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 Thu, 18 Jul 2019 11:57:59 +0200 600 He Said, She Said Russian-Style For hedging your bets, Russian is divine. Wed, 17 Jul 2019 17:23:00 +0200 MH17: A Tragedy That Did Not Change the War 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 Russia's Roadmap Out of the MH17 Crisis No way out from MH17 trap for Russia, except through Donbass. Wed, 17 Jul 2019 14:21:00 +0200 Russia Is Loving the S-400 Missile Show The Kremlin has been keen to flaunt its perceived victory over the U.S. and NATO. Wed, 17 Jul 2019 10:53:00 +0200 Abkhazia and the Danger of ‘Ossetianization’ 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 Why Government Economists Are Getting Nervous in Russia 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 Populist Voters Don’t Mind Putin’s Help 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 Justice Is Never Too Late for Natalya Estemirova, Russian Activist Killed 10 Years Ago The activist was was kidnapped in Chechnya and murdered on July 15, 2009. Mon, 15 Jul 2019 09:38:00 +0200 After Ingushetia, What Is Moscow's New Political Logic for the North Caucasus? Ingushetia's head Yevkurov was replaced following months of protests in the region. Fri, 12 Jul 2019 12:39:00 +0200 The Connotation Conundrum The words are right but the connotation is totally wrong. A translator's lament. Wed, 10 Jul 2019 16:42:00 +0200 How Successful Is Russia's Military Propaganda Media? 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 On Your Russian Feet What do you call those things you stand on? Oh, so many options in Russian. Wed, 03 Jul 2019 17:05:00 +0200 Is Putin Winning Against Liberal Democracy? The Russian president’s ideological flexibility gives him the upper hand in a post-modern world. Wed, 03 Jul 2019 16:30:00 +0200 The Paradox of American Russophobia 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 Crimea, Economic Sanctions and Rallying Around the Flag in Russia 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 The Geopolitics of Theresa May’s Dutiful Handshake 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 Why Putin Wants to Believe in the Death of Liberalism For the Kremlin, post-liberalism serves as way out of its current predicament. Mon, 01 Jul 2019 11:37:00 +0200 Why Putin Sounds Alt-Right Though He Really Isn’t 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 Why We Should Welcome Russia Rejoining PACE 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 Russia's Reinstatement To PACE Is a Grave Mistake It’s telling that most of the states against this move are geographically closest to Russia. Wed, 26 Jun 2019 17:09:00 +0200 Hit the Road, Jack, and Don't Come Back Here's a verb pair that lets you hit the road in more ways than one. Wed, 26 Jun 2019 14:41:00 +0200 How The Soviet Union Tried to 'Cure' My Homosexuality 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 Putin’s Big Bet on Gold Is Paying Off 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 Don't Expect Change, a Jaded Putin Signals at Annual Phone-In 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 What Is Behind Georgia's 'Anti-Russia' Protests 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 Putin’s Domestic Comeback Isn’t Working Putin made a valiant attempt to show he cares, but he ultimately failed. Mon, 24 Jun 2019 11:47:48 +0200 Russia’s Golunov Problem 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 The Russian People Hold the Key to Putin’s Succession 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 Playing Dumb: The Kremlin's Denials on the Downing of MH17 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 Russia-U.S.-Israel Meeting in Jerusalem Is Doomed to Fail. Here Is Why 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 How Igor Sechin Was Interrupted Midflight 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 Russian Sense and Sensibility 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 Are Putin and Xi Going Soft on Protest? The Russian and Chinese regimes are doing something new: Not escalating in the face of protest. Wed, 19 Jun 2019 11:04:00 +0200 Putin’s Economy Does Not Grow by Decree 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 The Golunov Case Exposes Russia's 'Submerged State' 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 Why Jailed U.S. Investor Calvey Is the Least of Putin’s Concerns 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 Happy Russia Day 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 Moldova Is the One Thing Russia and the West Agree On 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 Russia's Power Grid Is an Easy Target for U.S. Hacking 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 Golunov Freed; Putin, Not so Much The spectacular case showed that Putin is at once invulnerable and impotent. Wed, 12 Jun 2019 08:22:00 +0200 A Framed Reporter Suddenly Matters to Putin Ivan Golunov is an unlikely central figure for such a potentially momentous story. Tue, 11 Jun 2019 15:51:00 +0200 Russia’s Interior Ministry Has Dug Itself Into a Deep Hole Whoever planted the drugs in Golunov’s arrest should face the consequences. Mon, 10 Jun 2019 14:25:28 +0200 Why the Arrest of an Investigative Journalist Should Worry Everyone 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 Is Russia Having Second Thoughts About Integration With China? 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 Why Reading the Kremlin’s Code Language Has Become so Difficult 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 What Russia After Vladimir Putin Might Look Like 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 Putin’s Media Struggle to Deal With HBO’s Chernobyl 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 Face it, OPEC. Russia Is No Longer Your Friend 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 Serbia Pivots Towards Russia Yet Again — But at What Price? It is time for Serbia to unambiguously state its future aspiration and political orientation. Mon, 03 Jun 2019 10:58:05 +0200 Hopelessness Reminds Russians of a Bygone Era What was Brezhnev's trust rating? Did it matter? Mon, 03 Jun 2019 10:05:00 +0200