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 Sun, 22 Sep 2019 08:13:05 +0200 600 Russia Criticizes U.S. General Over Plan to Destroy Kaliningrad Air Defenses "Firstly we consider this a threat. Secondly, we consider such statements to be absolutely irresponsible," Zakharova said. Fri, 20 Sep 2019 17:06:00 +0200 St. Petersburg’s Pulkovo Airport Eyes Opening Up to Foreign Budget Airlines The airport wants to boost its annual traffic to 35 million passengers by 2025.  Fri, 20 Sep 2019 17:04:00 +0200 St. Petersburg’s New Governor, Undeterred by Charges of Vote Fraud, Promises Moscow-Style Revival Critics say Alexander Beglov is a Kremlin appointee unfit for the northern capital. Fri, 20 Sep 2019 16:58:00 +0200 Russia Moves to Expand Its Arctic Icebreaker Fleet, Already the World's Largest Russian state company Rosmorport aims to strengthen its position in Arctic waters with nine new icebreaking ships. Fri, 20 Sep 2019 14:36:07 +0200 Jailed Russian Actor Released Ahead of Appeal After Moscow Protest Verdicts Spark Outcry Pavel Ustinov's conviction for injuring a police officer at an Aug. 3 protest has intensified the public outcry over the "Moscow case." Fri, 20 Sep 2019 12:07:00 +0200 One Detained North Korean Poacher Died, FSB Says A Russian border patrol discovered two North Korean schooners fishing illegally off its far eastern coast and detained the first vessel. Fri, 20 Sep 2019 11:26:44 +0200 Russia Sends Shaman en Route to Exorcise Putin to Psychiatric Hospital "Are they afraid of his shamanic powers?" Amnesty International's Russia director said in a statement condemning his detention. Fri, 20 Sep 2019 11:16:00 +0200 U.S. Says It Has Plans to ‘Take Down’ Western Russian Region's Air Defenses The U.S. and Russia have conducted multiple probes of each other’s air defense systems this year. Fri, 20 Sep 2019 10:41:00 +0200 Russia Casts 13th Veto of UN Security Council Action During Syrian War Russia and China put forward their own draft resolution demanding a truce in northwest Syria, but it failed to get enough votes. Fri, 20 Sep 2019 09:17:16 +0200 6 Jehovah’s Witnesses Jailed For ‘Extremism’ in Russia They were detained during mass nationwide raids on suspicion of taking part in an “extremist organization.”  Fri, 20 Sep 2019 08:59:00 +0200 ‘We Tracked Your Social Media, You’re Gay’: Russian Student Threatened With Expulsion “The fact that I have a girlfriend, in [the vice president's] opinion ... doesn’t prove that I’m not gay,” the student said. Thu, 19 Sep 2019 16:02:00 +0200 Russia Hands Google Small Fine for Advertisement Infraction Russia has fined Google on several occasions in recent years, although those fines typically amount only to small sums. Thu, 19 Sep 2019 14:05:00 +0200 Who Is Speaking Out Against the Moscow Protest Prosecutions? Clergymen, actors, teachers and other professionals have signed open letters in support of the individuals swept up in the crackdown. Thu, 19 Sep 2019 13:43:00 +0200 Russian Priest Who Signed Open Letter in Support of Protesters Says 'Government Threats' Not the Answer "A state devoid of justice is no better than a band of robbers." Thu, 19 Sep 2019 12:56:00 +0200 Russian Volcano’s Eruption Turns Skies Purple Across the Globe – Study “Even seemingly isolated volcanic eruptions can have global consequences,” the researchers said. Thu, 19 Sep 2019 09:57:23 +0200 Russian Court to Review Actor's Jailing After Public Outcry Ustinov could potentially be freed from custody this week.  Thu, 19 Sep 2019 09:57:00 +0200 Uganda Says Russia to Help it Develop Nuclear Energy Uganda's energy needs are expected to jump in coming years. Thu, 19 Sep 2019 09:23:14 +0200 Siberian Shaman ‘Kidnapped’ While Crossing the Country to ‘Expel’ Putin – Reports Witnesses said he was apprehended by armed and masked men and that his whereabouts are unknown. Thu, 19 Sep 2019 08:59:00 +0200 Islamic State Cells Busted in Nearly 20 Russian Regions, Anti-Extremism Official Says Russian authorities have reportedly investigated almost 1,000 terrorist crimes in the first half of 2019. Wed, 18 Sep 2019 16:54:44 +0200 Israel Is a 'Russian-Speaking Country,' Putin Says “Our nations are united by common and often tragic pages in history,” he explained. Wed, 18 Sep 2019 16:42:00 +0200 Moscow Protester Released as Russians Campaign Against Prosecutions Gubaidulin had been held on suspicion of throwing a plastic bottle at police during one of this summer's Moscow election protests. Wed, 18 Sep 2019 15:37:43 +0200 How the Michael Calvey Case Has Unfolded So Far The saga that triggered unease among Russia’s business community and stoked tensions between Moscow and Washington may soon be over. Wed, 18 Sep 2019 15:10:18 +0200 St. Petersburg Authorities Probe Stabbing of Uzbek Migrant as Hate Crime Photographs showed one of the detained suspects wearing tattoos of Nazi symbols. Wed, 18 Sep 2019 13:36:17 +0200 Russia Detained More Than 160 North Korean Sailors After Attack, FSB Says The crew of a North Korean schooner carried out an armed attack on a border patrol ship's inspection team, the FSB said. Wed, 18 Sep 2019 13:11:00 +0200 Muscovites Stage Single Pickets at Presidential Office in Support of Jailed Actor Pavel Ustinov’s sentencing to three and a half years behind bars after one of this summer's Moscow protests has triggered a growing public backlash. Wed, 18 Sep 2019 11:25:00 +0200 Russia Plans to Build Major Radar System At Its Northernmost Point The installation at Cape Chelyuskin is reported to cost 1.2 billion rubles ($18.7 million). Wed, 18 Sep 2019 10:56:22 +0200 More than 120 Priests Urge Russia to Drop Prosecutions of Moscow Protesters The jail sentences “look increasingly like the intimidation of Russian citizens than a fair ruling against the defendants,” the open letter says. Wed, 18 Sep 2019 10:27:00 +0200 Xenophobia Is Still On the Rise in Russia – Poll The increase in negative attitudes toward migrants comes amid rising worries over poverty, experts said. Wed, 18 Sep 2019 09:06:00 +0200 Russia May Drop Case Against U.S. Investor Calvey – Kommersant Baring Vostok executives were detained in February on embezzlement charges, which they denied. Wed, 18 Sep 2019 09:02:00 +0200 Russians Don’t Believe There Is a Shortage of Women Politicians, Poll Says Up to 17% of legislative seats in Russia are currently held by women, about half the global average. Tue, 17 Sep 2019 17:08:00 +0200 Russian Kid Skateboarder Without Legs Goes Viral After Tony Hawk Shoutout Maxim Abramov learned how to skateboard using only his hands for propulsion after his legs were amputated as a baby. Tue, 17 Sep 2019 16:06:12 +0200 Belarus Finds Illegal Ukrainian Arms Shipments to Russia The smuggling network moved weapons, parts and ammunition from Ukraine through Lithuania and Belarus to reach Russia. Tue, 17 Sep 2019 14:50:15 +0200 Khodorkovsky Group Condemns Repression in Russia in Open Letter, Gains Prominent Supporters Signatories include the creators of the hit TV series "Game of Thrones" and former heads of state. Tue, 17 Sep 2019 13:31:00 +0200 Russian Actors Launch Flashmob in Support of Colleague Jailed Over Moscow Protests Actors have adopted the phrase “I/We Are Pavel Ustinov,” borrowing from this summer's campaign in support of a jailed journalist. Tue, 17 Sep 2019 11:47:00 +0200 Russia Seeks Answers After ‘Groundless’ FBI Hacking Report A Yahoo News report published Monday said Russian operatives allegedly breached FBI communications starting in 2010. Tue, 17 Sep 2019 10:45:00 +0200 Russian Football Stars Kokorin and Mamayev Released From Prison on Parole The players sparked a public outcry last year after CCTV footage showed them taking part in two violent assaults. Tue, 17 Sep 2019 10:14:00 +0200 Russia Could Gain From Saudi Oil Attack – Analysts Russia, the world's second-largest oil exporter, is poised to emerge as a winner following drone attacks on Saudi Arabia's largest oil refinery. Tue, 17 Sep 2019 09:58:00 +0200 Russia Fines U.S. Student With Drug Possession Over Medical Marijuana She was allegedly found in possession of 19.05 grams of cannabis during an airport search. Tue, 17 Sep 2019 08:57:00 +0200 Explosion Hits Russian Lab That Houses Smallpox, Ebola Viruses The lab is one of two places on Earth known to store samples of the live smallpox virus. Tue, 17 Sep 2019 08:53:00 +0200 Putin Proposes Russian Weapons for Saudi Arabia After Oil Industry Attacks These Russian weapons would protect any infrastructure facilities of Saudi Arabia, Putin said. Tue, 17 Sep 2019 08:52:49 +0200 Russia, Turkey, Iran Agree Steps to Ease Tensions in Syria's Idlib Despite Lingering Differences The summit of the three countries aimed to find a lasting truce in Syria. Tue, 17 Sep 2019 08:47:30 +0200 Russian National Guardsman Asks Colleagues to Disobey ‘Criminal Orders’ to Detain Protesters He called the detentions “repressions that have engulfed our city” and called for the release of “political prisoners.” Mon, 16 Sep 2019 16:59:00 +0200 Authorities Failed to Prevent Repeat of ‘Historic’ 2013 Floods in Far East Russia, Residents Say Residents and local officials say the authorities' inaction has made their regions ill-prepared for this summer's floods in the Far East. Mon, 16 Sep 2019 16:07:32 +0200 Kremlin Warns Against 'Hasty Conclusions' Over Attacks in Saudi Arabia "We call for all countries to avoid any hasty steps or conclusions which may deepen destabilization," Peskov said. Mon, 16 Sep 2019 14:10:10 +0200 Russia, Belarus to Form Economic ‘Confederacy’ by 2022 – Kommersant “The partial economic integration is on a level no less than in the European Union,” the newspaper wrote after seeing the plan of action. Mon, 16 Sep 2019 13:15:00 +0200 Edward Snowden, Currently in Russia, Says He'd 'Love to Be Granted Asylum in France' Snowden has been living in Russia since 2013 since revealing details of U.S. intelligence agencies' secret surveillance programs. Mon, 16 Sep 2019 12:33:00 +0200 Actor Jailed for ‘Spraining’ Policeman’s Shoulder at Moscow Election Protests Pavel Ustinov has said he was merely a bystander at the Aug. 3 protest.  Mon, 16 Sep 2019 12:21:00 +0200 Russia Jails First FSB Officer on Torture Charges, Experts Say “The torture case against an FSB officer sets a precedent in Russia,” a human rights lawyer said. Mon, 16 Sep 2019 10:17:00 +0200 Russia Says There's Enough Oil in Global Stockpiles to Replace Lost Saudi Barrels Attacks on Saudi oil facilities have raised concerns about a global shortfall of supplies. Mon, 16 Sep 2019 09:41:00 +0200 News From Russia: What You Missed Over the Weekend Saudi Arabian oil. Taliban talks. A puzzling parade. Mon, 16 Sep 2019 08:53:47 +0200