Saturday's solo pickets were peaceful and opposition supporters scarce. Sat, 17 Aug 2019 15:19:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/08/17/russian-opposition-activists-picket-for-free-elections-a66909 Exclusive: Russian Doctors Say They Weren’t Warned Patients Were Nuclear Accident Victims https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/08/16/exclusive-russian-doctors-say-they-werent-warned-patients-were-nuclear-accident-victims-a66896 One doctor was reportedly later found to have a radioactive isotope in their muscle tissue. Fri, 16 Aug 2019 20:14:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/08/16/exclusive-russian-doctors-say-they-werent-warned-patients-were-nuclear-accident-victims-a66896 Russia Confirms Assault, Extortion Allegations in Europe’s Largest Prison https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/08/16/russia-confirms-assault-extortion-allegations-in-europes-largest-prison-a66906 Video released last week showed inmates beating a fellow prisoner with a stick, sparking new concerns about prison conditions.  Fri, 16 Aug 2019 16:38:14 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/08/16/russia-confirms-assault-extortion-allegations-in-europes-largest-prison-a66906 Russia Opens 350 Banned Professions to Women, Stripping Soviet-Era Restrictions https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/08/16/russia-opens-350-banned-professions-to-women-stripping-soviet-era-restrictions-a66903 The Labor Ministry has slashed the Soviet-era list of off-limits jobs for women from 456 to 100. Fri, 16 Aug 2019 16:20:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/08/16/russia-opens-350-banned-professions-to-women-stripping-soviet-era-restrictions-a66903 Putin-Macron Held Talks Before Russian Bank's French Executive Released From Custody https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/08/16/putin-macron-held-talks-before-russian-banks-french-executive-released-from-custody-a66907 Delpal, the French Baring Vostok executive, was released from custody and placed under house arrest Thursday. Fri, 16 Aug 2019 15:52:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/08/16/putin-macron-held-talks-before-russian-banks-french-executive-released-from-custody-a66907 Russian Pilot Says He's No Hero Despite Praise for Crash-Landing https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/08/16/russian-pilot-says-hes-no-hero-despite-praise-for-crash-landing-a66905 Russian media have said it was a miracle that no one was killed when the Ural Airlines Airbus 321 was forced to land in a field outside Moscow. Fri, 16 Aug 2019 15:04:14 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/08/16/russian-pilot-says-hes-no-hero-despite-praise-for-crash-landing-a66905 Moscow Authorities ‘Discover’ Flocks of Birds Near Plane Crash-Landing Site https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/08/16/moscow-authorities-discover-flocks-of-birds-near-plane-crash-landing-site-a66898 Officials initially rejected claims that a flock of gulls that caused the plane's crash-landing might have come from a nearby landfill. Fri, 16 Aug 2019 14:47:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/08/16/moscow-authorities-discover-flocks-of-birds-near-plane-crash-landing-site-a66898 Russian Nuclear-Capable Bombers Leave Airfield Opposite Alaska https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/08/16/russian-nuclear-capable-bombers-leave-airfield-opposite-alaska-a66902 On Wednesday, Russia flew two bombers to a far eastern Russian region opposite Alaska as part of a training exercise. Fri, 16 Aug 2019 14:17:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/08/16/russian-nuclear-capable-bombers-leave-airfield-opposite-alaska-a66902 Russian Military Pairs Stealth Drone With Manned Fighter Jet https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/08/16/russian-military-pairs-stealth-drone-with-manned-fighter-jet-a66899 The Okhotnik stealth drone can be seen flying with the Sukhoi Su-30SM fighter aircraft. Fri, 16 Aug 2019 13:54:26 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/08/16/russian-military-pairs-stealth-drone-with-manned-fighter-jet-a66899 Russia's FSB Publishes Foreign Worker Statistics for First Time in 20 Years https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/08/16/russias-fsb-publishes-foreign-worker-statistics-for-first-time-in-20-years-a66895 President Putin plans to use work-related migration to offset Russia's population decline. Fri, 16 Aug 2019 11:21:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/08/16/russias-fsb-publishes-foreign-worker-statistics-for-first-time-in-20-years-a66895 Russian Lawmaker Says Draft Foreign Ownership Law Not Aimed at Nationalizing Yandex https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/08/16/russian-lawmaker-says-draft-foreign-ownership-law-not-aimed-at-nationalizing-yandex-a66897 The draft law proposes limiting foreign ownership in internet firms to 20% if they are considered to be a "significant source of information." Fri, 16 Aug 2019 11:19:45 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/08/16/russian-lawmaker-says-draft-foreign-ownership-law-not-aimed-at-nationalizing-yandex-a66897 U.S. Journalist Fined for Interviewing Russian Environmental Asylum Seekers https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/08/16/us-journalist-fined-for-interviewing-russian-environmental-asylum-seekers-a66894 Alina Simone was sued by a local mayor after she was spotted filming residents who had asked Canada's prime minister for asylum. Fri, 16 Aug 2019 10:07:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/08/16/us-journalist-fined-for-interviewing-russian-environmental-asylum-seekers-a66894 A Student Arrest Puts Elite Moscow University to the Test https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/08/16/a-student-arrest-puts-elite-moscow-university-to-the-test-a66892 The Higher School of Economics, a bastion of free thinking since the 1990s, has become caught up in the opposition protest movement. Fri, 16 Aug 2019 09:54:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/08/16/a-student-arrest-puts-elite-moscow-university-to-the-test-a66892 Ecologist Says Russian Nuclear Agency Committed Crime by Conducting Test Near City https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/08/16/ecologist-says-russian-nuclear-agency-committed-crime-by-conducting-test-near-city-a66893 Rosatom has said that the Aug. 8 accident occurred during a rocket test involving "isotope power sources." Fri, 16 Aug 2019 09:25:18 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/08/16/ecologist-says-russian-nuclear-agency-committed-crime-by-conducting-test-near-city-a66893 Britain Bans Submarine Exports to Russia Over Undersea Cable Concerns https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/08/16/britain-bans-submarine-exports-to-russia-over-undersea-cable-concerns-a66891 Britain claims Russia is developing “the ability to track, access and disrupt undersea communication cables” that power the global internet. Fri, 16 Aug 2019 08:55:26 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/08/16/britain-bans-submarine-exports-to-russia-over-undersea-cable-concerns-a66891 Putin Reserves Key 5G Frequency for Military Use, Media Reports https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/08/15/putin-reserves-key-5g-frequency-for-military-use-media-reports-a66887 The move could place Russia behind the rest of the world in developing the next-generation mobile internet technology. Thu, 15 Aug 2019 16:33:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/08/15/putin-reserves-key-5g-frequency-for-military-use-media-reports-a66887 Baring Vostok Executive Calvey to Stay Under House Arrest https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/08/15/baring-vostok-executive-calvey-to-stay-under-house-arrest-a66886 Meanwhile, Russia has softened its stance toward French private equity executive Philippe Delpal. Thu, 15 Aug 2019 16:10:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/08/15/baring-vostok-executive-calvey-to-stay-under-house-arrest-a66886 Moscow Passenger Plane Makes 'Miraculous' Crash-Landing in Cornfield https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/08/15/moscow-passenger-plane-makes-miraculous-crash-landing-in-cornfield-a66855 Birds were reportedly sucked into the plane's engines shortly after takeoff, leading to a crash-landing with up to 74 injuries. Thu, 15 Aug 2019 16:00:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/08/15/moscow-passenger-plane-makes-miraculous-crash-landing-in-cornfield-a66855 Russia Stole U.S. Hypersonic Missile Tech to Make Nuclear Advances – Bolton https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/08/15/russia-stole-us-hypersonic-missile-tech-to-make-nuclear-advances-bolton-a66880 “Something obviously has gone badly wrong here,” Bolton said of the mysterious explosion that killed five Russian nuclear experts. Thu, 15 Aug 2019 15:09:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/08/15/russia-stole-us-hypersonic-missile-tech-to-make-nuclear-advances-bolton-a66880 Moscow ‘Mass Unrest’ Defendants Kept in Pre-Trial Detention Despite Protests, Appeals https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/08/15/moscow-mass-unrest-defendants-kept-in-pre-trial-detention-despite-protests-appeals-a66879 At least 14 "mass unrest" suspects arrested over recent protests have received an outpouring of support from ordinary Russians and pop culture figures. Thu, 15 Aug 2019 13:34:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/08/15/moscow-mass-unrest-defendants-kept-in-pre-trial-detention-despite-protests-appeals-a66879 Norway Detects Radioactive Iodine by Russian Border Days After Rocket Explosion https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/08/15/norway-detects-radioactive-iodine-by-russian-border-days-after-rocket-explosion-a66884 Five people were killed in the blast which state nuclear agency Rosatom said involved "isotope power sources." Thu, 15 Aug 2019 13:17:01 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/08/15/norway-detects-radioactive-iodine-by-russian-border-days-after-rocket-explosion-a66884 Kremlin Hails Emergency Landing Pilots as Heroes https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/08/15/kremlin-hails-emergency-landing-pilots-as-heroes-a66883 The Health Ministry said 23 people had suffered injuries but that nobody had been killed when the Airbus came down in a field southeast of Moscow. Thu, 15 Aug 2019 13:07:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/08/15/kremlin-hails-emergency-landing-pilots-as-heroes-a66883 Russian Plane Crash-Lands in Cornfield, 233 Lives Saved https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/08/15/russian-plane-crash-lands-in-cornfield-233-lives-saved-a66878 An Airbus 321 has crash-landed outside Moscow after birds were sucked into its engines. Thu, 15 Aug 2019 12:36:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/08/15/russian-plane-crash-lands-in-cornfield-233-lives-saved-a66878 Opposition Politician Sobol Ends Month-Long Hunger Strike Amid Moscow Protests https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/08/15/opposition-politician-sobol-ends-month-long-hunger-strike-amid-moscow-protests-a66862 Moscow authorities' refusal to let opposition candidates run for city council sparked Sobol's hunger strike as well as weeks of mass protests. Thu, 15 Aug 2019 11:25:53 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/08/15/opposition-politician-sobol-ends-month-long-hunger-strike-amid-moscow-protests-a66862 Russia Warns China It Could Ban Timber Exports Over Illegal Logging https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/08/15/russia-warns-china-it-could-ban-timber-exports-over-illegal-logging-a66861 Russian authorities have attributed some of the vast wildfires that have engulfed parts of Siberia to arsonists concealing illegal logging activity. Thu, 15 Aug 2019 10:33:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/08/15/russia-warns-china-it-could-ban-timber-exports-over-illegal-logging-a66861 Russian Region Orders Gas Masks After Deadly Nuclear Blast – Reports https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/08/15/russian-region-orders-gas-masks-after-deadly-nuclear-blast-reports-a66856 The Arkhangelsk region has reportedly ordered more than 1,000 gas masks to protect from “radioactive, toxic, biological and chemical” substances. Thu, 15 Aug 2019 10:09:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/08/15/russian-region-orders-gas-masks-after-deadly-nuclear-blast-reports-a66856 Kremlin Warns of Foreign Espionage as Scientists Criticize New Restrictions https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/08/15/kremlin-warns-of-foreign-espionage-as-scientists-criticize-new-restrictions-a66860 Scientists are advised to meet their foreign colleagues only if they are accompanied and have been formally authorized to do so. Thu, 15 Aug 2019 09:40:23 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/08/15/kremlin-warns-of-foreign-espionage-as-scientists-criticize-new-restrictions-a66860 Russia Flies Nuclear-Capable Bombers to Region Facing the U.S. https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/08/15/russia-flies-nuclear-capable-bombers-to-region-facing-the-us-a66857 The move was part of a training exercise that state media said showed Moscow's ability to park nuclear arms on the United States' doorstep. Thu, 15 Aug 2019 09:28:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/08/15/russia-flies-nuclear-capable-bombers-to-region-facing-the-us-a66857 Armed FSB Officers Search Office of Russian Rights Group https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/08/14/armed-fsb-officers-search-office-of-russian-rights-group-a66851 Security officers confiscated the telephones of employees and photographed their passports. Wed, 14 Aug 2019 15:45:51 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/08/14/armed-fsb-officers-search-office-of-russian-rights-group-a66851 ‘Top 100 Influential Russian Muslims’ Ranking Released by Local Media https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/08/14/top-100-influential-muslims-russia-ranking-released-local-media-a66848 Khabib Nurmagomedov, Alisher Usmanov and Suleiman Kerimov were listed in the top 10. Wed, 14 Aug 2019 14:16:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/08/14/top-100-influential-muslims-russia-ranking-released-local-media-a66848 The Kremlin Sees Signs of Foreign Interference All Around https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/08/14/the-kremlin-sees-signs-of-foreign-interference-all-around-a66839 One lawmaker pointed to the dual citizenship of a rapper who performed at a Moscow vote protest as evidence of meddling. Wed, 14 Aug 2019 12:15:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/08/14/the-kremlin-sees-signs-of-foreign-interference-all-around-a66839 Russian Village Cancels Evacuation Despite Radiation Spike https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/08/14/russian-village-cancels-evacuation-despite-radiation-spike-a66846 A missile exploded in the area last week, leading to a large spike in radiation levels. Wed, 14 Aug 2019 11:57:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/08/14/russian-village-cancels-evacuation-despite-radiation-spike-a66846 Russian Scientists Told to Beware Foreign Contacts, Academic Says https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/08/14/russian-scientists-told-beware-foreign-contacts-academic-says-a66843 “Such ridiculous and impossible orders won’t improve our security," the academic said. Wed, 14 Aug 2019 11:06:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/08/14/russian-scientists-told-beware-foreign-contacts-academic-says-a66843 FC Porto Blocked Russians From Watching FC Krasnodar Victory, TV Channel Says https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/08/14/fc-porto-blocked-russians-watching-fc-krasnodar-victory-tv-channel-says-a66841 Krasnodar knocked Porto out of the Champions League after a 3-2 upset in Portugal. Wed, 14 Aug 2019 09:51:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/08/14/fc-porto-blocked-russians-watching-fc-krasnodar-victory-tv-channel-says-a66841 Moscow Court Allows Opposition Candidate to Run Following Protest https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/08/14/moscow-court-allows-opposition-candidate-to-run-following-protest-a66842 The court ruled in favor of Mitrokhin three days after tens of thousands of protesters turned out at a rally in Moscow. Wed, 14 Aug 2019 09:30:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/08/14/moscow-court-allows-opposition-candidate-to-run-following-protest-a66842 Russian Senator Slams Police Crackdown on Moscow Protests as ‘Illegal’ https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/08/14/russian-senator-slams-police-crackdown-moscow-protests-as-illegal-a66840 Videos of violent arrests has sparked anger among critics who say the authorities used excessive force. Wed, 14 Aug 2019 09:08:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/08/14/russian-senator-slams-police-crackdown-moscow-protests-as-illegal-a66840 Russia Dodges Bad Data With Less Frequent Publications https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/08/13/russia-dodges-bad-data-with-less-frequent-publications-a66836 At least three state-backed agencies started publishing data less frequently when it reflected a poor economy and lagging public opinion. Tue, 13 Aug 2019 16:52:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/08/13/russia-dodges-bad-data-with-less-frequent-publications-a66836 Kremlin Says It Is Winning Arms Race Against U.S. Despite Rocket Explosion https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/08/13/kremlin-says-it-is-winning-arms-race-against-us-despite-rocket-explosion-a66838 The Kremlin boasted it was winning the race to develop new cutting edge nuclear weapons. Tue, 13 Aug 2019 16:48:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/08/13/kremlin-says-it-is-winning-arms-race-against-us-despite-rocket-explosion-a66838 Russian Fighter Jets Push NATO War Plane Away https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/08/13/russian-fighter-jets-push-nato-war-plane-away-a66837 The plane was flying from Kaliningrad to Moscow and was carrying a TASS reporter on board. Tue, 13 Aug 2019 16:37:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/08/13/russian-fighter-jets-push-nato-war-plane-away-a66837 Moscow’s 50,000-Strong Opposition Protest, in Quotes https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/08/13/moscows-50000-strong-opposition-protest-in-quotes-a66833 Last Saturday's opposition rally featured several speeches that have become famous in the days since. Tue, 13 Aug 2019 15:21:32 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/08/13/moscows-50000-strong-opposition-protest-in-quotes-a66833 What We Know About Russia’s Mysterious Rocket Explosion So Far https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/08/13/what-we-know-about-russias-mysterious-rocket-explosion-so-far-a66817 Russian officials have been slow to release details about the incident, drawing comparisons to the handling of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster. Tue, 13 Aug 2019 13:35:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/08/13/what-we-know-about-russias-mysterious-rocket-explosion-so-far-a66817 Ukraine’s Zelenskiy Simplifies Citizenship Process for ‘Persecuted’ Russians https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/08/13/ukraines-zelenskiy-simplifies-citizenship-process-for-persecuted-russians-a66832 Zelenskiy's move comes in response to Russia's gradual expansion of Russian citizenship to Ukrainians. Tue, 13 Aug 2019 13:30:43 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/08/13/ukraines-zelenskiy-simplifies-citizenship-process-for-persecuted-russians-a66832