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, 18 Jul 2019 11:57:59 +0200 600 He Said, She Said Russian-Style https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/07/17/he-said-she-said-russian-style-a66447 For hedging your bets, Russian is divine. Wed, 17 Jul 2019 17:23:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/07/17/he-said-she-said-russian-style-a66447 MH17: A Tragedy That Did Not Change the War https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/07/17/mh17-a-tragedy-that-did-not-change-the-war-a66455 The MH17-effect turned out to have less of an effect on the course of the conflict than originally thought. Wed, 17 Jul 2019 16:29:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/07/17/mh17-a-tragedy-that-did-not-change-the-war-a66455 Russia's Roadmap Out of the MH17 Crisis https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/07/17/russias-roadmap-out-of-the-mh17-crisis-a66453 No way out from MH17 trap for Russia, except through Donbass. Wed, 17 Jul 2019 14:21:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/07/17/russias-roadmap-out-of-the-mh17-crisis-a66453 Russia Is Loving the S-400 Missile Show https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/07/17/russia-is-loving-the-s-400-missile-show-a66445 The Kremlin has been keen to flaunt its perceived victory over the U.S. and NATO. Wed, 17 Jul 2019 10:53:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/07/17/russia-is-loving-the-s-400-missile-show-a66445 Abkhazia and the Danger of ‘Ossetianization’ https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/07/16/abkhazia-and-the-danger-of-ossetianization-a66437 When Georgian-Russian relations suffer a downturn — as they have over the crisis of the last month — the people who live in Abkhazia suffer too. Tue, 16 Jul 2019 15:13:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/07/16/abkhazia-and-the-danger-of-ossetianization-a66437 Why Government Economists Are Getting Nervous in Russia https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/07/16/why-government-economists-are-getting-nervous-in-russia-a66399 The state has no intention of abandoning its strict control over the economy but has not been able to deliver results. Tue, 16 Jul 2019 14:43:34 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/07/16/why-government-economists-are-getting-nervous-in-russia-a66399 Populist Voters Don’t Mind Putin’s Help https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/07/15/populist-voters-dont-mind-putins-help-a66421 Matteo Salvini and other populist leaders are learning that Russian “interference” may not be a vote-killer. Mon, 15 Jul 2019 17:31:13 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/07/15/populist-voters-dont-mind-putins-help-a66421 Justice Is Never Too Late for Natalya Estemirova, Russian Activist Killed 10 Years Ago https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/07/15/justice-is-never-too-late-natalya-estemirova-russian-activist-killed-10-years-ago-a66398 The activist was was kidnapped in Chechnya and murdered on July 15, 2009. Mon, 15 Jul 2019 09:38:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/07/15/justice-is-never-too-late-natalya-estemirova-russian-activist-killed-10-years-ago-a66398 After Ingushetia, What Is Moscow's New Political Logic for the North Caucasus? https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/07/12/after-ingushetia-what-moscows-new-political-logic-for-north-caucasus-a66358 Ingushetia's head Yevkurov was replaced following months of protests in the region. Fri, 12 Jul 2019 12:39:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/07/12/after-ingushetia-what-moscows-new-political-logic-for-north-caucasus-a66358 The Connotation Conundrum https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/07/10/the-connotation-conundrum-a66350 The words are right but the connotation is totally wrong. A translator's lament. Wed, 10 Jul 2019 16:42:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/07/10/the-connotation-conundrum-a66350 How Successful Is Russia's Military Propaganda Media? https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/07/10/how-successful-russias-military-propaganda-media-a66337 Russia's military media has ramped up coverage in recent years but still falls short of commercial success. Wed, 10 Jul 2019 14:40:22 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/07/10/how-successful-russias-military-propaganda-media-a66337 On Your Russian Feet https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/07/03/on-your-russian-feet-a66265 What do you call those things you stand on? Oh, so many options in Russian. Wed, 03 Jul 2019 17:05:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/07/03/on-your-russian-feet-a66265 Is Putin Winning Against Liberal Democracy? https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/07/03/is-putin-winning-against-liberal-democracy-a66272 The Russian president’s ideological flexibility gives him the upper hand in a post-modern world. Wed, 03 Jul 2019 16:30:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/07/03/is-putin-winning-against-liberal-democracy-a66272 The Paradox of American Russophobia https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/07/03/the-paradox-of-american-russophobia-a66241 Given that Russophobia suggests an irrational fear of Russia’s “Otherness,” how much of this is really about Russia? Wed, 03 Jul 2019 11:48:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/07/03/the-paradox-of-american-russophobia-a66241 Crimea, Economic Sanctions and Rallying Around the Flag in Russia https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/07/02/crimea-economic-sanctions-and-rally-around-the-flag-in-russia-a66231 While many observers were quick to argue that sanctions produced a rally-’round-the-flag effect, research reveals little evidence for this view. Tue, 02 Jul 2019 13:25:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/07/02/crimea-economic-sanctions-and-rally-around-the-flag-in-russia-a66231 The Geopolitics of Theresa May’s Dutiful Handshake https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/07/01/the-geopolitics-of-theresa-mays-dutiful-handshake-a66243 May was right to take the G20 meeting with Putin at Osaka, even if she hated doing so. Mon, 01 Jul 2019 18:38:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/07/01/the-geopolitics-of-theresa-mays-dutiful-handshake-a66243 Why Putin Wants to Believe in the Death of Liberalism https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/07/01/why-putin-wants-to-believe-in-the-death-of-liberalism-a66229 For the Kremlin, post-liberalism serves as way out of its current predicament. Mon, 01 Jul 2019 11:37:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/07/01/why-putin-wants-to-believe-in-the-death-of-liberalism-a66229 Why Putin Sounds Alt-Right Though He Really Isn’t https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/06/28/why-putin-sounds-alt-right-though-he-really-isnt-a66212 In a world Putin believes to be fractured and adrift, he is looking for transactional relationships with people who hold similar views. Fri, 28 Jun 2019 15:19:59 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/06/28/why-putin-sounds-alt-right-though-he-really-isnt-a66212 Why We Should Welcome Russia Rejoining PACE https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/06/26/why-we-should-welcome-russia-rejoining-pace-a66175 Losing its place in the Сouncil of Еurope would hurt Russia's civil society and increase the country’s isolation. Wed, 26 Jun 2019 17:09:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/06/26/why-we-should-welcome-russia-rejoining-pace-a66175 Russia's Reinstatement To PACE Is a Grave Mistake https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/06/26/russias-reinstatement-to-pace-is-a-grave-mistake-a66174 It’s telling that most of the states against this move are geographically closest to Russia. Wed, 26 Jun 2019 17:09:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/06/26/russias-reinstatement-to-pace-is-a-grave-mistake-a66174 Hit the Road, Jack, and Don't Come Back https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/06/26/hit-the-road-jack-and-dont-come-back-a66170 Here's a verb pair that lets you hit the road in more ways than one. Wed, 26 Jun 2019 14:41:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/06/26/hit-the-road-jack-and-dont-come-back-a66170 How The Soviet Union Tried to 'Cure' My Homosexuality https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/06/26/how-the-soviet-union-tried-to-cure-my-homosexuality-a66162 As the world marks 50 years after the Stonewall Riots, journalist Pavel Lobkov tells his personal story of resistance in the Soviet Union. Wed, 26 Jun 2019 10:52:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/06/26/how-the-soviet-union-tried-to-cure-my-homosexuality-a66162 Putin’s Big Bet on Gold Is Paying Off https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/06/25/putins-big-bet-on-gold-is-paying-off-a66145 Russia has been the biggest sovereign gold bug for years. Now others are following in its footsteps. Tue, 25 Jun 2019 14:48:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/06/25/putins-big-bet-on-gold-is-paying-off-a66145 Don't Expect Change, a Jaded Putin Signals at Annual Phone-In https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/06/25/dont-expect-change-a-jaded-putin-signals-at-annual-phone-in-a66142 Putin perceives growing discontent with the authorities as a purely emotional reaction, based not on real problems but on society’s failure to understand the true picture. Tue, 25 Jun 2019 11:40:44 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/06/25/dont-expect-change-a-jaded-putin-signals-at-annual-phone-in-a66142 What Is Behind Georgia's 'Anti-Russia' Protests https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/06/24/what-is-behind-georgias-anti-russia-protests-a66128 The same Georgian can welcome a Russian tourist to his shop or vineyard while categorically reject any restoration of diplomatic relations with Moscow. Mon, 24 Jun 2019 13:19:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/06/24/what-is-behind-georgias-anti-russia-protests-a66128 Putin’s Domestic Comeback Isn’t Working https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/06/24/putins-domestic-comeback-isnt-working-a66097 Putin made a valiant attempt to show he cares, but he ultimately failed. Mon, 24 Jun 2019 11:47:48 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/06/24/putins-domestic-comeback-isnt-working-a66097 Russia’s Golunov Problem https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/06/23/russias-golunov-problem-a66146 If Russia’s police and judiciary can no longer provide the problem-solving services to which "clients" have become accustomed, those clients will look elsewhere in search of more reliable solutions. Sun, 23 Jun 2019 12:46:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/06/23/russias-golunov-problem-a66146 The Russian People Hold the Key to Putin’s Succession https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/06/21/the-russian-people-hold-the-key-to-putins-succession-a66099 The Kremlin doesn’t know how to initiate change — it is capable only of responding to challenges presented to them from the outside. Fri, 21 Jun 2019 10:38:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/06/21/the-russian-people-hold-the-key-to-putins-succession-a66099 Playing Dumb: The Kremlin's Denials on the Downing of MH17 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/06/20/playing-dumb-the-kremlins-denials-on-the-downing-of-mh17-a66081 The first charges in the case of the jetliner shot down over Ukraine highlight the vast body of evidence against Russia. Thu, 20 Jun 2019 11:15:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/06/20/playing-dumb-the-kremlins-denials-on-the-downing-of-mh17-a66081 Russia-U.S.-Israel Meeting in Jerusalem Is Doomed to Fail. Here Is Why https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/06/20/russia-us-israel-meeting-in-jerusalem-next-monday-is-doomed-to-fail-here-is-why-a66079 Moscow would not mind helping Trump out, but it cannot serve as a provider of free geopolitical services to Washington. Thu, 20 Jun 2019 10:37:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/06/20/russia-us-israel-meeting-in-jerusalem-next-monday-is-doomed-to-fail-here-is-why-a66079 How Igor Sechin Was Interrupted Midflight https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/06/19/how-igor-sechin-was-interrupted-midflight-a66072 Reuters was right to publish information showing that Rosneft head Igor Sechin repeatedly used corporate aircraft for personal purposes. Wed, 19 Jun 2019 16:11:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/06/19/how-igor-sechin-was-interrupted-midflight-a66072 Russian Sense and Sensibility https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/06/19/russian-sense-and-sensibility-a66059 The earth-shaking discovery of a new Russian conjunction got me thinking about sense in every sense of the word. Wed, 19 Jun 2019 12:48:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/06/19/russian-sense-and-sensibility-a66059 Are Putin and Xi Going Soft on Protest? https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/06/19/are-putin-and-xi-going-soft-on-protest-a66058 The Russian and Chinese regimes are doing something new: Not escalating in the face of protest. Wed, 19 Jun 2019 11:04:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/06/19/are-putin-and-xi-going-soft-on-protest-a66058 Putin’s Economy Does Not Grow by Decree https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/06/14/putins-economy-does-not-grow-by-decree-a66012 The right words about supporting business and improving the investment climate lose their meaning if they are at odds with reality. Fri, 14 Jun 2019 15:29:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/06/14/putins-economy-does-not-grow-by-decree-a66012 The Golunov Case Exposes Russia's 'Submerged State' https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/06/13/the-golunov-case-exposes-russias-submerged-state-a65995 Businesses and foreign investors would do well to remember that even Putin’s brightest plans can be derailed by a single official far down the chain of command. Thu, 13 Jun 2019 16:53:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/06/13/the-golunov-case-exposes-russias-submerged-state-a65995 Why Jailed U.S. Investor Calvey Is the Least of Putin’s Concerns https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/06/13/why-jailed-us-investor-calvey-is-the-least-of-putins-concerns-a65992 While the authorities used the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum to blame the U.S. for Russia’s problems, the forum’s unofficial topic were the security services. Thu, 13 Jun 2019 16:06:54 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/06/13/why-jailed-us-investor-calvey-is-the-least-of-putins-concerns-a65992 Happy Russia Day https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/06/12/happy-russia-day-a65973 On this day celebrating Russia, I decided to look into the origins of the name. Big mistake. Wed, 12 Jun 2019 14:50:52 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/06/12/happy-russia-day-a65973 Moldova Is the One Thing Russia and the West Agree On https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/06/12/moldova-is-the-one-thing-russia-and-the-west-agree-on-a65970 Europe has its own Venezuela now: Its poorest or second poorest nation, depending on how you count, has two governments. Wed, 12 Jun 2019 11:07:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/06/12/moldova-is-the-one-thing-russia-and-the-west-agree-on-a65970 Russia's Power Grid Is an Easy Target for U.S. Hacking https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/06/12/russias-power-grid-is-an-easy-target-for-us-hacking-a66036 The real message U.S. officials are sending to Moscow is that Russia can be attacked without White House authorization. Wed, 12 Jun 2019 09:57:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/06/12/russias-power-grid-is-an-easy-target-for-us-hacking-a66036 Golunov Freed; Putin, Not so Much https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/06/12/golunov-freed-putin-not-so-much-a65966 The spectacular case showed that Putin is at once invulnerable and impotent. Wed, 12 Jun 2019 08:22:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/06/12/golunov-freed-putin-not-so-much-a65966 A Framed Reporter Suddenly Matters to Putin https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/06/11/a-framed-reporter-suddenly-matters-to-putin-a65962 Ivan Golunov is an unlikely central figure for such a potentially momentous story. Tue, 11 Jun 2019 15:51:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/06/11/a-framed-reporter-suddenly-matters-to-putin-a65962 Russia’s Interior Ministry Has Dug Itself Into a Deep Hole https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/06/10/russias-interior-ministry-has-dug-itself-into-a-deep-hole-a65947 Whoever planted the drugs in Golunov’s arrest should face the consequences. Mon, 10 Jun 2019 14:25:28 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/06/10/russias-interior-ministry-has-dug-itself-into-a-deep-hole-a65947 Why the Arrest of an Investigative Journalist Should Worry Everyone https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/06/10/why-the-arrest-of-an-investigative-journalist-should-worry-everyone-a65944 It should be obvious to even those with no interest in journalism that the ease with which the authorities break the law makes each of us a potential victim. Mon, 10 Jun 2019 12:39:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/06/10/why-the-arrest-of-an-investigative-journalist-should-worry-everyone-a65944 Is Russia Having Second Thoughts About Integration With China? https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/06/05/is-russia-having-second-thoughts-about-integration-with-china-a65888 Beijing has been successful in managing Russia, but president Putin poured some cold water on the cooperation recently. Wed, 05 Jun 2019 12:59:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/06/05/is-russia-having-second-thoughts-about-integration-with-china-a65888 Why Reading the Kremlin’s Code Language Has Become so Difficult https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/06/05/why-reading-the-kremlins-code-language-has-become-so-difficult-a65884 Constant infighting between different factions is resulting in confusing signals being sent out — as in the case of investor Michael Calvey. Wed, 05 Jun 2019 09:44:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/06/05/why-reading-the-kremlins-code-language-has-become-so-difficult-a65884 What Russia After Vladimir Putin Might Look Like https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/06/04/what-russia-after-vladimir-putin-might-look-like-a65879 The country's future might not be so dull as its present, according to the Free Russia Foundation. Tue, 04 Jun 2019 18:13:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/06/04/what-russia-after-vladimir-putin-might-look-like-a65879 Putin’s Media Struggle to Deal With HBO’s Chernobyl https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/06/04/putins-media-struggle-to-deal-with-hbos-chernobyl-a65866 The fact that an American, not a Russian, TV channel told the story about our own heroes is a source of shame for pro-Kremlin media. Tue, 04 Jun 2019 10:23:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/06/04/putins-media-struggle-to-deal-with-hbos-chernobyl-a65866 Face it, OPEC. Russia Is No Longer Your Friend https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/06/03/face-it-opec-russia-is-no-longer-your-friend-a65847 There is the nagging sense that Russia is starting to control OPEC just a little too much. Mon, 03 Jun 2019 14:56:44 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/06/03/face-it-opec-russia-is-no-longer-your-friend-a65847 Serbia Pivots Towards Russia Yet Again — But at What Price? https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/06/03/serbia-pivots-towards-russia-yet-again-but-at-what-price-a65848 It is time for Serbia to unambiguously state its future aspiration and political orientation. Mon, 03 Jun 2019 10:58:05 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/06/03/serbia-pivots-towards-russia-yet-again-but-at-what-price-a65848 Hopelessness Reminds Russians of a Bygone Era https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/06/03/hopelessness-reminds-russians-of-a-bygone-era-a65845 What was Brezhnev's trust rating? Did it matter? Mon, 03 Jun 2019 10:05:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/06/03/hopelessness-reminds-russians-of-a-bygone-era-a65845