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 Mon, 30 Mar 2020 16:28:20 +0200 600 A Guide to Russian Stance Verbs In Russian dresses sit, money lies, plates stand and shelves hang. Какой кошмар. Fri, 27 Mar 2020 17:04:48 +0100 Moscow's Mayor, Not Putin, Is Leading Russia's Coronavirus Fight. Will He Be Allowed to Do the Job? The coronavirus is an interesting — if somewhat depressing — case study of late Putinist crisis management. Thu, 26 Mar 2020 10:13:00 +0100 Why Russian Pensioners Won’t Self-Isolate Russian pensioners believe that they alone know how to survive through life's hardships. Wed, 25 Mar 2020 09:39:00 +0100 Business in the Time of Coronavirus: Navigating a Pandemic Companies need to understand how to deal with knee-jerk responses from governments, and not upset politically-important partners. Mon, 23 Mar 2020 11:01:00 +0100 Russia Sees Its Worldview Vindicated in the Age of Coronavirus As the Kremlin prepares to manage the health emergency, it’s coming to view the global disarray as affirmation of its ideology. Sat, 21 Mar 2020 11:59:00 +0100 Telecommuting and Fist Bumps Russian Style Pandemic vocabulary building for everyone. Just in case. Fri, 20 Mar 2020 18:14:00 +0100 Russia Battles New Economic Crisis on Three Fronts The current economic turbulence resembles a fire at an explosives warehouse during a flood and an earthquake, all at the same time. Fri, 20 Mar 2020 11:21:00 +0100 Russia’s 'Special Path' Won’t Protect it From the Coronavirus Logic dictates that the pandemic will soon overwhelm Russia too. Thu, 19 Mar 2020 15:55:32 +0100 Buckwheat and the Coronavirus: How Russians Cope With the End of the World Although Putin stressed that there was no need to stock up on food, throngs of anxious Muscovites snatched up astronomical quantities of buckwheat. Wed, 18 Mar 2020 13:35:00 +0100 Farewell, Limonov, a Hand Grenade Amongst the Party Poppers A Limonov may not have been interested in democracy, but democracy needs to be interested in Limonovs. Wed, 18 Mar 2020 13:29:00 +0100 War With OPEC Can’t End Well for Russia Falling oil prices leave no chance Russia’s GDP will grow in 2020 — a bleak prospect for both ordinary people and once optimistic investors. Mon, 16 Mar 2020 11:21:00 +0100 Starting the Presidency All Over Again Russian wits had so much fun with the nullification of presidential term limits. Fri, 13 Mar 2020 14:16:00 +0100 A New Russia Is Taking Shape and There Is No Turning Back If Russia ever wants to return to the European model, it will have to dismantle the entire political legacy that this regime has built. Thu, 12 Mar 2020 13:48:00 +0100 Medvedev’s Security Council Role Makes Him And it More Interesting Putin appears to have given his ex-premier the chance to demonstrate his political virility. Tue, 10 Mar 2020 10:18:49 +0100 Oil War: Who Will Blink First? The closing shoot-out scene of the spaghetti western “The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly” comes to mind. Tue, 10 Mar 2020 09:35:00 +0100 Russia Celebrates Misogyny, Not Equality on Women's Day In Russia, a woman is necessary only to serve or to decorate something — or to receive threats if she ventures beyond these boundaries. Mon, 09 Mar 2020 11:39:00 +0100 The Expat Russian Language Guide to Coronavirus Are you panicked about coronavirus! Без паники! I walk you through Russian instructions. Fri, 06 Mar 2020 13:30:48 +0100 Why Should Bernie Sanders Apologize for Communism? American memory politics of the communist past is first and foremost a whip for ideological disciplining. Tue, 03 Mar 2020 15:35:00 +0100 Russia and Turkey Search for the Endgame in Syria, With or Without Assad As they meet this week, Putin and Erdogan may have to give up on their most ambitious plans and settle for something they can actually obtain. Tue, 03 Mar 2020 12:08:09 +0100 Kadyrov Daughter’s Parisian Fashion Debut Is a Slap in the Face Allowing Kadyrov’s daughter to host an event of such scale in the capital of France sends a troubling message. Fri, 28 Feb 2020 15:43:00 +0100 I'm All For It! What do you say to a bit of grammar? A preposition, say? Вы - за? Fri, 28 Feb 2020 15:09:00 +0100 From the Archive: Around Nemtsov’s Murder, Key Questions Remain Deliberately Unanswered On the fifth anniversary of Nemtsov's death, the case remains unsolved. Thu, 27 Feb 2020 07:12:00 +0100 In the West, Russia Backs Chaos, not Candidates As long as the Russian people see democracy in the West as a failure, they will have lower expectations of their own government. Tue, 25 Feb 2020 10:11:44 +0100 Surkov’s End and the KPIocrats’ Triumph What the exit of Kremlin's ‘grey cardinal’ tells us about late Putinism. Wed, 19 Feb 2020 11:55:00 +0100 Breathing Out and Breathing In All about being in love, breathing, and time flying. Fri, 14 Feb 2020 16:10:36 +0100 Don’t Expect an Economic Miracle in Putin’s Russia The main task of Putin’s new economic policy will be to collect as much in taxes as possible. Fri, 14 Feb 2020 08:49:51 +0100 Russia-Turkey Alliance Is Beginning to Unravel in Syria The collapse of the “Astana format” would jeopardize the conflict settlement system in Syria that Russia has spent so much time constructing. Thu, 13 Feb 2020 15:16:19 +0100 Early State Duma Elections? Will State Duma elections — currently scheduled for September 19, 2021 — be pushed forward? Wed, 12 Feb 2020 15:22:00 +0100 Oatmeal and Water: The Thinning Belarus-Russia Relationship A row over energy prices is a sign that Belarus and Russia are set to have a cooler and more pragmatic relationship. Wed, 12 Feb 2020 14:56:43 +0100 The Return of Stalinist Show Trials The extreme sentences handed down to defendants in what is being called the “Network Case” is an ominous sign. Tue, 11 Feb 2020 16:05:27 +0100 The Russian Blahs Feeling off? Not great, but not awful? No problem! Russian has a word for it. Fri, 07 Feb 2020 14:08:21 +0100 Putin Discovers the Pain of Being Erdogan’s Pal From Syria to Libya, Turkey's brinkmanship is putting Russia in an awkward place. Fri, 07 Feb 2020 09:49:00 +0100 Will Russia Deliver the S-400 to Iran After Ukrainian Passenger Plane Downing? Moscow needs to figure out how to maintain ties with Tehran’s opponents without missing the opportunity to sell defense systems. Wed, 05 Feb 2020 11:39:00 +0100 Why Brexit Won’t Affect EU-Russia Relations Many things will change radically, but despite some predictions, relations with Russia look set to remain the same. Wed, 05 Feb 2020 08:47:00 +0100 Fixing It Up the Russian Way Today I write about a Russian word I want to import into English: ремонт. Fri, 31 Jan 2020 13:45:03 +0100 Goodbye, Palestine! Why Trump’s ‘Peace Deal’ Is Good for Moscow The U.S. plan pushes for recognition of annexed territories — a welcome precedent for Russia’s hold over Crimea. Fri, 31 Jan 2020 13:24:00 +0100 On Brexit Day, Britain Is Ready to Start a New Chapter Today the UK undergoes a significant change. Fri, 31 Jan 2020 10:11:00 +0100 Oil Spoils the Russia-Belarus Romance Belarus is using oil to make a political statement. Wed, 29 Jan 2020 12:37:09 +0100 The Distortions of Holocaust History by Russia and Poland Are a Disgrace Both presidents apparently want to create the impression that the disease of anti-Semitism is somebody else’s problem. Mon, 27 Jan 2020 14:03:00 +0100 Shame On You! Do I feel more shame in Russian or do I just talk about it more? Fri, 24 Jan 2020 12:33:16 +0100 Putin Puts Russia Inc. Under New Management The appointment of a new government doesn't necessarily signal growth. Thu, 23 Jan 2020 10:09:00 +0100 Putin’s Demographic Revival Is A Pipe Dream The latest proposals laid out by the president are simply too little, too late. Thu, 23 Jan 2020 08:10:00 +0100 Putin's Biggest Surprise: Seeking a Strong Successor The amendments don’t say who will head up the State Council, but they do make it clear it is to be formed by the president. Wed, 22 Jan 2020 09:00:38 +0100 Chinese Dreams, Russian Realities Positive changes in Russia’s economic environment have come despite Mr. Putin’s long rule, not because of it. Tue, 21 Jan 2020 10:42:00 +0100 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