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 Fri, 03 Apr 2020 07:24:24 +0200 600 Russia Restricts Grain Exports Amid Pandemic https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/04/02/russia-restricts-grain-exports-amid-pandemic-a69852 Russia is the world's top wheat exporter. Thu, 02 Apr 2020 20:50:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/04/02/russia-restricts-grain-exports-amid-pandemic-a69852 Analysts Fear the Economic Impact of Russia’s April Coronavirus Shutdown Will Be Catastrophic https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/04/02/russia-economy-coronavirus-analysts-fear-economic-impact-russias-april-coronavirus-shutdown-catastrophic-a69851 Growth is set to crash and unemployment to jump sharply, as Putin extends paid holiday until the end of April. Thu, 02 Apr 2020 19:50:15 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/04/02/russia-economy-coronavirus-analysts-fear-economic-impact-russias-april-coronavirus-shutdown-catastrophic-a69851 Coronavirus Hits Russian Markets | April 2 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/04/02/russia-coronavirus-ruble-stock-market-reaction-live-updates-a69640 The latest on how the ruble and Russian stock markets are reacting to the coronavirus. Thu, 02 Apr 2020 19:27:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/04/02/russia-coronavirus-ruble-stock-market-reaction-live-updates-a69640 Kremlin Denies Putin Spoke to Saudi Crown Prince https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/04/02/kremlin-denies-putin-spoke-to-saudi-crown-prince-a69850 "No, there was no conversation," Putin's spokesman Dmitry Peskov told Interfax Thu, 02 Apr 2020 17:38:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/04/02/kremlin-denies-putin-spoke-to-saudi-crown-prince-a69850 Russia’s Nizhny Novgorod Unveils Digital Passes to Enforce Virus Lockdown https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/04/02/russias-nizhny-novgorod-unveils-digital-passes-to-enforce-virus-lockdown-a69845 The QR code pass system has drawn criticism for requiring citizens to enter their personal data on government servers. Thu, 02 Apr 2020 16:53:05 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/04/02/russias-nizhny-novgorod-unveils-digital-passes-to-enforce-virus-lockdown-a69845 Coronavirus in Russia: The Latest News | April 2 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/04/02/coronavirus-in-russia-the-latest-news-april-2-a69117 Russia on "holiday." Fake news punishments. Rising infections. Thu, 02 Apr 2020 16:15:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/04/02/coronavirus-in-russia-the-latest-news-april-2-a69117 Putin Extends Nationwide Paid Holiday as Coronavirus Numbers See Sharpest Rise Yet https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/04/02/putin-extends-nationwide-paid-holiday-as-coronavirus-numbers-see-sharpest-rise-yet-a69847 He added that he would delegate decisionmaking power on anti-coronavirus measures to regional authorities. Thu, 02 Apr 2020 16:02:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/04/02/putin-extends-nationwide-paid-holiday-as-coronavirus-numbers-see-sharpest-rise-yet-a69847 Young Russian Journalist Dies From Coronavirus https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/04/02/young-russian-journalist-dies-from-coronavirus-a69844 Regional health authorities have been accused of allegedly withholding the news of her diagnosis. Thu, 02 Apr 2020 15:28:26 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/04/02/young-russian-journalist-dies-from-coronavirus-a69844 Moscow’s Small Businesses Feel the Pinch Under Coronavirus Lockdown https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/04/02/moscows-small-businesses-feel-the-pinch-under-coronavirus-lockdown-a69810 Once the health crisis ends, the city's small businesses say they might not be able to bounce back. Thu, 02 Apr 2020 14:48:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/04/02/moscows-small-businesses-feel-the-pinch-under-coronavirus-lockdown-a69810 Russia’s Football Clubs Losing Almost $2M Every Day https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/04/02/russias-football-clubs-losing-almost-2m-every-day-a69840 As the Russian Premier League extends its season suspension until May 31, losses mount for elite football clubs. Thu, 02 Apr 2020 13:48:32 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/04/02/russias-football-clubs-losing-almost-2m-every-day-a69840 Russia Considers Postponing Annual WWII Parade Amid Coronavirus – Reports https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/04/02/russia-considers-postponing-annual-wwii-parade-amid-coronavirus-rbc-a69838 Officials are debating holding the Victory Day parade this fall or keeping it on May 9 but staging it without viewers. Thu, 02 Apr 2020 12:19:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/04/02/russia-considers-postponing-annual-wwii-parade-amid-coronavirus-rbc-a69838 Are QR Coronavirus Quarantine Passes for Muscovites Workable? Experts Doubt It https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/04/02/are-qr-coronavirus-quarantine-passes-for-muscovites-workable-experts-doubt-it-a69828 Plans for a strict system to control movement have attracted criticism from technical experts and human rights activists. Thu, 02 Apr 2020 10:51:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/04/02/are-qr-coronavirus-quarantine-passes-for-muscovites-workable-experts-doubt-it-a69828 Who Paid for Russia's Coronavirus Aid to the U.S.? https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/04/02/who-paid-for-russias-coronavirus-aid-to-the-us-a69839 The U.S. said it paid for the medical gear from Russia, while the Kremlin described its shipment as humanitarian aid. Thu, 02 Apr 2020 10:41:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/04/02/who-paid-for-russias-coronavirus-aid-to-the-us-a69839 Russia's Coronavirus Cases Spike By 771, Bringing Total to 3,548 in New One-Day Record https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/04/02/russias-coronavirus-cases-spike-by-771-bringing-total-to-3548-in-new-one-day-record-a69710 Thirty people have been killed by the virus so far in Russia. Thu, 02 Apr 2020 09:31:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/04/02/russias-coronavirus-cases-spike-by-771-bringing-total-to-3548-in-new-one-day-record-a69710 Russia Could Extend Putin's Nationwide Coronavirus Holiday – Kommersant https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/04/02/russia-could-extend-putins-nationwide-virus-holiday-kommersant-a69835 Senior officials have urged Putin to extend the non-working week, citing the virus’ incubation period of up to 14 days. Thu, 02 Apr 2020 09:06:13 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/04/02/russia-could-extend-putins-nationwide-virus-holiday-kommersant-a69835 Russians Risk Fines, Jail Time for Dodging Coronavirus Quarantine https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/04/01/russians-risk-fines-jail-time-for-dodging-coronavirus-quarantine-a69818 Violating quarantine is now punishable by a maximum of seven years in prison. Wed, 01 Apr 2020 18:30:33 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/04/01/russians-risk-fines-jail-time-for-dodging-coronavirus-quarantine-a69818 Russia Reserves $18B to Counter Coronavirus Crisis https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/04/01/russia-reserves-18b-to-counter-coronavirus-crisis-a69833 The finance ministry has reserved the funds to fight the spread of the virus and carry out anti-crisis measures. Wed, 01 Apr 2020 18:25:01 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/04/01/russia-reserves-18b-to-counter-coronavirus-crisis-a69833 Russia’s Chechnya First Region to Seal Off Internal Borders Amid Coronavirus https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/04/01/russias-chechnya-first-region-to-seal-off-internal-borders-amid-coronavirus-a69832 The move comes after Chechnya reported its first coronavirus-related death. Wed, 01 Apr 2020 17:22:02 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/04/01/russias-chechnya-first-region-to-seal-off-internal-borders-amid-coronavirus-a69832 How Are Russia’s Neighbors Handling the Coronavirus? https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/04/01/how-are-russias-neighbors-handling-the-coronavirus-a69829 Russia's post-Soviet neighbors have taken a wide range of approaches to the pandemic, from relaxed to high-alert. Wed, 01 Apr 2020 16:53:25 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/04/01/how-are-russias-neighbors-handling-the-coronavirus-a69829 ‘Children Will Die. It’s Terrifying’: Russia’s Charities Face Coronavirus Funding Crisis https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/04/01/russia-coronavirus-charity-ngo-funding-crisis-children-will-die-a69827 Russia’s charities and NGOs face an acute funding crisis, as businesses and individuals cut back spending and lockdowns disrupt social care work. Wed, 01 Apr 2020 15:57:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/04/01/russia-coronavirus-charity-ngo-funding-crisis-children-will-die-a69827 Where Has Russia Sent Coronavirus Aid Around the World? https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/04/01/where-has-russia-sent-coronavirus-aid-around-the-world-a69825 Observers link Russia's aid to countries hardest-hit by the pandemic to the Kremlin's geopolitical ambitions. Wed, 01 Apr 2020 15:34:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/04/01/where-has-russia-sent-coronavirus-aid-around-the-world-a69825 Putin Working Remotely After Meeting Infected Doctor, Kremlin Says https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/04/01/putin-working-remotely-after-meeting-infected-doctor-kremlin-says-a69826 The Russian president has also stopped shaking hands with others, the Kremlin said. Wed, 01 Apr 2020 13:48:01 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/04/01/putin-working-remotely-after-meeting-infected-doctor-kremlin-says-a69826 Moscow Streets Empty Out for Coronavirus Quarantine https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/04/01/moscow-streets-empty-out-for-coronavirus-quarantine-a69824 As the capital is placed under strict quarantine, the once lively streets lay deserted. Wed, 01 Apr 2020 13:23:13 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/04/01/moscow-streets-empty-out-for-coronavirus-quarantine-a69824 Syktyvkar Identified as a Russian Virus Epicenter https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/04/01/russian-virus-epicenter-identified-in-syktyvkar-a69823 The capital city of the republic of Komi has confirmed 54 cases of the coronavirus. Wed, 01 Apr 2020 13:03:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/04/01/russian-virus-epicenter-identified-in-syktyvkar-a69823 Moscow to Enforce Virus Quarantine With QR Codes, Smartphone App https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/04/01/moscow-to-enforce-virus-quarantine-with-qr-codes-smartphone-app-a69819 The digital quarantine enforcement measures have raised privacy questions. Wed, 01 Apr 2020 11:10:43 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/04/01/moscow-to-enforce-virus-quarantine-with-qr-codes-smartphone-app-a69819 Russian Plane Heads to U.S. With Supplies for Virus Fight https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/04/01/russian-plane-heads-to-us-with-supplies-for-virus-fight-a69821 Russia previously sent medical aid to Italy as part of a humanitarian effort that analysts said carried geopolitical overtones. Wed, 01 Apr 2020 10:43:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/04/01/russian-plane-heads-to-us-with-supplies-for-virus-fight-a69821 90% of Moscow Restaurants Could Go Bust, Industry Warns https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/04/01/90-of-moscow-restaurants-could-go-bust-industry-warns-a69820 Quarantine has shuttered 15,000 restaurants, cafes and bars across the city.  Wed, 01 Apr 2020 10:43:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/04/01/90-of-moscow-restaurants-could-go-bust-industry-warns-a69820 Campaigners Urge Russia to Release Prisoners as Coronavirus Spreads https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/03/31/campaigners-urge-russia-to-release-prisoners-as-coronavirus-spreads-a69817 More than half a million people are held in Russia's notoriously crowded prisons. Tue, 31 Mar 2020 20:33:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/03/31/campaigners-urge-russia-to-release-prisoners-as-coronavirus-spreads-a69817 ‘Hybrid Truth’: Russia-Linked Italians Sing Praises for Moscow's Virus Aid https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/03/31/hybrid-truth-russia-linked-italians-sing-praises-for-moscows-virus-aid-a69813 Widely covered videos of Italians showing their support for Russia aren't exactly what they appear to be. Tue, 31 Mar 2020 16:32:49 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/03/31/hybrid-truth-russia-linked-italians-sing-praises-for-moscows-virus-aid-a69813 Russia's Top Coronavirus Doctor Who Met Putin Tests Positive https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/03/31/russias-top-coronavirus-doctor-who-met-putin-tests-positive-a69815 The Kremlin said Putin takes regular coronavirus tests and there was no reason to worry about his health. Tue, 31 Mar 2020 15:45:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/03/31/russias-top-coronavirus-doctor-who-met-putin-tests-positive-a69815 As Virus Looms, Russian Arctic Brigade Tests Chemical Weapons Defense https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/03/31/as-virus-looms-russian-arctic-brigade-tests-chemical-weapons-defense-a69814 Infantry units carried out exercises with howitzers, anti-aircraft missile systems, and chemical reconnaissance vehicles. Tue, 31 Mar 2020 15:29:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/03/31/as-virus-looms-russian-arctic-brigade-tests-chemical-weapons-defense-a69814 Migrants Waiting For Coronavirus Flights Kicked Out of Moscow Airport https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/03/31/migrants-waiting-for-coronavirus-flights-kicked-out-of-moscow-airport-a69809 Social media posts tell of Central Asian migrant workers left out in the cold. Tue, 31 Mar 2020 14:45:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/03/31/migrants-waiting-for-coronavirus-flights-kicked-out-of-moscow-airport-a69809 Sochi Cracks Down on Tourism Surge From Putin’s Week-Long Coronavirus Holiday https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/03/31/sochi-cracks-down-on-tourism-surge-from-putins-week-long-coronavirus-holiday-a69795 Muscovites started flocking to the popular resort city despite its mayor urging them to stay away. Tue, 31 Mar 2020 13:12:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/03/31/sochi-cracks-down-on-tourism-surge-from-putins-week-long-coronavirus-holiday-a69795 As Recession Looms, More than 60% of Russians Have No Savings https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/03/31/as-recession-looms-more-than-60-of-russians-have-no-savings-a69812 New survey reveals precarious position of Russian households as economic effects of coronavirus start to bite. Tue, 31 Mar 2020 12:38:05 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/03/31/as-recession-looms-more-than-60-of-russians-have-no-savings-a69812 Moscow’s Lockdown Could Prevent 100K Virus Deaths, Study Says https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/03/31/moscows-lockdown-could-prevent-100k-virus-deaths-study-says-a69805 Moscow could see just 250 coronavirus deaths instead of 117,000, according to a mathematical modeling analysis. Tue, 31 Mar 2020 11:42:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/03/31/moscows-lockdown-could-prevent-100k-virus-deaths-study-says-a69805 Russians Face up to 5 Years in Jail for Spreading False Coronavirus News https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/03/31/russians-face-up-to-5-years-in-jail-for-spreading-false-coronavirus-news-a69808 The new law also foresees punishment for harming a person's health through spreading false information. Tue, 31 Mar 2020 10:37:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/03/31/russians-face-up-to-5-years-in-jail-for-spreading-false-coronavirus-news-a69808 ‘Leaning on War-Time History’: Russian Factories Have Switched to Sewing Masks to Combat Coronavirus https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/03/31/leaning-on-war-time-history-russian-factories-have-switched-to-sewing-masks-to-combat-coronavirus-a69793 As the coronavirus pandemic has descended on Russia, factories have set aside their usual work. Tue, 31 Mar 2020 09:36:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/03/31/leaning-on-war-time-history-russian-factories-have-switched-to-sewing-masks-to-combat-coronavirus-a69793 Russia Sends Medical Aid to Coronavirus-Hit U.S., Trump Says https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/03/31/russia-sends-medical-aid-to-coronavirus-hit-us-trump-says-a69804 “Russia sent us a very, very large planeload of things,” the U.S. president said at a press conference. Tue, 31 Mar 2020 08:54:55 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/03/31/russia-sends-medical-aid-to-coronavirus-hit-us-trump-says-a69804 Moscow Begins Lockdown During Tougher Push to Curb Virus https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/03/30/moscow-begins-lockdown-during-tougher-push-to-curb-virus-a69803 "I ask you to take these forced but absolutely necessary measures... very seriously and completely responsibly," Putin told Muscovites. Mon, 30 Mar 2020 18:26:24 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/03/30/moscow-begins-lockdown-during-tougher-push-to-curb-virus-a69803 Moscow Pleads for Private Clinics’ Help in Coronavirus Fight https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/03/30/moscow-pleads-for-private-clinics-help-in-coronavirus-fight-a69799 Three private labs have also started or plan to start testing for coronavirus this week. Mon, 30 Mar 2020 17:12:57 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/03/30/moscow-pleads-for-private-clinics-help-in-coronavirus-fight-a69799 Chechen Police Brandish Pipes in Coronavirus Street Patrols https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/03/30/chechen-police-brandish-pipes-in-coronavirus-street-patrols-a69798 Videos showed masked men in uniforms brandishing white pipes on deserted Chechen streets to enforce the quarantine.  Mon, 30 Mar 2020 15:42:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/03/30/chechen-police-brandish-pipes-in-coronavirus-street-patrols-a69798 Most of Moscow’s New Coronavirus Patients Younger Than 40 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/03/30/most-of-moscows-new-coronavirus-patients-younger-than-40-a69797 The data challenges studies saying the virus most severely affects the elderly and people with underlying conditions. Mon, 30 Mar 2020 14:11:40 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/03/30/most-of-moscows-new-coronavirus-patients-younger-than-40-a69797 Is Moscow’s Virus Lockdown Order Legal? https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/03/30/is-moscows-virus-lockdown-order-legal-a69796 Some observers say the partial lockdown is unconstitutional while others see it as a "recommendation." Mon, 30 Mar 2020 12:44:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/03/30/is-moscows-virus-lockdown-order-legal-a69796 When Your Home Isn't a Safe Space. Russian Women Fear Rise in Domestic Violence as Coronavirus Quarantine Starts. https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/03/30/when-your-home-isnt-a-safe-space-russian-women-fear-rise-in-domestic-violence-as-coronavirus-quarantine-starts-a69794 In a country plagued by domestic violence, being forced to stay at home with an abusive partner could be a living nightmare. Mon, 30 Mar 2020 12:25:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/03/30/when-your-home-isnt-a-safe-space-russian-women-fear-rise-in-domestic-violence-as-coronavirus-quarantine-starts-a69794 News From Russia: What You Missed Over the Weekend https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/03/30/news-from-russia-what-you-missed-over-the-weekend-54-a69791 Virus lockdown. Closed borders. Rosneft out. Mon, 30 Mar 2020 09:53:44 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/03/30/news-from-russia-what-you-missed-over-the-weekend-54-a69791 Moscow to Enforce Virus Lockdown With QR Code Passes – Meduza https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/03/30/moscow-to-enforce-virus-lockdown-with-qr-code-passes-meduza-a69790 Muscovites will reportedly be required to show these QR codes to police officers on demand. Mon, 30 Mar 2020 08:57:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/03/30/moscow-to-enforce-virus-lockdown-with-qr-code-passes-meduza-a69790 Moscow Orders Citywide Quarantine Starting March 30 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/03/29/moscow-orders-citywide-quarantine-starting-march-30-a69789 All Moscow residents will be ordered to stay in their homes with few exceptions. Sun, 29 Mar 2020 19:09:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/03/29/moscow-orders-citywide-quarantine-starting-march-30-a69789 Head of Russia's Orthodox Church Tells Worshippers to Stay Home https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/03/29/head-of-russias-orthodox-church-tells-worshippers-to-stay-home-a69787 Patriarch Kirill told believers Sunday to worship from home to minimize the coronavirus' spread. Sun, 29 Mar 2020 15:16:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/03/29/head-of-russias-orthodox-church-tells-worshippers-to-stay-home-a69787 Moscow Mayor Says Coronavirus Outbreak Has Entered New Phase https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/03/29/moscow-mayor-says-coronavirus-outbreak-has-entered-new-phase-a69786 Moscow now has over a 1,000 coronavirus cases as authorities continue to urge residents to stay home. Sun, 29 Mar 2020 12:59:43 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/03/29/moscow-mayor-says-coronavirus-outbreak-has-entered-new-phase-a69786 Russia to Close Borders to Curb Coronavirus https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/03/28/russia-to-close-borders-to-curb-coronavirus-a69785 The measure will come into force on March 30 at all vehicle, rail and pedestrian checkpoints, and apply to maritime borders. Sat, 28 Mar 2020 16:46:00 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/03/28/russia-to-close-borders-to-curb-coronavirus-a69785