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, 24 Sep 2020 08:21:32 +0200 600 What Russia Doesn’t Get About Germany Moscow has repeatedly rejected any responsibility for its most contentious actions. As a result, Berlin’s trust and willingness to invest in the relationship with Russia has been wearing down for years. Wed, 23 Sep 2020 15:52:00 +0200 A Political Union Between Russia and Belarus Is Creeping Closer Lukashenko is more dependent on Putin than ever before and Russia needs Belarus to make it a player in European security. Wed, 23 Sep 2020 14:02:21 +0200 The Giant Saber-Toothed Grasshopper and Other Endangered Species Watch День Радио, learn Russian, and laugh your head off. Win-win-win. Fri, 18 Sep 2020 20:54:14 +0200 Can Moscow Manage a Power Transition in Belarus? Lukashenko's loss of legitimacy has become problematic for the Kremlin — but can it manage Minsk's leadership change? Thu, 17 Sep 2020 13:15:00 +0200 Navalny and the Limits of Putin's Ad Hoc Rule Putin has mastered the art of special ops. In the case of Navalny, however, the banal decency of ordinary Russian citizens ruined the plan. Wed, 16 Sep 2020 10:57:44 +0200 Justice Is Needed for Belarus. International Scrutiny Is the Way to Get it. I have seen women and men tortured, humiliated and degraded by the Lukashenko regime. Wed, 16 Sep 2020 10:14:03 +0200 The Meaning of Victory in Russia’s Sept. 13 Elections The Kremlin will face increasing complexity and costs as it looks to engineer future election victories. Mon, 14 Sep 2020 14:33:06 +0200 Muttering and Grousing the Russian Way Russians didn't invent griping, but they have terrific words to describe it. Sat, 12 Sep 2020 11:54:00 +0200 Where Navalny’s Poisoning Is Taking Russia, at Home and Abroad Far from a purely internal or external affair, Alexei Navalny’s poisoning has shaken Russia’s domestic politics as well as its foreign relations. Wed, 09 Sep 2020 11:16:00 +0200 Why the Kremlin Fears Navalny The fewer the people who support the government, the safer the opposition will be. Tue, 08 Sep 2020 10:10:00 +0200 In Belarus, China Is Neither at Odds With Russia nor Wedded to Lukashenko Courted by Alexander Lukashenko since the 2000s, China has gradually expanded its presence, economic and otherwise, in Belarus. Mon, 07 Sep 2020 14:08:39 +0200 Maybe the Kremlin Doesn’t Know Who Poisoned Navalny. It’s Still Responsible. The Kremlin sits back and allows its freelancers to spread fear that it uses to increase perception of the power it wields. Sun, 06 Sep 2020 10:55:47 +0200 Autumn Leaves Are Not Yet Falling Take a deep dive into months, calendars, years and other joys of Russian autumn. Fri, 04 Sep 2020 18:49:00 +0200 Navalny Has Been Poisoned. Where Are the People on the Streets? Navalny’s poisoning might have a bigger effect on the elite than on general society. Fri, 04 Sep 2020 17:08:00 +0200 How Many More Red Lines Is the Russian State Prepared to Cross? A new cold war is being waged without rules. Thu, 03 Sep 2020 18:21:09 +0200 Putin and the Belarusian Question Putin will seek to do as much as possible, but as little as necessary, to suppress peaceful change in Belarus. Wed, 02 Sep 2020 11:05:13 +0200 Domestic Geopolitics: Belarusian Protests and Russia’s Power Transition Any internal political activity is becoming conclusively geopoliticized. Tue, 01 Sep 2020 15:59:40 +0200 In Libya’s War, Russia Is Directionless — and Falling Behind Russia can only achieve so much without a clear idea of what its interests in Libya are. Mon, 31 Aug 2020 11:56:00 +0200 The Coming Chill: Russia-Japan Relations After Abe The resignation of Japan’s prime minister Abe Shinzo on 28 August marks the departure of a leading proponent of closer relations with Russia. Mon, 31 Aug 2020 11:09:00 +0200 Deciphering Russia's August Holidays Why do Russians panic in August? What did they do 150 years ago? Hint: involves churches and food. Fri, 28 Aug 2020 16:02:14 +0200 Putin’s Undying Support for Autocracy Polls show that the average Russian is also unwilling to let go of Alexander Lukashenko. Fri, 28 Aug 2020 15:26:00 +0200 Navalny’s Poisoning Is the Act of a Sickly Regime Navalny may have been poisoned by people who believe that the regime is no longer capable of dealing with threats itself. Wed, 26 Aug 2020 11:37:04 +0200 Belarus in the Balance: Attrition or Showdown? Fourteen days have shaken Belarus. The only certainty is that more change will come in the country. Tue, 25 Aug 2020 14:19:56 +0200 Russia’s Murderous Adhocracy A system in which everyone wants to earn the president’s favor means political murder is no longer a monopoly of the state. Sat, 22 Aug 2020 11:47:02 +0200 Belarus Needs to Learn From Russia’s Flawed Privatization A quick change in the economy will prove to be disastrous without a professional state. Tue, 18 Aug 2020 16:37:39 +0200 Game Over for Lukashenko: the Kremlin's Next Move The Kremlin has had enough of Lukashenko, but it cannot allow Belarus to follow the path of Ukraine. Tue, 18 Aug 2020 08:15:00 +0200 Belarus Is an Exceptional Case The people are driving the movement that could force out longtime leader Lukashenko. Mon, 17 Aug 2020 11:57:00 +0200 Putin Doesn’t Want to Intervene in Belarus. That’s an Opportunity for the West. It’s certainly not too soon for Moscow and Brussels to learn from past mistakes. Sun, 16 Aug 2020 18:32:28 +0200 Why Do Russians Resent Western Media Over the Protests in Belarus? Let’s be quite clear: the West is not ignoring the events in Belarus. Fri, 14 Aug 2020 17:00:27 +0200 Lukashenko’s Gamble on Thuggishness Like a gambler who knows he has bet all he has and cannot afford to lose, the Belarusian strongman has doubled down. Thu, 13 Aug 2020 17:46:00 +0200 Belarus Protests Signal the Autumn of Lukashenko’s Regime It’s not yet clear how the country will emerge from this crisis, but it’s safe to say things won’t go back to the way they were. Thu, 13 Aug 2020 13:20:00 +0200 Putin Is Playing Russian Roulette With the Coronavirus Vaccine Bad science and politicians looking for easy answers can lead to trouble. Thu, 13 Aug 2020 09:26:00 +0200 Russia’s Covid-19 Vaccine Breaches Crucial Scientific and Ethical International Standards Public health is supposed to be above geopolitical struggles and nationalist boasting. Wed, 12 Aug 2020 09:52:00 +0200 Europe and the Belarusian Moment Belarus has not seen protest on this scale before, but Europe did in the “miracle year” of 1989. Wed, 12 Aug 2020 08:59:00 +0200 When Autocrats Reach Their Political Expiration Dates Why civil societies in Russia and Belarus are uniting faster than the two countries themselves. Tue, 11 Aug 2020 15:09:00 +0200 A Color Revolution in Belarus? Not Yet. The real question is what happens after Sunday’s election. Thu, 06 Aug 2020 11:01:00 +0200 Lebedev’s Peerage Highlights London’s Need to Address Russian Influence Johnson seems eager to show his contempt for British intelligence by granting a peerage to his longtime friend and political asset. Mon, 03 Aug 2020 10:19:00 +0200 Please Don't Hurt My Feelings Is hurting someone's feelings illegal? Well, sort of. But maybe it shouldn't be. Read on... Sat, 01 Aug 2020 09:22:52 +0200 The Perils of Perestroika: Why Putin Chose to Prolong His Rule Observers must examine the president’s views on Russia’s 20th-century history and the legacy he inherited. Fri, 31 Jul 2020 10:51:00 +0200 Russia’s In-System Opposition Gets Second Chance in Khabarovsk In appointing a far-right deputy as the new governor of Khabarovsk, Putin is making the LDPR party responsible for extinguishing the fire of discontent raging in the region. Mon, 27 Jul 2020 13:13:42 +0200 You Gotta Have Heart For Russians, a heart is way more than a pump in your chest. Fri, 24 Jul 2020 16:16:50 +0200 Can Russia Mediate New Clashes Between Armenia and Azerbaijan? It’s in neither Armenia nor Azerbaijan’s interests for Russia to pick a side in their conflict. Thu, 23 Jul 2020 12:55:37 +0200 UK Russia Report Lays Ground for Cross Party Consensus The report holds value not as a piece of opposition research but as a frank examination of the U.K.’s Russia policy since the turn of the century. Wed, 22 Jul 2020 11:03:00 +0200 How to Protest, From A to Zip Tie Cuffs The weather might be cool, but people are hot to protest. Here's how to talk about it. Fri, 17 Jul 2020 17:02:00 +0200 Will EU Green Deal Force Russia to Clean Up Its Act? 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 When Not Enough is Way Too Much You can never have too much money or shashlyk. Sat, 11 Jul 2020 10:16:00 +0200 Russian Authorities Are Targeting Journalists, Historians and Activists. The Rest of Us Could Be Next. Every day, without interruption, brings more searches, detentions, arrests and criminal charges. Fri, 10 Jul 2020 10:40:00 +0200 Safronov Case Marks an Escalation of a New Campaign Against Dissent 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 Safronov’s Arrest Is a New Low for Freedom of Speech in Russia Putin has now entrusted the “journalist question” to his security services. We should be very worried. Wed, 08 Jul 2020 10:23:47 +0200 Embattled Lukashenko Loses Friends in East and West 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