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 Sun, 22 Sep 2019 21:10:15 +0200 600 Future Without Putin No Longer Taboo Issue https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/09/21/future-without-putin-no-longer-taboo-issue-a67376 The irony is that while Putin is active internationally and ubiquitous on the state media, the very scale and stridency of current elite debates reflect his political absence. Sat, 21 Sep 2019 14:42:43 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/09/21/future-without-putin-no-longer-taboo-issue-a67376 The Russian Public Helped Free One 'Moscow Case' Prisoner, Now They Want More https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/09/20/newly-engaged-public-demands-freedom-for-moscow-case-prisoners-a67379 Their voices are getting louder and they will be hard to silence. Fri, 20 Sep 2019 18:01:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/09/20/newly-engaged-public-demands-freedom-for-moscow-case-prisoners-a67379 Russia’s Civil Society Has Woken Up https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/09/20/russias-civil-society-has-woken-up-a67365 When actors come to the defense of other actors and journalists stand up for their own, that is the very essence of solidarity. Fri, 20 Sep 2019 12:10:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/09/20/russias-civil-society-has-woken-up-a67365 Putin Plays a Cruel Game of Catch-and-Release https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/09/20/putin-plays-a-cruel-game-of-catch-and-release-a67358 A journalist and an actor are arrested then released under similar, mysterious circumstances. Fri, 20 Sep 2019 10:06:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/09/20/putin-plays-a-cruel-game-of-catch-and-release-a67358 How the Moscow Protest Cases Are Changing Russia’s Justice System https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/09/19/how-the-moscow-protest-cases-are-changing-russias-justice-system-a67346 The authorities are applying new tactics of repression. Thu, 19 Sep 2019 11:40:04 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/09/19/how-the-moscow-protest-cases-are-changing-russias-justice-system-a67346 Putin Wants to Be the Middle East's Go-To Problem Solver https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/09/17/putin-wants-to-be-the-middle-easts-go-to-problem-solver-a67321 Putin’s trolling of Trump isn’t just about missiles. Tue, 17 Sep 2019 16:14:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/09/17/putin-wants-to-be-the-middle-easts-go-to-problem-solver-a67321 The Kremlin Puts Its Faith in Arbitrary Authoritarianism https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/09/17/the-kremlin-puts-its-faith-in-arbitrary-authoritarianism-a67309 The state's aim is to create a climate of fear and uncertainty. Tue, 17 Sep 2019 10:26:16 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/09/17/the-kremlin-puts-its-faith-in-arbitrary-authoritarianism-a67309 Will Russia Reinforce Iraq's Air Defenses After Israeli Strikes? https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/09/16/will-russia-reinforce-iraqs-air-defenses-after-israeli-strikes-a67305 Military-technical cooperation between Moscow and Baghdad is on the rise. Mon, 16 Sep 2019 18:57:57 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/09/16/will-russia-reinforce-iraqs-air-defenses-after-israeli-strikes-a67305 Russia’s Party System Is Falling Apart https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/09/16/russias-party-system-is-falling-apart-a67298 Russia’s politics are growing harder to predict and harder to manage. Mon, 16 Sep 2019 14:49:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/09/16/russias-party-system-is-falling-apart-a67298 How the Moscow Protests Reveal a Schism in Russia’s Middle Class https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/09/13/how-the-moscow-protests-reveal-a-schism-in-russias-middle-class-a67284 A clash has been taking place between Moscow's two middle classes: one born of the market economy, and one for which the only social elevator is the state. Fri, 13 Sep 2019 13:25:26 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/09/13/how-the-moscow-protests-reveal-a-schism-in-russias-middle-class-a67284 Boris Johnson: The Brezhnev Years https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/09/12/boris-johnson-the-brezhnev-years-a67255 With their utopian market assumptions, contemporary neoliberal states share many of the pathologies of the Soviets. Thu, 12 Sep 2019 11:24:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/09/12/boris-johnson-the-brezhnev-years-a67255 Was This Man the Prized U.S. Asset in the Kremlin? https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/09/11/was-this-man-the-prized-us-asset-in-the-kremlin-a67233 If a midlevel Kremlin official was indeed the agent the U.S. pulled from Russia in 2017, he couldn’t have known much about covert election interference. Wed, 11 Sep 2019 12:41:01 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/09/11/was-this-man-the-prized-us-asset-in-the-kremlin-a67233 Muscovites Did Not Buy the Kremlin’s Lies, But Putin Can Rule Without Their Support https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/09/11/muscovites-did-not-buy-into-kremlins-lies-but-putin-can-rule-without-their-support-a67225 The only real victory in politics is when power changes hands. That did not happen in this case, but protestors did achieve a victory of sorts. Wed, 11 Sep 2019 08:31:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/09/11/muscovites-did-not-buy-into-kremlins-lies-but-putin-can-rule-without-their-support-a67225 India and Russia: Connecting Eurasia And The Indo-Pacific https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/09/10/india-and-russia-connecting-eurasia-and-the-indo-pacific-a67220 After meeting in Vladivostok, it’s clear that the two countries have developed a new vision for their partnership. Tue, 10 Sep 2019 13:21:08 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/09/10/india-and-russia-connecting-eurasia-and-the-indo-pacific-a67220 For Russia, the Exchange of a Key Figure in the MH17 Crash Could Be Quick Fix That Backfires https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/09/09/for-russia-the-exchange-of-a-key-figure-in-the-mh17-crash-could-be-quick-fix-that-backfires-a67207 In pursuing its aim to get Vladimir Tsemakh out of Dutch reach at any cost, the Kremlin may have made another blunder. Mon, 09 Sep 2019 16:14:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/09/09/for-russia-the-exchange-of-a-key-figure-in-the-mh17-crash-could-be-quick-fix-that-backfires-a67207 The Kremlin Won — and Proved It Can’t Win Fair https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/09/09/the-kremlin-won-and-proved-it-cant-win-fair-a67208 In local elections, frustrated Muscovites voted for Communists and oddballs to keep out pro-Putin candidate. Mon, 09 Sep 2019 14:59:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/09/09/the-kremlin-won-and-proved-it-cant-win-fair-a67208 How Low Can You Go in Russian? https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/09/04/how-low-can-you-go-in-russian-a67141 Start September with a pop quiz and learn how to let go, let down, put down, and dip in. Wed, 04 Sep 2019 16:35:47 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/09/04/how-low-can-you-go-in-russian-a67141 Does the Kremlin Have an Alternative? https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/09/04/does-the-kremlin-have-an-alternative-a67123 Let’s imagine that the Kremlin unexpectedly decides to behave constructively and engage in negotiation – what is there to negotiate? Wed, 04 Sep 2019 14:10:33 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/09/04/does-the-kremlin-have-an-alternative-a67123 The Change of Power in Russia Will Be Very Similar to My Arrest https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/09/03/the-change-of-power-in-russia-will-be-very-similar-to-my-arrest-a67119 Letter from jail: Detained student says change is coming to Russia. Tue, 03 Sep 2019 11:53:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/09/03/the-change-of-power-in-russia-will-be-very-similar-to-my-arrest-a67119 Why Corporations Are the Kremlin’s Best Friends https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/09/02/why-corporations-are-the-kremlins-best-friends-a67106 State-owned and state-controlled companies have come to play a crucial role in managing Russia and guaranteeing stability in the regions. Mon, 02 Sep 2019 17:02:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/09/02/why-corporations-are-the-kremlins-best-friends-a67106 Why Germany Is Ignoring Its Own Russian Spy Scandal https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/09/02/why-germany-is-ignoring-its-own-russian-spy-scanda-a67150 The murder of a Chechen rebel in Berlin looks like a Russian operation, but the Merkel government is not making a public fuss about that. Mon, 02 Sep 2019 16:55:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/09/02/why-germany-is-ignoring-its-own-russian-spy-scanda-a67150 Why I Talked to RT https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/09/02/why-i-talked-to-rt-a67100 The people we need to engage with are those who don’t agree with us, who don’t share our sense of the world. Mon, 02 Sep 2019 10:02:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/09/02/why-i-talked-to-rt-a67100 A Prisoner Swap With Russia Tests Ukraine’s President https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/09/01/a-prisoner-swap-with-russia-tests-ukraines-president-a67127 Whether Zelenskiy decides to give up a key MH17 witness will shed light on his policy toward eastern Ukraine. Sun, 01 Sep 2019 17:09:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/09/01/a-prisoner-swap-with-russia-tests-ukraines-president-a67127 Remembering Beslan 15 Years Later https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/08/30/remembering-beslan-15-years-later-a67094 For the nightmare of Beslan never to be repeated, its lessons must be learned. Fri, 30 Aug 2019 14:59:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/08/30/remembering-beslan-15-years-later-a67094 The Kremlin Is Trying to Whitewash Russia’s Stalinist Past https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/08/30/the-kremlin-is-trying-to-whitewash-russias-stalinist-past-a67096 Driven by the desire to forge a strong national identity, the authorities are excavating the graves of victims of Soviet repression. Fri, 30 Aug 2019 13:59:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/08/30/the-kremlin-is-trying-to-whitewash-russias-stalinist-past-a67096 Despite Political Will in the U.S., Tougher Russian Sanctions Seem Unlikely... For Now https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/08/29/despite-political-will-in-the-us-tougher-russian-sanctions-seem-unlikely-for-now-a67081 With U.S. presidential elections 15 months away, we can expect rhetoric on Russian sanctions but little action. Thu, 29 Aug 2019 15:57:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/08/29/despite-political-will-in-the-us-tougher-russian-sanctions-seem-unlikely-for-now-a67081 Russia Needs to Know the Truth About the Arkhangelsk Nuclear Blast https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/08/29/the-russian-people-need-to-know-the-truth-about-the-arkhangelsk-nuclear-explosion-a67079 From what, or whom, could this silence possibly offer protection? Thu, 29 Aug 2019 15:17:12 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/08/29/the-russian-people-need-to-know-the-truth-about-the-arkhangelsk-nuclear-explosion-a67079 Eastern Ukraine Isn’t Really That Separatist https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/08/29/eastern-ukraine-isnt-really-that-separatist-a67076 The way to resolve the conflict in eastern Ukraine is to arrange a credible people’s vote in the Donbass. Thu, 29 Aug 2019 13:54:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/08/29/eastern-ukraine-isnt-really-that-separatist-a67076 Russia-Turkey Relations Face Pressure Over Syria, but Pattern Is Unlikely to Change https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/08/28/russia-turkey-relations-face-pressure-over-syria-but-pattern-is-unlikely-to-change-a67064 Stone-cold pragmatism will remain central in the relationship between the two countries. Wed, 28 Aug 2019 16:40:18 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/08/28/russia-turkey-relations-face-pressure-over-syria-but-pattern-is-unlikely-to-change-a67064 On Russian Time https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/08/28/on-russian-time-words-worth-a67055 This may be my most boring column ever: the impossible grammar of time. Wed, 28 Aug 2019 16:03:17 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/08/28/on-russian-time-words-worth-a67055 How the Russian State Is Losing Its Instruments of Governance https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/08/28/how-the-russian-state-is-losing-its-instruments-of-governance-a67061 No one in the Kremlin is currently working on long-term political strategy. Wed, 28 Aug 2019 14:09:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/08/28/how-the-russian-state-is-losing-its-instruments-of-governance-a67061 Russia Plays a Game of Nuclear Strip Poker https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/08/28/russia-plays-a-game-of-nuclear-strip-poker-a67053 This is a game Russia also played after annexing Crimea: First, flat denials, then hints, then a straight admission. Wed, 28 Aug 2019 10:17:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/08/28/russia-plays-a-game-of-nuclear-strip-poker-a67053 Kremlin Is Out of Moves to Instigate New Sanctions https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/08/27/kremlin-is-out-of-moves-to-instigate-new-sanctions-a67045 The “softness” of the new U.S. measures shows that the sanctions environment has found its equilibrium.  Tue, 27 Aug 2019 16:43:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/08/27/kremlin-is-out-of-moves-to-instigate-new-sanctions-a67045 20 Years of Vladimir Putin: How Russian Foreign Policy Has Changed https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/08/27/20-years-of-vladimir-putin-how-russian-foreign-policy-has-changed-a67043 Dmitry Trenin on Russia's successes abroad and why resisting NATO expansion to the east was a fundamental mistake. Tue, 27 Aug 2019 15:29:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/08/27/20-years-of-vladimir-putin-how-russian-foreign-policy-has-changed-a67043 Putin Needs to Bury This Relic of Stalin https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/08/23/putin-needs-to-bury-this-relic-of-stalin-a67001 Russia can't let go of the Molotov-Ribbentrop pact, 80 years after it was signed. Until it does, eastern European leaders are right to be nervous. Fri, 23 Aug 2019 15:24:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/08/23/putin-needs-to-bury-this-relic-of-stalin-a67001 Ranting the Russian Way https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/08/23/ranting-the-russian-way-a66959 Shooting sparks, pulling down thunder and lightning: Ranting as an art form. Fri, 23 Aug 2019 14:02:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/08/23/ranting-the-russian-way-a66959 Russia Rejoices Over Trump’s G7 Readmission Offer https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/08/22/russia-rejoices-over-trumps-g7-readmission-offer-a66981 But Putin doesn’t actually want to be part of the group anymore. Thu, 22 Aug 2019 14:55:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/08/22/russia-rejoices-over-trumps-g7-readmission-offer-a66981 Russia and China's Cosplay Alliance https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/08/22/russia-and-chinas-cosplay-alliance-a66973 How long will this awkward friendship last? Thu, 22 Aug 2019 10:18:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/08/22/russia-and-chinas-cosplay-alliance-a66973 Democrats Should Care More About Russia https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/08/21/democrats-should-care-more-about-russia-a66966 Not Russiagate, but the real foreign policy issues. Wed, 21 Aug 2019 16:37:53 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/08/21/democrats-should-care-more-about-russia-a66966 How the Kremlin Set Its Sights on Artificial Intelligence https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/08/21/how-the-kremlin-set-its-sights-on-artificial-intelligence-a66962 Kremlin's monopolization of AI could have major political consequences in Russia. Wed, 21 Aug 2019 15:05:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/08/21/how-the-kremlin-set-its-sights-on-artificial-intelligence-a66962 Stop Comparing the Moscow and Paris Protests https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/08/20/stop-comparing-the-moscow-and-paris-protests-a66948 The fundamental difference between them stems from the state of the basic freedoms in France and Russia. Tue, 20 Aug 2019 16:24:21 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/08/20/stop-comparing-the-moscow-and-paris-protests-a66948 Why a Military Confrontation Between Turkey and the Kurds in Syria Might Be Good News for Russia https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/08/20/why-a-military-confrontation-between-turkey-and-the-kurds-in-syria-might-be-good-news-for-russia-a66940 Once Turkey launches its assault and the Americans are unable to provide a cover for them, the Kurds may turn to Russia. Tue, 20 Aug 2019 13:36:34 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/08/20/why-a-military-confrontation-between-turkey-and-the-kurds-in-syria-might-be-good-news-for-russia-a66940 20 Years of Vladimir Putin: How Russian Society Has Changed https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/08/20/20-years-of-vladimir-putin-how-russian-society-has-changed-a66930 Russian society is taking back ideology for itself. Tue, 20 Aug 2019 12:40:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/08/20/20-years-of-vladimir-putin-how-russian-society-has-changed-a66930 The 'Celebritization' of Protest in Russia https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/08/20/the-celebritization-of-protest-in-russia-a66927 As rappers and celebrities join the opposition movement, protests in Russia are becoming fashionable. Tue, 20 Aug 2019 10:02:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/08/20/the-celebritization-of-protest-in-russia-a66927 Ask Not What the Kremlin Will Do Next https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/08/19/ask-not-what-the-kremlin-will-do-next-a66929 More and more Russians seem to be breaking free of the old habit of trying to guess the party line. Mon, 19 Aug 2019 16:40:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/08/19/ask-not-what-the-kremlin-will-do-next-a66929 Will Putin and Macron Open a New Political Season? https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/08/18/will-putin-and-macron-open-a-new-political-season-a66942 They may differ on fundamental issues of human rights and the future world order, but Putin and Macron need each other Sun, 18 Aug 2019 14:21:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/08/18/will-putin-and-macron-open-a-new-political-season-a66942 20 Years of Vladimir Putin: The Transformation of the Economy https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/08/16/20-years-of-vladimir-putin-the-transformation-of-the-economy-a66854 EBRD Chief Economist Sergey Guriev on the two decade achievements and challenges of Putin's economy. Fri, 16 Aug 2019 10:30:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/08/16/20-years-of-vladimir-putin-the-transformation-of-the-economy-a66854 Putin Is a Victim of His Own Success https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/08/15/putin-is-a-victim-of-his-own-success-a66859 Russians have experienced a degree of economic and personal stability, and now they want more. Thu, 15 Aug 2019 09:44:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/08/15/putin-is-a-victim-of-his-own-success-a66859 If I Were Queen of Translation Reviews https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/08/14/if-i-were-the-queen-of-translation-reviews-wordsworth-a66847 Every once in a while I need to get something off my chest. Wed, 14 Aug 2019 17:07:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/08/14/if-i-were-the-queen-of-translation-reviews-wordsworth-a66847 I Don’t Believe a Missile Is to Blame for Russia’s Deadly 'Nuclear' Explosion https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/08/14/i-dont-believe-a-missile-is-to-blame-for-russias-deadly-nuclear-explosion-a66849 The basic laws of physics mean there is no such thing as a nuclear-powered missile. Wed, 14 Aug 2019 12:21:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/08/14/i-dont-believe-a-missile-is-to-blame-for-russias-deadly-nuclear-explosion-a66849