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, 04 Mar 2021 23:50:20 +0100 600 How Will the Crisis in Armenia End? https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2021/03/02/the-politics-of-defeat-how-will-the-crisis-in-armenia-end-a73117 Despite the trauma of Armenia’s defeat in the recent Karabakh war, protests against Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan have been underwhelming. Tue, 02 Mar 2021 08:57:19 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2021/03/02/the-politics-of-defeat-how-will-the-crisis-in-armenia-end-a73117 How The Kremlin’s Years of Conspiracy Spreading Are Biting Back https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2021/03/01/how-the-kremlins-years-of-conspiracy-spreading-are-biting-back-a73111 For decades Russia has been involved in the circulation of conspiracy theories. Now very few Russians believe in Covid-19. Mon, 01 Mar 2021 14:14:02 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2021/03/01/how-the-kremlins-years-of-conspiracy-spreading-are-biting-back-a73111 How Amnesty International Failed Alexei Navalny https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2021/02/27/how-amnesty-international-failed-alexei-navalny-a73091 Putin and his entourage will be forever grateful for Amnesty International's decision to strip Navalny of his 'prisoner of conscience status.' Sat, 27 Feb 2021 12:27:16 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2021/02/27/how-amnesty-international-failed-alexei-navalny-a73091 Of Men, Galoshes and Horseradish https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2021/02/26/of-men-galoshes-and-horseradish-a73086 There are lots of Russian words, nice and not, to describe the older gentlemen in our lives. Fri, 26 Feb 2021 13:56:35 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2021/02/26/of-men-galoshes-and-horseradish-a73086 Navalny’s ‘Cancellation’ is Problematic, But Also Reveals the Pitfalls of His Elevation https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2021/02/25/navalnys-cancellation-is-problematic-but-also-reveals-the-pitfalls-of-his-elevation-a73070 The Amnesty revocation of the Kremlin critic’s status as “prisoner of conscience” brings into focus the outsized role western NGOs play in how Russia is perceived. Thu, 25 Feb 2021 13:47:17 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2021/02/25/navalnys-cancellation-is-problematic-but-also-reveals-the-pitfalls-of-his-elevation-a73070 Revoking Navalny’s Prisoner of Conscience Status Emboldens Opponents of Human Rights https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2021/02/25/revoking-navalnys-prisoner-of-conscience-status-emboldens-opponents-of-human-rights-a73071 Amnesty's clumsy and opaque handling gave a victory to the Kremlin and a toolkit to other authoritarian regimes in the future. Thu, 25 Feb 2021 13:47:00 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2021/02/25/revoking-navalnys-prisoner-of-conscience-status-emboldens-opponents-of-human-rights-a73071 Kiev Has Sanctioned Putin’s Best Ukrainian Friend. What Next? https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2021/02/24/kiev-has-sanctioned-putins-best-ukrainian-friend-what-next-a73054 The sanctioning of Medvedchuk makes the resumption of substantive talks between Russia and Ukraine all but impossible. Wed, 24 Feb 2021 14:57:55 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2021/02/24/kiev-has-sanctioned-putins-best-ukrainian-friend-what-next-a73054 Reset With Russia: Kyrgyzstan’s President Heads to Moscow https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2021/02/24/reset-with-russia-kyrgyzstans-president-heads-to-moscow-a73048 New Kyrgyz leader Sadyr Japarov will need to prove to Putin that his rise to power is an opportunity for change. Wed, 24 Feb 2021 10:57:56 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2021/02/24/reset-with-russia-kyrgyzstans-president-heads-to-moscow-a73048 2021: Another Sad Year for EU-Russia Relations https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2021/02/23/2021-another-sad-year-for-eu-russia-relations-a73035 Navalny’s return to Russia has created a prominent link between the EU and Russian domestic politics which neither side will be able to ignore in the future. Tue, 23 Feb 2021 09:23:50 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2021/02/23/2021-another-sad-year-for-eu-russia-relations-a73035 Navalny the ‘Escape Risk’ Faces a Campaign of Silence https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2021/02/23/navalny-the-escape-risk-faces-a-campaign-of-silence-a73034 The Kremlin hopes it can bury Navalny in the prison system while it blackens his name and grinds away at his movement. Tue, 23 Feb 2021 08:40:12 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2021/02/23/navalny-the-escape-risk-faces-a-campaign-of-silence-a73034 All That Glitters is Russian Gold https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2021/02/19/all-that-glitters-is-russian-gold-a73013 Lots of things glitter and glimmer with sparkles of gold and silver in Russian. For example - air. Fri, 19 Feb 2021 16:03:44 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2021/02/19/all-that-glitters-is-russian-gold-a73013 Why the Kremlin’s Anti-Navalny Strategy Just Might Work https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2021/02/18/why-the-kremlins-anti-navalny-strategy-just-might-work-a72998 The Kremlin believes the predominant mindset that protesting will not lead to any actual changes in society will ultimately prevail. Thu, 18 Feb 2021 08:45:13 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2021/02/18/why-the-kremlins-anti-navalny-strategy-just-might-work-a72998 Sputnik V Vaccine Gives Russia a Whopping Soft-Power Boost https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2021/02/17/russia-should-sputnik-v-vaccine-as-a-soft-power-a72985 After the successes of the 2018 FIFA World Cup, Russia has found a new way to promote itself. Wed, 17 Feb 2021 09:20:00 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2021/02/17/russia-should-sputnik-v-vaccine-as-a-soft-power-a72985 Team Navalny Needs Strategy for the ‘Phoney War’ https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2021/02/16/team-navalny-needs-strategy-for-the-phoney-war-a72969 Can Navalny's organisation develop from anti-corruption activism into a broader movement, learning from Belarus? Tue, 16 Feb 2021 10:38:54 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2021/02/16/team-navalny-needs-strategy-for-the-phoney-war-a72969 The Language of UnFreedom from the Gulag https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2021/02/12/the-language-of-unfreedom-from-the-gulag-a72925 An exhibition at the Gulag History Museum and a new dictionary reveal the other reality of the USSR. Fri, 12 Feb 2021 16:16:10 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2021/02/12/the-language-of-unfreedom-from-the-gulag-a72925 Four Ways the Kremlin Could Block Western Social Networks in Russia https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2021/02/12/four-ways-the-kremlin-could-block-western-social-networks-in-russia-a72920 Russia has been making loud but empty threats for years that it would block such giants as Facebook and Twitter. What if this time is different? Fri, 12 Feb 2021 11:05:12 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2021/02/12/four-ways-the-kremlin-could-block-western-social-networks-in-russia-a72920 How Russia Deals With the West After Navalny's Jailing https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2021/02/10/how-russia-confronts-the-west-post-navalny-a72886 "Forgive the United States, ignore France and punish Germany," is Russia's newfound motto as pressure on the country rises. Wed, 10 Feb 2021 10:40:22 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2021/02/10/how-russia-confronts-the-west-post-navalny-a72886 Moscow's Climate Change Dilemma https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2021/02/10/moscows-climate-change-dilemma-a72885 Russia risks paying for its climate change inaction over the coming decade. Wed, 10 Feb 2021 09:02:54 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2021/02/10/moscows-climate-change-dilemma-a72885 How Has Society Changed in the Wake of the Winter Protests? https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2021/02/09/how-has-society-changed-in-the-wake-of-the-winter-protests-a72878 The reasons for protest are accumulating, and there is colossal anger, despite underwhelming trust ratings for jailed Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny. Tue, 09 Feb 2021 15:13:56 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2021/02/09/how-has-society-changed-in-the-wake-of-the-winter-protests-a72878 Dealing With Biden's America https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2021/02/08/dealing-with-bidens-america-a72860 The Kremlin sees the Democratic administration as more predictable and more professional on foreign and security policy than its predecessor. Mon, 08 Feb 2021 10:18:36 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2021/02/08/dealing-with-bidens-america-a72860 Two Hundred More Ways to Get Russian Wrong https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2021/02/05/two-hundred-more-ways-to-get-russian-wrong-a72844 Lock or castle, cotton or clapping - it's all a matter of where the stress falls. Russian is very stressful. Fri, 05 Feb 2021 15:51:44 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2021/02/05/two-hundred-more-ways-to-get-russian-wrong-a72844 A Fortnight That Shook Russia … And What Next https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2021/02/05/a-fortnight-that-shook-russia-and-what-next-a72845 Alexei Navalny’s jail sentence, and a further impending case, will probably see him imprisoned until after the next presidential election. But he has changed Russia and revealed much about its system. Fri, 05 Feb 2021 10:58:23 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2021/02/05/a-fortnight-that-shook-russia-and-what-next-a72845 A New Start for Arms Control? https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2021/02/04/a-new-start-for-arms-control-a72833 Extending the New START is only the first and easiest step in rebuilding the U.S.–Russian arms control system from its ruins. Thu, 04 Feb 2021 10:05:00 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2021/02/04/a-new-start-for-arms-control-a72833 The Danger that Alexei Navalny’s Prison Sentence Poses for Russia https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2021/02/04/the-danger-that-alexei-navalnys-prison-sentence-poses-for-russia-a72829 It removes the last remnants of trust, without which society cannot develop Thu, 04 Feb 2021 08:59:39 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2021/02/04/the-danger-that-alexei-navalnys-prison-sentence-poses-for-russia-a72829 Navalny Also Needs to Reach Russia’s ‘Men in Grey Suits’ https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2021/02/03/navalny-also-needs-to-reach-russias-men-in-grey-suits-a72816 Street protests rarely bring about political change in isolation, actual change usually comes from self-interested elites. Wed, 03 Feb 2021 10:51:21 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2021/02/03/navalny-also-needs-to-reach-russias-men-in-grey-suits-a72816 Only the Names Have Changed https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2021/02/02/only-the-names-have-changed-a72811 Russian propaganda lacks subtlety but finesse is no longer needed. Tue, 02 Feb 2021 15:35:42 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2021/02/02/only-the-names-have-changed-a72811 Russian Authorities’ Treatment of Navalny is Escalating the Protests https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2021/02/01/russian-authorities-treatment-of-navalny-is-escalating-the-protests-a72801 Navalny’s continued imprisonment would outrage a much wider circle than just his core supporters. Mon, 01 Feb 2021 17:51:30 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2021/02/01/russian-authorities-treatment-of-navalny-is-escalating-the-protests-a72801 Might Versus Right: Putin’s Bunker and the Protests Outside https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2021/02/01/might-versus-right-putins-bunker-and-the-protests-outside-a72799 Putin’s willingness to resort to police batons has polarized society and radicalized those who are dissatisfied with his rule. Mon, 01 Feb 2021 14:57:43 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2021/02/01/might-versus-right-putins-bunker-and-the-protests-outside-a72799 Insurrection and Sedition in Russian Translation https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2021/01/29/insurrection-and-sedition-in-russian-translation-a72777 Rebellions can be good or bad. Depends on who's rebelling and who or what they are rebelling against. Fri, 29 Jan 2021 16:17:36 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2021/01/29/insurrection-and-sedition-in-russian-translation-a72777 The Pandemic Has Failed to Unite Russia and Europe https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2021/01/28/the-pandemic-has-failed-to-unite-russia-and-europe-a72765 The pandemic has shown once again that the European bubble does not include Russia. Thu, 28 Jan 2021 12:45:31 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2021/01/28/the-pandemic-has-failed-to-unite-russia-and-europe-a72765 Will This Contender for German Chancellor Be a Friend to Russia https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2021/01/28/will-this-contender-for-german-chancellor-be-a-friend-to-russia-a72764 Laschet’s personal preferences, if they even exist, will have to contend with a number of other factors shaping German foreign policy. Thu, 28 Jan 2021 11:47:47 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2021/01/28/will-this-contender-for-german-chancellor-be-a-friend-to-russia-a72764 As Anger at Ruling Regime Boils Over, Putin Strikes Hard Against Dissent https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2021/01/27/as-anger-at-ruling-regime-boils-over-putin-strikes-hard-against-dissent-a72754 Like a stone thrown into a stagnant swamp, Navalny’s return reactivated Russia’s political life. Wed, 27 Jan 2021 14:11:00 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2021/01/27/as-anger-at-ruling-regime-boils-over-putin-strikes-hard-against-dissent-a72754 The Kitsch of Corruption https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2021/01/26/the-kitsch-of-corruption-a72731 Navalny’s careful reconstruction of the interior of Putin’s palace shows the full extent of the Russian president’s love of expensive kitsch. Tue, 26 Jan 2021 12:20:35 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2021/01/26/the-kitsch-of-corruption-a72731 The New Face of Russian Protest https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2021/01/25/the-new-face-of-russian-protest-a72716 Saturday’s protests were undeniably anti-regime, anti-elite, and anti-corruption, but not necessarily liberal and pro-Western. Mon, 25 Jan 2021 13:10:02 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2021/01/25/the-new-face-of-russian-protest-a72716 How to Protest, From A to Zip Tie Cuffs https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2021/01/25/how-to-protest-from-a-to-zip-tie-cuffs-a70911 The weather might be cool, but people are hot to protest. Here's how to talk about it. Mon, 25 Jan 2021 11:09:00 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2021/01/25/how-to-protest-from-a-to-zip-tie-cuffs-a70911 Russia’s Questionable Claims Overshadow Good Sputnik V Vaccine https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2021/01/22/russias-questionable-claims-overshadow-good-sputnik-v-vaccine-a72696 Sputnik V appears to be a sound vaccine, but Russia damaged its scientific credibility with premature and exaggerated claims of success. Fri, 22 Jan 2021 11:42:00 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2021/01/22/russias-questionable-claims-overshadow-good-sputnik-v-vaccine-a72696 Putin, Poison, and Self-Inflicted Wounds: Navalny’s Return to Russia https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2021/01/21/putin-poison-and-self-inflicted-wounds-navalnys-return-to-russia-a72681 Instead of blackballing Navalny, the Kremlin has turned him into the world’s most famous political prisoner. Thu, 21 Jan 2021 10:40:36 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2021/01/21/putin-poison-and-self-inflicted-wounds-navalnys-return-to-russia-a72681 Russia and U.S. Must Not Squander Chances For Cooperation https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2021/01/21/russia-and-us-must-not-squander-chances-for-cooperation-a72660 Sustained confrontation between Washington and Moscow would handicap Russia’s own development. Thu, 21 Jan 2021 09:43:15 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2021/01/21/russia-and-us-must-not-squander-chances-for-cooperation-a72660 Medvedev Sets Out His Stand For Rapprochement With U.S., Relevance For Himself https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2021/01/20/medvedev-sets-out-his-stand-for-rapprochement-with-us-relevance-for-himself-a72672 The ex-President is searching for significance. As Biden enters office, he might just have some encouraging things to say. Wed, 20 Jan 2021 14:22:00 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2021/01/20/medvedev-sets-out-his-stand-for-rapprochement-with-us-relevance-for-himself-a72672 What Biden’s Team Tells Us About His Russia Policy https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2021/01/19/what-bidens-team-tells-us-about-his-russia-policy-a72654 Biden’s picks, who are mostly on the same page on Russia, give Moscow reason for relief and worry alike. Tue, 19 Jan 2021 10:13:00 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2021/01/19/what-bidens-team-tells-us-about-his-russia-policy-a72654 Russians See Sputnik V Vaccine as Kremlin Prestige Project https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2021/01/15/russians-see-sputnik-v-vaccine-as-kremlin-prestige-project-a72626 Attitudes to the vaccine are strongly influenced by trust in the Kremlin and local governance. Fri, 15 Jan 2021 14:36:58 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2021/01/15/russians-see-sputnik-v-vaccine-as-kremlin-prestige-project-a72626 The Capitol Storming Gives Russians an Escape From Their Reality https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2021/01/14/the-capitol-storming-gives-russians-an-escape-from-their-reality-a72598 The great majority of Russians have no say over the future of their cities or regions and so resort to events outside the country. Thu, 14 Jan 2021 12:07:03 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2021/01/14/the-capitol-storming-gives-russians-an-escape-from-their-reality-a72598 No One Benefits From Renewed Demonizing of Russia https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2021/01/14/no-one-benefits-from-renewed-demonizing-of-russia-a72606 The continued presentation of a Russian threat that is both outsized and out of control is profoundly problematic for the West itself. Thu, 14 Jan 2021 09:36:00 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2021/01/14/no-one-benefits-from-renewed-demonizing-of-russia-a72606 ‘Meet Me,’ Alexei Navalny Wrote https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2021/01/13/meet-me-alexei-navalny-wrote-a72600 The opposition leader is setting up a showdown with both Putin and the people. Who will rise to the occasion? Wed, 13 Jan 2021 15:24:00 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2021/01/13/meet-me-alexei-navalny-wrote-a72600 Bleak Outlook for Kyrgyzstan’s Free Press After Japarov’s Landslide Win in Presidential Poll https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2021/01/13/bleak-outlook-for-kyrgyzstans-free-press-after-japarovs-landslide-win-in-presidential-poll-a72594 The country’s independent media are anxiously waiting to see if there will be a crackdown on outlets not in favor with the new regime. Wed, 13 Jan 2021 10:04:36 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2021/01/13/bleak-outlook-for-kyrgyzstans-free-press-after-japarovs-landslide-win-in-presidential-poll-a72594 For Russians, Trump's Twitter Ban Gets Lost in Translation https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2021/01/12/for-russians-trumps-twitter-ban-gets-lost-in-translation-a72592 Russia's fierce reaction to Twitter's decision is rooted in the country's own painful experience with censorship and propaganda. Tue, 12 Jan 2021 15:09:00 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2021/01/12/for-russians-trumps-twitter-ban-gets-lost-in-translation-a72592 Does China Need More Gas From Russia and Central Asia? https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2021/01/12/does-china-need-more-gas-from-russia-and-central-asia-a72590 China is moving away from coal and dirtier energy sources. Can Russia help fill the gap? Tue, 12 Jan 2021 14:38:32 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2021/01/12/does-china-need-more-gas-from-russia-and-central-asia-a72590 The Kremlin Need Have No Fear of Mass Economic Protests https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2021/01/04/the-kremlin-need-have-no-fear-of-mass-economic-protests-a72537 Many people are striving to do something to improve their financial situations, but few are willing to fight to change the system. Mon, 04 Jan 2021 12:04:00 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2021/01/04/the-kremlin-need-have-no-fear-of-mass-economic-protests-a72537 Foreign Policy Experts Map Russia’s Plans for 2021 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2021/01/04/foreign-policy-experts-map-russias-plans-for-2021-a72365 We asked 10 experts to predict what Russia has in store for the world next year. Mon, 04 Jan 2021 08:42:00 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2021/01/04/foreign-policy-experts-map-russias-plans-for-2021-a72365 Russia in 2021: Whitewashing Cliffs and Placing Sandbags https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/12/30/russia-in-2021-whitewashing-cliffs-and-placing-sandbags-a72527 In an increasingly unpredictable world, the Kremlin is choosing to go on the defensive. Wed, 30 Dec 2020 12:37:00 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/12/30/russia-in-2021-whitewashing-cliffs-and-placing-sandbags-a72527