The Moscow Times - Independent News From Russia https://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 Feb 2019 08:45:21 +0100 600 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 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 Pulling Strings for Fun and Profit https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/02/15/pulling-strings-for-fun-and-profit Oh the tangled webs we weave, when first we practice to deceive. In Russian, too. Fri, 15 Feb 2019 16:02:00 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/02/15/pulling-strings-for-fun-and-profit 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 Russia Flirts With Internet Sovereignty https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/02/01/russia-flirts-with-internet-sovereignty-op-ed 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 Lessons Learned From Deripaska's Sanctions Deal https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/02/01/lessons-learned-from-deripaskas-sanctions-deal-op-ed 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 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 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 Gillette Ad Exposes Russia's Fragile Masculinity https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/01/31/gillette-ad-exposes-russias-fragile-masculinity-op-ed If Russian masculinity really is so fragile, then might it be worth to abandon it altogether? Thu, 31 Jan 2019 10:36:00 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/01/31/gillette-ad-exposes-russias-fragile-masculinity-op-ed As Putin Encourages Erdogan-Assad Talks, the Kurds Face Uncertainty https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/01/30/as-putin-encourages-erdogan-assad-talk-the-kuds-face-uncertainty-op-ed On Jan. 23 Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Turkish counterpart Recep Erdogan met in Moscow to discuss resolutions to the Syrian Civil War. Wed, 30 Jan 2019 14:53:00 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/01/30/as-putin-encourages-erdogan-assad-talk-the-kuds-face-uncertainty-op-ed Why Davos 2019 Failed to Deliver https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/01/30/why-davos-2019-failed-to-deliver-op-ed VTB President Andrei Kostin on why this year’s World Economic Forum was different. Wed, 30 Jan 2019 09:29:00 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/01/30/why-davos-2019-failed-to-deliver-op-ed A Brotherly Takeover: Could Russia Annex Belarus? https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/01/29/a-brotherly-takeover-could-russia-annex-belarus-op-ed If Putin wishes to remain president after 2024, annexing Belarus and then becoming leader of the Union State is rife with unpredictable risks. Tue, 29 Jan 2019 15:58:00 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/01/29/a-brotherly-takeover-could-russia-annex-belarus-op-ed The Looming Russian Recession https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/01/29/the-looming-russian-recession-op-ed The problem facing today’s Russia is that the authorities are simply not concerned about raising the living standards of ordinary people. Tue, 29 Jan 2019 09:25:00 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/01/29/the-looming-russian-recession-op-ed The Putin Touch in Venezuela https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/01/28/the-putin-touch-in-venezuela-op-ed The Kremlin knows how to create conflicts and is never in a hurry to end them. Mon, 28 Jan 2019 15:50:00 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/01/28/the-putin-touch-in-venezuela-op-ed Is Late Putinism Dead or only Resting? https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/01/28/is-late-putinism-dead-or-only-resting-op-ed The fourth term of Putin's presidency is characterised by disconnectedness, falling popularity rates and lack of ideology. Mon, 28 Jan 2019 14:50:00 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/01/28/is-late-putinism-dead-or-only-resting-op-ed Venezuela: A Dead End for Russia? https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/01/25/venezuela-a-dead-end-for-russia-op-ed Russian economic and geopolitical interests in Venezuela are at a crossroads. Fri, 25 Jan 2019 14:50:00 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/01/25/venezuela-a-dead-end-for-russia-op-ed Ode to a Preposition https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/01/25/ode-to-a-preposition I started thinking about the preposition при and stopped thinking about it three days later. Here's why. Fri, 25 Jan 2019 13:24:00 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/01/25/ode-to-a-preposition By Demanding a Gas Discount, Kadyrov Is Pushing His Luck (Op-ed) https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/01/25/by-demanding-a-gas-discount-kadyrov-is-pushing-his-luck-op-ed A ruling by a Chechen court to cancel a massive gas bill has put the Kremlin in a tight spot. Fri, 25 Jan 2019 11:58:56 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/01/25/by-demanding-a-gas-discount-kadyrov-is-pushing-his-luck-op-ed Why Russia and Japan Can't Solve the Kuril Islands Dispute (Op-ed) https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/01/24/why-russia-and-japan-cant-solve-the-kuril-islands-dispute-op-ed It’s ambitious to expect that both sides will come to a definitive compromise and put an end to the territorial dispute. Thu, 24 Jan 2019 16:40:00 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/01/24/why-russia-and-japan-cant-solve-the-kuril-islands-dispute-op-ed Maduro’s Collapse Would Be a Defeat for Putin Too (Op-ed) https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/01/24/maduros-fall-would-be-a-defeat-for-putin-too If Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro’s regime falls, Vladimir Putin will have to write off yet another costly geopolitical bet. Thu, 24 Jan 2019 14:58:43 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/01/24/maduros-fall-would-be-a-defeat-for-putin-too Russia Can’t Decide If It’s Rich or Poor (Op-ed) https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/01/24/russia-cant-decide-if-its-rich-or-poor Is Russia a poor country or a rich one? Members of the elite are arguing about it, and the answer is important for the country’s direction after the Putin era ends. Thu, 24 Jan 2019 08:57:05 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/01/24/russia-cant-decide-if-its-rich-or-poor All the Tsar’s Men: Who Leads Russia’s Regions? (Op-ed) https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/01/23/all-the-tsars-men-who-leads-russias-regions Has Russian federalism died, or is it just sound asleep? Perhaps it’s too early to write its obituary. Wed, 23 Jan 2019 15:00:50 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/01/23/all-the-tsars-men-who-leads-russias-regions Sleeves Up at This Year’s Gaidar Forum (Op-ed) https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/01/23/sleeves-up-at-this-years-gaidar-forum-op-ed Russia’s banks and companies are back in profit, but the population are miserable and feel poor. Wed, 23 Jan 2019 12:30:37 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/01/23/sleeves-up-at-this-years-gaidar-forum-op-ed Putin Doesn’t Have Clout to Get Deal With Abe (Op-ed) https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/01/23/putin-doesnt-have-clout-to-get-deal-with-abe-op-ed Putin’s fading domestic political magic makes it doubtful that he can create it in time for Abe to claim the win he craves. Wed, 23 Jan 2019 08:42:13 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/01/23/putin-doesnt-have-clout-to-get-deal-with-abe-op-ed Escaping the Kremlin’s Embrace: Why Serbia Has Tired of Russian Support https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/01/22/escaping-the-kremlins-embrace-why-serbia-has-tired-of-russian-support To an outside observer, Russia’s passive sabotage of the Kosovo conflict resolution looks like all-out support of Serbia. Tue, 22 Jan 2019 16:12:17 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/01/22/escaping-the-kremlins-embrace-why-serbia-has-tired-of-russian-support Rich Russians and Tax Havens: The Moscow Times Sits Down With Oliver Bullough https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/01/22/rich-russians-and-tax-havens-the-moscow-times-sits-down-with-oliver-bullough Oliver Bullough is a journalist and the author of the acclaimed book ‘Moneyland’. Tue, 22 Jan 2019 15:12:56 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/01/22/rich-russians-and-tax-havens-the-moscow-times-sits-down-with-oliver-bullough No Brexit For Russia https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/01/18/no-brexit-for-russia Rumors of a new Russian verb flew around the interwebs -- but are the rumors true? Fri, 18 Jan 2019 14:40:47 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/01/18/no-brexit-for-russia How Russia’s Place in the World Has Changed in the Eyes of Its Citizens (Op-ed) https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/01/18/how-russias-place-in-the-world-has-changed-in-the-eyes-of-its-citizens The more critical perception of Russia’s place in the world reflects a general decline in Russian national sentiment. Fri, 18 Jan 2019 11:55:11 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/01/18/how-russias-place-in-the-world-has-changed-in-the-eyes-of-its-citizens Russia Sanctions Must Be Removable to Be Effective (Op-ed) https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/01/17/russia-sanctions-must-be-removable-to-be-effective-op-ed Arguments, which portray the Deripaska deal as a meaningful achievement by U.S. sanctions technocrats, apparently have fallen on deaf ears. Thu, 17 Jan 2019 15:52:22 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/01/17/russia-sanctions-must-be-removable-to-be-effective-op-ed Putin Has Given Chechnya Free Rein to Persecute LGBT People (Op-ed) https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/01/17/putin-has-given-chechnya-free-rein-to-persecute-lgbt-people For the second time in less than two years, a violent homophobic crackdown has left LGBTI people in Chechnya fearing for their lives Thu, 17 Jan 2019 13:35:59 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/01/17/putin-has-given-chechnya-free-rein-to-persecute-lgbt-people Putin Can't Afford to Ban the Dollar (Op-ed) https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/01/17/putin-cant-afford-to-ban-the-dollar Putin’s focus, in the face of sanctions, has been to increase nationalist rhetoric and defiance of U.S. power Thu, 17 Jan 2019 09:14:09 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/01/17/putin-cant-afford-to-ban-the-dollar Modernizing the Masses: Russia’s People vs Putin (Op-ed) https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/01/16/modernizing-the-masses-russias-people-vs-putin-op-ed The subject of optimism and the future epitomizes the problem of the gap between the modernization agenda and public sentiment. Wed, 16 Jan 2019 14:03:21 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/01/16/modernizing-the-masses-russias-people-vs-putin-op-ed Pessimism Sweeps Russia (Op-ed) https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/01/15/pessimism-sweeps-russia-op-ed The situation is somewhat more complicated than the ruled losing faith in their rulers. Russia’s rulers also seem to be losing faith in themselves. Tue, 15 Jan 2019 13:10:46 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/01/15/pessimism-sweeps-russia-op-ed The Vladivostok Phenomenon: Should Russia Eliminate Visa Requirements for Chinese Tourists? (Op-ed) https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/01/15/the-vladivostok-phenomenon-should-russia-eliminate-visa-requirements-for-chinese-tourists-op-ed In the long run, Russia may lift the visa regime with China. But several issues stand in the way. Tue, 15 Jan 2019 11:10:50 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/01/15/the-vladivostok-phenomenon-should-russia-eliminate-visa-requirements-for-chinese-tourists-op-ed Magnitogorsk Explosion Touches Russia’s Raw Spots (Op-ed) https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/01/14/magnitogorsk-explosion-touches-russias-raw-spots-op-ed The mood in Russia seems to be turning inward toward domestic issues. Mon, 14 Jan 2019 15:20:01 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/01/14/magnitogorsk-explosion-touches-russias-raw-spots-op-ed Is Russian Negligence More of a Threat Than Terrorism? (Op-ed) https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/01/11/russian-negligence-more-dangerous-than-terrorism-op-ed In the wake of another tragedy, it’s worth asking what Russians themselves can do to prevent the next one. Fri, 11 Jan 2019 16:07:39 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/01/11/russian-negligence-more-dangerous-than-terrorism-op-ed Catastrophes, Geopolitical and Otherwise (Op-ed) https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/01/11/catastrophes-geopolitical-and-otherwise What did Vladimir Putin mean about that geopolitical catastrophe? It's still being argued over 14 years later. Fri, 11 Jan 2019 14:11:41 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/01/11/catastrophes-geopolitical-and-otherwise The Perils of Overestimating Putin (Op-ed) https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/01/11/the-perils-of-overestimating-putin-op-ed The West’s worries over where Putin will strike next is playing right into his hands. Fri, 11 Jan 2019 09:45:51 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/01/11/the-perils-of-overestimating-putin-op-ed Putin's Retirement Plan Depends on Belarus (Op-ed) https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/01/08/putins-retirement-plan-depends-on-belarus-op-ed To retain power, he is positioning himself as the leader of a closer union between Russia and its dependent neighbor. Tue, 08 Jan 2019 09:31:28 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/01/08/putins-retirement-plan-depends-on-belarus-op-ed Paul Whelan’s Arrest in Russia Brings Civilians Back Into the Crosshairs (Op-ed) https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/01/04/paul-whelans-arrest-in-russia-brings-civilians-back-into-the-crosshairs-op-ed Whether or not the former U.S. marine was a spy, a new and chilling tactic could pose a threat to bystanders. Fri, 04 Jan 2019 11:03:12 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/01/04/paul-whelans-arrest-in-russia-brings-civilians-back-into-the-crosshairs-op-ed Happy New Year From Your Leader https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2018/12/28/happy-new-year-from-your-leader What will you be doing at 11:55 p.m. on Dec. 31 in Russia? Listening to the presidential address, of course! Fri, 28 Dec 2018 10:03:07 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2018/12/28/happy-new-year-from-your-leader Europe Should Woo Russia When Putin's Gone (Op-ed) https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2018/12/28/europe-should-woo-russia-when-putins-gone-op-ed Whenever and however Putin may leave, any successor will need to revise Russia’s geopolitical choice. Fri, 28 Dec 2018 08:21:47 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2018/12/28/europe-should-woo-russia-when-putins-gone-op-ed What to Expect From 2019 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2018/12/26/what-to-expect-from-2019 In 2019, the Russian economy is expected to grow by 1.5 percent, with a slight increase in oil prices. Wed, 26 Dec 2018 11:59:54 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2018/12/26/what-to-expect-from-2019 Heroes of the Fatherland: Killing Here, Hacking There https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2018/12/25/heroes-of-the-fatherland-killing-here-hacking-there Diminished and demeaned, Putin has no incentive to reel in his spooks. Tue, 25 Dec 2018 14:57:55 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2018/12/25/heroes-of-the-fatherland-killing-here-hacking-there Russian Words of the Dreary Year https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2018/12/24/russian-words-of-the-dreary-year Want to know what words and expressions a panel of linguists chose as Russian words of the year? Pour a stiff one before reading. Mon, 24 Dec 2018 12:31:47 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2018/12/24/russian-words-of-the-dreary-year The Rasps of Putin’s Political Machine (Op-ed) https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2018/12/24/the-rasps-of-putins-political-machine The Kremlin’s finely tuned gears are rusting over. Mon, 24 Dec 2018 10:45:17 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2018/12/24/the-rasps-of-putins-political-machine Putin Had a Bad 2018; Next Year Will Be Worse (Op-ed) https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2018/12/21/putin-had-a-bad-2018-next-year-will-be-worse Without the emotional highs of re-election and a major sporting event, Putin will face a hard struggle against a completely alienated West next year. Fri, 21 Dec 2018 08:07:23 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2018/12/21/putin-had-a-bad-2018-next-year-will-be-worse The Glass Is Half Full (Op-ed) https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2018/12/20/the-glass-is-half-full-op-ed We should fully reject the concept of Western, or liberal, universalism in favor of developmental pluralism. Thu, 20 Dec 2018 12:26:01 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2018/12/20/the-glass-is-half-full-op-ed