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 Thu, 03 Dec 2020 12:29:52 +0100 600 Is Putin Really Considering a Military Alliance With China? In recent years, Moscow has tried to exploit the issue of its rapprochement with Beijing to scare the West with the prospect of a Sino-Russian bloc. Wed, 02 Dec 2020 10:43:16 +0100 The Dangerous Job of Protecting the Environment in Russia Environmental rights groups in the country are facing severe harassment by the authorities. Tue, 01 Dec 2020 13:58:40 +0100 Belarus Protests Have Explosive Potential for EU-Russia Relations The Belarusian revolution is far from over, and there are many scenarios in which the EU and Russia won’t be able to keep their differences over Belarus from escalating. Tue, 01 Dec 2020 09:04:31 +0100 Time for Moscow to Move On and Stop Thinking So Much About Washington Attempting to match America is a terrible act of self-harm — and it is doomed to fail. Mon, 30 Nov 2020 10:31:00 +0100 Confusing Coffee and Bountiful Behinds in Russian Would you want to be урод? In 1254 you would have been happy to be урод. Now - not so much. Fri, 27 Nov 2020 16:12:45 +0100 How Biden Will Impact Russian Domestic Policy What action the Russian authorities take largely depends on the early actions and statements of the Biden administration Thu, 26 Nov 2020 12:19:00 +0100 U.S. Sanctions Under Biden: What to Expect The relationship between Russia and the United States will remain one of fierce rivalry, and that paradigm is unlikely to change. Tue, 24 Nov 2020 12:38:49 +0100 Why Russians Dislike 'Good Russians' in American Films No Less than 'Bad Russians' Russians were simply unprepared to see themselves portrayed as the “good guys” in the new Netflix series "The Queen’s Gambit." Fri, 20 Nov 2020 09:15:13 +0100 Joe Biden’s Foreign Policy and Russia While Biden recognizes China as America’s top competitor, he calls Russia the biggest threat to the United States. Thu, 19 Nov 2020 15:31:33 +0100 Putin’s Nagorno-Karabakh Calculus Can Undermine Russian Clout in FSU Russia’s decision not to employ leverage to stop the conflict in its early stages made a lasting impression on its allies. Thu, 19 Nov 2020 12:25:00 +0100 Russia Should Get Behind Arctic Ban on Dirty Fuel Russia is watering down a block on heavy fuel oil — a toxic pollutant — in the Arctic. That could be a dangerous mistake. Mon, 16 Nov 2020 11:50:52 +0100 Diplomacy, Not War, Should Have Fixed Nagorno-Karabakh The new peace deal is unspeakably painful because better arrangements than what are being secured today were attainable through diplomacy years ago. Fri, 13 Nov 2020 10:37:00 +0100 No Longer 'Ours': With a Biden White House, the Kremlin Is Facing a Tough New Reality The problem for Moscow is not so much the deterioration of relations under Biden: it is the readiness of the White House to minimize these relations. Thu, 12 Nov 2020 08:02:00 +0100 A Precarious Peace for Karabakh The November 10 agreement may turn out to be a rapidly assembled construction that is not sustainable. Wed, 11 Nov 2020 14:58:00 +0100 Russian Ceasefire Deal in Nagorno-Karabakh Marks Slow, Painful End of Empire in the South Caucasus Azerbaijan is triumphant — but its triumph, while recognized by Russia, was really delivered by Turkey. Tue, 10 Nov 2020 10:01:00 +0100 Great Russian Literature Versus One Tweet by Stephen King Why Russians still lose their heads over comments made by Western movie critics. Mon, 09 Nov 2020 12:40:28 +0100 Trump’s Loss Not Necessarily Russia’s If Putin and the Kremlin exercise some moderation, they can expect from the next American president a readiness for serious dialogue. Mon, 09 Nov 2020 09:11:00 +0100 Getting the Electoral College Right in Russian You know how you sometimes wish your language had a foreign word in it? I want выборщик. Fri, 06 Nov 2020 16:29:32 +0100 Russia's Growing Indifference to Protests in Belarus Even opposition-minded Russians are not too excited about getting rid of Alexandr Lukashenko. Fri, 06 Nov 2020 11:03:00 +0100 The Russian Media May Like Trump. It Doesn’t Mean the Kremlin Does It’s not that Biden would be much better in terms of Russian-U.S. relations, but at least he might bring a certain predictability to the dialogue. Thu, 05 Nov 2020 10:53:00 +0100 What the Pundits Say: Following the U.S. Elections in Russian Media Coverage is a strange mix of hard facts, informed commentary and biased reporting. Tue, 03 Nov 2020 17:09:00 +0100 What's Next for Protesters in Belarus? Protests continue, but Lukashenko remains. Can either side break the stalemate? Mon, 02 Nov 2020 09:22:19 +0100 What Can Russia Expect From a Biden Presidency? Washington’s behavior would be significantly more predictable under Biden, a change that even Moscow may welcome after dealing with Trump. Mon, 02 Nov 2020 08:52:00 +0100 How U.S. Elections Could Impact EU-Russia Relations Even a partial restoration of transatlantic unity under a President Biden will be a blow to the Kremlin. Sat, 31 Oct 2020 14:25:00 +0100 It's Time to Take a Stand in Russian What do стоить and стоять have in common? Not much - oh, except for one very important thing. Fri, 30 Oct 2020 16:18:54 +0100 Russia Policy Priorities for a Biden Presidency A Biden administration would see a major shift in presidential attitudes towards Russia and Putin personally, which is unlikely to be welcome in Moscow. Fri, 30 Oct 2020 09:40:02 +0100 Russia’s Grand Arctic Plan Will Face Tough Hurdles Having a roadmap for development is one thing, getting there is another. Wed, 28 Oct 2020 09:16:00 +0100 No Country for Old Spooks: Reshuffle at the Top of the FSB Will Set the Tone for Remainder of Putin Era The offhand way that one of the most powerful men most people haven’t heard of was dismissed may say something even about the Navalny case. Tue, 27 Oct 2020 15:36:00 +0100 Who’s In Charge Following Revolution in Kyrgyzstan? Sadyr Japarov’s rise was fueled by a combination of two political assets: popular radical rhetoric and influential connections. Mon, 26 Oct 2020 13:37:00 +0100 Everything Has a Price in Russian Is it worth reading? How much does it cost? It's nothing. All this for the price of one word: стоить. Fri, 23 Oct 2020 15:13:00 +0200 A Farewell to Trump? Russia’s Elite Braces for U.S. Elections The ruling elite is divided over who would be Russia's best bet in the U.S. presidential race. Wed, 21 Oct 2020 15:29:14 +0200 In Russia’s Near Abroad, Its Influence Is More Optics Than Substance Putin’s foreign policy has been to establish a presence in foreign countries to disrupt or influence without a coherent strategy for an actual end. Mon, 19 Oct 2020 12:52:45 +0200 The With, By, From, Per, About Preposition Getting Russian prepositions and cases right is my life's goal. Judging by "c" I've got a long way to go. Fri, 16 Oct 2020 16:01:05 +0200 In Nagorno-Karabakh, Russia Faces an Unenviable Task Whichever way you look at it, the menu of Russia’s options ranges from bad to worse. Fri, 16 Oct 2020 12:09:00 +0200 Is Russia's Dialogue with the EU Coming to an End? Sergei Lavrov's recent comments on the EU may sound extreme, but they were a long time in the making. Thu, 15 Oct 2020 14:08:00 +0200 EU’s Navalny Sanctions Miss the Mark I cannot help but feel the pressure to act sometimes forces governments to do something soon, rather than do something smart. Thu, 15 Oct 2020 13:50:00 +0200 In Memoriam: Irina Slavina, Journalist and Champion of Truth Time after time, Irina Slavina had been the target of persecution, until she could no longer go on. Wed, 14 Oct 2020 16:33:31 +0200 Fast as a Russian Fly Russians not only like to go fast, they like to talk about going fast. Fri, 09 Oct 2020 16:12:55 +0200 Time For Russia and Other Great Powers to Move From Words to Actions to End Karabakh War Russia should use its formidable leverage to bring Azerbaijani and Armenian diplomats to the negotiating table. Thu, 08 Oct 2020 13:14:00 +0200 The Scramble for Power in Kyrgyzstan The situation in Kyrgyzstan is in some ways similar to its last two revolutions. The difference is world and regional powers' reluctance to get involved. Thu, 08 Oct 2020 12:48:00 +0200 5 Years On, Russia's Syria Intervention Poses More Questions Than Answers Moscow saved Assad, but it has now become a hostage to the latter’s euphoria of victory and its refusal to be flexible in the political dialogue. Tue, 06 Oct 2020 13:07:46 +0200 The Kremlin Takes On a Resurrected Navalny The Kremlin's accusations against the opposition politician are an attempt to marginalize Navalny amid his post-poisoning prominence. Tue, 06 Oct 2020 11:53:00 +0200 Why the Stakes in the Nagorno-Karabakh War Are So Much Higher This Time Round Radical changes in the dynamics of the region over the past 25 years mean international actors have divided interests. Mon, 05 Oct 2020 11:58:00 +0200 Belarusian Mortgage on Russia’s Future Any move by Putin to enforce his will in Belarus with force could invite tougher Western sanctions and scare investors. Mon, 05 Oct 2020 10:17:36 +0200 The Fruit of Our Language Labor Whoever names fruit cultivars in Russia should get a lifetime achievement award. Fri, 02 Oct 2020 17:55:30 +0200 A Delicate Legal Case, But Echoes of a Smear Campaign The nature and timings of the child sexual abuse charges against Yuri Dmitriyev indicate that the case was spurious and politically motivated. Wed, 30 Sep 2020 14:22:48 +0200 Moscow Tells Its Story in the Passive Voice In the Kremlin's political playbook, grammar matters. Wed, 30 Sep 2020 12:18:47 +0200 Nagorno-Karabakh: A Flare-Up, or All-Out War? Raising the bar in a conflict makes it very difficult to stop as planned. Tue, 29 Sep 2020 10:30:09 +0200 Anonymous Telegram Channels Are Shaping Russia's Daily Life Popular telegram channels said Moscow would re-impose quarantine on September 21. It never happened Mon, 28 Sep 2020 13:18:00 +0200 The Return of the Berlin Patient The Kremlin will face a new Navalny, protected by a force field of Western public opinion. Mon, 28 Sep 2020 12:55:00 +0200