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 Thu, 03 Dec 2020 12:29:52 +0100 600 Is Putin Really Considering a Military Alliance With China? https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/12/02/is-putin-really-considering-a-military-alliance-with-china-a72207 In recent years, Moscow has tried to exploit the issue of its rapprochement with Beijing to scare the West with the prospect of a Sino-Russian bloc. Wed, 02 Dec 2020 10:43:16 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/12/02/is-putin-really-considering-a-military-alliance-with-china-a72207 The Dangerous Job of Protecting the Environment in Russia https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/12/01/the-dangerous-job-of-protecting-the-environment-in-russia-a72194 Environmental rights groups in the country are facing severe harassment by the authorities. Tue, 01 Dec 2020 13:58:40 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/12/01/the-dangerous-job-of-protecting-the-environment-in-russia-a72194 Belarus Protests Have Explosive Potential for EU-Russia Relations https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/12/01/belarus-protests-have-explosive-potential-for-eu-russia-relations-a72189 The Belarusian revolution is far from over, and there are many scenarios in which the EU and Russia won’t be able to keep their differences over Belarus from escalating. Tue, 01 Dec 2020 09:04:31 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/12/01/belarus-protests-have-explosive-potential-for-eu-russia-relations-a72189 Time for Moscow to Move On and Stop Thinking So Much About Washington https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/11/30/time-for-moscow-to-move-on-and-stop-thinking-so-much-about-washington-a72179 Attempting to match America is a terrible act of self-harm — and it is doomed to fail. Mon, 30 Nov 2020 10:31:00 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/11/30/time-for-moscow-to-move-on-and-stop-thinking-so-much-about-washington-a72179 Confusing Coffee and Bountiful Behinds in Russian https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/11/27/confusing-coffee-and-bountiful-behinds-in-russian-a72166 Would you want to be урод? In 1254 you would have been happy to be урод. Now - not so much. Fri, 27 Nov 2020 16:12:45 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/11/27/confusing-coffee-and-bountiful-behinds-in-russian-a72166 How Biden Will Impact Russian Domestic Policy https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/11/26/how-biden-will-impact-russian-domestic-policy-a72154 What action the Russian authorities take largely depends on the early actions and statements of the Biden administration Thu, 26 Nov 2020 12:19:00 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/11/26/how-biden-will-impact-russian-domestic-policy-a72154 U.S. Sanctions Under Biden: What to Expect https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/11/24/us-sanctions-under-biden-what-to-expect-a72136 The relationship between Russia and the United States will remain one of fierce rivalry, and that paradigm is unlikely to change. Tue, 24 Nov 2020 12:38:49 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/11/24/us-sanctions-under-biden-what-to-expect-a72136 Why Russians Dislike 'Good Russians' in American Films No Less than 'Bad Russians' https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/11/20/why-russians-dislike-good-russians-in-american-films-no-less-than-bad-russians-a72097 Russians were simply unprepared to see themselves portrayed as the “good guys” in the new Netflix series "The Queen’s Gambit." Fri, 20 Nov 2020 09:15:13 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/11/20/why-russians-dislike-good-russians-in-american-films-no-less-than-bad-russians-a72097 Joe Biden’s Foreign Policy and Russia https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/11/19/joe-bidens-foreign-policy-and-russia-a72096 While Biden recognizes China as America’s top competitor, he calls Russia the biggest threat to the United States. Thu, 19 Nov 2020 15:31:33 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/11/19/joe-bidens-foreign-policy-and-russia-a72096 Putin’s Nagorno-Karabakh Calculus Can Undermine Russian Clout in FSU https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/11/19/putins-nagorno-karabakh-calculus-can-undermine-russian-clout-in-fsu-a72091 Russia’s decision not to employ leverage to stop the conflict in its early stages made a lasting impression on its allies. Thu, 19 Nov 2020 12:25:00 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/11/19/putins-nagorno-karabakh-calculus-can-undermine-russian-clout-in-fsu-a72091 Russia Should Get Behind Arctic Ban on Dirty Fuel https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/11/16/russia-should-get-behind-arctic-ban-on-dirty-fuel-a72054 Russia is watering down a block on heavy fuel oil — a toxic pollutant — in the Arctic. That could be a dangerous mistake. Mon, 16 Nov 2020 11:50:52 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/11/16/russia-should-get-behind-arctic-ban-on-dirty-fuel-a72054 Diplomacy, Not War, Should Have Fixed Nagorno-Karabakh https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/11/13/diplomacy-not-war-should-have-fixed-nagorno-karabakh-a72040 The new peace deal is unspeakably painful because better arrangements than what are being secured today were attainable through diplomacy years ago. Fri, 13 Nov 2020 10:37:00 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/11/13/diplomacy-not-war-should-have-fixed-nagorno-karabakh-a72040 No Longer 'Ours': With a Biden White House, the Kremlin Is Facing a Tough New Reality https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/11/12/no-longer-ours-kremlin-is-facing-a-tough-new-reality-under-biden-a72017 The problem for Moscow is not so much the deterioration of relations under Biden: it is the readiness of the White House to minimize these relations. Thu, 12 Nov 2020 08:02:00 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/11/12/no-longer-ours-kremlin-is-facing-a-tough-new-reality-under-biden-a72017 A Precarious Peace for Karabakh https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/11/11/a-precarious-peace-for-karabakh-a72018 The November 10 agreement may turn out to be a rapidly assembled construction that is not sustainable. Wed, 11 Nov 2020 14:58:00 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/11/11/a-precarious-peace-for-karabakh-a72018 Russian Ceasefire Deal in Nagorno-Karabakh Marks Slow, Painful End of Empire in the South Caucasus https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/11/10/russian-ceasefire-deal-marks-slow-painful-end-of-empire-in-the-south-caucasus-a72001 Azerbaijan is triumphant — but its triumph, while recognized by Russia, was really delivered by Turkey. Tue, 10 Nov 2020 10:01:00 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/11/10/russian-ceasefire-deal-marks-slow-painful-end-of-empire-in-the-south-caucasus-a72001 Great Russian Literature Versus One Tweet by Stephen King https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/11/09/great-russian-literature-versus-one-tweet-by-stephen-king-a71993 Why Russians still lose their heads over comments made by Western movie critics. Mon, 09 Nov 2020 12:40:28 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/11/09/great-russian-literature-versus-one-tweet-by-stephen-king-a71993 Trump’s Loss Not Necessarily Russia’s https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/11/09/trumps-loss-not-necessarily-russias-a71985 If Putin and the Kremlin exercise some moderation, they can expect from the next American president a readiness for serious dialogue. Mon, 09 Nov 2020 09:11:00 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/11/09/trumps-loss-not-necessarily-russias-a71985 Getting the Electoral College Right in Russian https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/11/06/getting-the-electoral-college-right-in-russian-a71979 You know how you sometimes wish your language had a foreign word in it? I want выборщик. Fri, 06 Nov 2020 16:29:32 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/11/06/getting-the-electoral-college-right-in-russian-a71979 Russia's Growing Indifference to Protests in Belarus https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/11/06/russias-growing-indifference-to-protests-in-belarus-a71973 Even opposition-minded Russians are not too excited about getting rid of Alexandr Lukashenko. Fri, 06 Nov 2020 11:03:00 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/11/06/russias-growing-indifference-to-protests-in-belarus-a71973 The Russian Media May Like Trump. It Doesn’t Mean the Kremlin Does https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/11/05/the-russian-media-may-like-trump-it-doesnt-mean-the-kremlin-does-a71960 It’s not that Biden would be much better in terms of Russian-U.S. relations, but at least he might bring a certain predictability to the dialogue. Thu, 05 Nov 2020 10:53:00 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/11/05/the-russian-media-may-like-trump-it-doesnt-mean-the-kremlin-does-a71960 What the Pundits Say: Following the U.S. Elections in Russian Media https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/11/03/what-the-pundits-say-following-the-us-elections-in-russian-media-a71945 Coverage is a strange mix of hard facts, informed commentary and biased reporting. Tue, 03 Nov 2020 17:09:00 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/11/03/what-the-pundits-say-following-the-us-elections-in-russian-media-a71945 What's Next for Protesters in Belarus? https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/11/02/whats-next-for-protesters-in-belarus-a71931 Protests continue, but Lukashenko remains. Can either side break the stalemate? Mon, 02 Nov 2020 09:22:19 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/11/02/whats-next-for-protesters-in-belarus-a71931 What Can Russia Expect From a Biden Presidency? https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/11/02/what-can-russia-expect-from-a-biden-presidency-a71927 Washington’s behavior would be significantly more predictable under Biden, a change that even Moscow may welcome after dealing with Trump. Mon, 02 Nov 2020 08:52:00 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/11/02/what-can-russia-expect-from-a-biden-presidency-a71927 How U.S. Elections Could Impact EU-Russia Relations https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/10/31/how-us-elections-could-impact-eu-russia-relations-a71921 Even a partial restoration of transatlantic unity under a President Biden will be a blow to the Kremlin. Sat, 31 Oct 2020 14:25:00 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/10/31/how-us-elections-could-impact-eu-russia-relations-a71921 It's Time to Take a Stand in Russian https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/10/30/its-time-to-stand-a-stand-in-russian-a71915 What do стоить and стоять have in common? Not much - oh, except for one very important thing. Fri, 30 Oct 2020 16:18:54 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/10/30/its-time-to-stand-a-stand-in-russian-a71915 Russia Policy Priorities for a Biden Presidency https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/10/30/russia-policy-priorities-for-a-biden-presidency-a71885 A Biden administration would see a major shift in presidential attitudes towards Russia and Putin personally, which is unlikely to be welcome in Moscow. Fri, 30 Oct 2020 09:40:02 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/10/30/russia-policy-priorities-for-a-biden-presidency-a71885 Russia’s Grand Arctic Plan Will Face Tough Hurdles https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/10/28/russias-grand-arctic-plan-will-face-tough-hurdles-a71871 Having a roadmap for development is one thing, getting there is another. Wed, 28 Oct 2020 09:16:00 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/10/28/russias-grand-arctic-plan-will-face-tough-hurdles-a71871 No Country for Old Spooks: Reshuffle at the Top of the FSB Will Set the Tone for Remainder of Putin Era https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/10/27/no-country-for-old-spooks-reshuffle-at-the-top-of-the-fsb-will-set-the-tone-for-remainder-of-putin-era-a71872 The offhand way that one of the most powerful men most people haven’t heard of was dismissed may say something even about the Navalny case. Tue, 27 Oct 2020 15:36:00 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/10/27/no-country-for-old-spooks-reshuffle-at-the-top-of-the-fsb-will-set-the-tone-for-remainder-of-putin-era-a71872 Who’s In Charge Following Revolution in Kyrgyzstan? https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/10/26/whos-in-charge-following-revolution-in-kyrgyzstan-a71856 Sadyr Japarov’s rise was fueled by a combination of two political assets: popular radical rhetoric and influential connections. Mon, 26 Oct 2020 13:37:00 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/10/26/whos-in-charge-following-revolution-in-kyrgyzstan-a71856 Everything Has a Price in Russian https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/10/23/everything-has-a-price-in-russian-a71836 Is it worth reading? How much does it cost? It's nothing. All this for the price of one word: стоить. Fri, 23 Oct 2020 15:13:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/10/23/everything-has-a-price-in-russian-a71836 A Farewell to Trump? Russia’s Elite Braces for U.S. Elections https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/10/21/a-farewell-to-trump-russias-elite-braces-for-us-elections-a71821 The ruling elite is divided over who would be Russia's best bet in the U.S. presidential race. Wed, 21 Oct 2020 15:29:14 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/10/21/a-farewell-to-trump-russias-elite-braces-for-us-elections-a71821 In Russia’s Near Abroad, Its Influence Is More Optics Than Substance https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/10/19/in-russias-near-abroad-its-influence-is-more-optics-than-substance-a71790 Putin’s foreign policy has been to establish a presence in foreign countries to disrupt or influence without a coherent strategy for an actual end. Mon, 19 Oct 2020 12:52:45 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/10/19/in-russias-near-abroad-its-influence-is-more-optics-than-substance-a71790 The With, By, From, Per, About Preposition https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/10/16/the-with-by-from-per-about-preposition-a71773 Getting Russian prepositions and cases right is my life's goal. Judging by "c" I've got a long way to go. Fri, 16 Oct 2020 16:01:05 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/10/16/the-with-by-from-per-about-preposition-a71773 In Nagorno-Karabakh, Russia Faces an Unenviable Task https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/10/16/in-nagorno-karabakh-russia-faces-an-unenviable-task-a71778 Whichever way you look at it, the menu of Russia’s options ranges from bad to worse. Fri, 16 Oct 2020 12:09:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/10/16/in-nagorno-karabakh-russia-faces-an-unenviable-task-a71778 Is Russia's Dialogue with the EU Coming to an End? https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/10/15/is-russias-dialogue-with-the-eu-coming-to-an-end-a71766 Sergei Lavrov's recent comments on the EU may sound extreme, but they were a long time in the making. Thu, 15 Oct 2020 14:08:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/10/15/is-russias-dialogue-with-the-eu-coming-to-an-end-a71766 EU’s Navalny Sanctions Miss the Mark https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/10/15/eus-navalny-sanctions-miss-the-mark-a71765 I cannot help but feel the pressure to act sometimes forces governments to do something soon, rather than do something smart. Thu, 15 Oct 2020 13:50:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/10/15/eus-navalny-sanctions-miss-the-mark-a71765 In Memoriam: Irina Slavina, Journalist and Champion of Truth https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/10/14/in-memoriam-irina-slavina-journalist-and-champion-of-truth-a71754 Time after time, Irina Slavina had been the target of persecution, until she could no longer go on. Wed, 14 Oct 2020 16:33:31 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/10/14/in-memoriam-irina-slavina-journalist-and-champion-of-truth-a71754 Fast as a Russian Fly https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/10/09/fast-as-a-russian-fly-a71707 Russians not only like to go fast, they like to talk about going fast. Fri, 09 Oct 2020 16:12:55 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/10/09/fast-as-a-russian-fly-a71707 Time For Russia and Other Great Powers to Move From Words to Actions to End Karabakh War https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/10/08/time-for-russia-and-other-great-powers-to-move-from-words-to-actions-to-end-karabakh-war-a71695 Russia should use its formidable leverage to bring Azerbaijani and Armenian diplomats to the negotiating table. Thu, 08 Oct 2020 13:14:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/10/08/time-for-russia-and-other-great-powers-to-move-from-words-to-actions-to-end-karabakh-war-a71695 The Scramble for Power in Kyrgyzstan https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/10/08/the-scramble-for-power-in-kyrgyzstan-a71696 The situation in Kyrgyzstan is in some ways similar to its last two revolutions. The difference is world and regional powers' reluctance to get involved. Thu, 08 Oct 2020 12:48:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/10/08/the-scramble-for-power-in-kyrgyzstan-a71696 5 Years On, Russia's Syria Intervention Poses More Questions Than Answers https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/10/06/5-years-on-russias-syria-intervention-poses-more-questions-than-answers-a71668 Moscow saved Assad, but it has now become a hostage to the latter’s euphoria of victory and its refusal to be flexible in the political dialogue. Tue, 06 Oct 2020 13:07:46 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/10/06/5-years-on-russias-syria-intervention-poses-more-questions-than-answers-a71668 The Kremlin Takes On a Resurrected Navalny https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/10/06/the-kremlin-takes-on-a-resurrected-navalny-a71662 The Kremlin's accusations against the opposition politician are an attempt to marginalize Navalny amid his post-poisoning prominence. Tue, 06 Oct 2020 11:53:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/10/06/the-kremlin-takes-on-a-resurrected-navalny-a71662 Why the Stakes in the Nagorno-Karabakh War Are So Much Higher This Time Round https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/10/05/why-the-stakes-in-the-nagorno-karabakh-war-are-so-much-higher-this-time-round-a71653 Radical changes in the dynamics of the region over the past 25 years mean international actors have divided interests. Mon, 05 Oct 2020 11:58:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/10/05/why-the-stakes-in-the-nagorno-karabakh-war-are-so-much-higher-this-time-round-a71653 Belarusian Mortgage on Russia’s Future https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/10/05/belarusian-mortgage-on-russias-future-a71649 Any move by Putin to enforce his will in Belarus with force could invite tougher Western sanctions and scare investors. Mon, 05 Oct 2020 10:17:36 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/10/05/belarusian-mortgage-on-russias-future-a71649 The Fruit of Our Language Labor https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/10/02/the-fruit-of-our-language-labor-a71636 Whoever names fruit cultivars in Russia should get a lifetime achievement award. Fri, 02 Oct 2020 17:55:30 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/10/02/the-fruit-of-our-language-labor-a71636 A Delicate Legal Case, But Echoes of a Smear Campaign https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/09/30/a-delicate-legal-case-but-echoes-of-a-smear-campaign-a71606 The nature and timings of the child sexual abuse charges against Yuri Dmitriyev indicate that the case was spurious and politically motivated. Wed, 30 Sep 2020 14:22:48 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/09/30/a-delicate-legal-case-but-echoes-of-a-smear-campaign-a71606 Moscow Tells Its Story in the Passive Voice https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/09/30/moscow-tells-its-story-in-the-passive-voice-a71584 In the Kremlin's political playbook, grammar matters. Wed, 30 Sep 2020 12:18:47 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/09/30/moscow-tells-its-story-in-the-passive-voice-a71584 Nagorno-Karabakh: A Flare-Up, or All-Out War? https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/09/29/nagorno-karabakh-a-flare-up-or-all-out-war-a71582 Raising the bar in a conflict makes it very difficult to stop as planned. Tue, 29 Sep 2020 10:30:09 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/09/29/nagorno-karabakh-a-flare-up-or-all-out-war-a71582 Anonymous Telegram Channels Are Shaping Russia's Daily Life https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/09/28/anonymous-telegram-channels-are-shaping-russias-reality-a71588 Popular telegram channels said Moscow would re-impose quarantine on September 21. It never happened Mon, 28 Sep 2020 13:18:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/09/28/anonymous-telegram-channels-are-shaping-russias-reality-a71588 The Return of the Berlin Patient https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/09/28/the-return-of-the-berlin-patient-a71574 The Kremlin will face a new Navalny, protected by a force field of Western public opinion. Mon, 28 Sep 2020 12:55:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/09/28/the-return-of-the-berlin-patient-a71574