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 Mon, 18 Mar 2019 19:22:50 +0100 600 Has Russia Finally Found its Niche in the World? https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/03/16/has-russia-finally-found-its-niche-in-the-world-a64830 The annexation of Crimea was the end of an uncertain phase in Russian history. Sat, 16 Mar 2019 18:13:00 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/03/16/has-russia-finally-found-its-niche-in-the-world-a64830 How Russia Took Over Crimea, and Crimea Took Over Putin https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/03/15/how-russia-took-over-crimea-and-crimea-took-over-putin-a64827 Five years after the Crimea annexation, the country has undoubtedly changed — but no less important is the change Putin himself has undergone. Fri, 15 Mar 2019 15:18:00 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/03/15/how-russia-took-over-crimea-and-crimea-took-over-putin-a64827 The U.S. College Admissions Scandal Is So Post-Soviet https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/03/14/the-us-college-admissions-scandal-is-so-post-soviet-a64807 Academic corruption is typical for Post-Soviet countries because of the power of informal networks. Thu, 14 Mar 2019 15:34:39 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/03/14/the-us-college-admissions-scandal-is-so-post-soviet-a64807 Boycotting the St. Petersburg Economic Forum Won’t Free Calvey https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/03/14/boycotting-the-st-petersburg-economic-forum-wont-free-calvey-a64801 One month after Michael Calvey’s dramatic arrest, his future remains uncertain. Thu, 14 Mar 2019 14:00:08 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/03/14/boycotting-the-st-petersburg-economic-forum-wont-free-calvey-a64801 The Court Case Against Oyub Titiyev Is a Tragic Farce https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/03/13/the-court-case-against-oyub-titiyev-is-a-tragic-farce-a64796 After 14 months behind bars, Chechen human rights activist Oyub Titiyev gave his closing statement on Monday. Wed, 13 Mar 2019 17:44:00 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/03/13/the-court-case-against-oyub-titiyev-is-a-tragic-farce-a64796 How Russia ‘Won’ the 2019 Winter Student Olympics https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/03/13/how-russia-won-the-2019-winter-student-olympics-a64791 Russia's crushing victory at the 2019 Winter Student Olympics raised a few eyebrows. Wed, 13 Mar 2019 11:36:00 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/03/13/how-russia-won-the-2019-winter-student-olympics-a64791 Trump Is Winning, Putin's Losing in Global Arms Sales https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/03/12/trump-is-winning-putins-losing-in-global-arms-sales-a64786 Russia's arms sales are on the decline, a sign that Vladimir Putin’s geopolitical bets aren’t turning into long-term influence. Tue, 12 Mar 2019 16:26:00 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/03/12/trump-is-winning-putins-losing-in-global-arms-sales-a64786 Taking to the Street Left Russia’s Opposition Out in the Cold https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/03/12/taking-to-the-street-left-russias-opposition-out-in-the-cold-a64778 Now that Putinism is in transition, it is time for the opposition to get off the streets. Tue, 12 Mar 2019 09:57:00 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/03/12/taking-to-the-street-left-russias-opposition-out-in-the-cold-a64778 The State of Play in the Donbass https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/03/11/the-state-of-play-in-the-donbass-a64764 The European public has become comfortably numb about the war in the Donbass. Mon, 11 Mar 2019 11:51:00 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/03/11/the-state-of-play-in-the-donbass-a64764 Who's to Blame for Gender Stereotypes in Russia? https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/03/07/whos-to-blame-for-gender-stereotypes-in-russia-a64744 On International Women's Day, Levada Center sociologist Alexei Levinson reveals Russian society's attitudes on gender roles. Thu, 07 Mar 2019 16:05:00 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/03/07/whos-to-blame-for-gender-stereotypes-in-russia-a64744 Troika Bank Scandal Exposed Global Failure to Prevent Money Laundering https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/03/07/troika-bank-scandal-exposed-global-failure-to-prevent-money-laundering-a64730 Ultimately, it is not Vardanyan who will suffer the consequences of the Troika Laundromat exposé . Thu, 07 Mar 2019 13:30:00 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/03/07/troika-bank-scandal-exposed-global-failure-to-prevent-money-laundering-a64730 Putin Turns Swathes of Russia Into Flyover Country https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/03/07/putin-turns-swathes-of-russia-into-flyover-country-a64737 A major part of the country will be treated as a social and economic liability. Thu, 07 Mar 2019 09:09:00 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/03/07/putin-turns-swathes-of-russia-into-flyover-country-a64737 When Trust Fails: How Long Can the Russian State Withstand Waning Public Support? https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/03/06/when-trust-fails-how-long-can-the-russian-state-withstand-waning-public-support-a64731 Russians find themselves in the fifth consecutive year of falling real incomes, and the national mood is finally catching up with reality. Wed, 06 Mar 2019 16:58:56 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/03/06/when-trust-fails-how-long-can-the-russian-state-withstand-waning-public-support-a64731 The Troika Laundromat Shows How Not to Combat Money Laundering https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/03/06/the-troika-laundromat-shows-how-not-to-combat-money-laundering-a64717 Focus on shady transactions, not the banks themselves. Wed, 06 Mar 2019 09:11:00 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/03/06/the-troika-laundromat-shows-how-not-to-combat-money-laundering-a64717 What Putin Thinks About Michael Calvey’s Arrest https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/03/05/what-does-putin-think-about-michael-calveys-arrest-a64681 The president doesn’t consider it necessary to share his opinion on the most heated case of 2019, and that is a bad sign Tue, 05 Mar 2019 16:26:00 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/03/05/what-does-putin-think-about-michael-calveys-arrest-a64681 Russian Generals’ Biggest Fear? Ordinary Russians https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/03/04/what-scares-russias-generals-the-most-russians-a64703 What General Gerasimov and the Kremlin are really scared of is their own people. Mon, 04 Mar 2019 16:35:00 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/03/04/what-scares-russias-generals-the-most-russians-a64703 New Russian Emigres Aren’t All Dissidents https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/03/04/new-russian-emigres-arent-all-dissidents-a64699 The bulk of Russians moving to the West aren’t anti-Putin exiles. Mon, 04 Mar 2019 09:55:37 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/03/04/new-russian-emigres-arent-all-dissidents-a64699 A Year After the Skripal Poisoning, How Much Has Really Changed? https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/03/03/a-year-after-the-skripal-poisoning-how-much-has-really-changed-a64677 Mark Galeotti on the legacy of the Skripal poisoning. Sun, 03 Mar 2019 20:06:00 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/03/03/a-year-after-the-skripal-poisoning-how-much-has-really-changed-a64677 Russian Boys Just Want to Have Fun https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/03/01/russian-boys-just-want-to-have-fun-a64674 I finally figured out why Russian words for young men are so confusing. We think of age differently. Fri, 01 Mar 2019 14:35:15 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/03/01/russian-boys-just-want-to-have-fun-a64674 Russia and Belarus Integration Talks Reach Deadlock https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/03/01/russia-and-belarus-integration-talks-reach-deadlock-a64676 Both countries have acknowledged their inability to reach an agreement. Fri, 01 Mar 2019 14:31:27 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/03/01/russia-and-belarus-integration-talks-reach-deadlock-a64676 Investing in Russia’s Future https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/03/01/investing-in-russias-future-a64675 The arrest of Michael Calvey might help focus minds on the value of foreign investment and reform for Russia’s economic future. Fri, 01 Mar 2019 11:10:44 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/03/01/investing-in-russias-future-a64675 U.S. Cyberattacks May Be Doing Putin a Favor https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/02/28/us-cyberattacks-may-be-doing-putin-a-favor-a64667 If America is changing its tactics by going on the cyber offensive, Russia can be expected to take countermeasures that would hurt its own citizens. Thu, 28 Feb 2019 20:21:00 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/02/28/us-cyberattacks-may-be-doing-putin-a-favor-a64667 Harshest Sanctions Yet Won’t Force Moscow to Change Its Way https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/02/27/harshest-sanctions-yet-wont-force-moscow-to-change-its-way-a64600 U.S. threatens new round of sanctions but Russia is ready. Wed, 27 Feb 2019 13:44:59 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/02/27/harshest-sanctions-yet-wont-force-moscow-to-change-its-way-a64600 Red Square As a Mystery https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/02/27/red-square-a64644 Red Square is a place where the ordinary meets the extraordinary. Wed, 27 Feb 2019 11:26:00 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/02/27/red-square-a64644 From the Archive: Around Nemtsov’s Murder, Key Questions Remain Deliberately Unanswered https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/02/27/around-nemtsovs-murder-key-questions-remain-deliberately-unanswered-a64641 On the fourth anniversary of Nemtsov's death, the case remains unsolved. Wed, 27 Feb 2019 09:10:00 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/02/27/around-nemtsovs-murder-key-questions-remain-deliberately-unanswered-a64641 Putin Can't Get Europe's Nationalists to Bite https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/02/25/putin-cant-get-europes-nationalists-to-bite-a64620 Russian money is too toxic even for Europe's far right. Mon, 25 Feb 2019 17:15:42 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/02/25/putin-cant-get-europes-nationalists-to-bite-a64620 Stalin’s Great Crime in the Caucasus https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/02/25/stalins-great-crime-in-the-caucasus-a64615 February 23 marked the 75th anniversary of the deportation of the entire Chechen and Ingush population on orders from Josef Stalin. Mon, 25 Feb 2019 15:17:00 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/02/25/stalins-great-crime-in-the-caucasus-a64615 On the Cyber Battlefield, China, Not Russia, Is the Biggest Threat to the U.S. https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/02/25/in-the-cyber-battlefield-china-not-russia-is-the-biggest-threat-to-the-us-a64612 China has surpassed Russia as the most prolific state-sponsored cyber adversary against the West. Mon, 25 Feb 2019 12:31:50 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/02/25/in-the-cyber-battlefield-china-not-russia-is-the-biggest-threat-to-the-us-a64612 Stand By Your Russian What? https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/02/23/stand-by-your-russian-what-a64601 What you call your male Significant Other in Russian is a linguistic mine-field. Sat, 23 Feb 2019 13:59:00 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/02/23/stand-by-your-russian-what-a64601 The Kremlin Hierarchy Is Fast Decaying https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/02/22/the-kremlin-hierarchy-is-fast-decaying-a64589 Putin is no longer willing or able to prevent domestic infighting as uncertainty over Russia’s future looms. Fri, 22 Feb 2019 09:47:59 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/02/22/the-kremlin-hierarchy-is-fast-decaying-a64589 Putin Prepares for New Cold War with Tight Economic Policies https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/02/21/putin-prepares-new-cold-war-with-tight-economic-policies-a64581 Now Russia is growing again despite adopting one of the most tightfisted budgets of any major economy. Thu, 21 Feb 2019 09:28:00 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/02/21/putin-prepares-new-cold-war-with-tight-economic-policies-a64581 Putin Is Finally Ready to Look Homeward https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/02/21/putin-is-finally-ready-to-look-homeward-a64580 The social program looks like the most ambitious one Putin has ever outlined. Thu, 21 Feb 2019 08:35:00 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/02/21/putin-is-finally-ready-to-look-homeward-a64580 U.S. Investor Calvey's Arrest Just Another Brick in the Wall https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/02/20/us-investor-calveys-arrest-just-another-brick-in-the-wall-a64528 The Calvey affair will give Russia’s image yet another bloody nose, but its nose was already bleeding. Wed, 20 Feb 2019 15:28:06 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/02/20/us-investor-calveys-arrest-just-another-brick-in-the-wall-a64528 It’s Time for Russia to Get Serious About Climate Change https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/02/20/its-time-for-russia-to-get-serious-about-climate-change-a64552 The polar bear invasion is just a preview of the challenges to come if Russia doesn't start tackling climate change. Wed, 20 Feb 2019 10:03:00 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/02/20/its-time-for-russia-to-get-serious-about-climate-change-a64552 Pulling Strings for Fun and Profit https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/02/20/pulling-strings-for-fun-and-profit-a64511 Oh the tangled webs we weave, when first we practice to deceive. In Russian, too. Wed, 20 Feb 2019 07:02:00 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/02/20/pulling-strings-for-fun-and-profit-a64511 The Kremlin Is Co-Opting Russia’s Youth https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/02/19/the-kremlin-is-co-opting-russias-youth-a64548 Russia's youth aren't the liberal-minded reformers you might expect. Tue, 19 Feb 2019 13:33:00 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/02/19/the-kremlin-is-co-opting-russias-youth-a64548 Why Russia Can Afford to Jail U.S. Investors https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/02/19/why-russia-can-afford-to-jail-us-investors-a64538 Michael Calvey had become a legend in the Russian market, in part because of his reputed aversion to any kind of foul play. Tue, 19 Feb 2019 07:29:00 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/02/19/why-russia-can-afford-to-jail-us-investors-a64538 Trump Can’t Drive Europe Into Russia's Arms https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/02/18/trump-cant-drive-europe-into-russias-arms-a64529 Despite cracks in Europe-U.S. relations, Russia remains too untrustworthy a partner. Mon, 18 Feb 2019 11:42:00 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/02/18/trump-cant-drive-europe-into-russias-arms-a64529 Russia and Ukraine: A Destructive Codependency https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/02/18/russia-and-ukraine-a-destructive-codependency-a64515 Kiev and Moscow are not fighting a full-scale war, but both political establishments use alleged “victories” to get stronger and richer. Mon, 18 Feb 2019 09:48:00 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/02/18/russia-and-ukraine-a-destructive-codependency-a64515 Arrest of Iconic U.S. Investor Calvey Brings Back Browder Memories https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/02/15/arrest-of-iconic-us-investor-calvey-brings-back-browder-memories-op-ed-a64519 The arrest of U.S. investor Michael Calvey in Moscow has sent shockwaves through the Russian business community. Fri, 15 Feb 2019 19:36:00 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/02/15/arrest-of-iconic-us-investor-calvey-brings-back-browder-memories-op-ed-a64519 A Nuclear Arms Race Will Produce No Winners https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/02/14/mikhail-gorbachev-a-nuclear-arms-race-will-produce-no-winners-op-ed-a64491 The last president of the U.S.S.R. Mikhail Gorbachev on why we cannot give up on the INF treaty he co-signed. Thu, 14 Feb 2019 15:32:00 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/02/14/mikhail-gorbachev-a-nuclear-arms-race-will-produce-no-winners-op-ed-a64491 Venezuela Sets the Stage for a Putin-Trump Confrontation https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/02/13/venezuela-sets-the-state-for-a-putin-trum-congfrontation-op-ed-a64463 During the last weeks, the economic tragedy in Venezuela has evolved into a full-blown political crisis. Wed, 13 Feb 2019 18:56:00 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/02/13/venezuela-sets-the-state-for-a-putin-trum-congfrontation-op-ed-a64463 Surkov Hints Putin Himself No Longer Essential for the System to Persevere https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/02/12/surkov-hints-putin-himself-no-longer-essential-for-the-system-to-persevere-a64471 In his latest piece Surkov may be burying Putin with reassurance and respect. Tue, 12 Feb 2019 18:43:00 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/02/12/surkov-hints-putin-himself-no-longer-essential-for-the-system-to-persevere-a64471 Russia Isn't Ready for Reebok’s Feminist 'Sit on His Face' Ad https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/02/12/russia-not-ready-for-reeboks-feminist-sit-on-his-face-ad-op-ed-a64472 Sports brand Reebok has been forced to pull part of its online campaign after a sex-themed slogan sparked fierce online backlash. Tue, 12 Feb 2019 17:34:00 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/02/12/russia-not-ready-for-reeboks-feminist-sit-on-his-face-ad-op-ed-a64472 Kremlin Puppet Master Surkov Distracts Public with Putin Panegyric https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/02/11/kremlin-puppet-master-surkov-distracts-public-with-putin-panergyric-op-ed-a64465 Putin's longtime aide Vladislav Surkov published another magnum opus that will almost surely have the pundits hopping. Mon, 11 Feb 2019 16:14:00 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/02/11/kremlin-puppet-master-surkov-distracts-public-with-putin-panergyric-op-ed-a64465 Baby, It's Cold Outside https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/02/08/baby-its-cold-outside-a64443 By popular demand — and knowing Moscow weather — here's a short primer on how to chill in Russian. Fri, 08 Feb 2019 15:35:00 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/02/08/baby-its-cold-outside-a64443 Russia Flirts With Internet Sovereignty https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/02/01/russia-flirts-with-internet-sovereignty-op-ed-a64369 When it comes to internet censorship, Russia has long followed China’s example. Fri, 01 Feb 2019 15:41:00 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/02/01/russia-flirts-with-internet-sovereignty-op-ed-a64369 The Secret of Russian Mysteries https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/02/01/the-secret-of-russian-mysteries-a64370 I love a good Russian language question. Keep those cards and letters coming, folks! Fri, 01 Feb 2019 15:02:00 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/02/01/the-secret-of-russian-mysteries-a64370 Lessons Learned From Deripaska's Sanctions Deal https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/02/01/lessons-learned-from-deripaskas-sanctions-deal-op-ed-a64352 Oleg Deripaska has faced costs, but in reality, the same actors will control the firms’ future. Fri, 01 Feb 2019 09:33:00 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/02/01/lessons-learned-from-deripaskas-sanctions-deal-op-ed-a64352 The Dramatic Arrest of a Russian Senator on Murder Charges Is No Laughing Matter https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/01/31/the-dramatic-arrest-of-a-russian-senator-on-murder-charges-is-no-laughing-matter-op-ed-a64356 Russia's upper chamber has turned into a hangout spot for dubious characters. Thu, 31 Jan 2019 13:03:00 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/01/31/the-dramatic-arrest-of-a-russian-senator-on-murder-charges-is-no-laughing-matter-op-ed-a64356