The Moscow Times - Independent News From Russia https://www.themoscowtimes.com/opinion The Moscow Times offers everything you need to know about Russia: Breaking news, top stories, business, analysis, opinion, multimedia, upcoming cultural events en-us Thu, 14 Nov 2019 18:28:23 +0100 600 Macron is 'Ours' — but Does Russia Need Him? https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/11/14/macron-is-ours-but-does-russia-need-him-a68156 Russian observers are struck by how closely Macron’s views on European security and world order coincide with those of Putin. Thu, 14 Nov 2019 09:32:00 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/11/14/macron-is-ours-but-does-russia-need-him-a68156 Putin Underestimates Russia's Youth https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/11/14/putin-underestimates-russias-youth-a68166 The president reduces Russia’s youth and the internet to pawns in someone else’s arsenal. Thu, 14 Nov 2019 09:28:00 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/11/14/putin-underestimates-russias-youth-a68166 Why Bolivian Politics Suddenly Matters to Putin https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/11/11/why-bolivian-politics-suddenly-matters-to-putin-a68128 An authoritarian leader’s rule ended when citizens tired of him and the military refused to intervene. Could the same thing happen in Moscow? Mon, 11 Nov 2019 16:45:00 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/11/11/why-bolivian-politics-suddenly-matters-to-putin-a68128 Putin Wants to Own the Russian Language https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/11/11/putin-wants-to-own-the-russian-language-a68124 Why does the president want to create a Russian Wikipedia? Mon, 11 Nov 2019 13:55:00 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/11/11/putin-wants-to-own-the-russian-language-a68124 Making a Fuss in Russian https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/11/08/making-a-fuss-in-russian-a68099 Almost false friends, half false friends, semi-false friends... they drive me a bit nuts. Fri, 08 Nov 2019 16:05:00 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/11/08/making-a-fuss-in-russian-a68099 Macron’s Vision of Russia's Future Is Half-Baked https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/11/08/macrons-vision-of-european-security-is-half-baked-a68091 Macron thinks Russia has no choice but integration with Europe. Putin has other ideas. Fri, 08 Nov 2019 08:50:06 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/11/08/macrons-vision-of-european-security-is-half-baked-a68091 A Russian View on the Fall of the Berlin Wall, 30 Years On https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/11/07/a-russian-view-on-the-fall-of-the-berlin-wall-30-years-on-a68075 We should never forget the benefits that Germany’s reunification brought to the world. Thu, 07 Nov 2019 11:22:40 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/11/07/a-russian-view-on-the-fall-of-the-berlin-wall-30-years-on-a68075 For Russia, Even the Language Can Be a Weapon https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/11/07/for-russia-even-the-language-can-be-a-weapon-a68072 Putin says there’s a war against the mother tongue in the Russian-speaking world outside the federation’s borders. Thu, 07 Nov 2019 09:57:10 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/11/07/for-russia-even-the-language-can-be-a-weapon-a68072 Boris Johnson and Putin’s Unwitting Helpers https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/11/06/boris-johnson-and-putins-unwitting-helpers-a68050 Sometimes it almost looks as if Putin’s information warriors and political operators need not do anything, the West gladly does their work for them. Wed, 06 Nov 2019 08:34:00 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/11/06/boris-johnson-and-putins-unwitting-helpers-a68050 China Makes Inroads Into Russia's Backyard https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/11/05/china-makes-inroads-into-russias-backyard-a68039 The increased scale of Chinese cooperation with the South Caucasus is turning Beijing into one of the forces of influence in the region. Tue, 05 Nov 2019 12:02:25 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/11/05/china-makes-inroads-into-russias-backyard-a68039 Grumpy Eastern Europeans Aren’t as Gloomy as They Seem https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/11/05/grumpy-eastern-europeans-arent-as-gloomy-as-they-seem-a68031 A survey by George Soros’s charity found a lot of disenchantment about life after Communism. Here’s the good news. Tue, 05 Nov 2019 08:53:21 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/11/05/grumpy-eastern-europeans-arent-as-gloomy-as-they-seem-a68031 Post-Putin Uncertainty Means a Jittery Russian Elite and Brittle Regime https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/11/04/post-putin-uncertainty-means-a-jittery-russian-elite-and-brittle-regime-a68028 Amid the uncertainty over what will happen when Putin steps down in 2024, everyone is striving to claim a spot in the sun. Mon, 04 Nov 2019 12:20:51 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/11/04/post-putin-uncertainty-means-a-jittery-russian-elite-and-brittle-regime-a68028 Putin's Declassified KGB Record Shows He Was No High-Flier, but a Solid B https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/11/04/putins-kgb-declassified-record-show-that-he-was-no-high-flier-but-a-solid-b-a68024 A recent report about Vladimir Putin as a KBG officer shows that he was seen as worthy, serious and reliable, but not as a high-flier or a leader. Mon, 04 Nov 2019 09:09:00 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/11/04/putins-kgb-declassified-record-show-that-he-was-no-high-flier-but-a-solid-b-a68024 Take a Mental Health Day in Russian https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/11/01/take-a-mental-health-day-in-russian-a68013 How to talk about talking about your problems. Fri, 01 Nov 2019 15:54:55 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/11/01/take-a-mental-health-day-in-russian-a68013 The U.S. Dithered Too Long on Russia's Nord Stream 2 Project https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/11/01/the-us-dithered-too-long-on-russias-nord-stream-2-project-a68007 Denmark has lifted its block on the Russian pipeline, and now it’s too late for sanctions to work. Fri, 01 Nov 2019 10:20:36 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/11/01/the-us-dithered-too-long-on-russias-nord-stream-2-project-a68007 How Putin Is Bankrupting the Russian Opposition https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/10/30/how-putin-is-bankrupting-the-russian-opposition-a67971 Why throw hundreds of thousands of people into forced labor camps when you can easily force them into bankruptcy? Wed, 30 Oct 2019 09:39:00 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/10/30/how-putin-is-bankrupting-the-russian-opposition-a67971 5 Things Russian Gangsters Might Teach Us About the Islamic State’s Search for a New Leader https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/10/30/5-things-russian-gangsters-might-teach-us-about-the-islamic-states-search-for-a-new-leader-a67969 What happens after organized crime structures suffer decapitating strikes? Wed, 30 Oct 2019 09:16:00 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/10/30/5-things-russian-gangsters-might-teach-us-about-the-islamic-states-search-for-a-new-leader-a67969 Why Serbia Won’t Stop Playing the Russia Card Any Time Soon https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/10/29/why-serbia-wont-stop-playing-the-russia-card-any-time-soon-a67953 As long as Serbia lacks a solution to the Kosovo dispute that it can sell both to its international partners and to people at home, it will continue to keep the Russia card up its sleeve. Tue, 29 Oct 2019 09:33:00 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/10/29/why-serbia-wont-stop-playing-the-russia-card-any-time-soon-a67953 ‘BRICS’ Is About Geopolitics, Not Economics https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/10/29/brics-is-about-geopolitics-not-economics-a67950 BRICS no longer makes much financial sense. But the idea is more politically relevant than ever. Tue, 29 Oct 2019 09:25:00 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/10/29/brics-is-about-geopolitics-not-economics-a67950 Russian Newspeak 2019 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/10/25/russian-newspeak-2019-a67915 From оч to хейтерство Russian is picking up new words from all over. Fri, 25 Oct 2019 16:59:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/10/25/russian-newspeak-2019-a67915 Russia Can’t Compete With China in Africa. Not Yet. https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/10/25/russia-cant-compete-with-china-in-africa-not-yet-a67910 As China asserts itself in the role of the major power in Africa, Moscow’s influence could become a source of irritation. Fri, 25 Oct 2019 13:51:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/10/25/russia-cant-compete-with-china-in-africa-not-yet-a67910 The Putin-Erdogan Deal Poses a Challenge to the West https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/10/23/the-putin-erdogan-deal-poses-a-challenge-to-the-west-a67877 The Kremlin offers authoritarians a brokerage service based on cynical principles of mutual gain rather than values and allegiances. Wed, 23 Oct 2019 16:57:18 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/10/23/the-putin-erdogan-deal-poses-a-challenge-to-the-west-a67877 After Sochi, Russia Runs the Show in Syria https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/10/23/after-sochi-russia-runs-the-show-in-syria-a67878 The Putin-Erdogan deal creates a new reality in which Russia, in effect, becomes the security provider for both the Turks and the Kurds. Wed, 23 Oct 2019 16:51:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/10/23/after-sochi-russia-runs-the-show-in-syria-a67878 The Slow Death of Russia's Human Rights Council https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/10/23/the-slow-death-of-russias-human-rights-council-a67872 The replacement of Russia’s Human Rights Council head Mikhail Fedotov with United Russia party member Valery Fadeyev, determines the council’s status once and for all. Wed, 23 Oct 2019 13:45:17 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/10/23/the-slow-death-of-russias-human-rights-council-a67872 Trump Isn’t Putin’s Puppet. He’s Just Unfit for Office https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/10/23/trump-isnt-putins-puppet-hes-just-unfit-for-office-a67869 The Democrats go too far when they say all roads lead to Russia. Wed, 23 Oct 2019 10:24:08 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/10/23/trump-isnt-putins-puppet-hes-just-unfit-for-office-a67869 Putin’s ‘Useful Idiots’ Are Those Who Call Others ‘Useful Idiots’ https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/10/21/putins-useful-idiots-are-the-ones-calling-people-useful-idiots-a67833 Those accusing Tulsi Gabbard of being a Kremlin asset should take a long hard look in the mirror. Mon, 21 Oct 2019 15:47:25 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/10/21/putins-useful-idiots-are-the-ones-calling-people-useful-idiots-a67833 What Is Russia Up to in the Gulf? https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/10/21/what-is-russia-up-to-in-the-gulf-a67828 Arab countries are being increasingly proactive in diversifying their connections. Moscow is making use of this to gain advantages. Mon, 21 Oct 2019 13:57:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/10/21/what-is-russia-up-to-in-the-gulf-a67828 The True Nature of Putinism https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/10/21/the-true-nature-of-putinism-a67820 Presidential aide and “eminence grise” Vladislav Surkov recently added to the ongoing debate about Putinism as an ideology and a political doctrine by praising its versatility. But in reality Putinism has hollowed out the state. Mon, 21 Oct 2019 10:59:35 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/10/21/the-true-nature-of-putinism-a67820 Putin Now Owns the Syrian Chaos https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/10/21/putin-now-owns-the-syrian-chaos-a67818 To do this successfully, Russia needs to show the world it can be trusted. Mon, 21 Oct 2019 09:59:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/10/21/putin-now-owns-the-syrian-chaos-a67818 False Friends, Part 12 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/10/18/false-friends-part-12-a67794 Фарт, фартить, фартовый don't mean what you think they do. Fri, 18 Oct 2019 15:04:03 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/10/18/false-friends-part-12-a67794 Russia Steps Up Its Game in Africa https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/10/18/russia-steps-up-its-game-in-africa-a67804 The inaugural Russia-Africa summit shows Putin's growing influence on the continent. Fri, 18 Oct 2019 14:13:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/10/18/russia-steps-up-its-game-in-africa-a67804 Ukraine Peace Talks Get Some Help From Putin https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/10/17/ukraine-peace-talks-get-some-help-from-putin-a67777 Russia is letting Zelenskiy lay out “red lines” to convince voters he can compromise without capitulating. Thu, 17 Oct 2019 10:01:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/10/17/ukraine-peace-talks-get-some-help-from-putin-a67777 Why the Raids on Navalny Should Concern Every Russian https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/10/17/why-the-raids-on-navalny-should-concern-every-russian-a67769 Early morning searches at my home show that any person can become a target. Thu, 17 Oct 2019 09:46:06 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/10/17/why-the-raids-on-navalny-should-concern-every-russian-a67769 What’s Behind Russian Media’s Obsession With the Death Penalty? https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/10/16/whats-behind-russian-medias-obsession-with-the-death-penalty-a67760 The recent debate in Russia on bringing back capital punishment has nothing to do with Ukraine — or does it? Wed, 16 Oct 2019 12:54:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/10/16/whats-behind-russian-medias-obsession-with-the-death-penalty-a67760 Japanese Investment in Russia Floundering Despite Arctic Energy Deal https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/10/16/japanese-investment-floundering-despite-arctic-energy-deal-a67754 Without improvements to Russia’s business climate, cases of Japanese investment into Russia will continue to be the exception, not the norm. Wed, 16 Oct 2019 11:11:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/10/16/japanese-investment-floundering-despite-arctic-energy-deal-a67754 Turkey and Russia Show That Land Grabs Can Pay Off https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/10/16/turkey-and-russia-show-that-land-grabs-can-pay-off-a67753 Erdogan and Putin are shredding the myth that countries no longer tear other countries apart. Wed, 16 Oct 2019 10:06:38 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/10/16/turkey-and-russia-show-that-land-grabs-can-pay-off-a67753 Is Putin Over His Resentment? https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/10/15/is-putin-over-his-resentment-a67739 Is it a good thing that Russia appears to no longer harbor resentment towards to West? The answer is not so clear. Tue, 15 Oct 2019 11:19:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/10/15/is-putin-over-his-resentment-a67739 Putin Has Achieved Everything He Wanted. But It Will Never Be Enough For Young Russians. https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/10/14/putin-has-achieved-everything-he-wanted-but-it-will-never-be-enough-for-young-russians-a67718 Putin has led Russia into the bright future envisioned by his Brezhnev-era youth. Mon, 14 Oct 2019 10:45:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/10/14/putin-has-achieved-everything-he-wanted-but-it-will-never-be-enough-for-young-russians-a67718 Russia Is the New Referee in the Middle East https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/10/14/russia-is-the-new-referee-in-the-middle-east-a67717 The Kremlin must feel that it has finally returned to the world stage as a recognized force in international politics. Mon, 14 Oct 2019 10:27:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/10/14/russia-is-the-new-referee-in-the-middle-east-a67717 What to Expect From Putin's Visit to Saudi Arabia https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/10/13/what-to-expect-from-putins-visit-to-saudi-arabia-a67704 Russia has emerged as a major outside player in the Middle East. Sun, 13 Oct 2019 10:12:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/10/13/what-to-expect-from-putins-visit-to-saudi-arabia-a67704 Can Ukraine and Russia Make Things Work This Time? https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/10/11/can-ukraine-and-russia-make-things-work-this-time-a67700 The next steps towards reconciliation are going to be extremely difficult and painful for a number of reasons. Fri, 11 Oct 2019 16:26:43 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/10/11/can-ukraine-and-russia-make-things-work-this-time-a67700 Breaking Wind the Russian Way https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/10/11/breaking-wind-the-russian-way-a67686 By popular demand, scatological reflections. Fri, 11 Oct 2019 14:44:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/10/11/breaking-wind-the-russian-way-a67686 1990s Russia Is Alive and Well in the USA https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/10/11/1990s-russia-is-alive-and-well-in-the-usa-a67696 The values of some public figures in the White House suggests they would have been quite at home in 1990s Russia. Fri, 11 Oct 2019 13:48:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/10/11/1990s-russia-is-alive-and-well-in-the-usa-a67696 Russia's Unjust Justice https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/10/11/russias-unjust-justice-a67688 Russians fight because in some cases, justice is still possible, despite the constraints outlined above. Fri, 11 Oct 2019 11:00:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/10/11/russias-unjust-justice-a67688 To Deal With Putin, the West Needs ‘Rollercoaster Diplomacy’ https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/10/10/to-deal-with-putin-the-west-needs-rollercoaster-diplomacy-a67639 The Russian leadership is defenseless against fast and radical shifts in policy from abroad. Thu, 10 Oct 2019 15:42:26 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/10/10/to-deal-with-putin-the-west-needs-rollercoaster-diplomacy-a67639 Strategies for a Kinder, Gentler Political War https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/10/09/strategies-for-a-kinder-gentler-political-war-a67652 What if the Kremlin is tired of being everyone's geopolitical scapegoat? Wed, 09 Oct 2019 11:17:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/10/09/strategies-for-a-kinder-gentler-political-war-a67652 Putin’s Russia Is a Middle Eastern Country https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/10/08/putins-russia-is-a-middle-eastern-country-a67624 After centuries as the dividing line between Europe and Asia, Russia has found its natural place among the oil dictatorships. Tue, 08 Oct 2019 09:41:26 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/10/08/putins-russia-is-a-middle-eastern-country-a67624 Is This Russia's Next Leader? https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/10/04/is-this-russias-next-leader-a67599 For the first time in his seven years as Defense Minister, Shoigu gave a lengthy interview to a mainstream Russian newspaper. We should pay attention. Fri, 04 Oct 2019 15:15:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/10/04/is-this-russias-next-leader-a67599 In Russia, Everyone Is Guilty by Default https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/10/02/in-russia-everyone-is-guilty-by-default-a67563 If actor Pavel Ustinov is guilty, then so are we. Wed, 02 Oct 2019 16:03:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/10/02/in-russia-everyone-is-guilty-by-default-a67563 Where Russia Now Stands On Syria https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/10/02/where-russia-now-stands-on-syria-a67549 Russia’s policy in Syria has developed over the years. Wed, 02 Oct 2019 11:19:56 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/10/02/where-russia-now-stands-on-syria-a67549