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  • Russian Missile System Suspected of Bringing Down Ukraine Airliner: Short Range, Fast and Deadly

    Russian Missile System Suspected of Bringing Down Ukraine Airliner: Short Range, Fast and Deadly

    Canada said on Thursday that a surface-to-air missile brought down a Ukrainian airliner in Tehran, while the Ukrainian government said it was investigating reports of debris from a Russian-made Tor-M1 missile. The Tor, also called the SA-15 Gauntlet by NATO, is a short-range “point defense” system that integrates the missile launcher and radar into a single…

  • Russian Conscript Blames Fatal Shooting Spree on Army Hazing ‘Hell’

    Russian Conscript Blames Fatal Shooting Spree on Army Hazing ‘Hell’

    A Russian conscript who shot dead eight fellow soldiers at his army base last year said on Thursday he had been left with no other course of action after conscripts turned his life into a living “hell.” Ramil Shamsutdinov opened fire on servicemen at a military facility in the Far East region of Zabaikalsk on Oct.…

  • Iran Likely Downed Ukraine Airliner With Missiles, Canada’s Trudeau Says

    Iran Likely Downed Ukraine Airliner With Missiles, Canada’s Trudeau Says

    A Ukraine airliner that crashed in Iran, killing all 176 people aboard, was likely brought down by an Iranian missile, Canada’s prime minister, Justin Trudeau, said on Thursday, citing intelligence from Canadian and other sources. Trudeau told a news conference in Ottawa that the destruction of the airliner “may well have been unintentional.” The flight was on…

  • Lawmakers Ask Pro-Russian Leader in Breakaway Georgian Region to Resign After Protests

    Lawmakers Ask Pro-Russian Leader in Breakaway Georgian Region to Resign After Protests

    A local legislature appealed on Thursday to the leader of the breakaway Georgian region of Abkhazia to stand down as crowds of demonstrators were contesting election results, Russian state media reported. The state-run TASS news agency said 19 lawmakers voted for the president’s resignation, four cast their vote against it, while one abstained from the voting.…

  • Russian Court Rules to Demolish Controversial Landfill

    Russian Court Rules to Demolish Controversial Landfill

    A Russian court has ruled to demolish the landfill at the heart of a year-long battle over Moscow’s waste, marking a major victory for regional activists who actively opposed its construction, news outlets reported Thursday. Local authorities in northern Russia’s Arkhangelsk region sued the company constructing the landfill at the Shiyes train station in February…

  • Russia Extends U.S. Investor Calvey’s House Arrest Through Feb. 13

    Russia Extends U.S. Investor Calvey’s House Arrest Through Feb. 13

    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 Oversees Hypersonic Missile Test in Crimea

    Putin Oversees Hypersonic Missile Test in Crimea

    Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday oversaw military exercises from a naval vessel in the Black Sea near Crimea, including the test launch of a hypersonic air-launched Kinzhal missile, the Kremlin said. A pair of MiG-31K interceptor jets test fired the Kinzhal (Dagger) missile at a target on a military test site, the Kremlin said.…

  • Russian Journals Retract Almost 900 Papers After Falsification Probe

    Russian Journals Retract Almost 900 Papers After Falsification Probe

    Russian academic journals have retracted more than 850 papers after an Academy of Sciences (RAS) commission probe into questionable publication practices, the commission said this week. The commission had asked 541 journals last year to retract 2,528 academic articles suspected of unethical publication practices. These include plagiarism, self-plagiarism or “obscure authorship,” an instance when an…

  • Ukraine Looking for Russian-Made Missile in Iran Plane Crash, Official Says

    Ukraine Looking for Russian-Made Missile in Iran Plane Crash, Official Says

    Ukraine wants to scour the crash site of its airliner for possible Russian-made missile debris, officials said Thursday as an initial report by Iranian investigators said the plane had been on fire immediately before it crashed. All 176 people died onboard the Kiev-bound Ukrainian International Airlines Boeing 737-800 when it crashed six minutes after taking…

  • Russian Airlines Continue Flying Through Iranian Airspace

    Russian Airlines Continue Flying Through Iranian Airspace

    Russian airlines are continuing to operate flights to Tehran and fly over Iranian airspace following the crash of a Boeing 737 Ukrainian International Airlines flight Wednesday that killed 176 passengers and crew. Russia’s national airline Aeroflot completed a round trip from Moscow’s Sheremetyevo airport to the Iranian capital just hours after a handful of other…

  • World Bank Cuts Russia’s 2020 Growth Forecast

    World Bank Cuts Russia’s 2020 Growth Forecast

    The Russian economy is expected to grow by 1.6% in 2020 and by 1.8% in 2021, the World Bank said in its latest forecast Wednesday. The multilateral development bank trimmed Russia’s forecast for this year by 0.1 percentage point from its previous outlook, but kept its 2021 forecast intact. Stable oil production and the government’s…

  • Putin Enjoys Higher Global Confidence Than Trump – Pew

    Putin Enjoys Higher Global Confidence Than Trump – Pew

    Russian President Vladimir Putin continues to hold a higher positive rating across the world than U.S. President Donald Trump, according to a Pew Research Center poll published Wednesday. German Chancellor Angela Merkel enjoys the highest positive ratings out of five global leaders, with 46% expressing confidence in her leadership, as well as the lowest negative…

  • Turkey, Russia Call for Libya Ceasefire as Rivals Clash

    Turkey, Russia Call for Libya Ceasefire as Rivals Clash

    Turkey and Russia urged Libya’s warring parties on Wednesday to declare a Jan. 12 ceasefire as eastern forces carried out air strikes on the government in a conflict drawing increasing foreign involvement and concern. Turkey backs Fayez al-Serraj’s Tripoli-based Government of National Accord (GNA) and has said it will send troops as requested, while Russia has sent forces to…

  • Thousands of Young Syrians Opt to Study Russian at School

    Thousands of Young Syrians Opt to Study Russian at School

    Omar al-Tawil, a 15-year-old school boy in Damascus, is one of 24,000 Syrian youngsters now learning Russian at school after the country added the language of the government’s most powerful ally to the curriculum. Many young people in Syria, where Moscow intervened in 2015 to help President Bashir al-Assad win back territory, are eager to study Russian…

  • Russia Orders Mideast Safety Check After Iran Plane Crash, Missile Strikes

    Russia Orders Mideast Safety Check After Iran Plane Crash, Missile Strikes

    Russia’s prime minister has ordered an inspection of flight and tourism safety in the Middle East following an Iranian missile strike in Iraq and a fatal plane crash in Tehran, Interfax reported Wednesday. Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev’s order comes in response to a Ukrainian airliner crashing shortly after takeoff from Tehran, killing all 176 people…

  • Turkey, Russia Launch TurkStream Pipeline Carrying Gas to Europe

    Turkey, Russia Launch TurkStream Pipeline Carrying Gas to Europe

    The presidents of Turkey and Russia on Wednesday formally launched the TurkStream pipeline which will carry Russian natural gas to southern Europe through Turkey, part of Moscow’s efforts to reduce shipments via Ukraine. The pipeline project, stretching 930 kilometers (580 miles) across the Black Sea, reinforces strong energy ties between Moscow and Ankara, which have also increased defense…

  • TurkStream gas pipeline officially launched in grand ceremony

    TurkStream gas pipeline officially launched in grand ceremony

    Release January 8, 2020, 16:00 Gas supplies via TurkStream will help strengthen energy security in Turkey and Europe. A grand opening ceremony for the TurkStream gas pipeline took place today. Attending the event were Vladimir Putin, President of the Russian Federation, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, President of the Republic of Turkey, Aleksandar Vucic, President of the Republic of Serbia, Boyko Borissov, Prime Minister of the Republic…

  • No Survivors After Ukrainian Airplane With 176 Aboard Crashes in Iran

    No Survivors After Ukrainian Airplane With 176 Aboard Crashes in Iran

    A Ukrainian airliner crashed shortly after take-off from Tehran early on Wednesday, bursting into flames and killing all 176 people on board. Debris and smoldering engine parts from the Boeing 737, which carrier Ukraine International Airlines said was last serviced two days ago, were strewn across a field southwest of the Iranian capital where rescue workers in…

  • ‘U.S. Can’t Help But Respond’: Russia Reacts to Iran Strikes on U.S. Bases

    ‘U.S. Can’t Help But Respond’: Russia Reacts to Iran Strikes on U.S. Bases

    Iran launched missiles at U.S.-led forces in Iraq on Wednesday in retaliation for the U.S. drone strike on an Iranian commander whose killing last week stoked fears of a new Middle East war. Iranian state television said Iran had fired 15 missiles at U.S. targets in Iraq in response to Friday’s killing of Qassem Soleimani,…

  • Russia Falls in 2020 World Passport Ranking

    Russia Falls in 2020 World Passport Ranking

    Russia slid to 51st place in a global ranking of passport holders who can travel to other countries without a prior visa, according to a quarterly index published Tuesday. The Henley & Partners residence and citizenship planning firm ranks the strength of 199 different passports based on the availability of visa-free or visa-on-arrival travel to…

  • The Best Art Innovation: Mobile Theater

    The Best Art Innovation: Mobile Theater

    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…

  • Erdogan, Putin Build Trade Ties as Proxies Face Off in Libya

    Erdogan, Putin Build Trade Ties as Proxies Face Off in Libya

    Turkey and Russia will inaugurate a third natural-gas pipeline between their countries on Wednesday, deepening Turkish reliance on Russian energy even as the countries dig in on opposite sides of Libya’s escalating proxy war. The ceremonial opening of the TurkStream pipeline by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin underscores the…

  • Putin’s Syria Trip Shows He’s Unfazed by Iran Tension

    Putin’s Syria Trip Shows He’s Unfazed by Iran Tension

    With the world on edge over rising tensions in the Middle East, one leader seems unfazed: Russia’s Vladimir Putin. The Russian president arrived in Damascus on Tuesday in just his second visit to Syria since the start of the country’s civil war nearly nine years ago. The timing is significant. The U.S. and its allies…

  • Russian Orthodox Leader Rails Against ‘Foreign’ Domestic Violence Law

    Russian Orthodox Leader Rails Against ‘Foreign’ Domestic Violence Law

    Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill has accused lawmakers who seek to re-criminalize domestic abuse of “borrowing” the draft law, as well as the concept of domestic violence, from abroad.  Russia scrapped criminal punishments for first-time domestic abuse offenses in 2017. A series of high-profile murder and domestic violence cases has pushed lawmakers to begin work toward…

  • Putin Makes Rare Visit to Syria, Meets Assad Amid Middle East Tensions

    Putin Makes Rare Visit to Syria, Meets Assad Amid Middle East Tensions

    Vladimir Putin met Bashar al-Assad in Damascus on Tuesday, the Russian leader’s second trip to Syria since Moscow intervened decisively on the Syrian president’s behalf in the country’s civil war. The visit comes at a time of heightened regional tension — Assad’s other main military ally, Iran, has said it will retaliate against the United States…

  • The Year’s Best Art Scandal: Moscow Art Biennale

    The Year’s Best Art Scandal: Moscow Art Biennale

    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…

  • 8 Migrants Killed in Moscow Greenhouse Fire

    8 Migrants Killed in Moscow Greenhouse Fire

    At least eight migrants have been killed in a greenhouse fire southeast of Moscow, emergency officials told Interfax on Tuesday. The blaze broke out in the Moscow region district of Ramenskoye and spread across an area of 240 square meters in the early hours of the day, authorities said. A statement on the Emergency Situations…

  • Russian Clinic Treated Mercenaries Injured in Secret Wars Abroad

    Russian Clinic Treated Mercenaries Injured in Secret Wars Abroad

    A St. Petersburg clinic that is run and partly owned by people with ties to President Vladimir Putin has provided medical treatment to Russian mercenaries injured abroad, according to three people with knowledge of military contractors being treated, a clinic employee, a reporter’s witness account and company records. The previously unreported medical treatment for private military…

  • Nigerian Pirates Abduct 2 Russian Sailors, Embassy Says

    Nigerian Pirates Abduct 2 Russian Sailors, Embassy Says

    Two Russian sailors have been captured by pirates off the coast of Nigeria, the state-run RIA Novosti news agency reported Tuesday, citing the Russian Embassy in Abuja. The two Russian crew members of the Ambika oil dredger were abducted by unidentified armed men on Jan. 2 alongside a third crew member from India, Nigeria’s Premium…

  • The Year’s Best in Art Collectors and Their Works

    The Year’s Best in Art Collectors and Their Works

    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 Archaeologists Uncover Rare Amazon Warrior Women Burial

    Russian Archaeologists Uncover Rare Amazon Warrior Women Burial

    Archeologists have for the first time discovered three generations of ancient Amazon women warriors buried in a single tomb around 2,500 years ago in present-day Russia. Experts say the women warriors, who belonged to a nomadic people that dominated Eurasia called the Scythians, may have inspired the Amazons depicted in Greek mythology. A Russian Academy…

  • Russia’s VTB Sues Mozambique State Firm at Center of $2B Debt Scandal

    Russia’s VTB Sues Mozambique State Firm at Center of $2B Debt Scandal

    Russian state lender VTB has filed a lawsuit in Britain’s High Court against a Mozambican government company it lent hefty sums to as part of a project now at the center of a $2 billion debt scandal, an online court filing shows. The filing, dated Dec. 23, names as defendants the Mozambique state and Mozambique…

  • Kremlin Says Merkel, Putin to Discuss Middle East Crisis in Moscow

    Kremlin Says Merkel, Putin to Discuss Middle East Crisis in Moscow

    German Chancellor Angela Merkel will travel to Russia on Jan. 11 for talks with President Vladimir Putin on the crisis triggered by the killing of top Iranian military commander Qassem Soleimani in a U.S. air strike, the Kremlin press service said. The Kremlin said Merkel is traveling to Russia at Putin’s invitation and that the two leaders also plan…

  • The Year’s Best in Music Festivals

    The Year’s Best in Music Festivals

    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 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…

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