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 Wed, 26 Feb 2020 21:15:15 +0100 600 Putin Agrees to Hold Nationwide Vote on Constitutional Changes on April 22 – Interfax https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/02/26/putin-agrees-to-hold-nationwide-vote-on-constitutional-changes-on-april-22-interfax-a69426 The proposed constitutional changes could give Putin scope to extend his grip on power after leaving the presidency. Wed, 26 Feb 2020 16:32:00 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/02/26/putin-agrees-to-hold-nationwide-vote-on-constitutional-changes-on-april-22-interfax-a69426 Belarus Arrests Jehovah’s Witness at Russia’s Request https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/02/26/belarus-detains-jehovahs-witness-at-russias-request-a69424 It marks the first time Belarus has arrested a member of the religious group following a request from Russia. Wed, 26 Feb 2020 15:53:21 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/02/26/belarus-detains-jehovahs-witness-at-russias-request-a69424 Russia Partially Suspends South Korea Flights, Iranian Visas Over Coronavirus https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/02/26/russia-partially-suspends-south-korea-flights-iranian-visas-over-coronavirus-a69422 Russia will suspend almost all South Korea flights, as well as stop issuing visas to some Iranians, amidst intensifying coronavirus fears. Wed, 26 Feb 2020 15:40:47 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/02/26/russia-partially-suspends-south-korea-flights-iranian-visas-over-coronavirus-a69422 ‘I Created the System’: Kremlin’s Ousted ‘Grey Cardinal’ Surkov, in Quotes https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/02/26/i-created-the-system-kremlins-ousted-grey-cardinal-surkov-in-quotes-a69420 Putin's ex-aide argued that the president's constitutional reforms may allow him to reset his term limit. Wed, 26 Feb 2020 14:46:21 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/02/26/i-created-the-system-kremlins-ousted-grey-cardinal-surkov-in-quotes-a69420 Russian Tennis Star Sharapova, 5-Time Grand Slam Champion, Retires https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/02/26/russian-tennis-star-sharapova-5-time-grand-slam-champion-retires-a69421 "In giving my life to tennis, tennis gave me a life. I'll miss it everyday," she wrote in her retirement announcement. Wed, 26 Feb 2020 14:40:00 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/02/26/russian-tennis-star-sharapova-5-time-grand-slam-champion-retires-a69421 Polar Bear Cannibalism On the Rise in Russia’s Arctic, Scientists Say https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/02/26/polar-bear-cannibalism-on-the-rise-in-russias-arctic-scientists-say-a69419 Growing human activity and development in the region has shrunk the animals' hunting grounds. Wed, 26 Feb 2020 14:10:38 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/02/26/polar-bear-cannibalism-on-the-rise-in-russias-arctic-scientists-say-a69419 China to Russia: End Discriminatory Coronavirus Measures Against Chinese https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/02/26/china-to-russia-end-discriminatory-coronavirus-measures-against-chinese-a69416 The Chinese Embassy deplored what it called the "ubiquitous monitoring" of Chinese nationals, including on Moscow public transport. Wed, 26 Feb 2020 12:40:00 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/02/26/china-to-russia-end-discriminatory-coronavirus-measures-against-chinese-a69416 U.S. Slaps Sanctions on Russia, Other Countries Over Iran https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/02/26/us-slaps-sanctions-on-russia-other-countries-over-iran-a69418 Russia sees the latest wave of sanctions related to Iran’s missile program “illegitimate,” a Foreign Ministry source said. Wed, 26 Feb 2020 12:25:00 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/02/26/us-slaps-sanctions-on-russia-other-countries-over-iran-a69418 Former U.S. Marine Faces 10 Years in Russian Prison https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/02/26/former-us-marine-faces-10-years-in-russian-prison-a69417 Trevor Reed is accused of assaulting police officers during a drunken night out last year, charges that his defense denies. Wed, 26 Feb 2020 11:46:00 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/02/26/former-us-marine-faces-10-years-in-russian-prison-a69417 Russian Orthodox Church Steps Up Surveillance Under Government Anti-Terrorism Orders https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/02/26/russian-orthodox-church-steps-up-surveillance-under-government-anti-terrorism-orders-a69415 The Church says the cameras won't be installed in confession booths. Wed, 26 Feb 2020 11:17:35 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/02/26/russian-orthodox-church-steps-up-surveillance-under-government-anti-terrorism-orders-a69415 Kremlin Kicks Off Search for New Lawmakers in Reality Show-Style Contest https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/02/26/kremlin-searches-for-new-lawmakers-in-reality-show-style-contest-a69414 Do you have what it takes to become Russia's next top parliamentarian? Wed, 26 Feb 2020 09:49:00 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/02/26/kremlin-searches-for-new-lawmakers-in-reality-show-style-contest-a69414 Russian Freediving Legend’s Son Breaks Under-Ice World Record https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/02/26/russian-freediving-legends-son-breaks-under-ice-world-record-a69413 Alexei Molchanov swam for 180 meters beneath the ice in a Moscow region quarry. Wed, 26 Feb 2020 08:12:00 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/02/26/russian-freediving-legends-son-breaks-under-ice-world-record-a69413 Coronavirus in Russia: The Latest News | Feb. 26 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/02/26/coronavirus-in-russia-the-latest-news-feb-26-a69117 The latest on Russia’s response to the coronavirus. Wed, 26 Feb 2020 00:49:00 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/02/26/coronavirus-in-russia-the-latest-news-feb-26-a69117 Bellingcat Names Russian Diplomat as Bulgarian Poisoning Suspect https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/02/25/bellingcat-names-russian-diplomat-as-bulgarian-poisoning-suspect-a69412 It's “the first known case when a Russian diplomat is simultaneously wanted for attempted murder under an Interpol Red Notice,” Bellingcat wrote. Tue, 25 Feb 2020 16:06:00 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/02/25/bellingcat-names-russian-diplomat-as-bulgarian-poisoning-suspect-a69412 Russian TV Airs 13M Names of Soviet WWII Casualties Ahead of 75th Victory Day https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/02/25/russian-tv-airs-13m-names-of-soviet-wwii-casualties-ahead-of-75th-anniversary-a69410 It will take 76 days to air all 12.6 million names. Tue, 25 Feb 2020 14:57:49 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/02/25/russian-tv-airs-13m-names-of-soviet-wwii-casualties-ahead-of-75th-anniversary-a69410 Russian Police Charged Over Musician's Gruesome Beheading https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/02/25/russian-police-charged-over-musicians-gruesome-beheading-a69408 Before his death, the 25-year-old drummer had recorded a video claiming that police planted drugs on him and forced him to confess. Tue, 25 Feb 2020 13:53:20 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/02/25/russian-police-charged-over-musicians-gruesome-beheading-a69408 Dmitry Yazov, 95, Dies in Moscow https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/02/25/dmitry-yazov-dies-in-moscow-a69407 Yazov was one of the most decorated and controversial Russian military figures of the twentieth century.  Tue, 25 Feb 2020 11:41:31 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/02/25/dmitry-yazov-dies-in-moscow-a69407 MH17 Investigators Have an Eyewitness, Dutch Prosecutor Says https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/02/25/dutch-prosecutor-mh17-eyewitness-a69405 The prosecutor's interview comes two weeks ahead of the first court hearing into the tragedy over eastern Ukraine. Tue, 25 Feb 2020 10:51:00 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/02/25/dutch-prosecutor-mh17-eyewitness-a69405 Russia to Expand Surveillance to Tattoo, Iris, Voice Recognition – RBC https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/02/25/russia-surveillance-tattoo-iris-voice-recognition-a69398 Russia's police force is also testing the ability to identify people by gait in hopes of catching criminal suspects. Tue, 25 Feb 2020 09:21:52 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/02/25/russia-surveillance-tattoo-iris-voice-recognition-a69398 ‘It’s Like Nirvana’: Inside the Banya, Russia’s Centuries-Old Winter Refuge https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/02/25/its-like-nirvana-inside-the-banya-russias-centuries-old-winter-refuge-a69392 Russians have been visiting the traditional bathhouses since the 11th century. Tue, 25 Feb 2020 08:24:00 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/02/25/its-like-nirvana-inside-the-banya-russias-centuries-old-winter-refuge-a69392 Russia Outraged by ‘Mini’ U.S. Nuclear Drill https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/02/25/russia-outraged-by-mini-us-nuclear-drill-a69397 Russian lawmakers accused the U.S. of sowing fear within Europe with the exercise and defended its military presence there. Tue, 25 Feb 2020 08:03:00 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/02/25/russia-outraged-by-mini-us-nuclear-drill-a69397 Europeans, Britain, China, Russia to Meet Iran in Vienna on Feb. 26 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/02/24/europeans-britain-china-russia-to-meet-iran-in-vienna-on-feb-26-a69396 Britain, France and Germany accused Iran of violating the terms of the 2015 arms control agreement. Mon, 24 Feb 2020 14:18:00 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/02/24/europeans-britain-china-russia-to-meet-iran-in-vienna-on-feb-26-a69396 Prague Changes Russia's Embassy Address to Boris Nemtsov Square https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/02/24/prague-changes-russias-embassy-address-to-boris-nemtsov-square-a69395 Nemtsov, one of Russia President Vladimir Putin's most vocal critics, was shot dead in February 2015 as he walked across a bridge near the Kremlin. Mon, 24 Feb 2020 14:03:00 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/02/24/prague-changes-russias-embassy-address-to-boris-nemtsov-square-a69395 Sanders Blasts Russia for Reportedly Trying to Boost His Presidential Campaign https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/02/22/sanders-blasts-russia-for-reportedly-trying-to-boost-his-presidential-campaign-a69394 U.S. officials had reportedly told Sanders about the Russian effort and had also informed President Trump. Sat, 22 Feb 2020 13:01:54 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/02/22/sanders-blasts-russia-for-reportedly-trying-to-boost-his-presidential-campaign-a69394 Russian Sailors Jailed in Greece for 400 Years for Trafficking Migrants – Reports https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/02/21/russian-sailors-jailed-in-greece-for-400-years-for-trafficking-migrants-reports-a69390 The sailors claim that they were initially hired to tow yachts and then received threats when they objected to trafficking people. Fri, 21 Feb 2020 16:04:19 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/02/21/russian-sailors-jailed-in-greece-for-400-years-for-trafficking-migrants-reports-a69390 Russia Denies Backing Trump's Re-Election as Critics Blast Reported Meddling https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/02/21/russia-denies-backing-trumps-re-election-as-critics-blast-reported-meddling-a69393 The Kremlin on Friday denied it was interfering in the 2020 U.S. presidential campaign to boost Trump's chances. Fri, 21 Feb 2020 15:50:00 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/02/21/russia-denies-backing-trumps-re-election-as-critics-blast-reported-meddling-a69393 Russia Arrests U.S. Cancer Medicine Inventor for Bribery https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/02/21/russia-arrests-us-cancer-medicine-inventor-for-bribery-a69387 The bribe was allegedly made in exchange for help with adding pharmaceutical products to a list of controlled substances. Fri, 21 Feb 2020 14:36:59 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/02/21/russia-arrests-us-cancer-medicine-inventor-for-bribery-a69387 Norway Rejects Moscow's Claim It Violated Svalbard Treaty https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/02/21/norway-rejects-moscows-claim-it-violated-svalbard-treaty-a69389 Russia complained that Oslo-imposed rules were restricting Russian organizations' activities in the strategically located islands. Fri, 21 Feb 2020 13:54:00 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/02/21/norway-rejects-moscows-claim-it-violated-svalbard-treaty-a69389 Russia-Turkey Tensions in Syria, Explained https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/02/21/russia-turkey-tensions-in-syria-explained-a69383 Deadly fighting has led Russia and Turkey to the brink of conflict in Syria this week. Fri, 21 Feb 2020 11:32:44 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/02/21/russia-turkey-tensions-in-syria-explained-a69383 Alexander Galitsky: From Soviet Engineer to Libertarian Investor https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/02/21/alexander-galitsky-from-soviet-developer-to-libertarian-investor-a69351 The father of the Russian internet tells The Moscow Times he wants to kill all borders and warns that society is falling behind technology. Fri, 21 Feb 2020 10:12:48 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/02/21/alexander-galitsky-from-soviet-developer-to-libertarian-investor-a69351 Moscow Deploys Facial Recognition in Mass Coronavirus Quarantine https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/02/21/moscow-deploys-facial-recognition-in-mass-coronavirus-quarantine-a69381 “Any person arriving from China must not leave their home or hotel for two weeks,” Mayor Sergei Sobyanin said. Fri, 21 Feb 2020 09:02:00 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/02/21/moscow-deploys-facial-recognition-in-mass-coronavirus-quarantine-a69381 Russia is Helping Trump in 2020 Election, U.S. Intel Says – NYT https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/02/21/russia-is-helping-trump-in-2020-election-us-intel-says-nyt-a69380 Trump reportedly complained that his Democratic Party opponents would “weaponize” the intelligence. Fri, 21 Feb 2020 07:54:00 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/02/21/russia-is-helping-trump-in-2020-election-us-intel-says-nyt-a69380 Georgia, Backed by U.S. and Britain, Blames Russia for 'Paralyzing' Cyberattack https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/02/20/georgia-backed-by-us-and-britain-blames-russia-for-paralyzing-cyberattack-a69377 State, private and media websites were taken out by the attack, including those belonging to the Georgian president's office. Thu, 20 Feb 2020 18:00:00 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/02/20/georgia-backed-by-us-and-britain-blames-russia-for-paralyzing-cyberattack-a69377 Turkey Says Syrian Air Strikes Kill Two Turkish Soldiers Near Idlib https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/02/20/turkey-says-syrian-air-strikes-kill-two-turkish-soldiers-near-idlib-a69379 The attacks come a day after Syrian forces, backed by Russia airpower, have mounted an offensive to capture the region. Thu, 20 Feb 2020 16:13:00 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/02/20/turkey-says-syrian-air-strikes-kill-two-turkish-soldiers-near-idlib-a69379 Russian Lawmakers Propose Special Governing Status for Arctic https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/02/20/russian-lawmakers-propose-special-governing-status-for-arctic-a69375 Strategically important areas of Russia's north could be directly administered by the federal government under a new proposal. Thu, 20 Feb 2020 15:23:00 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/02/20/russian-lawmakers-propose-special-governing-status-for-arctic-a69375 Russian-U.S. ‘Road Rage’ Incident Filmed in Syria https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/02/20/russian-us-road-rage-incident-filmed-in-syria-a69376 A U.S. Oshkosh M-ATV ran a Russian Tigr armored car off the busy road as it attempted to overtake the U.S. convoy. Thu, 20 Feb 2020 15:02:00 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/02/20/russian-us-road-rage-incident-filmed-in-syria-a69376 Russia Gets Tough on Coronavirus. And What Does Surkov's Departure Say About Modern Russia https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/02/20/russia-gets-tough-on-coronavirus-and-what-does-surkovs-departure-say-about-modern-russia-2-a69369 This week's most important news stories from Russia brought to you by Moscow Times journalists and expert commentators. Thu, 20 Feb 2020 14:12:00 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/02/20/russia-gets-tough-on-coronavirus-and-what-does-surkovs-departure-say-about-modern-russia-2-a69369 Black Smog Raises Siberian City’s Alarms https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/02/20/black-smog-raises-siberian-citys-alarms-a69372 Krasnoyarsk briefly topped an independent air monitor's list of the world’s most polluted cities this week. Thu, 20 Feb 2020 14:06:00 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/02/20/black-smog-raises-siberian-citys-alarms-a69372 Russian Health Officials Use TikTok to Boost HIV Awareness https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/02/20/russian-health-officials-use-tiktok-to-boost-hiv-awareness-a69371 The project aims “to describe the discrimination and stigma that HIV-positive people face.” Thu, 20 Feb 2020 13:07:00 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/02/20/russian-health-officials-use-tiktok-to-boost-hiv-awareness-a69371 Turkey, Russia Discuss Joint Patrol Option in Syria's Idlib https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/02/20/turkey-russia-discuss-joint-patrol-option-in-syrias-idlib-a69373 The agreement could be a means of reaching a deal that will halt fighting in Syria's Idlib region. Thu, 20 Feb 2020 12:08:34 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/02/20/turkey-russia-discuss-joint-patrol-option-in-syrias-idlib-a69373 Russia Eyes Amnesty for Imprisoned Moscow Protesters https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/02/20/russia-eyes-amnesty-for-imprisoned-moscow-protesters-a69367 A draft bill in Russia's lower house of parliament would free prisoners jailed after last summer's mass opposition rallies in Moscow. Thu, 20 Feb 2020 11:45:00 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/02/20/russia-eyes-amnesty-for-imprisoned-moscow-protesters-a69367 Wildberries Founder Becomes Russia’s Richest Woman https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/02/20/wildberries-founder-becomes-russias-richest-woman-a69365 Tatyana Bakalchuk surpasses businesswoman Yelena Baturina, who had been at the top of the list since 2004. Thu, 20 Feb 2020 09:48:57 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/02/20/wildberries-founder-becomes-russias-richest-woman-a69365 'Nothing Fell Apart': Putin Speaks on Shock Cabinet Reshuffle https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/02/20/nothing-fell-apart-putin-speaks-on-shock-cabinet-reshuffle-a69361 When asked who else knew about his plans, Putin responded: “I did. Isn’t that enough?” Thu, 20 Feb 2020 08:59:00 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/02/20/nothing-fell-apart-putin-speaks-on-shock-cabinet-reshuffle-a69361 Trump Offered to Pardon Assange If He Denied Russia Helped Leak Democrats' Emails, Lawyer Says https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/02/20/trump-offered-to-pardon-assange-if-he-denied-russia-helped-leak-democrats-emails-lawyer-says-a69362 U.S. intelligence agencies concluded that Russia interfered in the 2016 election to try to help Trump win. Thu, 20 Feb 2020 08:03:00 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/02/20/trump-offered-to-pardon-assange-if-he-denied-russia-helped-leak-democrats-emails-lawyer-says-a69362 2 More Russians Infected With Coronavirus https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/02/20/2-more-russians-infected-with-coronavirus-a69360 A total of three Russian citizens are thought to have contracted the coronavirus. Thu, 20 Feb 2020 06:29:00 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/02/20/2-more-russians-infected-with-coronavirus-a69360 Putin Says ‘It’s Tough’ to Live Below Minimum Wage in Response to Disgruntled Woman https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/02/19/putin-says-its-tough-to-live-below-minimum-wage-in-response-to-disgruntled-woman-a69359 Observers quickly drew comparisons to former Prime Minister Medvedev’s infamous “There’s no money, but you hang in there” refrain from 2016. Wed, 19 Feb 2020 16:35:00 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/02/19/putin-says-its-tough-to-live-below-minimum-wage-in-response-to-disgruntled-woman-a69359 Cossacks Patrol Central Russian ‘Chinatown’ for Coronavirus https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/02/19/cossacks-central-russia-chinatown-coronavirus-a69358 The group is conducting patrols of Yekaterinburg's predominantly Chinese neighborhood for signs of coronavirus infection. Wed, 19 Feb 2020 15:55:00 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/02/19/cossacks-central-russia-chinatown-coronavirus-a69358 Coronavirus Hits Russian Exports to China https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/02/19/coronavirus-hits-russian-exports-to-china-a69355 Shipments stall as Russian border crossings are limited and Chinese demand slumps. Wed, 19 Feb 2020 14:34:53 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/02/19/coronavirus-hits-russian-exports-to-china-a69355 Turkey Edges Toward Direct Conflict With Russian-Backed Syria https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/02/19/turkey-edges-toward-direct-conflict-with-russian-backed-syria-a69352 The Kremlin said a clash between Turkish and Syrian forces would be a "worst-case scenario." Wed, 19 Feb 2020 13:10:00 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/02/19/turkey-edges-toward-direct-conflict-with-russian-backed-syria-a69352 China 'Dumbstruck’ by Russia’s Coronavirus Entry Ban – Kommersant https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/02/19/china-dumbstruck-by-russias-coronavirus-entry-ban-kommersant-a69347 “The decision was made at a time when the number of cases has declined,” a source said of Russia's ban on Chinese nationals. Wed, 19 Feb 2020 11:39:00 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/02/19/china-dumbstruck-by-russias-coronavirus-entry-ban-kommersant-a69347