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 Fri, 03 Apr 2020 07:24:24 +0200 600 Russia Restricts Grain Exports Amid Pandemic Russia is the world's top wheat exporter. Thu, 02 Apr 2020 20:50:00 +0200 Analysts Fear the Economic Impact of Russia’s April Coronavirus Shutdown Will Be Catastrophic 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 Coronavirus Hits Russian Markets | April 2 The latest on how the ruble and Russian stock markets are reacting to the coronavirus. Thu, 02 Apr 2020 19:27:00 +0200 Kremlin Denies Putin Spoke to Saudi Crown Prince "No, there was no conversation," Putin's spokesman Dmitry Peskov told Interfax Thu, 02 Apr 2020 17:38:00 +0200 Russia’s Nizhny Novgorod Unveils Digital Passes to Enforce Virus Lockdown 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 Coronavirus in Russia: The Latest News | April 2 Russia on "holiday." Fake news punishments. Rising infections. Thu, 02 Apr 2020 16:15:00 +0200 Putin Extends Nationwide Paid Holiday as Coronavirus Numbers See Sharpest Rise Yet He added that he would delegate decisionmaking power on anti-coronavirus measures to regional authorities. Thu, 02 Apr 2020 16:02:00 +0200 Young Russian Journalist Dies From Coronavirus Regional health authorities have been accused of allegedly withholding the news of her diagnosis. Thu, 02 Apr 2020 15:28:26 +0200 Moscow’s Small Businesses Feel the Pinch Under Coronavirus Lockdown 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 Russia’s Football Clubs Losing Almost $2M Every Day 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 Russia Considers Postponing Annual WWII Parade Amid Coronavirus – Reports 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 Are QR Coronavirus Quarantine Passes for Muscovites Workable? Experts Doubt It 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 Who Paid for Russia's Coronavirus Aid to the U.S.? 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 Russia's Coronavirus Cases Spike By 771, Bringing Total to 3,548 in New One-Day Record Thirty people have been killed by the virus so far in Russia. Thu, 02 Apr 2020 09:31:00 +0200 Russia Could Extend Putin's Nationwide Coronavirus Holiday – Kommersant 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 Russians Risk Fines, Jail Time for Dodging Coronavirus Quarantine Violating quarantine is now punishable by a maximum of seven years in prison. Wed, 01 Apr 2020 18:30:33 +0200 Russia Reserves $18B to Counter Coronavirus Crisis 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 Russia’s Chechnya First Region to Seal Off Internal Borders Amid Coronavirus The move comes after Chechnya reported its first coronavirus-related death. Wed, 01 Apr 2020 17:22:02 +0200 How Are Russia’s Neighbors Handling the Coronavirus? 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 ‘Children Will Die. It’s Terrifying’: Russia’s Charities Face Coronavirus Funding Crisis 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 Where Has Russia Sent Coronavirus Aid Around the World? 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 Putin Working Remotely After Meeting Infected Doctor, Kremlin Says The Russian president has also stopped shaking hands with others, the Kremlin said. Wed, 01 Apr 2020 13:48:01 +0200 Moscow Streets Empty Out for Coronavirus Quarantine As the capital is placed under strict quarantine, the once lively streets lay deserted. Wed, 01 Apr 2020 13:23:13 +0200 Syktyvkar Identified as a Russian Virus Epicenter The capital city of the republic of Komi has confirmed 54 cases of the coronavirus. Wed, 01 Apr 2020 13:03:00 +0200 Moscow to Enforce Virus Quarantine With QR Codes, Smartphone App The digital quarantine enforcement measures have raised privacy questions. Wed, 01 Apr 2020 11:10:43 +0200 Russian Plane Heads to U.S. With Supplies for Virus Fight 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 90% of Moscow Restaurants Could Go Bust, Industry Warns Quarantine has shuttered 15,000 restaurants, cafes and bars across the city.  Wed, 01 Apr 2020 10:43:00 +0200 Campaigners Urge Russia to Release Prisoners as Coronavirus Spreads More than half a million people are held in Russia's notoriously crowded prisons. Tue, 31 Mar 2020 20:33:00 +0200 ‘Hybrid Truth’: Russia-Linked Italians Sing Praises for Moscow's Virus Aid 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 Russia's Top Coronavirus Doctor Who Met Putin Tests Positive 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 As Virus Looms, Russian Arctic Brigade Tests Chemical Weapons Defense Infantry units carried out exercises with howitzers, anti-aircraft missile systems, and chemical reconnaissance vehicles. Tue, 31 Mar 2020 15:29:00 +0200 Migrants Waiting For Coronavirus Flights Kicked Out of Moscow Airport Social media posts tell of Central Asian migrant workers left out in the cold. Tue, 31 Mar 2020 14:45:00 +0200 Sochi Cracks Down on Tourism Surge From Putin’s Week-Long Coronavirus Holiday Muscovites started flocking to the popular resort city despite its mayor urging them to stay away. Tue, 31 Mar 2020 13:12:00 +0200 As Recession Looms, More than 60% of Russians Have No Savings New survey reveals precarious position of Russian households as economic effects of coronavirus start to bite. Tue, 31 Mar 2020 12:38:05 +0200 Moscow’s Lockdown Could Prevent 100K Virus Deaths, Study Says 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 Russians Face up to 5 Years in Jail for Spreading False Coronavirus News The new law also foresees punishment for harming a person's health through spreading false information. Tue, 31 Mar 2020 10:37:00 +0200 ‘Leaning on War-Time History’: Russian Factories Have Switched to Sewing Masks to Combat Coronavirus As the coronavirus pandemic has descended on Russia, factories have set aside their usual work. Tue, 31 Mar 2020 09:36:00 +0200 Russia Sends Medical Aid to Coronavirus-Hit U.S., Trump Says “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 Moscow Begins Lockdown During Tougher Push to Curb Virus "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 Moscow Pleads for Private Clinics’ Help in Coronavirus Fight Three private labs have also started or plan to start testing for coronavirus this week. Mon, 30 Mar 2020 17:12:57 +0200 Chechen Police Brandish Pipes in Coronavirus Street Patrols 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 Most of Moscow’s New Coronavirus Patients Younger Than 40 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 Is Moscow’s Virus Lockdown Order Legal? Some observers say the partial lockdown is unconstitutional while others see it as a "recommendation." Mon, 30 Mar 2020 12:44:00 +0200 When Your Home Isn't a Safe Space. Russian Women Fear Rise in Domestic Violence as Coronavirus Quarantine Starts. 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 News From Russia: What You Missed Over the Weekend Virus lockdown. Closed borders. Rosneft out. Mon, 30 Mar 2020 09:53:44 +0200 Moscow to Enforce Virus Lockdown With QR Code Passes – Meduza Muscovites will reportedly be required to show these QR codes to police officers on demand. Mon, 30 Mar 2020 08:57:00 +0200 Moscow Orders Citywide Quarantine Starting March 30 All Moscow residents will be ordered to stay in their homes with few exceptions. Sun, 29 Mar 2020 19:09:00 +0200 Head of Russia's Orthodox Church Tells Worshippers to Stay Home Patriarch Kirill told believers Sunday to worship from home to minimize the coronavirus' spread. Sun, 29 Mar 2020 15:16:00 +0200 Moscow Mayor Says Coronavirus Outbreak Has Entered New Phase 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 Russia to Close Borders to Curb Coronavirus 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