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, 18 Sep 2020 13:40:05 +0200 600 ‘Don’t Give Away’ Lukashenko, Star-Studded Music Video Tells Belarus The Russian artists in the video were quick to distance themselves from the song's pro-Lukashenko message after its release. Fri, 18 Sep 2020 13:35:46 +0200 Russia Clears Two Coronavirus Drugs for Pharmacy Sale The pill-form drugs will be available in pharmacies in most regions starting next week. Fri, 18 Sep 2020 12:26:08 +0200 Russian Troops Detained for Washing Shoes in Holy Water Video showing the two young men laughing as they washed their shoes at a chapel in Kaliningrad went viral last weekend. Fri, 18 Sep 2020 10:23:12 +0200 Coronavirus in Russia: The Latest News | Sept. 18 New cases rising. Deaths surpass 19,000. Vaccine race. Fri, 18 Sep 2020 09:41:00 +0200 Belarus Shuts Western Borders as Lukashenko Warns of ‘War’ Belarus' western neighbors have expressed “deep concern” toward its violent crackdown on anti-Lukashenko protesters. Fri, 18 Sep 2020 09:00:00 +0200 Opera Star Anna Netrebko in Hospital With Coronavirus Netrebko's coronavirus diagnosis comes as two of Russia's top theaters have reported outbreaks after reopening. Thu, 17 Sep 2020 19:50:00 +0200 Protest-Plagued Belarus Strongman Transfers Son to Moscow School – Reports “Lukashenko’s services ... concluded that Kolya will be very uncomfortable” at school in Belarus, one academic said. Thu, 17 Sep 2020 16:17:00 +0200 ‘Socialist Symbols Wanted’: U.S. Artist Wants Lenin Corpse in D.C. David Datuna plans to build a replica of Lenin's mausoleum in Washington and move the communist leader’s body there. Thu, 17 Sep 2020 13:22:50 +0200 Belarus Opposition Compiling Blacklist of Officials Names of individuals partaking in police abuses will be sent to the U.S. and Russia, among others. Thu, 17 Sep 2020 12:10:11 +0200 Navalny Likely Poisoned Before Arriving at Siberian Airport – Reports Independent news outlets and Navalny's team said the poison likely came from a water bottle in his hotel room in Siberia. Thu, 17 Sep 2020 10:31:00 +0200 Chemical Weapons Watchdog Says Examining Navalny Samples "Results of this analysis are forthcoming and will be shared with the German authorities," the OPCW said. Thu, 17 Sep 2020 10:14:33 +0200 Poland Seeks Russian Air Traffic Controllers’ Arrest Over Fatal 2010 Presidential Crash Polish prosecutors believe that the Russian flight controllers “had anticipated that a catastrophe might occur.” Thu, 17 Sep 2020 09:35:00 +0200 Berlin Hospital Treating Navalny Returns Donation to 'Putin's Chef' The Kremlin critic and his associates owe Kremlin-linked caterer Yevgeny Prigozhin $1.2 million over a defamation lawsuit. Wed, 16 Sep 2020 17:36:00 +0200 Belarus Opposition Leader Is U.S. Protege – Russia Spy Chief "The U.S. is playing a crucial role in the current events in Belarus," Foreign Intelligence Service head Sergei Naryshkin said. Wed, 16 Sep 2020 16:11:10 +0200 Russia Announces Long-Term Family Member Visas Relatives of Russian citizens will also be able to renew their visas without leaving the country. Wed, 16 Sep 2020 15:36:13 +0200 Jailed Russian Neo-Nazi Found Dead in Apparent Suicide Martsinkevich had gained notoriety for organizing vigilante attacks on gay men and alleged pedophiles. Wed, 16 Sep 2020 14:35:00 +0200 Russia to Send India 100M Coronavirus Vaccine Doses Deliveries could begin as soon as late 2020, Russia's sovereign wealth fund said. Wed, 16 Sep 2020 12:57:51 +0200 More People Worldwide Trust Putin Than Trump – Pew Both Trump and Putin ranked far below European leaders like German Chancellor Angela Merkel. Wed, 16 Sep 2020 11:47:00 +0200 Well-Preserved Cave Bear Discovered in Russia’s Melting Arctic Permafrost “Today this is the first and only find of its kind — a whole bear carcass with soft tissues,” scientists said. Wed, 16 Sep 2020 10:19:40 +0200 Moscow Police Disrupt Vulva Documentary Screening in Support of LGBT Activist Around 20 officers reportedly arrived at the screening on an anonymous tip-off of “homosexual propaganda.” Wed, 16 Sep 2020 09:01:00 +0200 Venus Is a ‘Russian Planet,’ Roscosmos Chief Says Dmitry Rogozin's comments follow new research that suggests there could be life on the second planet from the sun. Tue, 15 Sep 2020 17:05:21 +0200 Ex-Russia Football Captain Shirokov Charged With Punching Ref Shirokov is at least the third well-known Russian footballer to face prosecution for acts of violence in recent months.  Tue, 15 Sep 2020 16:05:00 +0200 Trump Ad Supporting U.S. Troops Shows Russian Fighter Jets, Rifles “Today you hear about the Kremlin’s hand in U.S. politics. Tomorrow you are this hand,” the stock photo's creator said. Tue, 15 Sep 2020 14:40:00 +0200 Russia Has 'Questions' for Germany Over Navalny The head of Russia's foreign intelligence service said Tuesday opposition leader Alexei Navalny showed no signs of poisoning before he was flown to Berlin for treatment. Tue, 15 Sep 2020 13:56:12 +0200 1 in 7 Russian Coronavirus Vaccine Volunteers Report Side Effects “The complications are described in the instructions and are predictable,” Russia's health minister said. Tue, 15 Sep 2020 13:50:09 +0200 Russia Withdraws Security ‘Reserve’ From Belarus Border Russian state television showed what it said were live images of truckloads of the units returning to their areas of deployment.  Tue, 15 Sep 2020 12:28:37 +0200 'Hi, It's Navalny': Kremlin Critic Says He Can Breathe Unaided in First Statement After Poisoning “I enjoyed it very much. An amazing, underestimated feeling. I recommend it,” he wrote. Tue, 15 Sep 2020 12:12:00 +0200 Navalny Plans Return Home as Russian Doctors’ Coma Claims Challenged – Reports “He’s fully aware of his condition, he’s fully aware of what happened and he’s fully aware of where he is,” a German official told NYT. Tue, 15 Sep 2020 09:43:56 +0200 ‘Not in This Lifetime’: Lenin Mausoleum Renovation Contest Called Off The contest received widespread backlash for asking contestants to reimagine the mausoleum after Lenin is eventually buried. Tue, 15 Sep 2020 09:09:27 +0200 Russia to Field 3 New Parties in 2021 State Duma Race The parties have been linked to a Kremlin strategy to divide opposition support amid record low popularity for the pro-Kremlin ruling party.  Mon, 14 Sep 2020 17:32:00 +0200 Russia Considers Stripping Coronavirus Bonuses From Medics Who Refuse Vaccine – Reports Currently, doctors and other health workers treating Covid-19 patients are entitled to monthly bonuses up to $1,000. Mon, 14 Sep 2020 16:03:05 +0200 Navalny Taken Off Ventilator as Novichok Recovery Continues – German Hospital The latest updates come amid increasing pressure on Moscow from Germany and France to provide answers for the incident. Mon, 14 Sep 2020 15:34:00 +0200 Macron Urges Putin To Shed Light on 'Attempted Murder' of Navalny – Presidency Macron also told Putin that France's own analysis confirmed Germany's conclusion that Navalny was poisoned by Novichok. Mon, 14 Sep 2020 14:25:00 +0200 Belarus Opposition Leader Criticizes Putin’s Talks With ‘Usurper’ Lukashenko “All accords signed with the illegitimate Lukashenko will be reconsidered by the new government,” Tikhanovskaya said. Mon, 14 Sep 2020 12:54:00 +0200 Remote Learning Takes Toll on Russian Schoolkids' Mental Health – Poll “The data indicates the need for mass psychological support for children and adolescents,” the RBC news website wrote. Mon, 14 Sep 2020 12:24:26 +0200 French, Swedish Labs Confirm Navalny's Novichok Poisoning, Germany Says “We renew the call for Russia to explain itself,” the German government said in a statement. Mon, 14 Sep 2020 10:34:00 +0200 Putin Backs Lukashenko as Belarus Leader Vows Closer Ties Putin promised economic support to Belarus and praised Lukashenko's plans for constitutional changes to appease the opposition. Mon, 14 Sep 2020 09:28:00 +0200 Putin Backs Lukashenko's ‘Eventual Succession’ in Belarus – Bloomberg Moscow is reportedly “determined” not to see opposition protesters topple the Belarusian president's rule. Mon, 14 Sep 2020 09:27:00 +0200 News From Russia: What You Missed Over the Weekend Three-day vote. Belarus protests. Chemical weapons sale ban lifted. Mon, 14 Sep 2020 08:33:00 +0200 Navalny's Allies Claim Symbolic Council Seat Wins in Regional Polls Independent election monitors said they received reports of ballot stuffing and other irregularities. Mon, 14 Sep 2020 08:12:00 +0200 Tens of Thousands Rally in Belarus Despite Mass Arrests Sunday's protest took place on the eve of crunch talks between strongman Alexander Lukashenko and his main ally, Russia's Vladimir Putin. Sun, 13 Sep 2020 20:21:00 +0200 Russia Plans Fingerprinting, eCards for Foreigners in Latest Immigration Reforms “It’s time to introduce digital technologies,” a Federal Migration Service official said. Fri, 11 Sep 2020 16:56:02 +0200 Putin, Lukashenko To Talk 'Integration' Amid Belarus Protests The leaders will discuss plans to further integrate their countries in Russia's Black Sea resort of Sochi. Fri, 11 Sep 2020 16:25:00 +0200 Steven Seagal Vows to Get Tough on Lake Baikal Pollution The actor and naturalized Russian citizen wants to criminalize dumping pollutants and waste into the world's largest freshwater lake. Fri, 11 Sep 2020 15:46:37 +0200 Ukrainian Captain’s Ship Stranded in Mediterranean After Migrant Rescue The ship has been unable to dock in any European ports for more than a month after it rescued 27 migrants. Fri, 11 Sep 2020 14:49:00 +0200 Nearly Half of Russians to ‘Never’ Vaccinate Against Coronavirus – Poll An increasing share of Russians now believe that the pandemic's danger has either been exaggerated or “invented,” the poll said. Fri, 11 Sep 2020 12:54:00 +0200 Russia’s Regional Elections, Explained The vote is set to be a key test for the pro-Putin ruling party — as well as a measure of Russians' reaction to the Navalny poisoning. Fri, 11 Sep 2020 11:41:00 +0200 North River Terminal Opens in Moscow After More Than A Decade Residents in the northern part of Moscow have a new river-front park. Fri, 11 Sep 2020 11:22:00 +0200 Russian Police Seek To Question Navalny in Germany Russia requests for its officers and an expert to work alongside German investigators. Fri, 11 Sep 2020 11:00:00 +0200 Putin Apologizes to Serbian Leader for ‘Basic Instinct’ Post “President Putin has never apologized to me for anything...But [he] did” after the scandal, Vucic said. Fri, 11 Sep 2020 10:23:00 +0200