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, 23 May 2019 17:41:54 +0200 600 Getting Your Snark On in Russian https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/05/22/getting-your-snark-on-in-russian-a65687 Mastering a little word with a serious punch. Wed, 22 May 2019 15:24:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/05/22/getting-your-snark-on-in-russian-a65687 I Know What It's Like to Work for Alisher Usmanov's Media https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/05/22/i-know-what-its-like-to-work-for-alisher-usmanovs-media-a65682 The mass resignation of Kommersant’s entire political desk should come as no surprise. Wed, 22 May 2019 10:21:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/05/22/i-know-what-its-like-to-work-for-alisher-usmanovs-media-a65682 We Want It Like in Ukraine, Part 2 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/05/21/we-want-it-like-in-ukraine-part-2-a65675 On the day Moscow was rocked by another censorship scandal, Zelenskiy’s inspiring inaugural speech gave Russians plenty of food for thought. Tue, 21 May 2019 15:37:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/05/21/we-want-it-like-in-ukraine-part-2-a65675 Corruption and Populism Are the West's Weaknesses, Not Moscow’s Invention https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/05/20/corruption-and-populism-are-the-wests-weaknesses-not-moscows-invention-a65643 It is important to remember that no one tied Austria's far-right politician Strache to a chair and forced him to listen to the Russian's pitch. Mon, 20 May 2019 10:07:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/05/20/corruption-and-populism-are-the-wests-weaknesses-not-moscows-invention-a65643 Modern Russia Is Putin Deciding a Park Use Dispute https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/05/20/modern-russia-is-putin-fixing-a-park-dispute-a65644 A protest against building an Orthodox church in the Russian hinterland reveals a lot about the country’s power structure. Mon, 20 May 2019 09:51:45 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/05/20/modern-russia-is-putin-fixing-a-park-dispute-a65644 Russians Continue to Believe in Football, One Year After World Cup https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/05/18/russians-continue-believe-football-one-year-after-world-cup-a65631 Fans have come out en masse for a chance to see their World Cup heroes in the Russian Premier League. Sat, 18 May 2019 10:45:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/05/18/russians-continue-believe-football-one-year-after-world-cup-a65631 Who Russians Think Will Succeed Putin in 2024 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/05/17/who-russians-think-will-succeed-putin-in-2024-a65621 Studies show that the Russian public doesn't believe they will have a say in the future of their country. Fri, 17 May 2019 11:51:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/05/17/who-russians-think-will-succeed-putin-in-2024-a65621 Civil Unrest in Yeltsin’s City https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/05/16/civil-unrest-in-yeltsins-city-a65594 The confrontations between society and the authorities which are spreading across the country shouldn't be taken lightly. Thu, 16 May 2019 16:03:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/05/16/civil-unrest-in-yeltsins-city-a65594 Why Trump and Putin Have Nothing to Discuss https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/05/15/why-trump-and-putin-have-nothing-to-discuss-a65598 Mueller wasn’t the main problem between Trump and Putin. Wed, 15 May 2019 16:02:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/05/15/why-trump-and-putin-have-nothing-to-discuss-a65598 The U.S., Not Russia Is the New Spoiler in the Arctic https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/05/15/the-us-not-russia-is-the-new-spoiler-in-the-arctic-a65591 Arctic cooperation will, however, weather Cyclone Trump. Wed, 15 May 2019 13:43:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/05/15/the-us-not-russia-is-the-new-spoiler-in-the-arctic-a65591 If You Can't Beat 'Em, Join 'Em https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/05/14/if-you-cant-beat-em-join-em-a65568 If братство is a group of united men, what do you call a group of united women? Tue, 14 May 2019 16:29:58 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/05/14/if-you-cant-beat-em-join-em-a65568 Why Russia Wants to Break the Internet https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/05/14/why-russia-wants-to-break-the-internet-a65570 Internet isolation increases Russia’s unpredictability. Tue, 14 May 2019 15:13:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/05/14/why-russia-wants-to-break-the-internet-a65570 Who Is Mr. Ivanov: Why Russia’s Middle Class Is Shrinking https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/05/14/who-is-mr-ivanov-why-russias-middle-class-is-shrinking-a65563 The middle class has become critically dependent on the government. Tue, 14 May 2019 10:27:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/05/14/who-is-mr-ivanov-why-russias-middle-class-is-shrinking-a65563 A National Disappointment: What Went Wrong With the Sukhoi Superjet 100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/05/13/a-national-disappointment-what-went-wrong-with-the-sukhoi-superjet-100-a65553 The project launched almost 20 years ago as a dream of conquering the world has turned into a thorn in everyone’s side. Mon, 13 May 2019 14:00:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/05/13/a-national-disappointment-what-went-wrong-with-the-sukhoi-superjet-100-a65553 Putin’s Syrian Playbook Won’t Work in Venezuela https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/05/13/putins-syrian-playbook-wont-work-in-venezuela-a65551 Russia has enabled a geopolitical crisis and is now offering to help solve it. Mon, 13 May 2019 10:58:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/05/13/putins-syrian-playbook-wont-work-in-venezuela-a65551 Sukhoi Superjet Crash: How Distrust of Authorities Bred Conspiracies https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/05/13/sukhoi-superjet-crash-how-distrust-of-authorities-bred-conspiracies-a65549 As the Sukhoi Superjet plane crash showed, people are quick to identify culprits when they do not believe an investigation will be able to punish those really at fault. Mon, 13 May 2019 10:36:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/05/13/sukhoi-superjet-crash-how-distrust-of-authorities-bred-conspiracies-a65549 In Venezuela, Geopolitics Obscure the True Prize: Oil https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/05/09/in-venezuela-geopolitics-obscure-the-true-prize-oil-a65513 To ensure a peaceful transition, the U.S. should offer Russia a stake in Venezuela’s oil. Thu, 09 May 2019 12:27:28 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/05/09/in-venezuela-geopolitics-obscure-the-true-prize-oil-a65513 Victory Day: Remembering the Fallen or Propaganda for Putin? https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/05/08/victory-day-remembering-the-fallen-or-propaganda-for-putin-a65510 Military pomp is drowning out a meaningful reflection on the horrors of the war. Wed, 08 May 2019 14:59:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/05/08/victory-day-remembering-the-fallen-or-propaganda-for-putin-a65510 Can an Ambassador's Sacking Save Russia-Belarus Relations? https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/05/07/can-an-ambassadors-sacking-save-russia-belarus-relations-a65516 Replacing the Russian ambassador in Minsk might not be enough to speed up the integration of the two countries. Tue, 07 May 2019 16:30:43 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/05/07/can-an-ambassadors-sacking-save-russia-belarus-relations-a65516 Becoming Oblomov https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/05/07/becoming-oblomov-a65508 My greatest aspiration is to master Oblomov's ability to laze about guilt-free. Here are some linguistic pointers. Tue, 07 May 2019 15:17:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/05/07/becoming-oblomov-a65508 Russia’s Plane-Making Ambition Exceeds Its Competence https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/05/06/russias-plane-making-ambition-exceeds-its-competence-a65502 The Sukhoi Superjet that crashed on Sunday was an assertion of post-Soviet industrial might. It ended up exposing Putin-era weakness instead. Mon, 06 May 2019 18:31:17 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/05/06/russias-plane-making-ambition-exceeds-its-competence-a65502 Putin Is Ready to Give Up Venezuela for the Right Price https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/05/05/putin-is-ready-to-give-up-venezuela-for-the-right-price-a65487 Sergei Lavrov and Mike Pompeo will soon meet in Helsinki to discuss Venezuela's future. Sun, 05 May 2019 13:05:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/05/05/putin-is-ready-to-give-up-venezuela-for-the-right-price-a65487 Russians Find New Ways to Protest https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/05/02/russians-find-new-ways-to-protest-a65467 The wave of landfill protests sweeping Russia is changing the country’s political map. Thu, 02 May 2019 10:18:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/05/02/russians-find-new-ways-to-protest-a65467 Belarus Seizes a Chance to Hit Russia Where It Hurts https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/05/01/belarus-seizes-a-chance-to-hit-russia-where-it-hurts-a65451 Lukashenko is happy to play hardball over contaminated oil in an important pipeline to Europe. Wed, 01 May 2019 11:00:24 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/05/01/belarus-seizes-a-chance-to-hit-russia-where-it-hurts-a65451 Brave Digital World: Alternatives for Russia https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/05/01/brave-digital-world-alternatives-for-russia-a65452 Without a major overhaul of the country offline, technology alone won’t save the country. Wed, 01 May 2019 10:56:26 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/05/01/brave-digital-world-alternatives-for-russia-a65452 Take a Vacation, Russian Style https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/04/30/take-a-vacation-russian-style-a65439 The May holidays are beginning, so you ought to be able to talk about taking a break, right? Tue, 30 Apr 2019 16:14:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/04/30/take-a-vacation-russian-style-a65439 Thanks, Putin, But Ukrainians Won’t Want Russian Passports https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/04/30/thanks-putin-but-ukrainians-wont-want-russian-passports-a65435 A provocative citizenship offer from the Kremlin challenges Ukraine’s new president to work on making all citizens feel welcome. Tue, 30 Apr 2019 10:04:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/04/30/thanks-putin-but-ukrainians-wont-want-russian-passports-a65435 What Is Russian President Vladimir Putin Afraid Of? https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/04/30/what-is-russian-president-vladimir-putin-afraid-of-a65432 Putin may project strength and daring, but he doesn’t trust his people enough to let them hear any of his critics. Tue, 30 Apr 2019 09:18:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/04/30/what-is-russian-president-vladimir-putin-afraid-of-a65432 Putin's 'Passportization' Move Aimed At Keeping the Donbass Conflict on Moscow's Terms https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/04/26/putins-passportization-move-aimed-at-keeping-the-donbass-conflict-on-moscows-terms-a65405 We cannot know what exactly the Kremlin means to do with its soon-to-be-minted citizens in Donbass. Fri, 26 Apr 2019 14:49:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/04/26/putins-passportization-move-aimed-at-keeping-the-donbass-conflict-on-moscows-terms-a65405 Bad Cop, Mediator or Spoiler: Russia’s Role on the Korean Peninsula https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/04/24/bad-cop-mediator-or-spoiler-russias-role-on-the-korean-peninsula-a65369 Moscow will not be written off by Washington and its allies when it comes to relations with North Korea. Wed, 24 Apr 2019 13:35:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/04/24/bad-cop-mediator-or-spoiler-russias-role-on-the-korean-peninsula-a65369 Syria and Now Iran: How the U.S. Is Driving Russia South https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/04/24/syria-and-now-iran-how-the-us-is-driving-russia-south-a65361 Trump’s decision to end Iran oil waivers will shift Russia's foreign policy down south. Wed, 24 Apr 2019 10:51:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/04/24/syria-and-now-iran-how-the-us-is-driving-russia-south-a65361 Happily Suffering While Worrying and Ignoring Insults https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/04/23/happily-suffering-while-worrying-and-ignoring-insults-a65351 Sometimes the simplest verbs in Russian can give you a headache. Tue, 23 Apr 2019 16:19:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/04/23/happily-suffering-while-worrying-and-ignoring-insults-a65351 How Will the New President of Ukraine Build Relations With Russia? https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/04/23/zelenskiy-and-the-kremlin-how-will-the-new-president-of-ukraine-build-relations-with-russia-a65353 In Ukrainian politics, Russia is still in the game, but don’t expect a return to pre-Maidan days. Tue, 23 Apr 2019 14:23:19 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/04/23/zelenskiy-and-the-kremlin-how-will-the-new-president-of-ukraine-build-relations-with-russia-a65353 Helping Ukraine to Help Ourselves https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/04/23/helping-ukraine-to-help-ourselves-a65344 Russia's former Minister of Foreign Affairs Igor Ivanov on what's next for Russia and Ukraine. Tue, 23 Apr 2019 10:11:52 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/04/23/helping-ukraine-to-help-ourselves-a65344 Stalin’s Record Approval Rating Is a Sign of Growing Discontent https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/04/22/stalins-record-approval-rating-is-a-sign-of-growing-discontent-a65332 The country is yearning for a "hero" of the past to correct the ills of society. Mon, 22 Apr 2019 16:31:50 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/04/22/stalins-record-approval-rating-is-a-sign-of-growing-discontent-a65332 How Zelenskiy Beat Ukraine's Establishment https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/04/22/how-zelenskiy-beat-ukraines-establishment-a65335 His presidency could be a wasted chance — or it could finally free up the creative energy Ukraine needs for a leap forward. Mon, 22 Apr 2019 12:39:37 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/04/22/how-zelenskiy-beat-ukraines-establishment-a65335 Russia’s Sovereign Internet Law Will Destroy Innovation https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/04/21/russias-sovereign-internet-law-will-destroy-innovation-a65317 By the time the law is implemented, Russia will be lagging behind the rest of the world. Sun, 21 Apr 2019 18:24:35 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/04/21/russias-sovereign-internet-law-will-destroy-innovation-a65317 The Ukrainian Elite Is Preparing for Poroshenko’s Defeat https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/04/20/the-ukrainian-elite-is-preparing-for-poroshenkos-defeat-a65239 With polls showing President Petro Poroshenko heading for a major defeat, elites are looking for contacts with the likely winner Volodymyr Zelenskiy. Sat, 20 Apr 2019 09:41:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/04/20/the-ukrainian-elite-is-preparing-for-poroshenkos-defeat-a65239 What the Mueller Report Tells Us About How Russia Works https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/04/19/what-the-mueller-report-tells-us-about-how-russia-works-a65310 Please, put away those onion-dome-on-the-White-House graphics and abandon those excitable claims of Trump as a Russian agent. Fri, 19 Apr 2019 11:31:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/04/19/what-the-mueller-report-tells-us-about-how-russia-works-a65310 Business as Usual for Russia in Sudan https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/04/17/business-as-usual-for-russia-in-sudan-a65272 The end of al-Bashir does not signify the end of Russia in Sudan. Wed, 17 Apr 2019 14:07:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/04/17/business-as-usual-for-russia-in-sudan-a65272 Don't Call Me That! https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/04/16/dont-call-me-that-a65254 A cranky cab driver led me to write a cranky column about what not to call your fare — me. Tue, 16 Apr 2019 16:31:56 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/04/16/dont-call-me-that-a65254 Russia and NATO Both Think Time Is on Their Side https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/04/16/russia-and-nato-both-think-time-is-on-their-side-a65274 Both sides show little readiness for compromise or pragmatism. Tue, 16 Apr 2019 16:16:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/04/16/russia-and-nato-both-think-time-is-on-their-side-a65274 A New Ukrainian President Won’t Salvage Russia-Ukraine Relations https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/04/16/a-new-ukrainian-president-wont-salvage-russia-ukraine-relations-a65259 The Russian authorities have never been inclined to consider Ukraine a truly separate state. Tue, 16 Apr 2019 16:12:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/04/16/a-new-ukrainian-president-wont-salvage-russia-ukraine-relations-a65259 Our Man in NATO: Why Putin Lucked Out With Recep Erdogan https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/04/15/our-man-in-nato-why-putin-lucked-out-with-recep-erdogan-a65237 Russia is on the verge of a resounding victory over NATO and the United States. Mon, 15 Apr 2019 14:28:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/04/15/our-man-in-nato-why-putin-lucked-out-with-recep-erdogan-a65237 Putin’s Melody Is No Longer Music to Russians’ Ears https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/04/13/putins-melody-is-no-longer-music-to-russians-ears-a65221 Having lost interest in dancing, Russians are returning to their private, individual cares. Sat, 13 Apr 2019 10:27:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/04/13/putins-melody-is-no-longer-music-to-russians-ears-a65221 Kremlin Strategy Doesn’t Need Winners, Just Players https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/04/12/kremlin-strategy-doesnt-need-winners-just-players-a65207 Sometimes playing is more important than winning. Fri, 12 Apr 2019 09:19:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/04/12/kremlin-strategy-doesnt-need-winners-just-players-a65207 Serebrennikov Is Finally Free, But Worries Remain https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/04/11/serebrennikov-is-finally-free-but-worries-remain-a65203 Why talks of any real thaw are premature. Thu, 11 Apr 2019 16:30:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/04/11/serebrennikov-is-finally-free-but-worries-remain-a65203 Kremlin Scapegoat: Russia’s In-System Opposition Is Under Attack https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/04/10/kremlin-scapegoat-russias-in-system-opposition-is-under-attack-a65180 In-system politicians are now discovering that playing by the rules no longer protects them. Wed, 10 Apr 2019 14:53:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/04/10/kremlin-scapegoat-russias-in-system-opposition-is-under-attack-a65180 Russia’s Consumers Still Glum but Businesses Becoming Optimistic for 2019 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/04/09/russias-consumers-still-glum-but-businesses-becoming-optimistic-for-2019-a65112 Russia proved to be a tale of two cities as 2019 got under way. Tue, 09 Apr 2019 15:26:37 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/04/09/russias-consumers-still-glum-but-businesses-becoming-optimistic-for-2019-a65112 The Nerd's Guide to Russian Prepositions In and On https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/04/09/the-nerds-guide-to-russian-prepositions-in-and-on-a65158 Russian language learners complain about prepositions. I heard you. Tue, 09 Apr 2019 14:43:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/04/09/the-nerds-guide-to-russian-prepositions-in-and-on-a65158