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 Tue, 21 Jan 2020 10:40:13 +0100 600 Russia Prepares for a New Tandemocracy Putin’s proposed amendments to various roles amount to something resembling an insurance policy. Mon, 20 Jan 2020 13:29:00 +0100 Putin’s Changes Might Set Russia on the Right Path Political centralization has historically served as a major impediment to Russia’s democratization. Mon, 20 Jan 2020 07:32:24 +0100 50 Ways to Leave Your Government The resignation of the Russian government produced a great crop of humor. Fri, 17 Jan 2020 15:31:00 +0100 Russians Have Little Say in Their Future Putin’s revamp underlines the extent to which the status quo rules. Fri, 17 Jan 2020 15:04:00 +0100 How Will Putin’s Reforms Pan Out for Russian Business? By addressing the “2024 problem” early Putin has given the investment community some breathing room. Fri, 17 Jan 2020 13:42:53 +0100 Planning for a (Not So) Post-Putin Russia The president has made it clear that no one is going anywhere. Fri, 17 Jan 2020 07:48:49 +0100 Russia’s New Prime Minister Is a Bureaucratic Superman Mishustin is a new kind of Russian prime minister suited to Putin’s evolving political goals. Thu, 16 Jan 2020 14:31:00 +0100 Putin's Late New Year’s Gift for Russia’s Elites Putin has diffused political power enough that elites should feel reassured they will wield influence after 2024. Thu, 16 Jan 2020 09:16:00 +0100 Putin's New Plan to Hold Power Forever Russia’s real constitution is in Putin’s head. That’s where the missing details will come from, too. Wed, 15 Jan 2020 17:56:00 +0100 Beyond the Hype of Russia’s Hypersonic Weapons The much-touted Avangard system became operational at the end of last year. Wed, 15 Jan 2020 09:36:00 +0100 Iran Admitted to Shooting Down Ukraine's Airliner. Why Hasn't Russia Done the Same With MH17? Without owning up to its mistake, Russia will forever be remembered as the country that just kept lying. Sat, 11 Jan 2020 21:28:00 +0100 The Key Words of 2019 What were the words of the year for 2019? And am I Cassandra? Fri, 10 Jan 2020 15:09:00 +0100 Putin’s Latest Obsession: A New World War II Narrative Russia’s global power is still based on some important spoils of World War II.  Fri, 10 Jan 2020 08:13:15 +0100 Russia’s Role in Syria is Changing Moscow might face difficulties in promoting its vision of a political settlement, while competition with Tehran is growing. Thu, 09 Jan 2020 07:41:00 +0100 The Iran Crisis Can Be a Boost for Russia If Syria becomes the setting for a clash between Washington and Tehran, it could be a major problem for Moscow. Wed, 08 Jan 2020 10:29:39 +0100 Putin Now Needs a Plan B on Iran Qassem Soleimani’s death may force a change in the Russian calculus involving Syria, Iran and Turkey. Tue, 07 Jan 2020 08:34:14 +0100 Putin Can Cautiously Enjoy the Iran Drama From the Audience Tehran and Moscow have certain interests in common, especially in minimizing U.S. influence in the Middle East, but they are at best frenemies. Fri, 03 Jan 2020 17:47:00 +0100 Russians Are Tired of Stability The lack of clear economic progress contributed to mounting discontent in 2019. Fri, 03 Jan 2020 10:33:59 +0100 The Future of Putin’s Information Autocracy The Kremlin will be forced to dedicate a growing share of resources to silencing the informed. Thu, 02 Jan 2020 07:51:00 +0100 Russia in 2020. Like 2019, But More So Putin and his entourage seem to think "better safe than sorry." Wed, 01 Jan 2020 08:25:00 +0100 Russia Is Reverting to Stalinist Patterns A prologue to the 2020s in Russia. Tue, 31 Dec 2019 08:15:39 +0100 Putin’s Grand Gas Project Makes Sense Now But not exactly in the way the Kremlin wanted. Thu, 26 Dec 2019 08:34:32 +0100 If Putin Were to Leave Tomorrow What would the first 90 days after a hypothetical death of the head of state look like? Wed, 25 Dec 2019 15:14:11 +0100 Did Macron Hand the Balkans to Russia? With Macron turning his sights on engineering a reset with Moscow, the Kremlin is unlikely to jeopardize such favorable dynamics by making disruptive moves in the Western Balkans. Mon, 23 Dec 2019 11:46:10 +0100 Shorn of Prejudices, the Lubyanka Shooting Is a Familiar Story The shooter may have been a Russian, wielding a Russian gun, targeting a Russian institution, but the story is a universal one. Fri, 20 Dec 2019 15:18:35 +0100 Terms, Prerogatives and Matters of Taste The interesting bits from Mr. Putin's press conference. Fri, 20 Dec 2019 12:37:00 +0100 Ukraine’s Zelenskiy Showed He’s the Anti-Putin in 2019 He’s the only kind of threat Russian President Vladimir Putin has any reason to fear. Fri, 20 Dec 2019 12:18:00 +0100 Surviving Against the Odds: How Russian Media Learned to Adapt in the 2010s For a while, it looked like independent media would disappear in Russia. But that is not how things turned out. Thu, 19 Dec 2019 15:50:11 +0100 Russia Is Capitalizing on the West's Failures in Libya Russia’s increased involvement in Libya marks a turning point in the conflict, making an Ankara-Kremlin rapprochement all the more likely. Wed, 18 Dec 2019 13:03:57 +0100 What Could Russia’s Economy Look Like After Putin? The economy is a key battleground among Putin’s deputies jockeying for position ahead of 2024. Tue, 17 Dec 2019 14:11:16 +0100 How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the National Projects Putin’s ambitious National Projects won’t turn Russia’s economy around, and they do not have to. Tue, 17 Dec 2019 12:04:19 +0100 In 2019, Putin Couldn’t Win Back Russia’s Love It was a year in which the Russian leader increased his influence abroad while losing it at home. Sat, 14 Dec 2019 13:06:00 +0100 Why the Normandy Summit Was Not a Waste of Time Stabilizing the area around the line of contact is the bare minimum outcome of talks on Ukraine that all sides consider necessary. Thu, 12 Dec 2019 15:09:00 +0100 Russian Artist Puts $150,000 Banana to Shame This plaque from a bench in New York City's Central Park is art as political protest, tabloid journalism and charity all rolled into one. Thu, 12 Dec 2019 09:33:44 +0100 Is the Kremlin Finally Ready to Play Hardball With Belarus? Russia needs Belarus and Lukashenko to serve as an alluring example to other post-Soviet rulers of how beneficial integration with Russia can be. Wed, 11 Dec 2019 12:24:00 +0100 The Life and Fate of Yury Luzhkov, the Embodiment of Moscow State Capitalism Remembering the rise and fall of Moscow's legendary mayor. Wed, 11 Dec 2019 10:35:00 +0100 I Am a Russian World Champion and I Demand Answers Russian World Champion Maria Lasitskene writes an open letter criticizing sporting officials after new four-year WADA ban. Tue, 10 Dec 2019 11:48:00 +0100 4-Year Doping Ban on Athletes Should Scare All Russians Russia may lose three world championships it’s set to host — volleyball in 2022, ice hockey in 2023 and water sports in 2025. Tue, 10 Dec 2019 10:37:00 +0100 Chechnya’s Awkward Anniversary Twenty-five years ago, the Russian government went to war in Chechnya. Few will be marking this anniversary. Tue, 10 Dec 2019 09:37:00 +0100 In British Elections, a (Non) Debate on Russia Neither Labour nor the Conservative Party is willing or concerned enough to spend political capital to prioritize reviving U.K.–Russia relations. Mon, 09 Dec 2019 13:28:00 +0100 A Russian Holiday Party Primer A (mostly comic) guide to holiday partying: where to go, what to wear, and what to bring. Fri, 06 Dec 2019 16:24:00 +0100 Facebook Just Can’t Seem to Beat the Russians Social media companies' defenses are routinely bypassed by an entire manipulation industry, largely based in Russia. Fri, 06 Dec 2019 15:45:00 +0100 Kremlin’s Cruel LGBT Crackdown Has Outlived Its Usefulness The state itself no longer remembers why it began to target “gay propaganda,” or what threat it believed it posed. Thu, 05 Dec 2019 09:53:00 +0100 What the New EU Leadership Should Do About Russia There must be a sober assessment of what is and is not possible between the EU and Russia. Thu, 05 Dec 2019 09:21:38 +0100 Putin Is Seeing ‘Foreign Agents’ Everywhere I'm only one step from becoming a Russian "foreign agent." Wed, 04 Dec 2019 09:06:00 +0100 How 10,000 Little Putins Rule Russia The combination of aggressive conformism and petty indifference is the basis of the regime’s popular support. Tue, 03 Dec 2019 09:45:00 +0100 U.S. Inspection of New Russian Missile May Revive Stalled Arms Control Talks Russia made positive moves to extend the New START treaty late last month. Mon, 02 Dec 2019 15:50:00 +0100 In a Year of Global Chaos, Russia Remained a Reliable Partner The main task now is to ensure that Russia's momentum is not lost going into 2020. Mon, 02 Dec 2019 11:35:00 +0100 Merry Happy Holiday to You It's beginning to look a lot like Holiday Central. Fri, 29 Nov 2019 15:50:00 +0100 Putin Is Learning the Hard Way That in Sports Rules Still Matter We promised to be honest but fabricated the truth, again. Wed, 27 Nov 2019 15:39:00 +0100