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, 24 Jul 2019 04:41:45 +0200 600 Russia’s Migrant Numbers Surge to Highest Levels in a Decade, Study Says https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/07/23/russias-migrant-numbers-surge-to-highest-levels-in-a-decade-study-says-a66535 The increase in new migrants looks like “an anomaly” compared to last year's numbers, the study said. Tue, 23 Jul 2019 16:19:14 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/07/23/russias-migrant-numbers-surge-to-highest-levels-in-a-decade-study-says-a66535 Author Yuval Hariri Omits Crimea Mention in New Book’s Russian Edition https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/07/23/author-yuval-hariri-omits-crimea-mention-in-new-books-russian-edition-a66534 Observers called the move “not censorship, but an attempt to sell the book better.” Tue, 23 Jul 2019 14:36:08 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/07/23/author-yuval-hariri-omits-crimea-mention-in-new-books-russian-edition-a66534 Russia Says It Flew First Long-Range Air Patrol with China in Asia-Pacific https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/07/23/russia-says-it-flew-first-long-range-air-patrol-with-china-in-asia-pacific-a66532 South Korea earlier accused a Russian military aircraft of violating its airspace. Tue, 23 Jul 2019 13:01:28 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/07/23/russia-says-it-flew-first-long-range-air-patrol-with-china-in-asia-pacific-a66532 4 Children Killed in Massive Camp Fire in Russia’s Far East https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/07/23/4-children-killed-in-massive-camp-fire-in-russias-far-east-a66533 The camp's director has been detained and a criminal case has been opened. Tue, 23 Jul 2019 12:58:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/07/23/4-children-killed-in-massive-camp-fire-in-russias-far-east-a66533 In British PM Race, a Former Russian Tycoon Quietly Wields Influence https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/07/23/in-british-pm-race-a-former-russian-tycoon-quietly-wields-influence-a66525 Alexander Temerko forged a career at the top of the Russian arms industry. Tue, 23 Jul 2019 11:31:01 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/07/23/in-british-pm-race-a-former-russian-tycoon-quietly-wields-influence-a66525 Russia Passes Law to Employ Prisoners Near Businesses, Drawing Gulag Comparisons https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/07/23/russia-passes-law-to-employ-prisoners-near-businesses-drawing-gulag-comparisons-a66529 At least 6,000 inmates will be able to find employment at the prison branches, leading observers to liken the system to Soviet-era gulag camps. Tue, 23 Jul 2019 11:27:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/07/23/russia-passes-law-to-employ-prisoners-near-businesses-drawing-gulag-comparisons-a66529 Russia Moves Toward Military Cooperation Deal With China https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/07/23/russia-moves-toward-military-cooperation-deal-china-a66526 The military component comes as part of increasing Russian-Chinese cooperation. Tue, 23 Jul 2019 10:42:15 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/07/23/russia-moves-toward-military-cooperation-deal-china-a66526 Putin Told Jailed French Banker to Buy a Home. It Didn’t Help https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/07/23/putin-told-jailed-french-banker-to-buy-a-home-it-didnt-help-a66524 Philippe Delpal has been in prison for five months after being detained with Michael Calvey. Tue, 23 Jul 2019 10:32:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/07/23/putin-told-jailed-french-banker-to-buy-a-home-it-didnt-help-a66524 Russian-Chinese Air Patrol in Asia-Pacific Draws Fire from S.Korean Jets https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/07/23/russian-chinese-air-patrol-in-asia-pacific-draws-fire-from-skorean-jets-a66521 Russia denied that its strategic bombers had violated South Korean airspace. Tue, 23 Jul 2019 10:03:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/07/23/russian-chinese-air-patrol-in-asia-pacific-draws-fire-from-skorean-jets-a66521 Russian LGBT Activist Killed After Being Listed on ‘Saw’-Inspired Gay Hunting Site https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/07/23/russian-lgbt-activist-killed-after-being-listed-on-saw-inspired-gay-hunting-site-a66520 The website encourages visitors to track down and assault people believed to be LGBT. Tue, 23 Jul 2019 08:53:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/07/23/russian-lgbt-activist-killed-after-being-listed-on-saw-inspired-gay-hunting-site-a66520 Russia Establishes New Arctic Air Squadron to Protect Its Northern Sea Route https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/07/22/russia-establishes-new-arctic-air-squadron-to-protect-its-northern-sea-route-a66517 A fleet of Su-34 fighter jets is to be deployed across the region. Mon, 22 Jul 2019 17:17:52 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/07/22/russia-establishes-new-arctic-air-squadron-to-protect-its-northern-sea-route-a66517 Putin Grants Russian Citizenship to Novatek's Finance Chief, a U.S. National https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/07/22/putin-grants-russian-citizenship-to-novateks-finance-chief-a-us-national-a66518 The move could help the gas producer's finance chief skirt around U.S. sanctions. Mon, 22 Jul 2019 17:09:36 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/07/22/putin-grants-russian-citizenship-to-novateks-finance-chief-a-us-national-a66518 Russia Denies Its Planes Carried Out Airstrikes on Rebel-Held Syrian City https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/07/22/russia-denies-its-planes-carried-out-airstrikes-on-rebel-held-syrian-city-a66514 The raids killed at least 20 people in a densely populated city in the south of Idlib province. Mon, 22 Jul 2019 14:52:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/07/22/russia-denies-its-planes-carried-out-airstrikes-on-rebel-held-syrian-city-a66514 Russia Offers Simplified E-Visas to Visitors of St. Petersburg https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/07/22/russia-offers-simplified-e-visas-to-visitors-of-st-petersburg-a66512 The move is expected to attract 12 million tourists to Russia's cultural capital each year. Mon, 22 Jul 2019 14:41:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/07/22/russia-offers-simplified-e-visas-to-visitors-of-st-petersburg-a66512 Venomous Vipers Infest Flood-Struck Siberian Region https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/07/22/venomous-vipers-infest-flood-struck-siberian-region-a66511 One district has only five doses of antidote to the snakes' venom, its officials said. Mon, 22 Jul 2019 13:49:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/07/22/venomous-vipers-infest-flood-struck-siberian-region-a66511 Russian Official Warns of Economic Downturn in 2021 Over Lending Cuts https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/07/22/russian-official-warns-of-economic-downturn-in-2021-over-lending-cuts-a66509 Russia's economic minister has predicted a recession will hit the country as a result of citizens' mounting personal debts. Mon, 22 Jul 2019 13:16:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/07/22/russian-official-warns-of-economic-downturn-in-2021-over-lending-cuts-a66509 Hepatitis C Outbreak Infects Over 100 Russian Child Cancer Patients https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/07/22/hepatitis-c-outbreak-infects-over-100-russian-child-cancer-patients-a66504 Parents and children told BBC Russia that they had witnessed blood-stained equipment and doctors reusing gloves. Mon, 22 Jul 2019 10:40:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/07/22/hepatitis-c-outbreak-infects-over-100-russian-child-cancer-patients-a66504 Ukraine's Zelenskiy Headed for Commanding Win in Parliamentary Election https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/07/22/ukraines-zelenskiy-headed-for-commanding-win-in-parliamentary-election-a66506 The election gives Zelenskiy a firmer grip on a country at the center of a standoff between Moscow and the West. Mon, 22 Jul 2019 09:52:42 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/07/22/ukraines-zelenskiy-headed-for-commanding-win-in-parliamentary-election-a66506 Scottish Student Fined for Giving Feminism Lecture in Siberia https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/07/22/scottish-student-fined-for-giving-feminism-lecture-in-siberia-a66502 “How do you like it here in Siberia?” one eyewitness heard a police officer asking the student. Mon, 22 Jul 2019 09:43:41 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/07/22/scottish-student-fined-for-giving-feminism-lecture-in-siberia-a66502 News From Russia: What You Missed Over the Weekend https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/07/22/news-from-russia-what-you-missed-over-the-weekend-20-a66501 'Pre-revolutionary' protest. Intelligence services hacked. Metallica's Soviet cover. Mon, 22 Jul 2019 09:01:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/07/22/news-from-russia-what-you-missed-over-the-weekend-20-a66501 ‘A Pre-Revolutionary Situation’: More Than 20,000 Rally in Moscow for Free Elections https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/07/20/a-pre-revolutionary-situation-more-than-20000-rally-in-moscow-for-free-elections-a66499 Russia’s largest protest in years came after a week of demonstrations against the barring of opposition candidates from city council elections. Sat, 20 Jul 2019 19:17:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/07/20/a-pre-revolutionary-situation-more-than-20000-rally-in-moscow-for-free-elections-a66499 Putin Says He 'Sympathized' With Trump Before U.S. Election https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/07/20/putin-says-he-sympathized-with-trump-before-us-election-a66497 The Russian president made the comments in an interview with U.S. filmmaker Oliver Stone published on the Kremlin website. Sat, 20 Jul 2019 11:22:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/07/20/putin-says-he-sympathized-with-trump-before-us-election-a66497 Former Austrian Chancellor Lands Russian Job https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/07/19/former-austrian-chancellor-lands-russian-job-a66495 Christian Kern has joined the board of Russian Railways. Fri, 19 Jul 2019 16:35:19 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/07/19/former-austrian-chancellor-lands-russian-job-a66495 Russia to Phase Out Paper Passports by 2022 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/07/19/russia-to-phase-out-paper-passports-by-2022-a66489 The new passports will be plastic cards containing electronic chips. Fri, 19 Jul 2019 16:07:23 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/07/19/russia-to-phase-out-paper-passports-by-2022-a66489 Half of Working Russians Earn Less Than $550 a Month https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/07/19/half-working-russians-earn-less-than-550-usd-month-a66487 Stagnation in incomes has led to a deterioration in the quality of life for ordinary Russians. Fri, 19 Jul 2019 14:32:29 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/07/19/half-working-russians-earn-less-than-550-usd-month-a66487 Suspect in Russian Tainted Oil Scandal Seeks Political Asylum in Lithuania https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/07/19/suspect-in-russian-tainted-oil-scandal-seeks-political-asylum-in-lithuania-a66492 The contamination was discovered in April and led to a major disruption of supplies from Russia. Fri, 19 Jul 2019 13:39:33 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/07/19/suspect-in-russian-tainted-oil-scandal-seeks-political-asylum-in-lithuania-a66492 Russia Tests New Arctic Anti-Aircraft Missiles at Novaya Zemlya https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/07/19/russia-tests-new-arctic-anti-aircraft-missiles-novaya-zemlya-a66485 The Tor-M2DT missile system has a vital role in Russia’s re-armament of the Arctic. Fri, 19 Jul 2019 11:10:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/07/19/russia-tests-new-arctic-anti-aircraft-missiles-novaya-zemlya-a66485 Russia Could Ground International Flights Under New Proposal https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/07/19/russia-could-ground-international-flights-under-new-proposal-a66478 Airlines will need to provide passengers' personal information to the authorities. Fri, 19 Jul 2019 11:01:10 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/07/19/russia-could-ground-international-flights-under-new-proposal-a66478 Hard Man Putin May Be Showing Softer Side to Russia’s Neighbors https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/07/19/hard-man-putin-may-be-showing-softer-side-to-russias-neighbors-a66481 Russia has been in conflict with former Soviet satellites seeking greater EU integration. Fri, 19 Jul 2019 10:43:03 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/07/19/hard-man-putin-may-be-showing-softer-side-to-russias-neighbors-a66481 From Russia, No Love for EU's New Chief and Her Hawkish Stance https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/07/19/from-russia-no-love-for-eus-new-chief-and-her-hawkish-stance-a66483 "When the European Commission express their position on the long-term development of relations with us, we will of course respond," Lavrov said. Fri, 19 Jul 2019 09:49:26 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/07/19/from-russia-no-love-for-eus-new-chief-and-her-hawkish-stance-a66483 Moscow Officials Sued For Allowing Gay Couple to Adopt https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/07/19/moscow-offiicials-sued-allowing-gay-couple-adopt-a66477 The gay couple was accused of “harming their [children's] health and moral and spiritual development.” Fri, 19 Jul 2019 09:35:13 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/07/19/moscow-offiicials-sued-allowing-gay-couple-adopt-a66477 Moscow, St. Petersburg Named Russia’s Most Polluted Cities – Greenpeace https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/07/18/moscow-st-petersburg-named-russias-most-polluted-cities-greenpeace-a66475 Scientists associate NO2 pollution with diseases such as diabetes, stroke and asthma. Thu, 18 Jul 2019 16:50:08 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/07/18/moscow-st-petersburg-named-russias-most-polluted-cities-greenpeace-a66475 Ukraine Agrees Prisoner Swap With Pro-Russian Separatists https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/07/18/ukraine-agrees-prisoner-swap-with-pro-russian-separatists-a66476 Kiev expected to exchange 208 people serving jail sentences in Ukraine for 69 Ukrainians. Thu, 18 Jul 2019 16:36:24 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/07/18/ukraine-agrees-prisoner-swap-with-pro-russian-separatists-a66476 Moscow Is Home to the World’s Third-Largest Number of Billionaires https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/07/18/moscow-is-home-to-the-worlds-third-largest-number-of-billionaires-a66474 The Russian capital has 71 super-rich residents, behind New York and Hong Kong. Thu, 18 Jul 2019 16:06:46 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/07/18/moscow-is-home-to-the-worlds-third-largest-number-of-billionaires-a66474 New Russian #MeToo Flashmob Takes Twitter by Storm https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/07/18/new-russian-me-too-flashmob-takes-twitter-storm-a66466 Under the new hashtag, female users share their stories of everyday harassment and abuse in the country. Thu, 18 Jul 2019 15:19:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/07/18/new-russian-me-too-flashmob-takes-twitter-storm-a66466 Russia, Ukraine Agree ‘Comprehensive’ Cease-Fire in Donbass https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/07/18/russia-ukraine-agree-comprehensive-cease-fire-donbass-a66472 The sides have agreed to lay down arms starting midnight this Sunday, July 21. Thu, 18 Jul 2019 14:03:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/07/18/russia-ukraine-agree-comprehensive-cease-fire-donbass-a66472 Ukraine Announces Fast-Track Passports After Putin's Russian Citizenship Offer https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/07/18/ukraine-announces-fast-track-passports-after-putins-russian-citizenship-offer-a66470 The decision followed a Russian move to simplify citizenship for Ukrainians. Thu, 18 Jul 2019 13:27:32 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/07/18/ukraine-announces-fast-track-passports-after-putins-russian-citizenship-offer-a66470 Russia Denies Its Troops Are Fighting in Northwest Syria https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/07/18/russia-denies-its-troops-are-fighting-in-northwest-syria-a66471 "Russia has had no and has no ground forces in Syria," the defense ministry said. Thu, 18 Jul 2019 13:21:50 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/07/18/russia-denies-its-troops-are-fighting-in-northwest-syria-a66471 Russian Cops Take Down Security Officials for Planting Drugs on Teen https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/07/18/russian-cops-take-down-security-officials-planting-drugs-teen-a66467 The officials took the 16-year-old victim to an ATM to withdraw cash for a bribe. Thu, 18 Jul 2019 11:52:39 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/07/18/russian-cops-take-down-security-officials-planting-drugs-teen-a66467 Russia Has Deployed Ground Forces in Idlib, Syrian Rebels Say https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/07/18/russia-has-deployed-ground-forces-in-idlib-syrian-rebels-say-a66462 This is the first time Moscow has sent ground troops on the battlefield, rebels say. Thu, 18 Jul 2019 09:51:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/07/18/russia-has-deployed-ground-forces-in-idlib-syrian-rebels-say-a66462 Chinese and Russian Cyber Watchdogs Meet in Moscow https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/07/18/chinese-and-russian-cyber-watchdogs-meet-in-moscow-a66465 Cooperation in this area between the two regulators could alarm Russian proponents of Internet freedom. Thu, 18 Jul 2019 09:49:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/07/18/chinese-and-russian-cyber-watchdogs-meet-in-moscow-a66465 Russia's Putin Extends Passport Offer to Ukraine Citizens https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/07/18/russias-putin-extends-passport-offer-to-ukraine-citizens-a66461 Moscow made the move ahead of Ukrainian parliamentary elections on Sunday. Thu, 18 Jul 2019 09:45:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/07/18/russias-putin-extends-passport-offer-to-ukraine-citizens-a66461 Second Russian Nuclear Plant Taken Down After Malfunction https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/07/18/second-russian-nuclear-plant-taken-down-after-malfunction-a66464 The four-reactor Kalinin plant is located 350 kilometers northwest of Moscow. Thu, 18 Jul 2019 09:12:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/07/18/second-russian-nuclear-plant-taken-down-after-malfunction-a66464 U.S. Senator Asks FBI to Investigate Russia's FaceApp Over Security Concerns https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/07/18/us-senator-asks-fbi-to-investigate-russias-faceapp-over-security-concerns-a66460 Schumer said the photo editing app's location in Russia raises questions Thu, 18 Jul 2019 09:02:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/07/18/us-senator-asks-fbi-to-investigate-russias-faceapp-over-security-concerns-a66460 First Bout With Putin Puts Ukraine’s New Leader Under Spotlight https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/07/17/first-bout-with-putin-puts-ukraines-new-leader-under-spotlight-a66457 Zelenskiy is immersed in his first negotiations with Putin. Wed, 17 Jul 2019 16:39:36 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/07/17/first-bout-with-putin-puts-ukraines-new-leader-under-spotlight-a66457 Kremlin Opens Door to Changing Constitution as Succession Looms https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/07/17/kremlin-opens-door-to-changing-constitution-as-succession-looms-a66458 It could potentially allow him to switch roles to retain power as head of the ruling party and prime minister. Wed, 17 Jul 2019 16:20:20 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/07/17/kremlin-opens-door-to-changing-constitution-as-succession-looms-a66458 Russia Accuses the Netherlands of ‘Exploiting’ MH17 Tragedy https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/07/17/russia-accuses-netherlands-exploiting-mh17-tragedy-a66452 “This tragedy has become a tool in a dirty political game,” Russia's Foreign Ministry said on the fifth anniversary of the downing. Wed, 17 Jul 2019 15:24:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/07/17/russia-accuses-netherlands-exploiting-mh17-tragedy-a66452 Russian Court Extends Arrest of Detained Ukrainian Sailors https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/07/17/russian-court-extends-arrest-of-detained-ukrainian-sailors-a66449 Moscow accuses the sailors of illegally entering Russian waters, something Kiev denies. Wed, 17 Jul 2019 14:00:45 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/07/17/russian-court-extends-arrest-of-detained-ukrainian-sailors-a66449 Struggling Murmansk Shipping Company Loses Control of Sole Passenger Line https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/07/17/struggling-murmansk-shipping-company-loses-control-sole-passenger-line-a66450 The ship is a lifeline for Russians living in settlements on the White Sea coast. Wed, 17 Jul 2019 13:46:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/07/17/struggling-murmansk-shipping-company-loses-control-sole-passenger-line-a66450 EU Calls on Russia to Accept Responsibility for MH17 on Fifth Anniversary https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/07/17/eu-calls-russia-accept-responsibility-mh17-fifth-anniversary-a66446 The victims’ families also called on the Russian government to "take responsibility." Wed, 17 Jul 2019 10:22:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/07/17/eu-calls-russia-accept-responsibility-mh17-fifth-anniversary-a66446