Opinion

By Mikhail Fishman
Mikhail Fishman
By Mikhail Fishman

Opinion 12 hours ago

Russia’s Kids Are Alright (Op-Ed)

Russia’s Kids Are Alright (Op-Ed)

Opinion 12 hours ago

By Mikhail Fishman
Mikhail Fishman
By Mikhail Fishman

Russia’s political history centers around Moscow. Anything meaningful happens in the capital, or it scarcely happens at all.

By Vladimir Frolov
Vladimir Frolov
By Vladimir Frolov

Opinion 1 day ago

Breaching Protocol: Why Did Putin Meet Le Pen in Moscow? (Op-Ed)

Breaching Protocol: Why Did Putin Meet Le Pen in Moscow? (Op-Ed)

Opinion 1 day ago

By Vladimir Frolov
Vladimir Frolov
By Vladimir Frolov

Putin has shown the Russian public that the Kremlin has allies in Europe who support its worldview.

By Pavel Aptekar
Pavel Aptekar
By Pavel Aptekar

Opinion 4 days ago

Russia Values Being Feared Over its Reputation

Russia Values Being Feared Over its Reputation

Opinion 4 days ago

By Pavel Aptekar
Pavel Aptekar
By Pavel Aptekar

Denis Voronenkov’s murder in Kiev is the latest in a series of murky political killings that play up the Kremlin’s omnipotent image.

By Michele A. Berdy
Michele A. Berdy
By Michele A. Berdy

Moscow 4 days ago

Meester Trump Tweets in Russian

Meester Trump Tweets in Russian

Moscow 4 days ago

By Michele A. Berdy
Michele A. Berdy
By Michele A. Berdy

For the last couple of months I’ve put myself in translation jail: I’ve been reading Donald Trump’s tweets in the original English and in their Russian translations to see if ...

By Vygaudas Ušackas
Vygaudas Ušackas
By Vygaudas Ušackas

Opinion 4 days ago

The European Union at 60 – A Reliable Partner

The European Union at 60 – A Reliable Partner

Opinion 4 days ago

By Vygaudas Ušackas
Vygaudas Ušackas
By Vygaudas Ušackas

The EU's partnership with Russia faced a breakpoint in 2014 with the illegal annexation of Crimea and the destabilization in Eastern Ukraine.

By Petr Bologov
Petr Bologov
By Petr Bologov

Opinion 5 days ago

The Power Struggle Dividing Uzbekistan’s Leadership

The Power Struggle Dividing Uzbekistan’s Leadership

Opinion 5 days ago

By Petr Bologov
Petr Bologov
By Petr Bologov

In the political battle for Uzbekistan, security service head Rustam Inoyatov will have to support the new president’s agenda, or try to return Uzbekistan to a Karimov-style dictatorship — but ...

By Ian Bond
Ian Bond
By Ian Bond

Opinion 6 days ago

Between Russia and the EU, Eastern Europe's Future is Uncertain

Between Russia and the EU, Eastern Europe's Future is Uncertain

Opinion 6 days ago

By Ian Bond
Ian Bond
By Ian Bond

Three years since the annexation of Crimea, Russia's expansionist project has failed. But the West has nothing to congratulate itself on.

By Alexey Kovalev
Alexey Kovalev
By Alexey Kovalev

Opinion 6 days ago

'You're Fake News!': Russia Borrows the Worst from the West

'You're Fake News!': Russia Borrows the Worst from the West

Opinion 6 days ago

By Alexey Kovalev
Alexey Kovalev
By Alexey Kovalev

Russian officials have now fully embraced “fake news” as a means of deflecting any criticism, following a long tradition of settling for the lowest common denominator when parroting the West.

By Dmitry Streltsov
Dmitry Streltsov
By Dmitry Streltsov

Opinion 1 week ago

New Friends: Russia and Japan Are Finding Common Ground

New Friends: Russia and Japan Are Finding Common Ground

Opinion 1 week ago

By Dmitry Streltsov
Dmitry Streltsov
By Dmitry Streltsov

Despite territorial disputes and an unresolved peace treaty, more unites Russia and Japan than divides.

By Mikhail Fishman
Mikhail Fishman
By Mikhail Fishman

Opinion 1 week ago

Shadow of the Past: How the Annexation of Crimea Guides Russian Policy

Shadow of the Past: How the Annexation of Crimea Guides Russian Policy

Opinion 1 week ago

By Mikhail Fishman
Mikhail Fishman
By Mikhail Fishman

It was 2014, and Vladimir Putin was in poor form. His approval rating had fallen by 20 percent three years earlier, when he announced his return to the Kremlin after ...

By Michele A. Berdy
Michele A. Berdy
By Michele A. Berdy

Moscow 1 week ago

You Gotta Russian Problem With Me?

You Gotta Russian Problem With Me?

Moscow 1 week ago

By Michele A. Berdy
Michele A. Berdy
By Michele A. Berdy

When I worked at a gas station, I liked to listen to the mechanics talk shop about rusted nut that wouldn’t budge. Translators talk shop, too. Only for us, a ...

By Ildar Dadin
Ildar Dadin
By Ildar Dadin

Opinion 1 week ago

'I’m Not Going Anywhere Until Torture Ends': Russian Activist Speaks Out

'I’m Not Going Anywhere Until Torture Ends': Russian Activist Speaks Out

Opinion 1 week ago

By Ildar Dadin
Ildar Dadin
By Ildar Dadin

Ildar Dadin, an activist jailed for "repeated violations" of Russia's strict anti-protest laws and later tortured in prison, speaks out in a Moscow Times op-ed.

By Vladimir Frolov
Vladimir Frolov
By Vladimir Frolov

Opinion 1 week ago

Russia Wants to Be a Deal-Maker in Libya

Russia Wants to Be a Deal-Maker in Libya

Opinion 1 week ago

By Vladimir Frolov
Vladimir Frolov
By Vladimir Frolov

Reports that Russia has deployed special forces to a military base in Egypt to assist Libyan National Army general Khalifa Haftar come as no surprise. Nor are Russia’s official denials ...

By Pavel Aptekar
Pavel Aptekar
By Pavel Aptekar

Opinion 1 week ago

Inefficient Russia: Why the Russian Budget Performs Poorly

Inefficient Russia: Why the Russian Budget Performs Poorly

Opinion 1 week ago

By Pavel Aptekar
Pavel Aptekar
By Pavel Aptekar

The low quality of Russian institutions breeds corruption and the misuse of government funds

By Nikolai Epple
Nikolai Epple
By Nikolai Epple

Opinion 2 weeks ago

Slower Internet for Google

Slower Internet for Google

Opinion 2 weeks ago

By Nikolai Epple
Nikolai Epple
By Nikolai Epple

The Kremlin may punish foreign Internet giants, but Russian users will foot the bill.

By Michele A. Berdy
Michele A. Berdy
By Michele A. Berdy

Moscow 2 weeks ago

I Got Plenty of Russian Nothing

I Got Plenty of Russian Nothing

Moscow 2 weeks ago

By Michele A. Berdy
Michele A. Berdy
By Michele A. Berdy

What do a mangy sheep, a one-eyed man, and a beetle have in common? No guesses? Well, oddly enough, they all figure in expressions that have to do with settling ...

By Vladimir Frolov
Vladimir Frolov
By Vladimir Frolov

Opinion 2 weeks ago

Why Trump’s New Ambassador to Russia is a Welcome Choice for the Kremlin

Why Trump’s New Ambassador to Russia is a Welcome Choice for the Kremlin

Opinion 2 weeks ago

By Vladimir Frolov
Vladimir Frolov
By Vladimir Frolov

The upcoming appointment of Jon Huntsman, former governor of Utah and previously U.S. ambassador to China, for the role of U.S. ambassador to Russia, if confirmed, will be welcomed by ...

By Nikolai Epple
Nikolai Epple
By Nikolai Epple

Opinion 3 weeks ago

The Hague Effect: Russia to Face Charges of Terrorism in Ukraine

The Hague Effect: Russia to Face Charges of Terrorism in Ukraine

Opinion 3 weeks ago

By Nikolai Epple
Nikolai Epple
By Nikolai Epple

Public discussion of the Ukrainian lawsuit in the International Court of Justice might prove a very effective PR campaign in the promotion of Kiev’s political interests

By Andrei Kolesnikov
Andrei Kolesnikov
By Andrei Kolesnikov

Opinion 3 weeks ago

Navalny Has Alleged the Russian Prime Minister Is Corrupt. Now What?

Navalny Has Alleged the Russian Prime Minister Is Corrupt. Now What?

Opinion 3 weeks ago

By Andrei Kolesnikov
Andrei Kolesnikov
By Andrei Kolesnikov

Russian officials believe their lifestyles are simply compensation for the gruelingly hard work of running the state