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  • 75% of Russians Say Soviet Era Was ‘Greatest Time’ in Country’s History – Poll

    75% of Russians Say Soviet Era Was ‘Greatest Time’ in Country’s History – Poll

    Three out of four Russians think the Soviet era was the best time in their country’s history, according to a survey published by the independent Levada Center pollster on Tuesday. Russians have expressed increasingly positive opinions about the Soviet Union over the years, with nostalgia toward the U.S.S.R. and approval of Stalin hitting record highs in the…

  • Arctic Oil Faces Crisis

    Arctic Oil Faces Crisis

    The coronavirus and subsequent global economic meltdown is taking its toll on developments in Arctic waters. Norway’s Equinor is reducing staff on platforms and operating costs are cut to the bone. On Sunday the company announced that it was suspending a large €5 billion share buy-back programme. At the same time, the development of new projects…

  • ‘Serious Situation’ Unfolding With Coronavirus in Russia, Moscow Mayor Tells Putin

    ‘Serious Situation’ Unfolding With Coronavirus in Russia, Moscow Mayor Tells Putin

    Russia is facing a “serious situation” as the coronavirus spreads, Moscow’s mayor told President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday as the official number of infections neared 500. Russia has reported a total of 495 coronavirus infections so far, a number that observers have questioned due to the relatively low number of tests the country has carried…

  • Coronavirus in Russia: The Latest News | March 25

    Coronavirus in Russia: The Latest News | March 25

    As the new coronavirus that has killed more than 18,000 people continues to spread around the world, Russia has stepped up its measures to tackle the pandemic and prevent its spread within the country. There have been 495 cases of coronavirus infections reported in Russia so far and one death. MT The number of confirmed coronavirus cases…

  • Russian Military Doctors Told to Sew Their Own Masks as Coronavirus Sparks Shortages

    Russian Military Doctors Told to Sew Their Own Masks as Coronavirus Sparks Shortages

    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…

  • Russia’s Confirmed Coronavirus Cases Jump to 495

    Russia’s Confirmed Coronavirus Cases Jump to 495

    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…

  • Russia Eyes Victory Day Parade With Empty Stands as Coronavirus Crisis Continues

    Russia Eyes Victory Day Parade With Empty Stands as Coronavirus Crisis Continues

    Russia is considering staging its annual Victory Day parade in front of empty stands in May as the coronavirus continues to spread worldwide, the Open Media news website reported Tuesday. Questions have swirled around Moscow’s Victory Day celebrations — which include a massive military parade on Red Square — as the coronavirus has shut down…

  • Coronavirus Hits Russian Markets | March 24

    Coronavirus Hits Russian Markets | March 24

    The Russian economy has been rocked by the coronavirus outbreak, and the breakdown of the OPEC+ oil production pact between Russia and Saudi Arabia. The turmoil has shocked traders around the world and resulted in sharp volatility on the Russian stock markets and swings in the value of the ruble — both of which are…

  • Coronavirus in Russia: The Latest News | March 24

    Coronavirus in Russia: The Latest News | March 24

    As the new coronavirus that has killed more than 14,000 people continues to spread around the world, Russia has stepped up its measures to tackle the pandemic and prevent its spread within the country. There have been 438 cases of coronavirus infections reported in Russia so far and one death. MT The number of confirmed coronavirus cases…

  • Russian Medical Specialist Suspected of Working While Infected

    Russian Medical Specialist Suspected of Working While Infected

    Russian investigators opened a criminal case on Monday against a top infections specialist who tested positive for the coronavirus after visiting Spain but neglecting to self-isolate afterwards.  The negligence probe was launched after an infectious disease professor and top health care consultant in the southern Stavropol region became patient zero for the coronavirus there, exposing…

  • Hear a Poem Every Day

    Hear a Poem Every Day

    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…

  • On This Day in 1877 Felix Yusupov Was Born

    On This Day in 1877 Felix Yusupov Was Born

    Today marks what would be the 143rd birthday of Prince Felix Yusupov. Although the aristocrat is most often remembered as the assassin of Grigory Rasputin, his hedonistic yet charitable nature made him a notable character among his royal contemporaries.  Yusupov was born in Saint Petersburg to a princess and a count. The family was wealthier…

  • 60% of Russians Willing to Give Up Their Rights to Fight Coronavirus — Poll

    60% of Russians Willing to Give Up Their Rights to Fight Coronavirus — Poll

    Sixty percent of Russians say they are willing to temporarily give up their rights to help stem the spread of the coronavirus, according to a poll conducted by Gallup International and the ROMIR research agency. Russia has gradually increased its quarantine measures for the public since the pandemic first crossed the country’s borders in January.…

  • MH17 Trial Suspended Until June, Giving Defense More Time to Prepare

    MH17 Trial Suspended Until June, Giving Defense More Time to Prepare

    The trial of four men accused of murder over the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 in Ukraine in 2014 will be adjourned until June 8 to give defense lawyers more time to prepare, judges at the hearing in the Netherlands ruled on Monday. MH17 was flying from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur when it was…

  • Russia to Use Cellphones to Track People at Risk of Coronavirus

    Russia to Use Cellphones to Track People at Risk of Coronavirus

    Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin on Monday gave the authorities five days to develop a system to track people who have come into contact with anyone with coronavirus by using mobile phone geolocation data. Under the new system, people would be sent information if they came into contact with someone who was infected and the…

  • Russia and Turkey Cut Short Joint Patrol in Syria’s Idlib

    Russia and Turkey Cut Short Joint Patrol in Syria’s Idlib

    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…

  • Rosneft Deutschland Increases Sales of Alfabit by 37.5% in 2019

    In 2019, Rosneft Deutschland GmbH, a subsidiary of Rosneft Oil Company in Germany, increased sales of polymer-modified bitumen (PMB) Alfabit by 37.5% year-on-year.

  • Moscow Elderly Told to Stay Home or Escape to Countryside

    Moscow Elderly Told to Stay Home or Escape to Countryside

    On Monday, the mayor of Moscow told older Russians to either stay at home or escape to their country houses to avoid exposure to the coronavirus. In a video on his website, Mayor Sergei Sobyanin said that those over the age of 65 “must comply with an at-home regimen” between March 26 and April 14.…

  • Moscow Police Readying for Citywide Coronavirus Lockdown – RBC

    Moscow Police Readying for Citywide Coronavirus Lockdown – RBC

    Moscow’s police force is preparing to enforce a near-total shutdown of the Russian capital if the number of coronavirus cases rises, including a curfew and a ban on entering and exiting the city, the RBC news website reported Sunday. Moscow’s head of police, Oleg Baranov, has ordered police officials to develop a plan by March…

  • Coronavirus in Russia: The Latest News | March 23

    Coronavirus in Russia: The Latest News | March 23

    As the new coronavirus that has killed more than 14,000 people continues to spread around the world, Russia has stepped up its measures to tackle the pandemic and prevent its spread within the country. There have been 438 cases of coronavirus infections reported in Russia so far and one death. MT The number of confirmed coronavirus cases…

  • Russia’s Confirmed Coronavirus Cases Jump to 438

    Russia’s Confirmed Coronavirus Cases Jump to 438

    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…

  • With Temperature Checks and Face Masks, Russians Protest Putin Despite Coronavirus

    With Temperature Checks and Face Masks, Russians Protest Putin Despite Coronavirus

    Small-scale protests against Vladimir Putin’s plans to amend the Russian Constitution so he can run for president again in 2024 took place in several medium-sized Russian cities on Sunday, local media reported. Protests against the changes, which would overturn a constitutional ban on Putin running for another term, were called off in Moscow and St. Petersburg due…

  • Russia to Build More Coronavirus Hospital Units on Chinese Model

    Russia to Build More Coronavirus Hospital Units on Chinese Model

    Russia plans to build new isolation units for patients with infectious diseases in several regions in response to the spread of the coronavirus, Deputy Prime Minister Marat Khusnullin was quoted by the state-run TASS news agency as saying on Sunday. He said the units would be based on close study of such units built in China…

  • Russian Theater’s Solution to Virus: An Audience of One

    Russian Theater’s Solution to Virus: An Audience of One

    One of Russia’s most distinguished opera and ballet companies has an innovative solution to prohibitions on public gatherings over the coronavirus: playing to an audience of one. The Perm Opera and Ballet Theater, a Urals city company famed for its cutting-edge projects, said it would be launching the “One on One” performances from the end…

  • ‘From Russia With Love’: Putin Sends Aid to Italy to Fight Virus

    ‘From Russia With Love’: Putin Sends Aid to Italy to Fight Virus

    The Russian army on Sunday began flying medical help to Italy to help it battle the new coronavirus after receiving an order from President Vladimir Putin, a goodwill gesture that Moscow labeled “From Russia with Love.” Giant Il-76 military planes began taking off from an airbase in the Moscow region after Putin spoke to Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe…

  • Coronavirus in Russia: The Latest News | March 22

    Coronavirus in Russia: The Latest News | March 22

    As the new coronavirus that has killed more than 11,000 people continues to spread around the world, Russia has stepped up its measures to tackle the pandemic and prevent its spread within the country. There have been 306 cases of coronavirus infections reported in Russia so far and one death. MT The number of confirmed coronavirus cases…

  • Russia’s Confirmed Coronavirus Cases Jump to 306

    Russia’s Confirmed Coronavirus Cases Jump to 306

    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…

  • Exclusive: Rich Russians Are Hoarding Ventilators to Protect Themselves Against the Coronavirus

    Exclusive: Rich Russians Are Hoarding Ventilators to Protect Themselves Against the Coronavirus

    The family is one of Russia’s richest. Worth over $1 billion, it owns homes in some of the world’s most sought after destinations, including London and the south of France. It also has a mansion in Rublyovka, the luxury suburb outside Moscow that is home to much of Russia’s ruling elite. It is here that…

  • Got Grechka? Make a Grain Bowl!

    Got Grechka? Make a Grain Bowl!

    So, you’ve cornered the grechka market.  Well done. Now what? You picked an excellent grain to stockpile. Buckwheat packs an incredible nutritional punch: it promotes heart health and is a superb source of many key vitamins and minerals (including thiamin, niacin, and folate) as well as protein and fiber.  Buckwheat is one of those foods…

  • Tour Marina Tsvetayeva’s Apartment Online On Saturday

    Tour Marina Tsvetayeva’s Apartment Online On Saturday

    Russian museums are not just museums; they are hubs of culture, lectures, tours, films, plays, concerts and other special events. One of the most active is the Marina Tsvetayeva house museum, founded in 1992. For decades one of the residents, Nadezhda Katayeva-Lytkina, fought to preserve the house and legacy of the poet. Marina Tsvetayeva had…

  • Moscow Workers Race to Finish ‘Chinese-Inspired’ Virus Hospital

    Moscow Workers Race to Finish ‘Chinese-Inspired’ Virus Hospital

    Surrounded by police roadblocks, the vacant lot on the outskirts of Moscow is guarded like a military site. Moscow city authorities are rushing here to construct a medical facility for coronavirus patients styled after a hospital built in record time after China’s outbreak.  The building site, where ground broke just last week, is frantic, with a…

  • Famous Russian Director Gives 10 Coronavirus Quarantine Tips

    Famous Russian Director Gives 10 Coronavirus Quarantine Tips

    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…

  • Prominent Russians Urge Government to Take Swift Action Against Coronavirus

    Prominent Russians Urge Government to Take Swift Action Against Coronavirus

    Russian public figures, doctors and citizens have launched a petition urging the government to take urgent action against the coronavirus as the country’s number of confirmed cases continues to climb. The petition’s authors include acclaimed novelist Lyudmila Ulitskaya, economist Sergei Guriev, publisher Irina Prokhorova, musician Alexei Kortnev and journalists Leonid Parfyonov, Katerina Gordeeva and Ilya…

  • Russia Confirms 54 New Coronavirus Cases, Reaching 253

    Russia Confirms 54 New Coronavirus Cases, Reaching 253

    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…

  • Russian News Outlets Ordered to Take Down ‘Fake’ Coronavirus News

    Russian News Outlets Ordered to Take Down ‘Fake’ Coronavirus News

    Russia has ordered several news outlets to take down information about the coronavirus outbreak that it says is “fake.” Russia’s communications watchdog Roskomnadzor on Friday said that the Ekho Moskvy radio station, the Govorit Magadan news website and several other outlets had published “false information that is socially significant” about the coronavirus that “threatens to…

  • On This Day in 1922 Irina Antonova Was Born

    On This Day in 1922 Irina Antonova Was Born

    Today marks the 98th birthday of art historian Irina Antonova, former director of the Pushkin Museum and the longest-serving director of any major museum to date. In her directorial stint from 1961 to 2013, Antonova was responsible for bringing the works of major artists to Soviet and Russian audiences.  A native Muscovite, Antonova graduated from…

  • 5 Russian Ballets

    5 Russian Ballets

    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…

  • Investors Withdraw Record $1.4B in Assets From Russia

    Investors Withdraw Record $1.4B in Assets From Russia

    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…

  • Putin’s Relative Launches Political Party

    Putin’s Relative Launches Political Party

    One of President Vladimir Putin’s relatives has launched a political party and said he wants to contest parliamentary elections next year, the Kommersant daily reported on Friday. Roman Putin, son of President Putin’s cousin Igor, told Kommersant in an interview that his People of Business party was a right-wing conservative project aimed at supporting small…

  • Rosneft Plants About 1 Million Trees In 2019

    On March 21, Rosneft together with all its subsidiaries celebrates the International Day of Forests established by the resolution of the United Nations General Assembly.

  • Foreigners in Russia Can Extend Visas Without Leaving Amid Coronavirus Lockdown

    Foreigners in Russia Can Extend Visas Without Leaving Amid Coronavirus Lockdown

    Foreign nationals in Russia will be able to extend their current visas without facing a penalty due to the coronavirus outbreak that is closing borders and canceling flights worldwide, the Interior Ministry has said. Russia has temporarily banned all foreign citizens from entering the country and suspended its issuance of nearly all types of visas…

  • Rising Oil Prices Lift Russian Ruble and Stocks

    Rising Oil Prices Lift Russian Ruble and Stocks

    The Russian economy has been rocked by the coronavirus outbreak, and the breakdown of the OPEC+ oil production pact between Russia and Saudi Arabia. The turmoil has shocked traders around the world and resulted in sharp volatility on the Russian stock markets and swings in the value of the ruble — both of which are…

  • Moscow Protesters, Police Clash Over ‘Radioactive Highway’ Construction

    Moscow Protesters, Police Clash Over ‘Radioactive Highway’ Construction

    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…

  • Coronavirus in Russia: The Latest News | March 20

    Coronavirus in Russia: The Latest News | March 20

    As the new coronavirus that has killed more than 10,000 people continues to spread around the world, Russia has stepped up its measures to tackle the pandemic and prevent its spread within the country. There have been 199 cases of coronavirus infections reported in Russia so far and one death. MT The number of confirmed coronavirus cases…

  • Update set of measures regardig COVID-19

    Update set of measures regardig COVID-19

    March 20, 2020 PAO Severstal, one of the world’s leading steel and steel-related mining companies, provides the following update set of measures in response to the global COVID-19 pandemic. While Severstal’s operations are functioning as usual, the continued health and safety of all our employees is our absolute priority. Severstal is strictly following recommendations issued…

  • Russia Prepares for a Surge in Coronavirus Cases

    Russia Prepares for a Surge in Coronavirus Cases

    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…

  • Don’t Vote on Putin’s Constitutional Amendments, Navalny Urges Russians

    Don’t Vote on Putin’s Constitutional Amendments, Navalny Urges Russians

    Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny has urged his supporters to stay home instead of voting on President Vladimir Putin’s constitutional amendments that could keep him in power until 2036. The package of constitutional changes includes an amendment that would “zero out” the number of terms served by current and former presidents. The amendment, which has…

  • Tumbling Ruble Forces Central Bank To Intervene

    Tumbling Ruble Forces Central Bank To Intervene

    The Russian economy has been rocked by the coronavirus outbreak, and the breakdown of the OPEC+ oil production pact between Russia and Saudi Arabia. The turmoil has shocked traders around the world and resulted in sharp volatility on the Russian stock markets and swings in the value of the ruble — both of which are…

  • Watch a Concert at Garage Museum

    Watch a Concert at Garage Museum

    Garage Museum of Contemporary Art is launching a series of online events and activities today with an unusual concert. The St. Petersburg group Verevka Ensemble will give an online concert of microtonal improvisation. The 90-minute concert, which begins at 7 p.m. Moscow time, will be performed on acoustic guitars with bows. It’s part of the…

  • Russia Props Up Ruble, Oil Producers

    Russia Props Up Ruble, Oil Producers

    Russia announced Thursday new measures to prop up the ruble and its oil producers, both of which have been suffering from sinking oil prices and the global panic over the coronavirus. “The government and the Central Bank will continue to take the necessary actions to ensure financial stability,” Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin said. He announced…

  • Russia’s Coronavirus Count Jumps From 147 to 199 in Biggest One-Day Increase

    Russia’s Coronavirus Count Jumps From 147 to 199 in Biggest One-Day Increase

    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…

  • Trump Advisor to Attend Russia’s Victory Day Parade

    Trump Advisor to Attend Russia’s Victory Day Parade

    U.S. National Security Advisor Robert O’Brien will travel to Moscow to attend Russia‘s World War II Victory Day celebrations in May, U.S. ambassador John Sullivan said on Thursday. President Vladimir Putin presides over an annual parade on May 9 to commemorate the Soviet Union’s World War II victory over Nazi Germany and uses the occasion to…

  • Putin Says He’s ‘Not a Tsar’ After 20 Years in Power

    Putin Says He’s ‘Not a Tsar’ After 20 Years in Power

    Russian President Vladimir Putin dismissed comparisons between himself and an imperial tsar on Thursday, arguing that he “works every day” and listens to what people want. “I don’t reign, I work every day,” Putin said in an interview to the state-run TASS news agency. The interview aired on Thursday as part of a series rolled…

  • Moscow Monastery Launches Nightly Anti-Coronavirus Processions

    Moscow Monastery Launches Nightly Anti-Coronavirus Processions

    Orthodox priests in central Moscow have begun nightly processions around their monastery in an effort to combat the coronavirus with prayer, the monastery’s head priest said. The devotions at the Vysoko-Petrovsky Monastery are the latest example of the Russian Orthodox Church’s efforts to offer faith as a solution to the pandemic. Every night, priests will…

  • TVEL will supply fuel for the reactor at Řež Nuclear Research Center in the Czech Republic

    TVEL has contracted supply of nuclear fuel for the LVR-15 research reactor at the Nuclear Research Center in Řež, the Czech Republic (Centrum výzkumu Řež s.r.o., CVŘ). The contract covers fuel supply in 2020 and has a framework structure for future supplies on the request of the customer. LVR-15 is a 10 MW light water…

  • Russia Confirms First Coronavirus Death

    Russia Confirms First Coronavirus Death

    Russia has confirmed its coronavirus-related death, a 79-year-old woman with pre-existing health conditions, Moscow’s coronavirus response headquarters said Thursday. Russia has registered 147 cases of coronavirus but has reported no other deaths. The unnamed 79-year-old woman was first hospitalized last week and was later moved to an isolated room in an infectious diseases hospital after testing…

  • ‘We Don’t Have Enough Intensive Care Beds’: Coronavirus Will Test Russia’s Creaking Healthcare System

    ‘We Don’t Have Enough Intensive Care Beds’: Coronavirus Will Test Russia’s Creaking Healthcare System

    For the past five years, nurse Svetlana Shchedrina has been stowing away protective masks and latex gloves. Right now she has two large boxes of each. Shchedrina, 37, told The Moscow Times she was forced to start stockpiling after the tuberculosis hospital in the Urals city of Kurgan where she works stopped providing its staff…

  • Russian Courts Put Most Work on Pause Over Coronavirus

    Russian Courts Put Most Work on Pause Over Coronavirus

    Russian courts will stop considering all except the most urgent cases from Thursday onwards until April 10 to contain the spread of coronavirus, a decision by the Supreme Court on Wednesday showed. Urgent cases, which will continue to go up before the courts, include pre-trial decisions on whether to remand suspects in custody, as well…

  • Coronavirus in Russia: The Latest News | March 19

    Coronavirus in Russia: The Latest News | March 19

    As the new coronavirus that has killed more than 8,800 people continues to spread around the world, Russia has stepped up its measures to tackle the pandemic and prevent its spread within the country. There have been 147 cases of coronavirus infections reported in Russia so far and zero deaths. The number of confirmed cases in Russia…

  • ‘Putin’s Chef’ Wins $190K Catering Contract for Coronavirus Patients

    ‘Putin’s Chef’ Wins $190K Catering Contract for Coronavirus Patients

    Yevgeny Prigozhin, a catering magnate with close ties to President Vladimir Putin, has won a $190,000 contract to provide hospital food for Moscow’s coronavirus patients, according to information posted on the government’s online public procurement portal. The government portal says that AVK, a company owned by Prigozhin, will supply ready-made meals to the city hospital…