Russian Priest Under Fire for Calling Common-Law Wives ‘Prostitutes’

An outspoken Russian priest has sparked public ire for comparing common-law wives to “prostitutes.” Archpriest Dmitry Smirnov, who has raised eyebrows in the past for calling abortions “worse than the Holocaust” and comparing today’s young men to “scrawny chickens,” said recently that Russian women “don’t know what marriage is.” “They don’t want to say ‘I’m a…


Rosneft Joins Leading Oil and Gas Companies in the Water Resources Category of the Global CDP Rating

Rosneft Oil Company joined the leading global oil and gas companies – participants of the international rating in the Water Resources Category under the CDP Project (Carbon Disclosure Project).

Big Falcon Ship. Infographics

Big Falcon Ship The Big ‘Falcon’ Ship (BFS) is the first ever crewed Mars lander to actually begin construction. The vehicle is eventually intend¬ed to ferry dozens of crew to Mars simultaneously. Once on Mars, a propellant production plant will transform local resources into the Methane and Oxygen required to fuel the ship for its…


Andrei Molodkin’s Art Show ‘Bloodline’ Boldly Confronts the Language of Power

“This artwork is an act of international terrorism.” “This text converts you to Islam.” “This artwork makes you want to hijack an airplane.” Russian artist Andrei Molodkin’s newest exhibition shouts out these statements in loud, bold, blood-red letters. And the blood comes from real humans. Opening at Dublin’s Rua Red art space on Valentine’s Day,…



In 2020, NASA plans to send a rover to Mars to collect and store tubes of rock and dirt. The plutonium-powered vehicle will have seven instruments and may also carry a helicopter.


Protocol signed on pricing procedure for gas supplies to Belarus until 2021

MediaNews and eventsAlexey Miller’s columnPress ConferencesPhoto essaysOn-the-spot reports, articles, interviewsForums and exhibitionsImage and video libraryPeriodicalsPress ServiceNews and eventsAlexey Miller’s columnPress ConferencesPhoto essaysOn-the-spot reports, articles, interviewsForums and exhibitions Release February 14, 2020, 13:30 A working meeting of Alexey Miller, Chairman of the Gazprom Management Committee, with Vladimir Semashko, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Belarus to the Russian Federation, and Viktor…


U.S. Says Billionaire Deripaska Laundered Putin’s Cash – FT

The United States believes that sanctioned Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska laundered money for President Vladimir Putin, The Financial Times reported Friday, citing a U.S. Treasury letter to Deripaska’s lawyers explaining the sanctions. The Trump administration imposed sanctions on Deripaska and two dozen other tycoons and officials in April 2018 in retaliation for what it called…


The first key milestone of 2020 – installation of the first tier of the reactor building outer containment – has been performed at Kursk NPP-2

The first of 10 key milestones related to the Kursk NPP-2 construction has been performed ahead of schedule in the current year – the installation of the first tier of the reactor building outer containment was completed at power unit No. 1.  “Work for Kursk NPP-2 power unit construction are underway according to the schedule…


Russia Probes BBC, Radio Liberty and Meduza for ‘Drug Propaganda’

Police in Russia are investigating news outlets BBC Russian, Radio Liberty and Meduza after lawmakers accused them of promoting drug use, Interfax reported Thursday. Ten foreign NGOs allegedly recruit activists to promote the decriminalization of drugs and the three outlets “actively cover” their rallies, State Duma deputy Vasily Piskaryov said at a session on foreign…


Top Russian Diplomat in Turkey Says Faces Threats Over Syria

Russia’s Ambassador to Turkey, Alexei Yerkhov, faces threats over the Moscow-backed military campaign in Syria, the envoy said in an interview Thursday, four years after his predecessor’s assassination. Yerkhov’s predecessor Andrei Karlov was shot dead by an off-duty policeman at the opening of an Ankara exhibition in December 2016. Russia and Turkey support opposing sides…


Protesters Twice as Likely to Be Jailed for Assaulting Police in Russia, Study Says

Protesters in Russia are twice as likely to receive real prison time for violence against law enforcement authorities than those tried for the same crime under different circumstances, the independent Novaya Gazeta newspaper reported Thursday. Novaya Gazeta compared nearly 12,000 assault sentences in 2016-2019 with the 57 sentences handed down to protesters over their role…


Google Searches for HIV Tests Soar by 5,000% After Russian Blogger’s Doc

As the only remaining independent, English-language news source reporting from Russia, The Moscow Times plays a critical role in connecting Russia to the world. Editorial decisions are made entirely by journalists in our newsroom, who adhere to the highest ethical standards. We fearlessly cover issues that are often considered off-limits or taboo in Russia, from…


Dutch Refused Moscow’s Request to Try Russian MH17 Suspects There, Minister Says

The Netherlands refused a request by Moscow to consider allowing Russia to prosecute three Russian nationals identified as suspects in the 2014 downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17, the Dutch justice minister revealed on Wednesday. The first court hearing in the Dutch case against the three Russian suspects and one Ukrainian is scheduled for March 9. If the case…


Facebook Says It Dismantles Russian Intelligence Operation Targeting Ukraine

Facebook on Wednesday said it had suspended a network of accounts used by Russian military intelligence to seed false narratives online targeting Ukraine and other countries in Eastern Europe. “Although the people behind this network attempted to conceal their identities and coordination, our investigation found links to Russian military intelligence services,” Facebook said in a…


Russian Submarine Officer in Syria Fired for Drunken Anti-Putin Swearing

A Russian submarine officer in Syria has been discharged for drinking and cursing at President Vladimir Putin’s portrait, the Kommersant business daily reported Wednesday. Captain lieutenant Oleg Lavrenchuk was said to have consumed alcohol with five other service members in June 2019 after finding out that their tour in Syria would be extended. Lavrenchuk initially…


Igor Sechin Reports to the President of the Russian Federation on the Company’s 2019 Operating Results and Prospects of Vostok Oil Project

Vladimir Putin has held a working meeting with Rosneft Oil Company Chief Executive Officer Igor Sechin.

Gazprom’s 15th Investor Day launched in New York

Release February 11, 2020, 18:50 – Sustainable operational and financial results achieved in 2019. – Positions in target sales markets expected to strengthen further. – Attention focused on increasing economic efficiency of activities. Today, Gazprom’s 15thannual Investor Day was launched in New York. Taking part in the event are Famil Sadygov Deputy Chairman of the Gazprom Management Committee, Elena Burmistrova Deputy Chairman of the Gazprom Management Committee and Director General of Gazprom…