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, 24 Sep 2020 08:21:32 +0200 600 What Russia Doesn’t Get About Germany https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/09/23/what-russia-doesnt-get-about-germany-a71527 Moscow has repeatedly rejected any responsibility for its most contentious actions. As a result, Berlin’s trust and willingness to invest in the relationship with Russia has been wearing down for years. Wed, 23 Sep 2020 15:52:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/09/23/what-russia-doesnt-get-about-germany-a71527 A Political Union Between Russia and Belarus Is Creeping Closer https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/09/23/a-political-union-between-russia-and-belarus-is-creeping-closer-a71523 Lukashenko is more dependent on Putin than ever before and Russia needs Belarus to make it a player in European security. Wed, 23 Sep 2020 14:02:21 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/09/23/a-political-union-between-russia-and-belarus-is-creeping-closer-a71523 The Giant Saber-Toothed Grasshopper and Other Endangered Species https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/09/18/the-giant-saber-toothed-grasshopper-and-other-endangered-species-a71480 Watch День Радио, learn Russian, and laugh your head off. Win-win-win. Fri, 18 Sep 2020 20:54:14 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/09/18/the-giant-saber-toothed-grasshopper-and-other-endangered-species-a71480 Can Moscow Manage a Power Transition in Belarus? https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/09/17/can-moscow-manage-a-power-transition-in-belarus-a71471 Lukashenko's loss of legitimacy has become problematic for the Kremlin — but can it manage Minsk's leadership change? Thu, 17 Sep 2020 13:15:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/09/17/can-moscow-manage-a-power-transition-in-belarus-a71471 Navalny and the Limits of Putin's Ad Hoc Rule https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/09/16/navalny-and-the-limits-of-putins-ad-hoc-rule-a71456 Putin has mastered the art of special ops. In the case of Navalny, however, the banal decency of ordinary Russian citizens ruined the plan. Wed, 16 Sep 2020 10:57:44 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/09/16/navalny-and-the-limits-of-putins-ad-hoc-rule-a71456 Justice Is Needed for Belarus. International Scrutiny Is the Way to Get it. https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/09/16/justice-is-needed-for-belarus-international-scrutiny-is-the-way-to-get-it-a71454 I have seen women and men tortured, humiliated and degraded by the Lukashenko regime. Wed, 16 Sep 2020 10:14:03 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/09/16/justice-is-needed-for-belarus-international-scrutiny-is-the-way-to-get-it-a71454 The Meaning of Victory in Russia’s Sept. 13 Elections https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/09/14/the-meaning-of-victory-in-russias-sept-13-elections-a71432 The Kremlin will face increasing complexity and costs as it looks to engineer future election victories. Mon, 14 Sep 2020 14:33:06 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/09/14/the-meaning-of-victory-in-russias-sept-13-elections-a71432 Muttering and Grousing the Russian Way https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/09/12/muttering-and-grousing-the-russian-way-a71422 Russians didn't invent griping, but they have terrific words to describe it. Sat, 12 Sep 2020 11:54:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/09/12/muttering-and-grousing-the-russian-way-a71422 Where Navalny’s Poisoning Is Taking Russia, at Home and Abroad https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/09/09/where-navalnys-poisoning-is-taking-russia-at-home-and-abroad-a71389 Far from a purely internal or external affair, Alexei Navalny’s poisoning has shaken Russia’s domestic politics as well as its foreign relations. Wed, 09 Sep 2020 11:16:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/09/09/where-navalnys-poisoning-is-taking-russia-at-home-and-abroad-a71389 Why the Kremlin Fears Navalny https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/09/08/why-the-kremlin-fears-navalny-a71379 The fewer the people who support the government, the safer the opposition will be. Tue, 08 Sep 2020 10:10:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/09/08/why-the-kremlin-fears-navalny-a71379 In Belarus, China Is Neither at Odds With Russia nor Wedded to Lukashenko https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/09/07/in-belarus-china-is-neither-at-odds-with-russia-nor-wedded-to-lukashenko-a71367 Courted by Alexander Lukashenko since the 2000s, China has gradually expanded its presence, economic and otherwise, in Belarus. Mon, 07 Sep 2020 14:08:39 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/09/07/in-belarus-china-is-neither-at-odds-with-russia-nor-wedded-to-lukashenko-a71367 Maybe the Kremlin Doesn’t Know Who Poisoned Navalny. It’s Still Responsible. https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/09/06/maybe-the-kremlin-doesnt-know-who-poisoned-navalny-its-still-responsible-a71357 The Kremlin sits back and allows its freelancers to spread fear that it uses to increase perception of the power it wields. Sun, 06 Sep 2020 10:55:47 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/09/06/maybe-the-kremlin-doesnt-know-who-poisoned-navalny-its-still-responsible-a71357 Autumn Leaves Are Not Yet Falling https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/09/04/autumn-leaves-are-not-yet-falling-a71346 Take a deep dive into months, calendars, years and other joys of Russian autumn. Fri, 04 Sep 2020 18:49:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/09/04/autumn-leaves-are-not-yet-falling-a71346 Navalny Has Been Poisoned. Where Are the People on the Streets? https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/09/04/navalny-has-been-poisoned-where-are-the-people-on-the-streets-a71352 Navalny’s poisoning might have a bigger effect on the elite than on general society. Fri, 04 Sep 2020 17:08:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/09/04/navalny-has-been-poisoned-where-are-the-people-on-the-streets-a71352 How Many More Red Lines Is the Russian State Prepared to Cross? https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/09/03/how-many-more-red-lines-is-the-russian-state-prepared-to-cross-a71339 A new cold war is being waged without rules. Thu, 03 Sep 2020 18:21:09 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/09/03/how-many-more-red-lines-is-the-russian-state-prepared-to-cross-a71339 Putin and the Belarusian Question https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/09/02/russia-and-the-belarusian-question-a71318 Putin will seek to do as much as possible, but as little as necessary, to suppress peaceful change in Belarus. Wed, 02 Sep 2020 11:05:13 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/09/02/russia-and-the-belarusian-question-a71318 Domestic Geopolitics: Belarusian Protests and Russia’s Power Transition https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/09/01/domestic-geopolitics-belarusian-protests-and-russias-power-transition-a71310 Any internal political activity is becoming conclusively geopoliticized. Tue, 01 Sep 2020 15:59:40 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/09/01/domestic-geopolitics-belarusian-protests-and-russias-power-transition-a71310 In Libya’s War, Russia Is Directionless — and Falling Behind https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/08/31/in-libyas-war-russia-is-directionless-and-falling-behind-a71286 Russia can only achieve so much without a clear idea of what its interests in Libya are. Mon, 31 Aug 2020 11:56:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/08/31/in-libyas-war-russia-is-directionless-and-falling-behind-a71286 The Coming Chill: Russia-Japan Relations After Abe https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/08/31/the-coming-chill-russia-japan-relations-after-abe-a71284 The resignation of Japan’s prime minister Abe Shinzo on 28 August marks the departure of a leading proponent of closer relations with Russia. Mon, 31 Aug 2020 11:09:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/08/31/the-coming-chill-russia-japan-relations-after-abe-a71284 Deciphering Russia's August Holidays https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/08/28/deciphering-russias-august-holidays-a71264 Why do Russians panic in August? What did they do 150 years ago? Hint: involves churches and food. Fri, 28 Aug 2020 16:02:14 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/08/28/deciphering-russias-august-holidays-a71264 Putin’s Undying Support for Autocracy https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/08/28/putins-undying-support-for-autocracy-a71273 Polls show that the average Russian is also unwilling to let go of Alexander Lukashenko. Fri, 28 Aug 2020 15:26:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/08/28/putins-undying-support-for-autocracy-a71273 Navalny’s Poisoning Is the Act of a Sickly Regime https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/08/26/navalnys-poisoning-is-the-act-of-a-sickly-regime-a71250 Navalny may have been poisoned by people who believe that the regime is no longer capable of dealing with threats itself. Wed, 26 Aug 2020 11:37:04 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/08/26/navalnys-poisoning-is-the-act-of-a-sickly-regime-a71250 Belarus in the Balance: Attrition or Showdown? https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/08/25/belarus-in-the-balance-attrition-or-showdown-a71241 Fourteen days have shaken Belarus. The only certainty is that more change will come in the country. Tue, 25 Aug 2020 14:19:56 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/08/25/belarus-in-the-balance-attrition-or-showdown-a71241 Russia’s Murderous Adhocracy https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/08/22/russias-murderous-adhocracy-a71219 A system in which everyone wants to earn the president’s favor means political murder is no longer a monopoly of the state. Sat, 22 Aug 2020 11:47:02 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/08/22/russias-murderous-adhocracy-a71219 Belarus Needs to Learn From Russia’s Flawed Privatization https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/08/18/belarus-needs-to-learn-from-russias-flawed-privatization-a71188 A quick change in the economy will prove to be disastrous without a professional state. Tue, 18 Aug 2020 16:37:39 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/08/18/belarus-needs-to-learn-from-russias-flawed-privatization-a71188 Game Over for Lukashenko: the Kremlin's Next Move https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/08/18/game-over-for-lukashenko-the-kremlins-next-move-a71180 The Kremlin has had enough of Lukashenko, but it cannot allow Belarus to follow the path of Ukraine. Tue, 18 Aug 2020 08:15:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/08/18/game-over-for-lukashenko-the-kremlins-next-move-a71180 Belarus Is an Exceptional Case https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/08/17/belarus-is-an-exceptional-case-a71172 The people are driving the movement that could force out longtime leader Lukashenko. Mon, 17 Aug 2020 11:57:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/08/17/belarus-is-an-exceptional-case-a71172 Putin Doesn’t Want to Intervene in Belarus. That’s an Opportunity for the West. https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/08/16/putin-doesnt-want-to-intervene-in-belarus-thats-an-opportunity-for-the-west-a71166 It’s certainly not too soon for Moscow and Brussels to learn from past mistakes. Sun, 16 Aug 2020 18:32:28 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/08/16/putin-doesnt-want-to-intervene-in-belarus-thats-an-opportunity-for-the-west-a71166 Why Do Russians Resent Western Media Over the Protests in Belarus? https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/08/14/why-do-russians-resent-western-media-over-the-protests-in-belarus-a71155 Let’s be quite clear: the West is not ignoring the events in Belarus. Fri, 14 Aug 2020 17:00:27 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/08/14/why-do-russians-resent-western-media-over-the-protests-in-belarus-a71155 Lukashenko’s Gamble on Thuggishness https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/08/13/lukashenkos-gamble-on-thuggishness-a71145 Like a gambler who knows he has bet all he has and cannot afford to lose, the Belarusian strongman has doubled down. Thu, 13 Aug 2020 17:46:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/08/13/lukashenkos-gamble-on-thuggishness-a71145 Belarus Protests Signal the Autumn of Lukashenko’s Regime https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/08/13/belarus-protests-signal-the-autumn-of-lukashenkos-regime-a71141 It’s not yet clear how the country will emerge from this crisis, but it’s safe to say things won’t go back to the way they were. Thu, 13 Aug 2020 13:20:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/08/13/belarus-protests-signal-the-autumn-of-lukashenkos-regime-a71141 Putin Is Playing Russian Roulette With the Coronavirus Vaccine https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/08/13/putin-is-playing-russian-roulette-with-the-coronavirus-vaccine-a71133 Bad science and politicians looking for easy answers can lead to trouble. Thu, 13 Aug 2020 09:26:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/08/13/putin-is-playing-russian-roulette-with-the-coronavirus-vaccine-a71133 Russia’s Covid-19 Vaccine Breaches Crucial Scientific and Ethical International Standards https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/08/12/russias-covid-19-vaccine-breaches-crucial-scientific-and-ethical-international-standards-a71121 Public health is supposed to be above geopolitical struggles and nationalist boasting. Wed, 12 Aug 2020 09:52:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/08/12/russias-covid-19-vaccine-breaches-crucial-scientific-and-ethical-international-standards-a71121 Europe and the Belarusian Moment https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/08/12/europe-and-the-belarusian-moment-a71120 Belarus has not seen protest on this scale before, but Europe did in the “miracle year” of 1989. Wed, 12 Aug 2020 08:59:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/08/12/europe-and-the-belarusian-moment-a71120 When Autocrats Reach Their Political Expiration Dates https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/08/11/when-autocrats-reach-their-political-expiration-dates-a71115 Why civil societies in Russia and Belarus are uniting faster than the two countries themselves. Tue, 11 Aug 2020 15:09:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/08/11/when-autocrats-reach-their-political-expiration-dates-a71115 A Color Revolution in Belarus? Not Yet. https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/08/06/a-color-revolution-in-belarus-not-yet-a71065 The real question is what happens after Sunday’s election. Thu, 06 Aug 2020 11:01:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/08/06/a-color-revolution-in-belarus-not-yet-a71065 Lebedev’s Peerage Highlights London’s Need to Address Russian Influence https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/08/03/lebedevs-peerage-highlights-londons-need-to-address-russian-influence-a71041 Johnson seems eager to show his contempt for British intelligence by granting a peerage to his longtime friend and political asset. Mon, 03 Aug 2020 10:19:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/08/03/lebedevs-peerage-highlights-londons-need-to-address-russian-influence-a71041 Please Don't Hurt My Feelings https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/08/01/please-dont-hurt-my-feelings-a71032 Is hurting someone's feelings illegal? Well, sort of. But maybe it shouldn't be. Read on... Sat, 01 Aug 2020 09:22:52 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/08/01/please-dont-hurt-my-feelings-a71032 The Perils of Perestroika: Why Putin Chose to Prolong His Rule https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/07/31/the-perils-of-perestroika-why-putin-chose-to-prolong-his-rule-a71027 Observers must examine the president’s views on Russia’s 20th-century history and the legacy he inherited. Fri, 31 Jul 2020 10:51:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/07/31/the-perils-of-perestroika-why-putin-chose-to-prolong-his-rule-a71027 Russia’s In-System Opposition Gets Second Chance in Khabarovsk https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/07/27/russias-in-system-opposition-gets-second-chance-in-khabarovsk-a70990 In appointing a far-right deputy as the new governor of Khabarovsk, Putin is making the LDPR party responsible for extinguishing the fire of discontent raging in the region. Mon, 27 Jul 2020 13:13:42 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/07/27/russias-in-system-opposition-gets-second-chance-in-khabarovsk-a70990 You Gotta Have Heart https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/07/24/you-gotta-have-heart-a70971 For Russians, a heart is way more than a pump in your chest. Fri, 24 Jul 2020 16:16:50 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/07/24/you-gotta-have-heart-a70971 Can Russia Mediate New Clashes Between Armenia and Azerbaijan? https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/07/23/can-russia-mediate-new-clashes-between-armenia-and-azerbaijan-a70962 It’s in neither Armenia nor Azerbaijan’s interests for Russia to pick a side in their conflict. Thu, 23 Jul 2020 12:55:37 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/07/23/can-russia-mediate-new-clashes-between-armenia-and-azerbaijan-a70962 UK Russia Report Lays Ground for Cross Party Consensus https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/07/22/uk-russia-report-lays-ground-for-cross-party-consensus-a70952 The report holds value not as a piece of opposition research but as a frank examination of the U.K.’s Russia policy since the turn of the century. Wed, 22 Jul 2020 11:03:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/07/22/uk-russia-report-lays-ground-for-cross-party-consensus-a70952 How to Protest, From A to Zip Tie Cuffs https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/07/17/how-to-protest-from-a-to-zip-tie-cuffs-a70911 The weather might be cool, but people are hot to protest. Here's how to talk about it. Fri, 17 Jul 2020 17:02:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/07/17/how-to-protest-from-a-to-zip-tie-cuffs-a70911 Will EU Green Deal Force Russia to Clean Up Its Act? https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/07/13/will-eu-green-deal-force-russia-to-clean-up-its-act-a70861 Russia’s inaction on climate issues could lead to new problems in its relationship with the EU. Mon, 13 Jul 2020 14:31:32 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/07/13/will-eu-green-deal-force-russia-to-clean-up-its-act-a70861 When Not Enough is Way Too Much https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/07/11/when-not-enough-is-way-too-much-a70842 You can never have too much money or shashlyk. Sat, 11 Jul 2020 10:16:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/07/11/when-not-enough-is-way-too-much-a70842 Russian Authorities Are Targeting Journalists, Historians and Activists. The Rest of Us Could Be Next. https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/07/10/russian-authorities-are-targeting-journalists-historians-and-activists-the-rest-of-us-could-be-next-a70838 Every day, without interruption, brings more searches, detentions, arrests and criminal charges. Fri, 10 Jul 2020 10:40:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/07/10/russian-authorities-are-targeting-journalists-historians-and-activists-the-rest-of-us-could-be-next-a70838 Safronov Case Marks an Escalation of a New Campaign Against Dissent https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/07/09/safronov-case-marks-an-escalation-of-a-new-campaign-against-dissent-a70832 The Kremlin has unleashed the Federal Security Service against critical voices in the media and cultural spheres. Thu, 09 Jul 2020 11:04:34 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/07/09/safronov-case-marks-an-escalation-of-a-new-campaign-against-dissent-a70832 Safronov’s Arrest Is a New Low for Freedom of Speech in Russia https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/07/08/safronovs-arrest-is-a-new-low-for-freedom-of-speech-in-russia-a70820 Putin has now entrusted the “journalist question” to his security services. We should be very worried. Wed, 08 Jul 2020 10:23:47 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/07/08/safronovs-arrest-is-a-new-low-for-freedom-of-speech-in-russia-a70820 Embattled Lukashenko Loses Friends in East and West https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/07/06/embattled-lukashenko-loses-friends-in-east-and-west-a70796 Instead of its status as a peacekeeper between East and West, Belarus may soon find that it lacks a good relationship with either side. Mon, 06 Jul 2020 12:33:49 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/07/06/embattled-lukashenko-loses-friends-in-east-and-west-a70796