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

Moscow 2 days ago

Kompromat By Any Other Name

Kompromat By Any Other Name

Moscow 2 days ago

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

Since the whole world is talking about kompromat, we might as well talk about it, too.

By James Sherr
James Sherr
By James Sherr

Opinion 5 days ago

UK and Russia after Trump and Brexit: What’s Next?

UK and Russia after Trump and Brexit: What’s Next?

Opinion 5 days ago

By James Sherr
James Sherr
By James Sherr

Only a change in government policy by Russia will provoke a change in Britain’s policy toward Russia. But there's no sign that it's happening.

By Vladimir Frolov
Vladimir Frolov
By Vladimir Frolov

Opinion 5 days ago

Russia vs. The Global Order: What Will Trump's Divided Administration Do About It?

Russia vs. The Global Order: What Will Trump's Divided Administration Do About It?

Opinion 5 days ago

By Vladimir Frolov
Vladimir Frolov
By Vladimir Frolov

If Moscow plays its cards right and does not get too pushy, it could get Trump do Russia's work in terms of disrupting US alliances and weakening US power.

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

Moscow 1 week ago

"I'm Shocked, Just Shocked!" in Three Russian Letters

"I'm Shocked, Just Shocked!" in Three Russian Letters

Moscow 1 week ago

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

Today we’re going to master how to blurt out surprise in Russian. First up: Опа! — almost always printed with an exclamation mark.

By Konstantin von Eggert
Konstantin von Eggert
By Konstantin von Eggert

Opinion 1 week ago

Trump’s Unflappable Texan Is in for a World of Chaos (Op-ed)

Trump’s Unflappable Texan Is in for a World of Chaos (Op-ed)

Opinion 1 week ago

By Konstantin von Eggert
Konstantin von Eggert
By Konstantin von Eggert

The new job will require Rex Tillerson to leave the traditional corporate comfort zone of rational calculations and well-established facts.

By Maxim Trudolyubov
Maxim Trudolyubov
By Maxim Trudolyubov

Opinion 1 week ago

No Beacon On the Hill: Trump's Win in the Mirror of the Soviet Collapse

No Beacon On the Hill: Trump's Win in the Mirror of the Soviet Collapse

Opinion 1 week ago

By Maxim Trudolyubov
Maxim Trudolyubov
By Maxim Trudolyubov

Russia’s rulers are of course convinced that smart intelligence work did play a major role in the collapse of the Soviet Union. And, of course, thoughts of a payback did ...

By Boris Grozovsky
Boris Grozovsky
By Boris Grozovsky

Opinion 2 weeks ago

Russia, the Inequality Champion (Op-ed)

Russia, the Inequality Champion (Op-ed)

Opinion 2 weeks ago

By Boris Grozovsky
Boris Grozovsky
By Boris Grozovsky

Nowhere else in the developed world are incomes so unevenly skewed in favour of the richest, says Boris Grozovsky

By Maxim Trudolyubov
Maxim Trudolyubov
By Maxim Trudolyubov

Opinion 3 weeks ago

The Year That Putin Won

The Year That Putin Won

Opinion 3 weeks ago

By Maxim Trudolyubov
Maxim Trudolyubov
By Maxim Trudolyubov

The year 2016 looked decidedly more promising for Russia and its rulers than 2014. Domestically, no serious challenge arose to the current social and political order. Internationally, Russia is no ...

By Vladimir Frolov
Vladimir Frolov
By Vladimir Frolov

Opinion 3 weeks ago

The New Axis: Russia, Turkey and Iran Take Over Syria

The New Axis: Russia, Turkey and Iran Take Over Syria

Opinion 3 weeks ago

By Vladimir Frolov
Vladimir Frolov
By Vladimir Frolov

This is Putin’s personal revenge on Obama for having labeled Russia a “declining” and “regional” power. With the Russia-Turkey-Iran axis, it is the U.S. that is the declining power on ...

By Sir Roderic Lyne
Sir Roderic Lyne
By Sir Roderic Lyne

Opinion 3 weeks ago

Russia and the West: Enemies Are Not Forever (Op-ed)

Russia and the West: Enemies Are Not Forever (Op-ed)

Opinion 3 weeks ago

By Sir Roderic Lyne
Sir Roderic Lyne
By Sir Roderic Lyne

Twenty-five years on, we are still wrestling with the consequences of the collapse of the Soviet Union. With so few grounds for optimism, we must view negative trends in relations ...

By Sergey Ponomarev
Sergey Ponomarev
By Sergey Ponomarev

Opinion 3 weeks ago

In Search of Aleppo's Heroes (Op-ed)

In Search of Aleppo's Heroes (Op-ed)

Opinion 3 weeks ago

By Sergey Ponomarev
Sergey Ponomarev
By Sergey Ponomarev

Fed contradictory and distorted information, Russians became indifferent to humanitarian catastrophe in Syria. But they were not the only ones to be misled, says 2016 Pulitzer Prize laureate Sergey Ponomarev.

By Yuri Luzhkov
Yuri Luzhkov
By Yuri Luzhkov

Opinion 4 weeks ago

Me, My Year and My Beloved Moscow (Op-ed)

Me, My Year and My Beloved Moscow (Op-ed)

Opinion 4 weeks ago

By Yuri Luzhkov
Yuri Luzhkov
By Yuri Luzhkov

Before being hospitalized with a serious condition, former Moscow Mayor Yuri Luzhkov wrote an exclusive end-of-year op-ed for the Moscow Times. We publish it today and wish him a very ...

By Gleb Pavlovsky
Gleb Pavlovsky
By Gleb Pavlovsky

Opinion 4 weeks ago

Russia Enters a Time of Transition, by Stealth

Russia Enters a Time of Transition, by Stealth

Opinion 4 weeks ago

By Gleb Pavlovsky
Gleb Pavlovsky
By Gleb Pavlovsky

2016 was the year in which Russia rediscovered politics. The media began feeding on leaks from senior officials, poorly disguised as “investigative journalism.” Russians can now read about the new ...

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

Moscow 4 weeks ago

From Brekzit to Dopingovy Skandal: The Year in Words

From Brekzit to Dopingovy Skandal: The Year in Words

Moscow 4 weeks ago

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

Every year folks around the world choose the word of the year — that one word that encapsulates the spirit and meaning of the year gone by.

By Yulia Yefimova
Yulia Yefimova
By Yulia Yefimova

Opinion 4 weeks ago

Notes on a Scandal: Jeered Russian Olympic Swimmer Reflects on her 2016

Notes on a Scandal: Jeered Russian Olympic Swimmer Reflects on her 2016

Opinion 4 weeks ago

By Yulia Yefimova
Yulia Yefimova
By Yulia Yefimova

Swimmer Yulia Yefimova had a tough road to Rio after a doping scandal and testing positive for using the drug meldonium. But she made it, and won two silvers. Now ...

By John F. Tefft
John F. Tefft
By John F. Tefft

Opinion 1 month ago

Why U.S. — Russia Trade Still Matters

Why U.S. — Russia Trade Still Matters

Opinion 1 month ago

By John F. Tefft
John F. Tefft
By John F. Tefft

Sectoral sanctions and counter sanctions might dominate the headlines, but the local backstory is one of mutually beneficial cooperation, says U.S. Ambassador.

By Vladimir Frolov
Vladimir Frolov
By Vladimir Frolov

Opinion 1 month ago

The Aftermath: What Russia Will Do After the Assassination of Its Envoy

The Aftermath: What Russia Will Do After the Assassination of Its Envoy

Opinion 1 month ago

By Vladimir Frolov
Vladimir Frolov
By Vladimir Frolov

Russia can secure now its role as the new kingmaker in the Middle East, displacing the United States as the region’s indispensable power

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

Moscow 1 month ago

Russian Man-Hating Plants and Other Wonderful Creatures

Russian Man-Hating Plants and Other Wonderful Creatures

Moscow 1 month ago

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

If misogyny is hatred or prejudice against women, what’s hatred or prejudice against men? This word is much less common in English: misandry. And how do you say “misandry” in ...

By Vladimir Frolov
Vladimir Frolov
By Vladimir Frolov

Opinion 1 month ago

Why Aleppo’s Gruesome Fall Puts Syria’s Fate in Moscow’s Hands

Why Aleppo’s Gruesome Fall Puts Syria’s Fate in Moscow’s Hands

Opinion 1 month ago

By Vladimir Frolov
Vladimir Frolov
By Vladimir Frolov

Either Russia indulges the ambitions of Syria’s president Bashar Assad to continue with his military campaign aimed at wiping out the Syrian opposition. Or it decides to use the fall ...