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  • Russia Plans to ‘Adapt’ to Climate Change

    Russia Plans to ‘Adapt’ to Climate Change

    Russia’s government has published a plan of action that outlines 29 broad measures to both mitigate damage and take advantage of opportunities created by climate change. Climate change is warming Russia at a faster rate than the rest of the world, the country’s environment ministry said last summer. Economists have predicted that Russia stands to…

  • For Russia Regional Coverage, Look to These 9 Independent Media

    For Russia Regional Coverage, Look to These 9 Independent Media

    Regional issues took center stage in Russia in 2019 — from trash protests in the north to contested elections in the Far East, from border disputes in the North Caucasus to the effects of climate change in Siberia. As Russians increasingly turn their attention to local problems, independent media organizations have stepped in to provide…

  • ‘Chernobyl’ Scores Best Miniseries Golden Globe

    ‘Chernobyl’ Scores Best Miniseries Golden Globe

    BEVERLY HILLS–The victor was “Chernobyl” at the 77th annual Golden Globe awards as it bested its competitors in the best limited series or motion picture made for television category. Its writer and creator Craig Mazin accepted the Globe before an audience of film and television stars at the Beverly Hilton Hotel Sunday night. Stellan Skarsgard…

  • Russia’s Lavrov, Iran’s Zarif Discuss Soleimani Killing

    Russia’s Lavrov, Iran’s Zarif Discuss Soleimani Killing

    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…

  • Best Retrospective: Vasily Polenov

    Best Retrospective: Vasily Polenov

    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 and Macron Talk by Phone About Concerns Over U.S. Killing of Top Iranian General Soleimani – Kremlin

    Putin and Macron Talk by Phone About Concerns Over U.S. Killing of Top Iranian General Soleimani – Kremlin

    Russian President Vladimir Putin and his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron expressed their concerns in a phonecall over the U.S. killing of Iran’s Major-General Qassem Soleimani, according to a statement on the Kremlin’s website Friday evening. The U.S. early on Friday killed Soleimani, head of the elite Quds Force and architect of Iran’s spreading military influence…

  • Putin and Macron Discuss Concerns Over U.S. Killing of Top Iranian General Soleimani – Kremlin

    Putin and Macron Discuss Concerns Over U.S. Killing of Top Iranian General Soleimani – Kremlin

    Russian President Vladimir Putin and his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron expressed their concerns in a phone call over the U.S. killing of Iran’s Major-General Qassem Soleimani, according to a statement on the Kremlin’s website Friday evening. The U.S. early on Friday killed Soleimani, head of the elite Quds Force and architect of Iran’s spreading military…

  • Russian Senator Calls U.S. Killing of Top Iranian General ‘Worst Case Scenario,’ Expects New U.S.-Iran Clashes

    Russian Senator Calls U.S. Killing of Top Iranian General ‘Worst Case Scenario,’ Expects New U.S.-Iran Clashes

    Russian Senator Konstantin Kosachev has called the U.S. killing of a key Iranian military commander “the worst-case scenario,” and said he believed that Iranian retribution “will not take long,” while Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said the world is now “confronted with a new reality.” The U.S. early on Friday killed Iranian Major-General Qassem Soleimani, head of…

  • The Year’s Most Daring Art Heist: Arkhip Kuindzhi’s “Ai-Petri”

    The Year’s Most Daring Art Heist: Arkhip Kuindzhi’s “Ai-Petri”

    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 Halts Oil to Belarus, but Transit to Europe Still Flowing

    Russia Halts Oil to Belarus, but Transit to Europe Still Flowing

    Russia has halted oil supplies to refineries in Belarus, the Belarusian state energy firm said on Friday, amid a new contract dispute that is also threatening large Russian oil deliveries to Western Europe crossing the country. Belarus’s state firm Belneftekhim said deliveries had been halted as of Jan. 1. Two trading sources told Reuters Russian oil transit to…

  • Kyiv Post: Moscow Says it Issued Nearly 200,000 Russian Passports in Ukraine’s Donbass

    Kyiv Post: Moscow Says it Issued Nearly 200,000 Russian Passports in Ukraine’s Donbass

    Eight months after simplifying the procedure of acquiring a Russian passport for residents of Ukraine’s eastern Donbass region, Russia announced that it has granted over 196,000 citizenships to Ukrainians. The figures came from the Russian Ministry of Internal Affairs, the Russian TASS news agency reported on Jan. 1. Moscow says it is protecting the Russian-speaking…

  • Will Russia Enforce Its New Internet Laws in 2020?

    Will Russia Enforce Its New Internet Laws in 2020?

    Popular Russian video blogger Nastya Ivleyeva asked Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev at his end-of-year press conference in early December if the new sovereign internet law will lead to YouTube being banned in the country.   “I think you understand how I will answer that question,” said Medvedev, chuckling. “The purpose of the law is to keep…

  • Russia’s Oil Output Hits Post-Soviet High Despite OPEC+ Deal

    Russia’s Oil Output Hits Post-Soviet High Despite OPEC+ Deal

    Russia’s crude oil and condensate output hit a post-Soviet high last year even as it curbed production under an agreement with OPEC. The 11th consecutive year of output growth underscores the reality of Russia’s cooperation with the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries. Despite being one of the architects of the original 2016 deal, Moscow has…

  • In 2019, the Russian NPPs set a new record in terms of electric power output – over 208.7 billion kWh

    In 2019, the Russian nuclear power plants (affiliate companies of the Rosenergoatom Joint-Stock Company) set a new electric power output record – over 208.784 billion kilowatt-hours, which means they have grown their joint production and exceeded their previous record of 2018 (204.275 billion kWh) by over 4.5 billion kWh.    The FAS assignment for 2019…

  • Turkish Parliament Approves Bill Allowing Libya Troop Deployment

    Turkish Parliament Approves Bill Allowing Libya Troop Deployment

    Turkey‘s parliament on Thursday passed a bill that allows troop deployment to Libya, Parliament Speaker Mustafa Sentop said, paving the way for increased military cooperation despite criticism from opposition lawmakers. Sentop said the legislation passed with an 325-184 vote in the parliament, where President Tayyip Erdogan’s ruling AK Party and its nationalist allies hold a…

  • Ukraine and Russia Can Deal When They Must But Peace Isn’t Close

    Ukraine and Russia Can Deal When They Must But Peace Isn’t Close

    Quickfire agreements on energy and the Kremlin-backed war that erupted after Vladimir Putin annexed Crimea show Ukraine and Russia can increasingly look past their differences to strike deals. The natural-gas pact agreed late Monday, which ended fears of disruptions to European Union supplies, comes a day after the former allies’ second prisoner swap in four months.…

  • Moscow Adopts 15-Year Grand Plan for Northern Sea Route

    Moscow Adopts 15-Year Grand Plan for Northern Sea Route

    Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has approved the country’s development plan for its Northern Sea Route. The document, which has been in the making for some time, was signed by Medvedev on Dec. 21 and published on the government website on Dec. 30. It was considered to be of great importance that it was approved…

  • Use 1992 Yugoslavia Precedent for Russians in Tokyo – Historian

    Use 1992 Yugoslavia Precedent for Russians in Tokyo – Historian

    Clean Russian athletes should be allowed to compete in individual events at this year’s Tokyo Games under the banner of “Independent Olympic Participants,” historian Bill Mallon suggests. It is a designation used for athletes from Yugoslavia in 1992, and one that Mallon thinks offers a good road map of how to issue Russia a meaningful punishment without imposing…

  • IS Claims Responsibility for New Year Attack on Police in Ingushetia

    IS Claims Responsibility for New Year Attack on Police in Ingushetia

    Islamic State has claimed responsibility for a deadly attack on a police traffic post in the capital of Russia’s republic of Ingushetia in the North Caucasus on New Year’s Eve, the Site Intelligence Group reported. Two men reportedly drove into a policeman manning the post in Magas before attacking his colleagues with knives. One law…

  • The Year’s Best in Cinema: “The Frenchman”

    The Year’s Best in Cinema: “The Frenchman”

    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 State News Agency Sputnik Shuts Estonia Operations

    Russian State News Agency Sputnik Shuts Estonia Operations

    The Russian state-controlled news agency Sputnik said Wednesday that it is closing its bureau in Tallinn after nearly three dozen of its employees resigned saying they were facing pressure from the Estonian local authorities. Sputnik published a statement on Jan. 1 saying 35 of its staff in Estonia had terminated their labor contracts and resigned,…

  • Russia in 2020: Where Are All the Foreign Banks?

    Russia in 2020: Where Are All the Foreign Banks?

    Russian bankers ended 2019 as the most pessimistic executives in the Russian corporate world, a recent survey of Russia’s top firms, found. With inflation and interest rates coming down, Russia’s businesses in little need of corporate loans, and new regulations to tighten the consumer loan market coming into force — more than one in every…

  • Russia Welcomes 2020 With Fireworks and Festivities

    Russia Welcomes 2020 With Fireworks and Festivities

    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…

  • 2020: The Year in Culture

    2020: The Year in Culture

    The Russian Ministry of Culture has named 2020 as the year of Memory and Glory, and also dedicated it to the 150th anniversary of the birth of writer Ivan Bunin; the year of traditional crafts; the year of intellectual property and inventiveness, and the year of fathers. How these themes will be brought to life…

  • Contracts for gas supplies to and transit across Belarus extended until 2021

    Contracts for gas supplies to and transit across Belarus extended until 2021

    Release December 31, 2019, 22:00 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 Karankevich, Belarusian Minister of Energy, took place today in Moscow. The parties discussed in detail the issues related to cooperation in the gas sector from 2020 onward. Alexey Miller and Vladimir…

  • St. Petersburg Sees Just 2.5 Hours of Sunlight in December

    St. Petersburg Sees Just 2.5 Hours of Sunlight in December

    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…

  • Gazprom to continue supplying gas to Armenia on same terms in 2020

    Background Gazprom Armenia, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Gazprom, is focused on natural gas supplies to the Armenian market. In addition, the company transports, stores, distributes and sells natural gas, as well as upgrades and expands the gas transmission system and underground gas storage facilities in the Republic of Armenia. The contract between Gazprom Export and Gazprom Armenia for the supplies of up to 2.5 billion cubic meters of Russian gas per…

  • Russia to Keep New Year’s Terror Suspects in Custody Until Trial

    Russia to Keep New Year’s Terror Suspects in Custody Until Trial

    A St. Petersburg court has ruled to keep two suspects in a thwarted New Year’s attack who were arrested on a U.S. tip in custody until trial, the court said Monday. Russia’s Federal Security Service (FSB) said that “information from American partners” helped it detain two Russians on Dec. 27 on suspicion of plotting attacks…

  • 3 Laws That Take Effect on Jan. 1, 2020

    3 Laws That Take Effect on Jan. 1, 2020

    Forget the past A law canceling more than 20,000 pieces of Soviet legislation becomes active, the Vedomosti business daily reported. On Sept. 11, 2019 Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev signed an order saying that laws adopted in the U.S.S.R. should cease to be effective from the beginning of 2020. “We need to cancel the laws…

  • Gazprom and Moldovagaz extend contracts for gas supplies and transit

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  • Russian Firms Divert Oil From Belarus as No 2020 Supply Deal Signed

    Russian Firms Divert Oil From Belarus as No 2020 Supply Deal Signed

    A new dispute over oil could be brewing between Russia and Belarus as Russian suppliers divert large volumes of crude to domestic ports in lieu of a deal on 2020 deliveries between the two countries, according to six industry sources. Moscow and Minsk have had several oil and gas rows over the past decade in what has been…

  • Authorities Raid Russian Jehovah’s Witnesses

    Authorities Raid Russian Jehovah’s Witnesses

    Authorities raided homes of Jehovah’s Witnesses in northern Russia as part of a criminal probe into extremism against the banned religious organization, investigators said in a statement Monday. Russia banned the Christian denomination known for door-to-door preaching, close Bible study and rejection of military service and blood transfusions in 2017. Rights groups have condemned the…

  • Kremlin Critic Navalny’s Front Door Has Had a Tough Year

    Kremlin Critic Navalny’s Front Door Has Had a Tough Year

    It was Olga Bulayeva’s birthday and, as custom dictates, she was in for a surprise. “A little gift for the office manager on her birthday — overnight work screwing a door back into place,” she captioned a tweet on Thursday of a video depicting a shower of sparks. This door is not just any door.…

  • Britain Floated NATO Membership for Russia, Archives Reveal

    Britain Floated NATO Membership for Russia, Archives Reveal

    Britain considered granting Russia partial membership in NATO 25 years ago, according to declassified National Archives documents cited by British media Tuesday. NATO, a U.S.-led Western military alliance created to provide collective security against the Soviet Union, suspended relations with Russia in response to Moscow’s annexation of the Crimean Peninsula from Ukraine in 2014. Russia…

  • Miniature Miracles: Russian Painted Lacquer Boxes

    Miniature Miracles: Russian Painted Lacquer Boxes

    Painted lacquer boxes are one of Russia’s most typical crafts, found in rows on vendors’ tables next to the matryoshka dolls and wooden toys. You might think of them as another mass-produced souvenir for the tourists — but you’d be wrong. These boxes with miniature paintings of landscapes, fairy tales and scenes from Russian literature…

  • Russia, Ukraine Clinch Final Deal on Gas Transit to Europe

    Russia, Ukraine Clinch Final Deal on Gas Transit to Europe

    Russian and Ukrainian companies signed a final five-year agreement safeguarding Russian gas transit to Europe via Ukraine, Kremlin-controlled gas giant Gazprom and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy said on Monday night. The deal, which came just 24 hours before the current agreement expires on Tuesday, averted a potential Russian gas-flow interruption to Europe and helped Moscow avoid…

  • Alexey Miller: major package deal with Ukraine restores balance between parties’ interests

    December 30, 2019 “Following five days of continuous bilateral negotiations, final decisions and arrangements have been reached in Vienna. At the same time, a whole set of agreements and contracts has been signed, and one can fairly say that these arrangements represent a major package deal that has restored the balance between the interests of the parties. These documents are coming into…

  • Package of documents signed for Russian gas transit across Ukraine to continue beyond 2019

    Package of documents signed for Russian gas transit across Ukraine to continue beyond 2019

    Release December 30, 2019, 23:55 Pursuant to the Protocol of December 20, 2019, Gazprom, Naftogaz of Ukraine, Gas Transmission System Operator of Ukraine and the Ministry of Justice of Ukraine signed a package of documents providing for Russian gas transit across Ukraine to continue beyond December 31, 2019. Gazprom and Naftogaz of Ukraine concluded an irrevocable settlement agreement stipulating that all outstanding arbitration and judicial claims…

  • Unit 4 of Novovoronezh NPP received a life extension license from Rostechnadzor

    On December 29, the Federal Environmental, Industrial and Nuclear Supervision Service (Rostechnadzor) issued a second additional service life extension license for Unit 4 of Novovoronezh NPP for 13 years. Thus, the unit will serve for 60 years instead of thirty years as designed. Over 40 events, including those to improve safety, were carried out to…

  • Moscow Is Ready to Celebrate the New Year

    Moscow Is Ready to Celebrate the New Year

    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 Pensioners Face Trial Over Bootleg Vodka

    Russian Pensioners Face Trial Over Bootleg Vodka

    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…

  • The X Session of Joint Coordination Committee on Modernization and Life Extension of Armenian NPP took place in Moscow

    The X session of the Joint Coordination Committee on the Project of Unit 2 modernization and life extension at Armenian NPP took place in Moscow on 26 December. The representatives of the Ministry of Territorial Administration and Infrastructure of the Republic of Armenia, Haykakan Atomayin Electrakayan JSC (Armenian NPP), Armatom Scientific Research Institute JSC, Rosatom…

  • Russia’s Richest Woman Declared Fugitive in Libel Suit

    Russia’s Richest Woman Declared Fugitive in Libel Suit

    A Russian court has declared the country’s richest woman a fugitive over her failure to appear in a criminal libel case, the RBC news website has reported. Yelena Baturina, former Moscow Mayor Yury Luzhkov’s widow, was reportedly sued by her brother’s financial manager this fall. She is alleged to have defamed the manager in an…

  • Russians Drink Quarter of Year’s Champagne Over New Year – RIA

    Russians Drink Quarter of Year’s Champagne Over New Year – RIA

    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…

  • The Year’s Best in Cinema: ‘The Humorist’ Directorial Debut

    The Year’s Best in Cinema: ‘The Humorist’ Directorial Debut

    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…

  • The Year’s Most Scandalous Film: ‘Text’

    The Year’s Most Scandalous Film: ‘Text’

    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…

  • Will 2020 be the Year St. Petersburg Gets a Moscow-Style Makeover?

    Will 2020 be the Year St. Petersburg Gets a Moscow-Style Makeover?

    If there’s one phrase that encapsulates the changes in St. Petersburg in 2019 it’s this: “St. Petersburg is back on Russia’s agenda.” The slogan is being promoted by the city’s new governor Alexander Beglov — a close Kremlin ally — and it implies that Russia’s second largest city will receive greater financial and political benefits…

  • Ukraine Holds Big Prisoner Swap With Pro-Russian Separatists

    Ukraine Holds Big Prisoner Swap With Pro-Russian Separatists

    Ukrainian government forces and pro-Russian separatists in the east completed a large-scale prisoner swap on Sunday after bussing scores of detainees in the five-year conflict to an exchange point in the breakaway Donbass region. The swap should help build confidence between the two sides, who are wrangling over how to implement a peace deal after…

  • Moscow Resorts to Fake Snow for New Year Festivities

    Moscow Resorts to Fake Snow for New Year Festivities

    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, China to Hold More UN Talks on Lifting North Korea Sanctions

    Russia, China to Hold More UN Talks on Lifting North Korea Sanctions

    UN Security Council members are due to meet informally on Monday for a second round of negotiations on a Russian and Chinese proposal to lift a raft of sanctions on North Korea, a move that some diplomats say has little support. China and Russia are convening negotiations a day before North Korean leader Kim Jong…

  • Pro-Russian Separatists and Ukraine Complete All-for-All Prisoner Swap

    Pro-Russian Separatists and Ukraine Complete All-for-All Prisoner Swap

    Ukrainian government forces and pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine completed a full prisoner swap on Sunday after bussing remaining detainees in the five-year conflict to an exchange point in the breakaway Donbass region. The exchange is likely to be hailed by Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy as proof he is making good on a promise to…

  • Over 230,000 People Flee Idlib in Two-Week Russian-Backed Offensive

    Over 230,000 People Flee Idlib in Two-Week Russian-Backed Offensive

    The United Nations said 235,000 civilians had fled their homes in rebel-held northwestern Syria during a Russian-backed campaign of air strikes and shelling this month. The U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said the exodus had taken place between Dec. 12 and 25. Most people had fled the city of Maarat al-Numan,…

  • Two Dead in Fire at Russia’s Novatek Oil and Gas Field

    Two Dead in Fire at Russia’s Novatek Oil and Gas Field

    Two people have been killed and one injured in a fire in an elevator at Russia‘s Novatek northern oil and gas field, news agencies reported on Saturday citing emergency ministry officials. The fire broke out at East-Tarkosalinskoye field, Novatek’s most mature oil and gas field, in Yamal Nenets region, the Interfax news agency said. The…

  • Savory Kutiya for Kolodia and Christmas

    Savory Kutiya for Kolodia and Christmas

    Pity poor Russian Christmas! Russian Christmas is the poor relation in the winter holiday line-up. In the Orthodox world, Easter has always loomed liturgically larger than Christmas, particularly so in northern countries, where the return of spring is always welcomed with particular fervor. Thanks to the discrepancy between the Julian and Gregorian calendars, Orthodox Christmas…

  • Gas reserves of Yamal’s Kruzenshternskoye field raised to 2 trillion cubic meters

    Gas reserves of Yamal’s Kruzenshternskoye field raised to 2 trillion cubic meters

    Release December 27, 2019, 19:40 Gazprom boosted Yamal gas production center’s resource base. Kruzenshternskoye field’s gas reserves were increased by 360 billion cubic meters. Hi-tech directional well was built. Subsurface use right was granted for Sopochny block in YaNAA’s Tazovsky District. The Federal Agency for Mineral Resources approved the expert opinion of the State Reserves Commission with regard to the calculation…

  • Jews Celebrate Hanukkah in Moscow. Some Still Can’t Believe It.

    Jews Celebrate Hanukkah in Moscow. Some Still Can’t Believe It.

    Early Sunday evening, several hundred Jews gathered on Ploshchad Revolyutsii, a central square in Moscow, for the 30th straight year to celebrate the start of the eight-day Jewish holiday of Hanukkah. Behind the back of a large statue of Karl Marx — the godfather of the Soviet Union — revelers danced to traditional Jewish music…

  • From the Archive: New Year’s in 90s Moscow, in Photos

    From the Archive: New Year’s in 90s Moscow, in Photos

    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 Deploys First Hypersonic Avangard ICBM Missile

    Russia Deploys First Hypersonic Avangard ICBM Missile

    Russia’s military has deployed its first Avangard hypersonic intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM), Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu was cited as telling President Vladimir Putin on Friday. Putin, who said the nuclear-capable weapon would be deployed by late 2019, has touted the Avangard’s ability to evade U.S. missile defense systems. Russia said it showed the missile system…

  • Russian Girl Discovers 40,000 Year-Old Lemming From the Ice Age

    Russian Girl Discovers 40,000 Year-Old Lemming From the Ice Age

    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 Population May Drop by 12M in 15 Years – Rosstat

    Russia’s Population May Drop by 12M in 15 Years – Rosstat

    Russia’s population could drop by more than 12 million by 2035, the national statistics office said in its annual forecast published Friday. Russia’s overall population dropped for the first time in a decade last year, totaling 146.8 million as migration inflows hit record lows. It totaled 146.7 million so far in 2019, the State Statistics…

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