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, 16 Jul 2020 16:47:35 +0200 600 Will EU Green Deal Force Russia to Clean Up Its Act? https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/07/13/will-eu-green-deal-force-russia-to-clean-up-its-act-a70861 Russia’s inaction on climate issues could lead to new problems in its relationship with the EU. Mon, 13 Jul 2020 14:31:32 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/07/13/will-eu-green-deal-force-russia-to-clean-up-its-act-a70861 When Not Enough is Way Too Much https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/07/11/when-not-enough-is-way-too-much-a70842 You can never have too much money or shashlyk. Sat, 11 Jul 2020 10:16:46 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/07/11/when-not-enough-is-way-too-much-a70842 Russian Authorities Are Targeting Journalists, Historians and Activists. The Rest of Us Could Be Next. https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/07/10/russian-authorities-are-targeting-journalists-historians-and-activists-the-rest-of-us-could-be-next-a70838 Every day, without interruption, brings more searches, detentions, arrests and criminal charges. Fri, 10 Jul 2020 10:40:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/07/10/russian-authorities-are-targeting-journalists-historians-and-activists-the-rest-of-us-could-be-next-a70838 Safronov Case Marks an Escalation of a New Campaign Against Dissent https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/07/09/safronov-case-marks-an-escalation-of-a-new-campaign-against-dissent-a70832 The Kremlin has unleashed the Federal Security Service against critical voices in the media and cultural spheres. Thu, 09 Jul 2020 11:04:34 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/07/09/safronov-case-marks-an-escalation-of-a-new-campaign-against-dissent-a70832 Safronov’s Arrest Is a New Low for Freedom of Speech in Russia https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/07/08/safronovs-arrest-is-a-new-low-for-freedom-of-speech-in-russia-a70820 Putin has now entrusted the “journalist question” to his security services. We should be very worried. Wed, 08 Jul 2020 10:23:47 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/07/08/safronovs-arrest-is-a-new-low-for-freedom-of-speech-in-russia-a70820 Embattled Lukashenko Loses Friends in East and West https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/07/06/embattled-lukashenko-loses-friends-in-east-and-west-a70796 Instead of its status as a peacekeeper between East and West, Belarus may soon find that it lacks a good relationship with either side. Mon, 06 Jul 2020 12:33:49 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/07/06/embattled-lukashenko-loses-friends-in-east-and-west-a70796 Getting Out the Vote the Russian Way https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/07/03/getting-out-the-vote-the-russian-way-a70781 People were voting by rules set in the Constitution they were voting on. How's that again? Fri, 03 Jul 2020 17:17:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/07/03/getting-out-the-vote-the-russian-way-a70781 The ‘Talibangate’ Claims About Russian Bounties Still Don’t Add Up https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/07/03/the-talibangate-claims-about-russian-bounties-still-dont-add-up-a70772 A story that raises serious probability questions is being accepted by many as proven. Fri, 03 Jul 2020 10:52:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/07/03/the-talibangate-claims-about-russian-bounties-still-dont-add-up-a70772 It Wasn’t About Putin — Until It Was https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/07/03/it-wasnt-about-putin-until-it-was-a70770 By flipping the rhetoric in blatant contradiction of so much of what was said before the vote, the Kremlin has shown its contempt for voters. Fri, 03 Jul 2020 10:18:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/07/03/it-wasnt-about-putin-until-it-was-a70770 The Taming of the Elite: Putin’s Referendum https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/07/01/the-taming-of-the-elite-putins-referendum-a70750 The Russian president is banning his associates from looking around for a successor. Wed, 01 Jul 2020 13:55:09 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/07/01/the-taming-of-the-elite-putins-referendum-a70750 Ten Ways to Be Tired in Russian https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/06/26/ten-ways-to-be-tired-in-russian-a70709 Being tired is just so exhausting I feel like a squeezed out lemon. Really. Fri, 26 Jun 2020 15:28:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/06/26/ten-ways-to-be-tired-in-russian-a70709 How Russians Are Reading Bolton and Trump https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/06/26/how-russians-are-reading-bolton-and-trump-a70710 John Bolton suggests that Putin can play Trump like a fiddle. The truth is that the bilateral relationship with Russia is now as bad as at any time since the early 1980s. Fri, 26 Jun 2020 11:23:18 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/06/26/how-russians-are-reading-bolton-and-trump-a70710 This Year’s Victory Parade Was Both Impressive and A Little Sad https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/06/25/this-years-victory-parade-was-both-impressive-and-a-little-sad-a70697 The limits of Russia’s present strength were evident in the supporting cast Putin could assemble. Thu, 25 Jun 2020 11:34:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/06/25/this-years-victory-parade-was-both-impressive-and-a-little-sad-a70697 Putin Wants You to Think He’s Not Going Anywhere https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/06/24/putin-wants-you-to-think-hes-not-going-anywhere-2-a70683 The Russian president is leaving himself room for maneuver. It remains to be seen, however, how much longer Putin can afford to keep people guessing. Wed, 24 Jun 2020 12:31:40 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/06/24/putin-wants-you-to-think-hes-not-going-anywhere-2-a70683 Putin’s Majority 3.0 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/06/22/putins-majority-30-a70657 Putin is using the upcoming public vote on changing the constitution to make ordinary people his accomplices in the process of extending his rule. Mon, 22 Jun 2020 14:14:27 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/06/22/putins-majority-30-a70657 When Time and Place Meet in Russian https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/06/19/when-time-and-place-meet-in-russian-a70633 Тут is such a simple, sweet-sounding word... and if you believe that, I've got a bridge to sell you. Fri, 19 Jun 2020 16:14:56 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/06/19/when-time-and-place-meet-in-russian-a70633 George Floyd, 'Brat 2' and Russian Depictions of African Americans https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/06/17/george-floyd-brat-2-and-russian-depictions-of-african-americans-a70603 The recent 20th-anniversary showing of the cult film "Brat 2" included footage from the American BLM protests. It demonstrates the more significant issue of popular Russian understandings of race and prejudice in the U.S. Wed, 17 Jun 2020 13:53:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/06/17/george-floyd-brat-2-and-russian-depictions-of-african-americans-a70603 The Kremlin Is Working Overtime to Promote the New Constitution — Just Not the 'Putin Forever' Part https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/06/16/the-kremlin-is-working-overtime-to-promote-the-new-constitution-just-not-the-putin-forever-part-a70590 What should have been a triumphant usurpation of power has turned instead into a timid attempt to write the onerous terms of a contract in letters so small that the borrower will sign without reading. Tue, 16 Jun 2020 14:08:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/06/16/the-kremlin-is-working-overtime-to-promote-the-new-constitution-just-not-the-putin-forever-part-a70590 Spy Cases Map Contours of Kremlin Geopolitics https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/06/16/spy-cases-map-contours-of-kremlin-geopolitics-a70589 The recent spy scandals expose once again Russia’s transactional approach to international politics. Tue, 16 Jun 2020 13:45:06 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/06/16/spy-cases-map-contours-of-kremlin-geopolitics-a70589 Why Putin’s Rating Is at a Record Low https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/06/15/why-putins-rating-is-at-a-record-low-a70572 The autocratic personalized model Russia operates in has worked out badly for Vladimir Putin during the pandemic. Mon, 15 Jun 2020 11:38:16 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/06/15/why-putins-rating-is-at-a-record-low-a70572 Despite Its Complicated Past, Soviet Antiracism Was Ahead of the Historical Curve https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/06/15/despite-its-complicated-history-soviet-antiracism-was-ahead-of-the-historical-curve-a70569 Its successes, failures, and mistakes can still serve as crucial bases for historical reflection and political action. Mon, 15 Jun 2020 10:13:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/06/15/despite-its-complicated-history-soviet-antiracism-was-ahead-of-the-historical-curve-a70569 Coronavirus a Mixed Blessing for Russia’s Underworld https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/06/10/coronavirus-a-mixed-blessing-for-russias-underworld-a70541 The more serious the economic slowdown, the more likely that this will lead to a redistribution of underworld power. Wed, 10 Jun 2020 14:49:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/06/10/coronavirus-a-mixed-blessing-for-russias-underworld-a70541 Russia’s Quarantine Is Over, But the Pandemic Isn’t https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/06/10/russias-quarantine-is-over-but-the-pandemic-isnt-a70539 Public health indicators all point to it being far too early for the end of lockdown, but politics prevailed. Wed, 10 Jun 2020 13:14:31 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/06/10/russias-quarantine-is-over-but-the-pandemic-isnt-a70539 Flying Objects and Other Horrors of Russian https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/06/05/flying-objects-and-other-horrors-of-russian-a70491 Russian paronyms - летучий, летящий, летательный, летающий and лётный - are horrible. Fri, 05 Jun 2020 17:02:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/06/05/flying-objects-and-other-horrors-of-russian-a70491 Does Belarus Election Mark Start of New Era? https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/06/05/does-belarus-election-mark-start-of-new-era-a70490 Two figures are set to challenge Alexander Lukashenko in the presidential election this summer, laying the ground for a shake-up of politics in Belarus. Fri, 05 Jun 2020 11:21:21 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/06/05/does-belarus-election-mark-start-of-new-era-a70490 Russians Watch the American Protests as Clouds Gather at Home https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/06/03/russians-watch-the-american-protests-as-clouds-gather-at-home-a70466 Russians are more fascinated by the images of the mass protests in response to George Floyd’s death. Wed, 03 Jun 2020 14:37:50 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/06/03/russians-watch-the-american-protests-as-clouds-gather-at-home-a70466 Russian Newspaper Coverage of the U.S. Time of Troubles https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/06/02/russian-newspaper-coverage-of-the-us-time-of-troubles-a70453 It turns out much of Russian media is just not that interested in the American riots. Tue, 02 Jun 2020 12:24:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/06/02/russian-newspaper-coverage-of-the-us-time-of-troubles-a70453 When a Russian Bum Is Not a Bum https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/05/29/when-a-russian-bum-is-not-a-bum-a70418 Answering a question in my mailbag sent me down the rabbit hole of Russian abbreviations - great fun! Fri, 29 May 2020 17:13:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/05/29/when-a-russian-bum-is-not-a-bum-a70418 Trump Wants a Nuclear Deal. Why Is This Bad News for Moscow? https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/05/29/trump-wants-a-nuclear-deal-why-is-this-bad-news-for-moscow-a70421 Russia is about to lose its exclusive channel of cooperation with the U.S. Fri, 29 May 2020 11:54:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/05/29/trump-wants-a-nuclear-deal-why-is-this-bad-news-for-moscow-a70421 No Victory Day for Sobyanin, or the Other Regional Bosses https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/05/28/no-victory-day-for-sobyanin-or-the-other-regional-bosses-a70408 Even in the best-case scenario, the victory parade will mean more infections across Russia. Thu, 28 May 2020 13:40:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/05/28/no-victory-day-for-sobyanin-or-the-other-regional-bosses-a70408 Putin and the 'Distinct Russian Civilization' https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/05/25/putin-and-the-distinct-russian-civilization-a70370 How the Kremlin tries to explain the coronavirus crisis to its people. Mon, 25 May 2020 12:49:22 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/05/25/putin-and-the-distinct-russian-civilization-a70370 U.S. Withdrawal From Open Skies Bolsters Case for New Strategic Regime https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/05/23/us-withdrawal-from-open-skies-bolsters-case-for-new-strategic-regime-a70360 The 50-year-old arms control regime that helped keep the Cold War cold is beyond repair. It's time to start discussing ways of moving toward a new global strategic regime. Sat, 23 May 2020 10:29:31 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/05/23/us-withdrawal-from-open-skies-bolsters-case-for-new-strategic-regime-a70360 The Russian Dos of Don'ts https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/05/22/the-russian-dos-of-donts-a70356 When the command нельзя means don't, and when it means something else entirely. Fri, 22 May 2020 16:40:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/05/22/the-russian-dos-of-donts-a70356 Putin Withdraws From the Coronavirus Crisis in a Political Abdication https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/05/12/putin-withdraws-from-the-coronavirus-crisis-in-a-political-abdication-a70245 Putin is clearly eager to avoid being identified with the pandemic and the difficult measures being adopted to fight it. Tue, 12 May 2020 09:09:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/05/12/putin-withdraws-from-the-coronavirus-crisis-in-a-political-abdication-a70245 How Kremlin Propaganda Destroyed Russian Healthcare https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/05/11/how-kremlin-propaganda-destroyed-russian-healthcare-a70242 Russian physicians are quitting en masse while receiving only empty sympathy from state media. Mon, 11 May 2020 15:56:22 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/05/11/how-kremlin-propaganda-destroyed-russian-healthcare-a70242 The True Meaning of Victory Day https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/05/09/the-true-meaning-of-victory-day-a70231 Today some shout “We can do it again!” But in those days the motto was “Never again.” A new war was unthinkable. Sat, 09 May 2020 11:07:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/05/09/the-true-meaning-of-victory-day-a70231 Shall We Zoom? I Zoom, Do You? https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/05/08/shall-we-zoom-i-zoom-do-you-a70225 A very silly update on the language of our new normal in Russia. Fri, 08 May 2020 16:46:30 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/05/08/shall-we-zoom-i-zoom-do-you-a70225 Covid-19 Crisis Could Spur Post-Soviet Fixes https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/05/08/covid-19-crisis-could-spur-post-soviet-fixes-a70226 Five practical steps in the post-Soviet space could improve healthcare and effective governance.  Fri, 08 May 2020 14:44:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/05/08/covid-19-crisis-could-spur-post-soviet-fixes-a70226 The Putin Regime Cracks https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/05/07/the-putin-regime-cracks-a70211 Vladimir Putin has become increasingly disengaged from routine matters of governing and prefers to delegate most issues. Thu, 07 May 2020 15:18:08 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/05/07/the-putin-regime-cracks-a70211 Russia's Confused Coronavirus Response https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/05/06/russias-confused-coronavirus-response-a70197 The authorities pretend that they are leading, while the people try to pretend that they are following orders. Wed, 06 May 2020 13:20:52 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/05/06/russias-confused-coronavirus-response-a70197 Why Showcase the Prime Minister’s Illness on TV? https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/05/05/why-showcase-the-prime-ministers-illness-on-tv-a70194 Russian citizens instinctively expect their leaders to lie to them during crises but the authorities now seem intent on proving that they are not hiding anything. Tue, 05 May 2020 16:18:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/05/05/why-showcase-the-prime-ministers-illness-on-tv-a70194 Russian Patience is a Virtue https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/05/01/russian-patience-is-a-virtue-a70164 We start today with a pop quiz about a curious word. Tune in. Fri, 01 May 2020 17:25:31 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/05/01/russian-patience-is-a-virtue-a70164 Prague Assassination Claims Alarming but Fortunately Likely Fantasy https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/05/01/prague-assassination-claims-alarming-but-fortunately-likely-fantasy-a70167 Why I find it hard to take the story at face value. Fri, 01 May 2020 12:16:45 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/05/01/prague-assassination-claims-alarming-but-fortunately-likely-fantasy-a70167 The Coronavirus Gave Europe's Leaders a Popularity Boost. Putin Hasn't Fared As Well. https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/04/30/the-coronavirus-gave-europes-leaders-a-popularity-boost-putin-hasnt-fared-as-well-a70157 Putin’s confidence ratings not only failed to climb during the pandemic as they did for European leaders, but they actually began a gradual decline. Thu, 30 Apr 2020 14:27:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/04/30/the-coronavirus-gave-europes-leaders-a-popularity-boost-putin-hasnt-fared-as-well-a70157 Russia–U.S.: No Reset, Just Guardrails https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/04/29/russiaus-no-reset-just-guardrails-a70143 Russia’s top priority should be to carefully maintain equilibrium— though not equidistance — between the United States and China. Wed, 29 Apr 2020 16:14:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/04/29/russiaus-no-reset-just-guardrails-a70143 Russia's Independent Media Is Under Attack Again as Apathy Reigns https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/04/27/how-censorship-leads-to-emotional-numbness-a70116 Many find it hard to care that the authorities are strangling Vedomosti. Mon, 27 Apr 2020 13:40:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/04/27/how-censorship-leads-to-emotional-numbness-a70116 Say, Where's That Quote From? https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/04/24/say-wheres-that-quote-from-a70091 You can take the Bible out of society, but you can't take it out of the Russian language. Fri, 24 Apr 2020 18:48:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/04/24/say-wheres-that-quote-from-a70091 Three Possible Scenarios for Life After Coronavirus in Russia https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/04/24/three-possible-scenarios-for-life-after-coronavirus-in-russia-a70098 These are good starting points for thinking about what is probably going to be a perfect storm. Fri, 24 Apr 2020 16:07:43 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/04/24/three-possible-scenarios-for-life-after-coronavirus-in-russia-a70098 Russian Power Agencies in the Time of Pandemic https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/04/21/power-agencies-in-the-time-of-a-pandemic-a70049 Tue, 21 Apr 2020 09:43:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/04/21/power-agencies-in-the-time-of-a-pandemic-a70049 Easter and Eggs, Naughty and Nice https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/04/18/easter-eggs-naughty-and-nice-a70031 All you need to know about celebrating Easter and how to talk - and not talk - about eggs. Sat, 18 Apr 2020 16:20:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/04/18/easter-eggs-naughty-and-nice-a70031