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  • Karabakh Eyes Making Russian an Official Language

    Karabakh Eyes Making Russian an Official Language

    The unrecognized republic of Nagorno-Karabakh has introduced a bill to add Russian as an official language alongside Armenian, the state-run RIA Novosti news agency reported Wednesday.  The bill follows a recent Russia-brokered peace deal that saw Azerbaijan regain most of its former territories in the region, including the strategic city of Shusha, from Armenian control.…

  • Russia Arrests 19 Suspected Islamist Terrorists

    Russia Arrests 19 Suspected Islamist Terrorists

    Russian security forces have detained 19 suspected radical Islamists accused of plotting attacks across southern Russia, Interfax reported Wednesday, citing the Federal Security Service (FSB). The security operation took place in the Black Sea regions of Krasnodar, Crimea, Rostov and Karachayevo-Cherkessia. Authorities identified the suspects as members of Takfir wal-Hijra, a group that Russia banned…

  • Turkey Detains Russian IS Suspect at Syria Border

    Turkey Detains Russian IS Suspect at Syria Border

    Turkish border guards have detained five Russians, including a woman suspected of being a member of the Islamic State group and a Libyan, who were attempting to cross from Syria, officials said Wednesday. It was not immediately clear whether all six were suspected of being members of the jihadist group.  “Our border guards stationed in…

  • Belarusian Police Mount Raids on Journalists, Activists

    Belarusian Police Mount Raids on Journalists, Activists

    Police in Belarus raided the homes and offices of dozens of journalists, rights defenders and trade union members on Tuesday, investigators and activists said, as part of a probe into mass protests. Belarus was gripped by months of demonstrations against the rule of President Alexander Lukashenko after he claimed an overwhelming victory in an August…

  • Yulia Navalnaya Turns Down Calls to Enter Politics in Rare Interview

    Yulia Navalnaya Turns Down Calls to Enter Politics in Rare Interview

    Yulia Navalnya does not yet plan to replace her jailed husband Alexei Navalny as Russia’s main opposition politician, she said in an interview with the Harper’s Bazaar fashion magazine. Navalnaya’s latest refusal to engage in politics comes amid calls from supporters for her to take up her husband’s cause as he faces multiple criminal charges that…

  • Russian Scientists Probe Prehistoric Viruses Dug From Permafrost

    Russian Scientists Probe Prehistoric Viruses Dug From Permafrost

    Russian state laboratory Vektor on Tuesday announced it was launching research into prehistoric viruses by analyzing the remains of animals recovered from melted permafrost. The Siberia-based lab said in a statement that the aim of the project was to identify paleoviruses and conduct advanced research into virus evolution.  The research in collaboration with the University of…

  • Russia Backs Myanmar Military After China Raises Concerns

    Russia Backs Myanmar Military After China Raises Concerns

    Russia remains supportive of Myanmar’s military after China’s ambassador expressed concern with the crisis in its neighboring country and denied rumors of its involvement. Ambassador Chen Hai said Beijing maintained “friendly” ties with both the Burmese army and its former ruling civilian government, noting that the current political situation was “absolutely not what China wants…

  • Gazprom strengthening its gas processing business

    Gazprom strengthening its gas processing business

    February 17, 2021, 10:00 High-capacity facilities are under construction in eastern and western Russia. Amur GPP construction project is 72 per cent complete. The Gazprom Board of Directors expressed its approval of the Company’s ongoing efforts on expanding gas processing facilities and promoting cutting-edge technologies in the segment. It was noted that Gazprom is actively strengthening its gas processing business, primarily due to the growing share of multi-component…

  • Gazprom continues to expand Sakhalin – Khabarovsk – Vladivostok gas pipeline

    Gazprom continues to expand Sakhalin – Khabarovsk – Vladivostok gas pipeline

    February 17, 2021, 09:55 The Gazprom Board of Directors took note of the information about gas supplies to the Khabarovsk Territory. It was highlighted that, in compliance with the Directives of the Government of the Russian Federation “On gas supplies to the Khabarovsk Territory from 2025,” the Company is expanding the Sakhalin – Khabarovsk – Vladivostok gas trunkline at the section between Komsomolsk-on-Amur and Khabarovsk. Over 315 kilometers of the linear part – more than 3/4 of…

  • Russian Security Forces Teach Schoolchildren How to Detain Protesters

    Russian Security Forces Teach Schoolchildren How to Detain Protesters

    Updated at 2:52 p.m. on Feb. 17 to add the Interior Ministry’s statement. Russian security forces have taught Siberian schoolchildren how to detain protesters in a simulated riot, according to video published by local television Tuesday.  The footage comes on the heels of a mass protest crackdown during rallies calling for jailed opposition leader Alexei…

  • Iran, Russia Start Joint Naval Drill in Indian Ocean

    Iran, Russia Start Joint Naval Drill in Indian Ocean

    Iran’s armed forces on Tuesday launched a joint naval drill with Russia in the north of the Indian Ocean designed to “enhance security” of maritime trade, state television reported. The “Maritime Security Belt Exercise” is to cover an area of 17,000 square kilometers and include units from the Iranian army and the elite Revolutionary Guards as well…

  • Russian Court Rejects Gulag Historian’s 13-Year Sentence Appeal

    Russian Court Rejects Gulag Historian’s 13-Year Sentence Appeal

    A St. Petersburg court has upheld prominent Gulag historian Yury Dmitriyev’s 13-year prison sentence Tuesday in a child sexual abuse case that activists and other prominent figures call politically motivated. Dmitriyev, 65, was due to be released in November 2020 after serving 3.5 years on charges of sexually abusing his adopted daughter, but a court…

  • Novaya Gazeta Publishes New Evidence of Chechen Extrajudicial Killings

    Novaya Gazeta Publishes New Evidence of Chechen Extrajudicial Killings

    The independent Novaya Gazeta newspaper has published new findings into the alleged extrajudicial killings of nearly 30 Chechens in 2017. The newspaper says the new evidence corroborates its 2017 investigation which claimed that Chechen security officials executed 27 of more than 100 people detained in sweeping anti-terror raids in late 2016 and early 2017.  Novaya…

  • Russia Re-Opens to Foreign Students, Easing Coronavirus Travel Ban

    Russia Re-Opens to Foreign Students, Easing Coronavirus Travel Ban

    Russia is re-opening its borders to foreign students who show two negative coronavirus tests and arrive from countries with flight resumption agreements in place, authorities said Tuesday. More than 300,000 international students are estimated to have been unable to enter Russia due to the pandemic. Russian universities resumed in-person courses earlier in February after nearly…

  • Clubhouse Blocks Pro-Kremlin TV Host Following User Complaints

    Clubhouse Blocks Pro-Kremlin TV Host Following User Complaints

    Pro-Kremlin spin doctor Vladimir Solovyov has been banned from the Clubhouse app after attempting to start a discussion on LGBT issues in Russia.  The conservative talk show host was banned from the audio-based social media platform Monday shortly after he created a discussion room titled “Why didn’t Russia’s queer revolution take off?” “This is very…

  • Prosecutor Seeks Defamation Fine in Latest Navalny Case

    Prosecutor Seeks Defamation Fine in Latest Navalny Case

    A Russian prosecutor on Tuesday called for Alexei Navalny to face a $13,000 fine in a defamation case, one of a series of legal proceedings the jailed Kremlin critic says are aimed at silencing him. President Vladimir Putin’s most vocal opponent was taken into police custody immediately after returning to Moscow in January from Germany,…

  • ROSATOM topped the rating of the best employers of Russia according to the skilled staff platform of HeadHunter

    ROSATOM topped the Rating of the Best Employers of Russia of the country’s largest platform HeadHunter by results of 2020. The rating is compiled for the tenth time. The numbers of rating participants exceed 500. ROSATOM took the first place among the largest employers of the country who employ more than 5,000 people. The second…

  • Russia in Talks With U.S. to Swap Paul Whelan – Reuters

    Russia in Talks With U.S. to Swap Paul Whelan – Reuters

    Russia is in talks with the United States on a prisoner swap involving Paul Whelan, a former U.S. Marine that Moscow jailed for spying, Reuters reported Tuesday, citing his Russian lawyer. Whelan’s attorneys previously suggested that prisoner exchange talks had stalled over the 2020 U.S. elections and the Trump administration’s reluctance to release a Russian…

  • Kazakhstan To Roll Out First Locally Produced Sputnik Vaccine

    Kazakhstan To Roll Out First Locally Produced Sputnik Vaccine

    Kazakhstan will be the first country in the world to locally produce Russia’s Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine after a pharmaceutical company received government authorization to make the jab, the company said Tuesday.    The company, called the Karaganda Pharmaceutical Complex (KPC), “was granted certification” to produce the vaccine by Kazakhstan’s health ministry on Monday, KPC…

  • Russian Activists Face Death Threats Over Women’s ‘Solidarity Chain’ Protest

    Russian Activists Face Death Threats Over Women’s ‘Solidarity Chain’ Protest

    Russian women activists have received hundreds of death threats after their Valentine’s Day “chain of solidarity” for female victims of political repression, the Mediazona news website reported Tuesday. Around 300 participants formed human chains in central Moscow and St. Petersburg on Sunday following weeks of harsh police crackdowns at pro-Navalny protests. The event’s organizer, activist…

  • Russian Academics Protest State Permits for Public Outreach

    Russian Academics Protest State Permits for Public Outreach

    Russian academics are warning that lawmakers seek to curb their freedoms with a new law that would require state permission for public outreach, the weekly journal Nature reported Monday. Amendments to Russia’s education law advancing through the lower house of parliament, the State Duma, seek to stamp out “anti-Russian” influence in educational activities outside formal settings.…

  • French Cyber Agency Reveals Suspected Russian Hacks

    French Cyber Agency Reveals Suspected Russian Hacks

    France’s national cyber security agency said Monday it had discovered a hack of several organizations that bore similarities to other attacks by a group linked to Russian intelligence. It said the hackers had taken advantage of a vulnerability in monitoring software sold by French group Centreon, which lists blue-chip French companies as clients, such as…

  • ‘Optimists-2’ and Russian Film Classics Online

    ‘Optimists-2’ and Russian Film Classics Online

    Film lovers, particularly those who love films from the early golden age of Soviet films, are in luck. Two collections are now available online, and one modern series with a retro theme is about to air. Kino Klassika Kino Klassika was founded in 2015 as a U.K. charity to preserve and make available Soviet classical…

  • Annual March for Boris Nemtsov Canceled Due to Coronavirus

    Annual March for Boris Nemtsov Canceled Due to Coronavirus

    The annual march in honor of slain Russian opposition politician Boris Nemtsov will not take place this year due to the coronavirus pandemic, one of its organizers announced on Monday.  Supporters have held memorial marches for Nemtsov every Feb. 27 near the site on a bridge steps away from the Kremlin where he was shot…

  • Pro-Navalny Flashlight Flashmob a Success Despite Lack of Crowds, Allies Say

    Pro-Navalny Flashlight Flashmob a Success Despite Lack of Crowds, Allies Say

    Courtyard protests across Russia in support of jailed Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny were a success despite lacking the massive crowds of previous rallies, his team said Monday. The Valentine’s Day demonstrations saw Navalny supporters hold up flashlights and candles in residential courtyards rather than stage traditional street protests. Photos from the event flooded social media…

  • Arrested Billionaire Banker Tinkov Switches Focus to Cancer Foundation

    Arrested Billionaire Banker Tinkov Switches Focus to Cancer Foundation

    Russian billionaire Oleg Tinkov, arrested in London on tax fraud charges, said he plans to dedicate himself to charity work including fighting leukemia, with which he was diagnosed in 2019. “To be honest, I no longer have the motivation to do business. I’m done; I’m retired,” Tinkov, who founded the online bank Tinkoff, was quoted…

  • Russian Covid Medic Says Fired Over Pro-Navalny Flashlight Photo

    Russian Covid Medic Says Fired Over Pro-Navalny Flashlight Photo

    A Moscow coronavirus hospital medic said he has been fired for joining a flashlight protest in support of jailed opposition leader Alexei Navalny while wearing his protective gear. Saidanvar Sulaimonov was among the tens of thousands to share photos of themselves holding up phone flashlights Sunday in a show of muted solidarity after weeks of…

  • Bali Police Hunt Russian Wanted by Interpol

    Bali Police Hunt Russian Wanted by Interpol

    Indonesian police are on the hunt in Bali for a Russian fugitive wanted by Interpol after he escaped from custody while waiting to be deported from the resort island, authorities said Monday. CCTV footage released by the authorities showed Andrei Kovalenko sneaking out of the immigration office in Denpasar detention center on Thursday while officials…

  • Russian News Site Warns of ‘Dangerous Precedent’ With $200K Libel Fine

    Russian News Site Warns of ‘Dangerous Precedent’ With $200K Libel Fine

    A Russian court is creating a “dangerous precedent” for press freedom by fining the Ura.ru news website 15 million rubles ($205,000) for defaming a Chechen official, the outlet said Monday. The Chechen Supreme Court is scheduled to hear Ura.ru’s appeal this Friday against a lower court ruling that found the Yekaterinburg-based outlet guilty of falsely…

  • Navalny Supporters Stage Flashlight Protests, in Photos

    Navalny Supporters Stage Flashlight Protests, in Photos

    People across Russia gathered in residential courtyards and public squares late on Sunday, lighting their phone flashlights in a show of support for jailed Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny. The new tactics were an effort to avoid the harsh police crackdown seen at previous protests in Navalny’s support over the past month and resembled similar neighborhood…

  • Russia Sends Long-Awaited Food, Supplies to ISS Cosmonauts

    Russia Sends Long-Awaited Food, Supplies to ISS Cosmonauts

    Russia has launched a postponed cargo spacecraft carrying food and supplies to cosmonauts at the International Space Station who had been forced to rely on American colleagues for supplies. The Progress MS-16 freighter was due to send 2.5 tons of food, fuel and adhesives for air leak repairs to the ISS in December but was…

  • In Photos: Love Is in the Air on Russian Valentine’s Day

    In Photos: Love Is in the Air on Russian Valentine’s Day

    Independent journalism isn’t dead. You can help keep it alive. The Moscow Times’ team of journalists has been first with the big stories on the coronavirus crisis in Russia since day one. Our exclusives and on-the-ground reporting are being read and shared by many high-profile journalists. We wouldn’t be able to produce this crucial journalism…

  • Coronavirus in Russia: The Latest News | Feb. 15

    Coronavirus in Russia: The Latest News | Feb. 15

    Russia has confirmed 4,086,090 cases of coronavirus and 80,520 deaths. Feb. 15: What you need to know today Russia confirmed 14,207 new coronavirus cases and 394 deaths. Health workers in Bosnia received the first dose of Russia’s Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine, Reuters reported Friday.  Montenegro, St. Vincent and the Grenadines and Kazakhstan have authorized Russia’s Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine,…

  • Musk Invites Putin to Clubhouse Chat

    Musk Invites Putin to Clubhouse Chat

    SpaceX and Tesla CEO Elon Musk on Sunday invited President Vladimir Putin to a “conversation” on the popular invitation-only audio chat app Clubhouse. “Would you like to join me for a conversation on Clubhouse?” Musk tweeted at Putin’s official Twitter account. In a Russian-language follow-up, Musk said “it would be a great honor to speak…

  • Igor Sechin Reports to President of Russia on Company’s Performance in 2020

    President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin has held a working meeting with Rosneft Oil Company Chief Executive Officer Igor Sechin

  • Russian Women Form Human Chain Following Navalny Protest Crackdown

    Russian Women Form Human Chain Following Navalny Protest Crackdown

    Hundreds of women formed a “chain of solidarity” in central Moscow Sunday to support jailed Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny’s wife Yulia and female victims of political repression. The Valentine’s Day demonstration follows weeks of harsh police crackdowns at pro-Navalny protests and was inspired by last summer’s protests in neighboring Belarus, where women formed human chains…

  • Putin Accuses West of Using Navalny to ‘Contain’ Russia

    Putin Accuses West of Using Navalny to ‘Contain’ Russia

    Russian President Vladimir Putin on Sunday accused the West of using jailed opposition figure Alexei Navalny to try to “contain” Russia. “Our opponents or our potential opponents… have always relied on — and used — ambitious, power-hungry people,” Putin said in an interview with Russian media conducted on Wednesday but only broadcast on Sunday by…

  • When Andy Warhol Came to Moscow

    In 2020 and 2021, Moscow held its first truly comprehensive exhibition of works by Andy Warhol, the king of American pop-art. Paradoxically, the most comprehensive exhibition of the most famous 20th century, tradition-challenging American artist was held in Moscow at the time of the greatest decline in Russian-American relations. The exhibition, entitled “I, Andy Warhol”…

  • Vinegret: The Spicy Language of Love for Valentine’s Day

    Vinegret: The Spicy Language of Love for Valentine’s Day

    Okay, bear with me on this one. I’m making vinegret for Valentine’s Day.  I’ve been so busy, with no time to bake something gooey, chocolate, and heart shaped. I can’t stop to schlep to the fishmongers for oysters. I opened the fridge and was disappointed but not surprised to discover that we were fresh out…

  • Russia Gives Serbia Green Light to Manufacture Sputnik V Vaccine

    Russia Gives Serbia Green Light to Manufacture Sputnik V Vaccine

    Russia has given preliminary approval for its Covid-19 Sputnik V vaccine to be manufactured in Serbia, a minister said on Friday. “The first phase of the production of Russia’s vaccine Sputnik V on Serbia’s territory has been preliminarily approved,” Serbia’s minister for innovations Nenad Popovic said in a statement. The announcement was made after a…

  • ROSATOM started manufacturing equipment for Xudapu NPP (China)

    Volgodonsk branch of AEM-technology (a part of ROSATOM machine-building division) have started manufacturing essential equipment for Xudapu NPP Unit 3.   AEM-technology will manufacture and deliver two Generation III+ VVER-1200 reactor facilities, two sets of steam generators, reactor coolant pump set, main circulation piping bodies and two pressurizers.  The total weight of the items will…

  • Rostechnadzor issued the license to build BREST-OD-300 reactor

    The Federal Environmental, Industrial and Nuclear Supervision Service (Rostechnadzor) gave JSC SCC the license for building of the world’s first pilot demonstration power unit with a lead-cooled fast neutron reactor BREST-OD-300 which uses mixed uranium-plutonium nitride fuel and integrated design. The license was signed by Head of Rostechnadzor Aleksei Aleshin on February 10.  “First of…

  • Issues of cooperation with Republic of Belarus reviewed

    Issues of cooperation with Republic of Belarus reviewed

    February 12, 2021, 16:18 A working meeting between Alexey Miller Chairman of the Gazprom Management Committee, and Vladimir Semashko, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Belarus to the Russian Federation, took place today in St. Petersburg. It was noted at the meeting that Gazprom, as usual, is reliably providing Belarusian consumers with the required amounts of gas amid peak winter demand. The parties discussed issues of cooperation…

  • Iranian Speaker’s Moscow Visit Signals Closer Ties to Come, Experts Say

    Iranian Speaker’s Moscow Visit Signals Closer Ties to Come, Experts Say

    Iranian Parliament Speaker Mohammad-Bager Galibaf paid a visit to Russia this week, marking his first foreign trip since assuming the post in May of last year.  Though the visit is unlikely to bring an immediate breakthrough despite Iran’s plans for fast-track membership in the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU), it will certainly make a long-term imprint…

  • Russian-Born ‘Fake Heiress’ Anna Sorokin Released From U.S. Prison – Reports

    Russian-Born ‘Fake Heiress’ Anna Sorokin Released From U.S. Prison – Reports

    A Russian-born socialite has been released from U.S. prison after completing a nearly four-year sentence for theft and larceny, the Insider reported Thursday. A New York City court in 2019 sentenced Anna Sorokin to at least four years in prison for posing as a German heiress named Anna Delvey and scamming banks and friends into…

  • 2 Ukrainian Soldiers Killed in Clashes with Separatists

    2 Ukrainian Soldiers Killed in Clashes with Separatists

    The conflict was at the center of diplomatic spat the UN Thursday when Western countries claimed Russia was blocking efforts to bring about an end to the fighting. Kiev has repeatedly accused Moscow and the separatists of undermining a ceasefire that brought relative calm when it took effect in July last year. Ukraine’s defense ministry reported that…

  • Russia Ready to Cut Ties With Europe – Foreign Minister

    Russia Ready to Cut Ties With Europe – Foreign Minister

    Russia is ready to cut ties with the European Union if it imposes further sanctions on the Russian economy, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Thursday. The heated rhetoric comes 10 days before top EU diplomats are scheduled to discuss new travel bans and asset freezes on President Vladimir Putin’s allies in response to the jailing…

  • Navalny Back in Moscow Court on Defamation Charges

    Navalny Back in Moscow Court on Defamation Charges

    Russia’s main Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny was back in court Friday for allegedly defaming a World War II veteran, after being ordered to prison in another case that sparked global outrage and mass protests in his country. The hearing came a little over one week after the 44-year-old opposition leader, a persistent thorn in President…

  • Russia’s Communists Are Split Over Support for Navalny

    Russia’s Communists Are Split Over Support for Navalny

    When Nikolai Bondarenko stepped outside his apartment building in the Volga River city of Saratov on the morning of Feb. 8, the police were waiting for him. The city council communist deputy and video blogger was arrested and fined 20,000 rubles ($270) for attending an unsanctioned protest in support of jailed opposition leader Alexei Navalny.…

  • Russian Jehovah’s Witness Handed Longest ‘Extremism’ Prison Sentence

    A court in southern Russia has handed the country’s longest prison sentence yet to an elderly Jehovah’s Witness leader for organizing an “extremist” group, the religious organization said Wednesday. Authorities accused Alexander Ivshin, 63, of organizing the activities of a banned organization, including hosting Bible discussions with friends via video link, until his April 2020…

  • Putin Open to Getting Coronavirus Vaccine in 2021 – Kommersant

    Putin Open to Getting Coronavirus Vaccine in 2021 – Kommersant

    President Vladimir Putin has floated the possibility of getting vaccinated against the coronavirus later in 2021, the Kommersant business daily reported Thursday, citing his closed-door meeting with journalists. Putin, 68, has held off on receiving Russia’s domestically manufactured Covid-19 vaccine despite touting it as the world’s “best” jab and boasting of its first-in-the-world approval. His…

  • Russia to Pay Damages for 2012 Navalny Arrest

    Russia to Pay Damages for 2012 Navalny Arrest

    Russia has agreed to pay jailed opposition leader Alexei Navalny damages for his 2012 detention during mass anti-government demonstrations that Europe’s human rights court ruled degrading, Interfax reported Thursday. Russia’s Justice Ministry said it will not appeal the European Court of Human Rights’ (ECHR) November ruling because the ruling did not hold that Navalny’s rights…

  • Russia Warns Will Respond if EU Imposes New Sanctions

    Russia Warns Will Respond if EU Imposes New Sanctions

    Russia said Thursday it would respond in kind if the EU imposes sanctions on Moscow over the jailing of opposition leader Alexei Navalny and a crackdown on protests by his supporters. EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell earlier this week said he would propose the bloc impose new sanctions on Russia, as he blasted the…

  • Navalny, Kara-Murza Tailed by Same FSB Squad Before Alleged Poisonings — Investigation

    Navalny, Kara-Murza Tailed by Same FSB Squad Before Alleged Poisonings — Investigation

    Vladimir Kara-Murza, a prominent Kremlin critic who survived two suspected poisonings, was likely tailed by the same chemical weapons squad that allegedly poisoned Alexei Navalny, the Bellingcat investigative outlet reported in a joint investigation with The Insider and Der Spiegel.  Bellingcat analyzed travel data which showed that in both cases, in 2015 and 2017, Kara-Murza…

  • Russian Authorities Warn Against Navalny Courtyard Protests

    Russian Authorities Warn Against Navalny Courtyard Protests

    Law enforcement authorities warned Russians Thursday not to take part in Valentine’s Day courtyard protests in support of jailed opposition leader Alexei Navalny. Navalny’s team has called on supporters to hold up their cellphone flashlights in their residential courtyards for short intervals to avoid the kind of crackdown that followed a wave of mass nationwide…

  • Russian Opposition Finds Refuge in Bitcoin

    Russian Opposition Finds Refuge in Bitcoin

    As the value of Bitcoin soared this year, bringing cryptocurrencies back into the global spotlight, Russia’s opposition leader Alexei Navalny saw his team’s crypto wallet fatten.   Public blockchain data shows that a Bitcoin address tied to Navalny received 3.5 Bitcoin ($120,000) at the end of January as supporters rushed to donate to the Kremlin critic…

  • ‘The Treasure of William Brumfield’ Premieres in Moscow

    ‘The Treasure of William Brumfield’ Premieres in Moscow

    On Sunday the Shchusev State Museum of Architecture in Moscow will host the premiere of a documentary film about one of the world’s foremost specialists in ancient Russian architecture, the American professor at Tulane University, William Craft Brumfield. The film, “The Treasure of William Brumfield,” was written and directed by Irma Komladze, a renowned photographer,…

  • Ukraine Bans Coronavirus Vaccines From ‘Aggressor’ Russia

    Ukraine Bans Coronavirus Vaccines From ‘Aggressor’ Russia

    Ukraine has banned coronavirus vaccines produced in bitter rival Russia despite struggles to launch its vaccination campaign. A resolution passed by the government on Feb. 8 and posted on its website Wednesday banned the registration of vaccines from “aggressor states,” a designation Ukraine has applied to Russia since 2015. Ukraine’s pro-Western leadership has repeatedly rejected…

  • Lifting Mask Mandates in Chechnya, Udmurtia ‘Premature,’ Health Expert Warns

    Lifting Mask Mandates in Chechnya, Udmurtia ‘Premature,’ Health Expert Warns

    Two Russian regions’ move to lift their face mask mandates is premature, a leading health expert told The Moscow Times on Thursday.  Officials in the republic of Chechnya and the republic of Udmurtia on Wednesday announced that residents would no longer be required to wear face masks in public, becoming the first two regions of…

  • Russian University Administrator Steps Down After Trick Pro-Putin Flashmob

    Russian University Administrator Steps Down After Trick Pro-Putin Flashmob

    A senior Russian university administrator has resigned after tricking students into filming a flashmob in support of President Vladimir Putin following mass nationwide protests that criticized his rule, local media reported Wednesday. The students were shocked to learn that their participation in a coordinated hand- and flag-waving performance for a state holiday had been repackaged…