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 Mon, 18 Feb 2019 08:45:21 +0100 600 Arrest of Iconic U.S. Investor Calvey Brings Back Browder Memories 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 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 A Nuclear Arms Race Will Produce No Winners 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 Venezuela Sets the Stage for a Putin-Trump Confrontation 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 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 Russia Isn't Ready for Reebok’s Feminist 'Sit on His Face' Ad 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 Kremlin Puppet Master Surkov Distracts Public with Putin Panegyric 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 Russia Flirts With Internet Sovereignty When it comes to internet censorship, Russia has long followed China’s example. Fri, 01 Feb 2019 15:41:00 +0100 Lessons Learned From Deripaska's Sanctions Deal Oleg Deripaska has faced costs, but in reality, the same actors will control the firms’ future. Fri, 01 Feb 2019 09:33:00 +0100 The Dramatic Arrest of a Russian Senator on Murder Charges Is No Laughing Matter Russia's upper chamber has turned into a hangout spot for dubious characters. Thu, 31 Jan 2019 13:03:00 +0100 Gillette Ad Exposes Russia's Fragile Masculinity If Russian masculinity really is so fragile, then might it be worth to abandon it altogether? Thu, 31 Jan 2019 10:36:00 +0100 As Putin Encourages Erdogan-Assad Talks, the Kurds Face Uncertainty 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 Why Davos 2019 Failed to Deliver VTB President Andrei Kostin on why this year’s World Economic Forum was different. Wed, 30 Jan 2019 09:29:00 +0100 A Brotherly Takeover: Could Russia Annex Belarus? 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 The Looming Russian Recession 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 The Putin Touch in Venezuela The Kremlin knows how to create conflicts and is never in a hurry to end them. Mon, 28 Jan 2019 15:50:00 +0100 Is Late Putinism Dead or only Resting? 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 Venezuela: A Dead End for Russia? Russian economic and geopolitical interests in Venezuela are at a crossroads. Fri, 25 Jan 2019 14:50:00 +0100 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 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 Why Russia and Japan Can't 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 Maduro’s Collapse Would Be a Defeat for Putin Too (Op-ed) 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 Russia Can’t Decide If It’s Rich or Poor (Op-ed) 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 All the Tsar’s Men: Who Leads Russia’s Regions? (Op-ed) 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 Sleeves Up at This Year’s 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 Putin Doesn’t 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 Escaping the Kremlin’s 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 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 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 How Russia’s Place in the World Has Changed in the Eyes of Its Citizens (Op-ed) 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 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 Putin Has Given Chechnya Free Rein to Persecute LGBT People (Op-ed) 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 Putin Can't Afford to Ban the Dollar (Op-ed) 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 Modernizing the Masses: Russia’s 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 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 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 Magnitogorsk Explosion Touches Russia’s Raw Spots (Op-ed) The mood in Russia seems to be turning inward toward domestic issues. Mon, 14 Jan 2019 15:20:01 +0100 Is Russian Negligence More of a Threat 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 Catastrophes, Geopolitical and Otherwise (Op-ed) 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 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 Putin's 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 Paul Whelan’s 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 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 Europe Should Woo Russia When Putin's 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 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 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 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 The Rasps of Putin’s Political Machine (Op-ed) The Kremlin’s finely tuned gears are rusting over. Mon, 24 Dec 2018 10:45:17 +0100 Putin Had a Bad 2018; Next Year Will Be Worse (Op-ed) 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 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