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, 27 Jan 2020 20:00:12 +0100 600 Russian Governor Faces Axe for Key-Dangling Video – Reports https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/01/27/russian-official-faces-axe-for-key-dangling-video-reports-a69056 The head of Chuvashia sparked criticism after video showed him dangling a set of keys to a fire engine above a firefighter, forcing him to jump. Mon, 27 Jan 2020 14:46:22 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/01/27/russian-official-faces-axe-for-key-dangling-video-reports-a69056 China Surpasses Russia as World's No. 2 Arms Producer – Think Tank https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/01/27/china-surpasses-russia-as-worlds-no-2-arms-producer-think-tank-a69054 Four listed Chinese arms makers produced $54.1 billion worth of weapons, surpassing the $37.7 billion in weapons sold by 10 Russian companies. Mon, 27 Jan 2020 14:05:02 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/01/27/china-surpasses-russia-as-worlds-no-2-arms-producer-think-tank-a69054 Russia Detains Japanese Journalist in Espionage Row With Tokyo https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/01/27/russia-detains-japanese-journalist-in-espionage-row-with-tokyo-a69053 Japanese media reported that a former employee leaked the information to two Russian officials suspected of espionage. Mon, 27 Jan 2020 13:09:00 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/01/27/russia-detains-japanese-journalist-in-espionage-row-with-tokyo-a69053 Aeroflot, Sheremetyevo Under Fire For Cat Passengers' Deaths https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/01/27/aeroflot-sheremetyevo-under-fire-for-cat-passengers-deaths-a69049 Two cats have died and another has been injured with frostbite after traveling in the cargo hold during a New York-Moscow flight. Mon, 27 Jan 2020 12:18:00 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/01/27/aeroflot-sheremetyevo-under-fire-for-cat-passengers-deaths-a69049 How Mishustin Rose to the Top: Old Ties, Savvy and a Knack for Systems https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/01/27/how-mikhail-mishustin-rose-to-the-top-old-ties-savvy-and-a-knack-for-systems-a69052 Vladimir Putin shocked the world when he named a little-known tax chief his number two. We delve into the new Russian prime minister’s background. Mon, 27 Jan 2020 11:13:00 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/01/27/how-mikhail-mishustin-rose-to-the-top-old-ties-savvy-and-a-knack-for-systems-a69052 Russian Church’s Controversial Ex-Spokesman Dies at 51 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/01/27/russian-churchs-controversial-ex-spokesman-dies-at-51-a69050 The staunchly conservative priest became a controversial figure for his opinions on LGBT rights, Stalin, domestic violence and more. Mon, 27 Jan 2020 10:23:00 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/01/27/russian-churchs-controversial-ex-spokesman-dies-at-51-a69050 At Least 140 Russians in China’s Virus-Stricken Province – Embassy https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/01/27/at-least-140-russians-in-chinas-virus-stricken-province-embassy-a69051 Russia’s embassy said it was consulting with China about evacuating Russian citizens following the deadly virus outbreak. Mon, 27 Jan 2020 09:35:00 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/01/27/at-least-140-russians-in-chinas-virus-stricken-province-embassy-a69051 Fresh Russian-U.S. ‘Skirmish’ Reported in Syria https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/01/27/fresh-russian-us-skirmish-reported-in-syria-a69048 American troops have reportedly blocked a Russian convoy from accessing the oil fields at least four times in the past eight days. Mon, 27 Jan 2020 08:55:25 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/01/27/fresh-russian-us-skirmish-reported-in-syria-a69048 News From Russia: What You Missed Over the Weekend https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/01/27/news-from-russia-what-you-missed-over-the-weekend-46-a69047 Pardon request. Virus evacuations. Protest verdict review. Mon, 27 Jan 2020 07:54:21 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/01/27/news-from-russia-what-you-missed-over-the-weekend-46-a69047 Putin Decides Low-Growth Russia Could Use Some Help From Keynes https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/01/26/putin-decides-low-growth-russia-could-use-some-help-from-keynes-a69045 At the first meeting of Russia’s new government, Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin said he wants to get the spending spree underway quickly. Sun, 26 Jan 2020 17:44:00 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/01/26/putin-decides-low-growth-russia-could-use-some-help-from-keynes-a69045 Israeli Woman Jailed in Russia Asks for Pardon https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/01/26/israeli-woman-jailed-in-russia-asks-for-pardon-a69044 Issachar was sentenced by Russia to 7.5 years in jail for drug offenses in October. Sun, 26 Jan 2020 14:16:00 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/01/26/israeli-woman-jailed-in-russia-asks-for-pardon-a69044 Russia in Talks With China to Help its Citizens Leave Wuhan https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/01/25/russia-in-talks-with-china-to-help-its-citizens-leave-wuhan-a69043 Russian citizens may potentially be evacuated from the center of the outbreak, as the World Health Organization declared the new coronavirus an emergency for China. Sat, 25 Jan 2020 15:05:10 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/01/25/russia-in-talks-with-china-to-help-its-citizens-leave-wuhan-a69043 Putin Orders Prosecutor General to Review Moscow Protester's Conviction https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/01/25/putin-orders-prosecutor-general-to-review-moscow-protesters-conviction-a69042 Putin has ordered an investigation into whether the sentencing of Konstantin Kotov was lawful. Sat, 25 Jan 2020 13:56:00 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/01/25/putin-orders-prosecutor-general-to-review-moscow-protesters-conviction-a69042 Bulgaria Set to Expel Two Russian Diplomats Over Espionage https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/01/24/bulgaria-set-to-expel-two-russian-diplomats-over-espionage-a69036 Prosecutors had said earlier that the Russians were engaged in espionage but could not be charged due to diplomatic immunity. Fri, 24 Jan 2020 15:17:00 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/01/24/bulgaria-set-to-expel-two-russian-diplomats-over-espionage-a69036 Russia-North Korea Trade Up Despite Sanctions, Reports Say https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/01/24/russia-north-korea-trade-up-a69040 Pyongyang has been under UN sanctions since 2006 over its missile and nuclear programs. Fri, 24 Jan 2020 15:11:00 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/01/24/russia-north-korea-trade-up-a69040 Australian Wildlife Finds Sanctuary on Russian Migrant’s Farm https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/01/24/australian-wildlife-sanctuary-russian-migrants-farm-a69035 Animals began flocking to Vladimir Balashov's farm after his neighbors' properties burned down on New Year's Eve. Fri, 24 Jan 2020 14:23:11 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/01/24/australian-wildlife-sanctuary-russian-migrants-farm-a69035 Russia to Install ‘Spiritual’ Domestic Apps – Vedomosti https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/01/24/russia-to-install-spiritual-domestic-apps-vedomosti-a69033 From July 1, smartphones will be required to go on sale with pre-installed apps approved by the Russian government. Fri, 24 Jan 2020 11:57:50 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/01/24/russia-to-install-spiritual-domestic-apps-vedomosti-a69033 Activists Urge Russians to Vote Against Putin’s ‘Constitutional Coup’ https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/01/24/activists-urge-russians-vote-against-putins-constitutional-coup-a69031 The plea came in an open letter in Russia’s Novaya Gazeta newspaper. Fri, 24 Jan 2020 10:15:00 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/01/24/activists-urge-russians-vote-against-putins-constitutional-coup-a69031 Flights to Moscow from China's Wuhan Suspended Over Coronavirus Fears https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/01/24/flights-to-moscow-from-chinas-wuhan-suspended-over-coronavirus-fears-a69032 Russia’s deputy health minister called the disease a biological threat to the country earlier this week. Fri, 24 Jan 2020 10:02:00 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/01/24/flights-to-moscow-from-chinas-wuhan-suspended-over-coronavirus-fears-a69032 U.S. ‘Intercepted’ Russian General in Syria – State Dept https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/01/24/us-intercepted-russian-general-in-syria-state-dept-a69030 Russia and the U.S. have experienced “hiccups” in their military deconfliction efforts in Syria, including around 14 months ago. Fri, 24 Jan 2020 08:38:00 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/01/24/us-intercepted-russian-general-in-syria-state-dept-a69030 Russia Says It Missed UN Deadline to Repatriate North Korean Workers https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/01/24/russia-says-it-missed-un-deadline-to-repatriate-north-korean-workers-a69028 Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman said that Moscow had missed the UN deadline and that around 1,000 North Korean workers were still in Russia. Fri, 24 Jan 2020 08:08:52 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/01/24/russia-says-it-missed-un-deadline-to-repatriate-north-korean-workers-a69028 Putin Appoints Former Economy Minister Maxim Oreshkin as Adviser https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/01/24/putin-appoints-former-economy-minister-maxim-oreshkin-as-adviser-a69029 The move follows last week's resignation of the government. Fri, 24 Jan 2020 08:02:59 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/01/24/putin-appoints-former-economy-minister-maxim-oreshkin-as-adviser-a69029 Bulgaria Charges 3 Russians Over Poisoning Possibly Linked to Skripal Case https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/01/23/bulgaria-charges-3-russians-over-poisoning-possibly-linked-to-skripal-case-a69026 Bulgarian prosecutors said the method the accused Russians used was "dangerous to the lives of many." Thu, 23 Jan 2020 16:21:49 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/01/23/bulgaria-charges-3-russians-over-poisoning-possibly-linked-to-skripal-case-a69026 LGBT Israelis Barred from Adopting Russian Children https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/01/23/lgbt-israelis-barred-from-adopting-russian-children-a69021 The new agreement has been met with outrage by Israel's LGBT community. Thu, 23 Jan 2020 15:23:00 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/01/23/lgbt-israelis-barred-from-adopting-russian-children-a69021 Syrian Army Retreats After Idlib Attack, Russia Says https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/01/23/syrian-army-retreats-after-idlib-attack-a69024 Russia's Defense Ministry said that up to 40 Syrian soldiers have been killed in militant attacks. Thu, 23 Jan 2020 14:21:00 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/01/23/syrian-army-retreats-after-idlib-attack-a69024 Putin Opens Leningrad Siege Memorial in Jerusalem https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/01/23/putin-opens-leningrad-siege-memorial-in-jerusalem-a69022 An estimated 1,300 survivors of the 872-day siege currently live in Israel. Thu, 23 Jan 2020 14:19:28 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/01/23/putin-opens-leningrad-siege-memorial-in-jerusalem-a69022 Putin to Revive Russia’s ‘Great Wall’ https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/01/23/putin-to-revive-russias-great-wall-a69017 The 17th-century defensive wall ran for 800 kilometers through southern and central Russia. Thu, 23 Jan 2020 13:19:00 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/01/23/putin-to-revive-russias-great-wall-a69017 New Russian PM’s Sister Owns $14M in Hidden Real Estate – BBC https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/01/23/new-russian-pms-sister-owns-14m-in-hidden-real-estate-bbc-a69018 Natalya Stenina's only work experience is a stint at Aeroflot in the early 2000s, BBC Russia reported. Thu, 23 Jan 2020 11:42:24 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/01/23/new-russian-pms-sister-owns-14m-in-hidden-real-estate-bbc-a69018 Russians See Pollution as a Greater Threat Than Terrorism – Poll https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/01/23/russians-see-pollution-as-a-greater-threat-than-terrorism-poll-a69014 Two-thirds of Russian respondents also said they believe that global warming is caused by human activity. Thu, 23 Jan 2020 09:10:05 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/01/23/russians-see-pollution-as-a-greater-threat-than-terrorism-poll-a69014 Popular Russian Stand-Up Comic Flees Russia After Police Probe https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/01/23/popular-russian-stand-up-comic-flees-russia-after-police-probe-a69000 Alexander Dolgopolov is being investigated over a joke that allegedly hurt a viewer's "religious feelings." Thu, 23 Jan 2020 08:10:00 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/01/23/popular-russian-stand-up-comic-flees-russia-after-police-probe-a69000 Russia’s Sports Minister Assumes Office Despite Criminal Past https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/01/23/russias-sports-minister-assumes-office-despite-criminal-past-a69010 Oleg Matytsin had reportedly been convicted for abuse of office as the head of a university a decade ago. Thu, 23 Jan 2020 08:06:00 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/01/23/russias-sports-minister-assumes-office-despite-criminal-past-a69010 WADA Provisionally Suspends Moscow Anti-Doping Lab for 'Serious Violation' https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/01/23/wada-provisionally-suspends-moscow-anti-doping-lab-for-serious-violation-a69015 WADA said its Laboratory Expert Group had deemed Moscow's deletion and alteration of laboratory data to be "a serious violation." Thu, 23 Jan 2020 08:00:03 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/01/23/wada-provisionally-suspends-moscow-anti-doping-lab-for-serious-violation-a69015 Putin Says Russia Has to be Strong Presidential Republic https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/01/22/putin-says-russia-has-to-be-strong-presidential-republic-a69012 The president made the statement when asked about a possible transitional period once he steps down in 2024. Wed, 22 Jan 2020 20:16:00 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/01/22/putin-says-russia-has-to-be-strong-presidential-republic-a69012 Russia Rules Out Coronavirus After Medical Scare https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/01/22/russia-rules-out-coronavirus-after-medical-scare-a69011 Two people were hospitalized after arriving at St. Petersburg's Pulkovo Airport on Wednesday with symptoms of the coronavirus. Wed, 22 Jan 2020 16:06:00 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/01/22/russia-rules-out-coronavirus-after-medical-scare-a69011 Young Russian Tries to Sue Over Violent Lesbian ‘Exorcism’ in Chechnya https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/01/22/young-russian-tries-to-sue-over-violent-lesbian-exorcism-in-chechnya-a69009 The young woman said her parents’ acquaintance beat her on several occasions with a stick while reading the Quran to "exorcise" her. Wed, 22 Jan 2020 15:20:22 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/01/22/young-russian-tries-to-sue-over-violent-lesbian-exorcism-in-chechnya-a69009 Who Made It Into Russia’s New Cabinet? https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/01/22/who-made-it-into-russias-new-cabinet-a69004 Who's who in the new Russian government. Wed, 22 Jan 2020 14:31:00 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/01/22/who-made-it-into-russias-new-cabinet-a69004 Russian Tourists Undeterred From China Despite Coronavirus Outbreak https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/01/22/russian-tourists-undeterred-from-china-despite-coronavirus-outbreak-a69007 Russia's consumer health watchdog is advising Russian tourists to avoid the outbreak's epicenter. Wed, 22 Jan 2020 13:09:00 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/01/22/russian-tourists-undeterred-from-china-despite-coronavirus-outbreak-a69007 Russia’s Tumultuous Week: The Main Events https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/01/22/russias-tumultuous-week-the-main-events-a69008 Putin's annual state of the nation address has set off a chain of events that could reshape Russia's power structures. Wed, 22 Jan 2020 12:40:00 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/01/22/russias-tumultuous-week-the-main-events-a69008 Russian, Syrian Troops Hold Joint Drills https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/01/22/russian-syrian-troops-hold-joint-drills-a68994 The exercises were aimed at protecting economic interests in Moscow’s key naval foothold in the Mediterranean. Wed, 22 Jan 2020 08:12:00 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/01/22/russian-syrian-troops-hold-joint-drills-a68994 Trump Administration Planning to Add Belarus to Travel Ban List – Reports https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/01/22/trump-administration-planning-to-add-belarus-to-travel-ban-list-reports-a68998 The list of countries was not final and could yet be changed, according to the website Politico. Wed, 22 Jan 2020 08:07:00 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/01/22/trump-administration-planning-to-add-belarus-to-travel-ban-list-reports-a68998 Russia Gets New Government in What Putin Calls 'Major Renewal' https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/01/21/russia-gets-new-government-in-what-putin-calls-major-renewal-a68996 Tuesday's new appointments could be intended to reboot the government's flagging image. Tue, 21 Jan 2020 18:33:00 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/01/21/russia-gets-new-government-in-what-putin-calls-major-renewal-a68996 U.S. Troops ‘Block’ Russian Soldiers in Syria https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/01/21/us-troops-block-russian-soldiers-in-syria-a68989 The standoff took place two days after Kurdish forces reportedly prevented Russian troops from passing through a major city. Tue, 21 Jan 2020 14:50:00 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/01/21/us-troops-block-russian-soldiers-in-syria-a68989 Russian ‘Plumbers’ Questioned at Davos Over Espionage Suspicions – Report https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/01/21/russian-plumbers-questioned-at-davos-over-espionage-suspicions-report-a68988 While both men carried Russian diplomatic passports, they reportedly identified themselves as plumbers. Tue, 21 Jan 2020 14:25:00 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/01/21/russian-plumbers-questioned-at-davos-over-espionage-suspicions-report-a68988 New China Coronavirus Poses ‘Biological Threat’ to Russia – Official https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/01/21/new-china-coronavirus-poses-biological-threat-to-russia-official-a68992 Russian airports have stepped up screening of travelers arriving from China. Tue, 21 Jan 2020 13:30:00 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/01/21/new-china-coronavirus-poses-biological-threat-to-russia-official-a68992 Iran Confirms Russian-Made Missiles Downed Ukraine Plane https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/01/21/iran-confirms-russian-made-missiles-downed-ukraine-plane-a68983 Iran had purchased the missiles from Russia as part of a $700 million contract.  Tue, 21 Jan 2020 10:43:02 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/01/21/iran-confirms-russian-made-missiles-downed-ukraine-plane-a68983 'Men Only': Largest Pool in Russia's North Caucasus Bans Women https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/01/21/men-only-largest-pool-in-russias-north-caucasus-bans-women-a68977 The spa in Russia’s republic of Dagestan did not say what prompted the abrupt rule change. Tue, 21 Jan 2020 09:42:00 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/01/21/men-only-largest-pool-in-russias-north-caucasus-bans-women-a68977 Fire Kills Uzbek Laborers in Siberian Village https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/01/21/fire-kills-uzbek-laborers-in-siberian-village-a68982 Eleven people died in the fire. Tue, 21 Jan 2020 08:54:00 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/01/21/fire-kills-uzbek-laborers-in-siberian-village-a68982 Russian Jehovah's Witness Gets Suspended Sentence for 'Extremist Activity' https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/01/21/russian-jehovahs-witness-gets-suspended-sentence-for-extremist-activity-a68980 Prosecutors had asked the court to sentence Bubnov to seven years in prison. Tue, 21 Jan 2020 08:43:58 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/01/21/russian-jehovahs-witness-gets-suspended-sentence-for-extremist-activity-a68980 Russia Plans ‘World’s Biggest’ Orthodox Church – Reports https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/01/21/russia-plans-worlds-biggest-orthodox-church-reports-a68976 The mastermind behind the project is reportedly Father Sergei, an influential and secretive spiritual leader. Tue, 21 Jan 2020 08:03:00 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/01/21/russia-plans-worlds-biggest-orthodox-church-reports-a68976 Putin Outlines Sweeping Powers for State Council in Shakeup https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/01/21/putin-outlines-sweeping-powers-for-state-council-in-shakeup-a68974 Leading a strengthened State Council might allow Putin to continue to dominate Russian politics even after the end of his current term. Tue, 21 Jan 2020 07:51:00 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/01/21/putin-outlines-sweeping-powers-for-state-council-in-shakeup-a68974