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 Sun, 22 Sep 2019 21:10:15 +0200 600 Future Without Putin No Longer Taboo Issue 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 The Russian Public Helped Free One 'Moscow Case' Prisoner, Now They Want More Their voices are getting louder and they will be hard to silence. Fri, 20 Sep 2019 18:01:00 +0200 Russia’s Civil Society Has Woken Up 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 Putin Plays a Cruel Game of Catch-and-Release A journalist and an actor are arrested then released under similar, mysterious circumstances. Fri, 20 Sep 2019 10:06:00 +0200 How the Moscow Protest Cases Are Changing Russia’s Justice System The authorities are applying new tactics of repression. Thu, 19 Sep 2019 11:40:04 +0200 Putin Wants to Be the Middle East's Go-To Problem Solver Putin’s trolling of Trump isn’t just about missiles. Tue, 17 Sep 2019 16:14:00 +0200 The Kremlin Puts Its Faith in Arbitrary Authoritarianism The state's aim is to create a climate of fear and uncertainty. Tue, 17 Sep 2019 10:26:16 +0200 Will Russia Reinforce Iraq's Air Defenses After Israeli Strikes? Military-technical cooperation between Moscow and Baghdad is on the rise. Mon, 16 Sep 2019 18:57:57 +0200 Russia’s Party System Is Falling Apart Russia’s politics are growing harder to predict and harder to manage. Mon, 16 Sep 2019 14:49:00 +0200 How the Moscow Protests Reveal a Schism in Russia’s Middle Class 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 Boris Johnson: The Brezhnev Years With their utopian market assumptions, contemporary neoliberal states share many of the pathologies of the Soviets. Thu, 12 Sep 2019 11:24:00 +0200 Was This Man the Prized U.S. Asset in the Kremlin? 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 Muscovites Did Not Buy the Kremlin’s Lies, But Putin Can Rule Without Their Support 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 India and Russia: Connecting Eurasia And The Indo-Pacific 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 For Russia, the Exchange of a Key Figure in the MH17 Crash Could Be Quick Fix That Backfires 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 The Kremlin Won — and Proved It Can’t Win Fair In local elections, frustrated Muscovites voted for Communists and oddballs to keep out pro-Putin candidate. Mon, 09 Sep 2019 14:59:00 +0200 How Low Can You Go in Russian? 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 Does the Kremlin Have an Alternative? 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 The Change of Power in Russia Will Be Very Similar to My Arrest Letter from jail: Detained student says change is coming to Russia. Tue, 03 Sep 2019 11:53:00 +0200 Why Corporations Are the Kremlin’s Best Friends 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 Why Germany Is Ignoring Its Own Russian Spy Scandal 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 Why I Talked to RT 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 A Prisoner Swap With Russia Tests Ukraine’s President 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 Remembering Beslan 15 Years Later For the nightmare of Beslan never to be repeated, its lessons must be learned. Fri, 30 Aug 2019 14:59:00 +0200 The Kremlin Is Trying to Whitewash Russia’s Stalinist Past 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 Despite Political Will in the U.S., Tougher Russian Sanctions Seem Unlikely... For Now 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 Russia Needs to Know the Truth About the Arkhangelsk Nuclear Blast From what, or whom, could this silence possibly offer protection? Thu, 29 Aug 2019 15:17:12 +0200 Eastern Ukraine Isn’t Really That Separatist 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 Russia-Turkey Relations Face Pressure Over Syria, but Pattern Is Unlikely to Change Stone-cold pragmatism will remain central in the relationship between the two countries. Wed, 28 Aug 2019 16:40:18 +0200 On Russian Time This may be my most boring column ever: the impossible grammar of time. Wed, 28 Aug 2019 16:03:17 +0200 How the Russian State Is Losing Its Instruments of Governance No one in the Kremlin is currently working on long-term political strategy. Wed, 28 Aug 2019 14:09:00 +0200 Russia Plays a Game of Nuclear Strip Poker 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 Kremlin Is Out of Moves to Instigate New Sanctions 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 20 Years of Vladimir Putin: How Russian Foreign Policy Has Changed 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 Putin Needs to Bury This Relic of Stalin 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 Ranting the Russian Way Shooting sparks, pulling down thunder and lightning: Ranting as an art form. Fri, 23 Aug 2019 14:02:00 +0200 Russia Rejoices Over Trump’s G7 Readmission Offer But Putin doesn’t actually want to be part of the group anymore. Thu, 22 Aug 2019 14:55:00 +0200 Russia and China's Cosplay Alliance How long will this awkward friendship last? Thu, 22 Aug 2019 10:18:00 +0200 Democrats Should Care More About Russia Not Russiagate, but the real foreign policy issues. Wed, 21 Aug 2019 16:37:53 +0200 How the Kremlin Set Its Sights on Artificial Intelligence Kremlin's monopolization of AI could have major political consequences in Russia. Wed, 21 Aug 2019 15:05:00 +0200 Stop Comparing the Moscow and Paris Protests 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 Why a Military Confrontation Between Turkey and the Kurds in Syria Might Be Good News for Russia 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 20 Years of Vladimir Putin: How Russian Society Has Changed Russian society is taking back ideology for itself. Tue, 20 Aug 2019 12:40:00 +0200 The 'Celebritization' of Protest in Russia As rappers and celebrities join the opposition movement, protests in Russia are becoming fashionable. Tue, 20 Aug 2019 10:02:00 +0200 Ask Not What the Kremlin Will Do Next 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 Will Putin and Macron Open a New Political Season? 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 20 Years of Vladimir Putin: The Transformation of the Economy EBRD Chief Economist Sergey Guriev on the two decade achievements and challenges of Putin's economy. Fri, 16 Aug 2019 10:30:00 +0200 Putin Is a Victim of His Own Success Russians have experienced a degree of economic and personal stability, and now they want more. Thu, 15 Aug 2019 09:44:00 +0200 If I Were Queen of Translation Reviews Every once in a while I need to get something off my chest. Wed, 14 Aug 2019 17:07:00 +0200 I Don’t Believe a Missile Is to Blame for Russia’s Deadly 'Nuclear' Explosion The basic laws of physics mean there is no such thing as a nuclear-powered missile. Wed, 14 Aug 2019 12:21:00 +0200