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, 14 Nov 2019 18:28:23 +0100 600 Macron is 'Ours' — but Does Russia Need Him? Russian observers are struck by how closely Macron’s views on European security and world order coincide with those of Putin. Thu, 14 Nov 2019 09:32:00 +0100 Putin Underestimates Russia's Youth The president reduces Russia’s youth and the internet to pawns in someone else’s arsenal. Thu, 14 Nov 2019 09:28:00 +0100 Why Bolivian Politics Suddenly Matters to Putin An authoritarian leader’s rule ended when citizens tired of him and the military refused to intervene. Could the same thing happen in Moscow? Mon, 11 Nov 2019 16:45:00 +0100 Putin Wants to Own the Russian Language Why does the president want to create a Russian Wikipedia? Mon, 11 Nov 2019 13:55:00 +0100 Making a Fuss in Russian Almost false friends, half false friends, semi-false friends... they drive me a bit nuts. Fri, 08 Nov 2019 16:05:00 +0100 Macron’s Vision of Russia's Future Is Half-Baked Macron thinks Russia has no choice but integration with Europe. Putin has other ideas. Fri, 08 Nov 2019 08:50:06 +0100 A Russian View on the Fall of the Berlin Wall, 30 Years On We should never forget the benefits that Germany’s reunification brought to the world. Thu, 07 Nov 2019 11:22:40 +0100 For Russia, Even the Language Can Be a Weapon Putin says there’s a war against the mother tongue in the Russian-speaking world outside the federation’s borders. Thu, 07 Nov 2019 09:57:10 +0100 Boris Johnson and Putin’s Unwitting Helpers Sometimes it almost looks as if Putin’s information warriors and political operators need not do anything, the West gladly does their work for them. Wed, 06 Nov 2019 08:34:00 +0100 China Makes Inroads Into Russia's Backyard The increased scale of Chinese cooperation with the South Caucasus is turning Beijing into one of the forces of influence in the region. Tue, 05 Nov 2019 12:02:25 +0100 Grumpy Eastern Europeans Aren’t as Gloomy as They Seem A survey by George Soros’s charity found a lot of disenchantment about life after Communism. Here’s the good news. Tue, 05 Nov 2019 08:53:21 +0100 Post-Putin Uncertainty Means a Jittery Russian Elite and Brittle Regime Amid the uncertainty over what will happen when Putin steps down in 2024, everyone is striving to claim a spot in the sun. Mon, 04 Nov 2019 12:20:51 +0100 Putin's Declassified KGB Record Shows He Was No High-Flier, but a Solid B A recent report about Vladimir Putin as a KBG officer shows that he was seen as worthy, serious and reliable, but not as a high-flier or a leader. Mon, 04 Nov 2019 09:09:00 +0100 Take a Mental Health Day in Russian How to talk about talking about your problems. Fri, 01 Nov 2019 15:54:55 +0100 The U.S. Dithered Too Long on Russia's Nord Stream 2 Project Denmark has lifted its block on the Russian pipeline, and now it’s too late for sanctions to work. Fri, 01 Nov 2019 10:20:36 +0100 How Putin Is Bankrupting the Russian Opposition Why throw hundreds of thousands of people into forced labor camps when you can easily force them into bankruptcy? Wed, 30 Oct 2019 09:39:00 +0100 5 Things Russian Gangsters Might Teach Us About the Islamic State’s Search for a New Leader What happens after organized crime structures suffer decapitating strikes? Wed, 30 Oct 2019 09:16:00 +0100 Why Serbia Won’t Stop Playing the Russia Card Any Time Soon As long as Serbia lacks a solution to the Kosovo dispute that it can sell both to its international partners and to people at home, it will continue to keep the Russia card up its sleeve. Tue, 29 Oct 2019 09:33:00 +0100 ‘BRICS’ Is About Geopolitics, Not Economics BRICS no longer makes much financial sense. But the idea is more politically relevant than ever. Tue, 29 Oct 2019 09:25:00 +0100 Russian Newspeak 2019 From оч to хейтерство Russian is picking up new words from all over. Fri, 25 Oct 2019 16:59:00 +0200 Russia Can’t Compete With China in Africa. Not Yet. As China asserts itself in the role of the major power in Africa, Moscow’s influence could become a source of irritation. Fri, 25 Oct 2019 13:51:00 +0200 The Putin-Erdogan Deal Poses a Challenge to the West The Kremlin offers authoritarians a brokerage service based on cynical principles of mutual gain rather than values and allegiances. Wed, 23 Oct 2019 16:57:18 +0200 After Sochi, Russia Runs the Show in Syria The Putin-Erdogan deal creates a new reality in which Russia, in effect, becomes the security provider for both the Turks and the Kurds. Wed, 23 Oct 2019 16:51:00 +0200 The Slow Death of Russia's Human Rights Council The replacement of Russia’s Human Rights Council head Mikhail Fedotov with United Russia party member Valery Fadeyev, determines the council’s status once and for all. Wed, 23 Oct 2019 13:45:17 +0200 Trump Isn’t Putin’s Puppet. He’s Just Unfit for Office The Democrats go too far when they say all roads lead to Russia. Wed, 23 Oct 2019 10:24:08 +0200 Putin’s ‘Useful Idiots’ Are Those Who Call Others ‘Useful Idiots’ Those accusing Tulsi Gabbard of being a Kremlin asset should take a long hard look in the mirror. Mon, 21 Oct 2019 15:47:25 +0200 What Is Russia Up to in the Gulf? Arab countries are being increasingly proactive in diversifying their connections. Moscow is making use of this to gain advantages. Mon, 21 Oct 2019 13:57:00 +0200 The True Nature of Putinism Presidential aide and “eminence grise” Vladislav Surkov recently added to the ongoing debate about Putinism as an ideology and a political doctrine by praising its versatility. But in reality Putinism has hollowed out the state. Mon, 21 Oct 2019 10:59:35 +0200 Putin Now Owns the Syrian Chaos To do this successfully, Russia needs to show the world it can be trusted. Mon, 21 Oct 2019 09:59:00 +0200 False Friends, Part 12 Фарт, фартить, фартовый don't mean what you think they do. Fri, 18 Oct 2019 15:04:03 +0200 Russia Steps Up Its Game in Africa The inaugural Russia-Africa summit shows Putin's growing influence on the continent. Fri, 18 Oct 2019 14:13:00 +0200 Ukraine Peace Talks Get Some Help From Putin Russia is letting Zelenskiy lay out “red lines” to convince voters he can compromise without capitulating. Thu, 17 Oct 2019 10:01:00 +0200 Why the Raids on Navalny Should Concern Every Russian Early morning searches at my home show that any person can become a target. Thu, 17 Oct 2019 09:46:06 +0200 What’s Behind Russian Media’s Obsession With the Death Penalty? The recent debate in Russia on bringing back capital punishment has nothing to do with Ukraine — or does it? Wed, 16 Oct 2019 12:54:00 +0200 Japanese Investment in Russia Floundering Despite Arctic Energy Deal Without improvements to Russia’s business climate, cases of Japanese investment into Russia will continue to be the exception, not the norm. Wed, 16 Oct 2019 11:11:00 +0200 Turkey and Russia Show That Land Grabs Can Pay Off Erdogan and Putin are shredding the myth that countries no longer tear other countries apart. Wed, 16 Oct 2019 10:06:38 +0200 Is Putin Over His Resentment? Is it a good thing that Russia appears to no longer harbor resentment towards to West? The answer is not so clear. Tue, 15 Oct 2019 11:19:00 +0200 Putin Has Achieved Everything He Wanted. But It Will Never Be Enough For Young Russians. Putin has led Russia into the bright future envisioned by his Brezhnev-era youth. Mon, 14 Oct 2019 10:45:00 +0200 Russia Is the New Referee in the Middle East The Kremlin must feel that it has finally returned to the world stage as a recognized force in international politics. Mon, 14 Oct 2019 10:27:00 +0200 What to Expect From Putin's Visit to Saudi Arabia Russia has emerged as a major outside player in the Middle East. Sun, 13 Oct 2019 10:12:00 +0200 Can Ukraine and Russia Make Things Work This Time? The next steps towards reconciliation are going to be extremely difficult and painful for a number of reasons. Fri, 11 Oct 2019 16:26:43 +0200 Breaking Wind the Russian Way By popular demand, scatological reflections. Fri, 11 Oct 2019 14:44:00 +0200 1990s Russia Is Alive and Well in the USA The values of some public figures in the White House suggests they would have been quite at home in 1990s Russia. Fri, 11 Oct 2019 13:48:00 +0200 Russia's Unjust Justice Russians fight because in some cases, justice is still possible, despite the constraints outlined above. Fri, 11 Oct 2019 11:00:00 +0200 To Deal With Putin, the West Needs ‘Rollercoaster Diplomacy’ The Russian leadership is defenseless against fast and radical shifts in policy from abroad. Thu, 10 Oct 2019 15:42:26 +0200 Strategies for a Kinder, Gentler Political War What if the Kremlin is tired of being everyone's geopolitical scapegoat? Wed, 09 Oct 2019 11:17:00 +0200 Putin’s Russia Is a Middle Eastern Country After centuries as the dividing line between Europe and Asia, Russia has found its natural place among the oil dictatorships. Tue, 08 Oct 2019 09:41:26 +0200 Is This Russia's Next Leader? For the first time in his seven years as Defense Minister, Shoigu gave a lengthy interview to a mainstream Russian newspaper. We should pay attention. Fri, 04 Oct 2019 15:15:00 +0200 In Russia, Everyone Is Guilty by Default If actor Pavel Ustinov is guilty, then so are we. Wed, 02 Oct 2019 16:03:00 +0200 Where Russia Now Stands On Syria Russia’s policy in Syria has developed over the years. Wed, 02 Oct 2019 11:19:56 +0200