The Moscow Times

Black Box Data Tells of Chaos Before Plane Crash Near Moscow

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Black box data recovered from the ill-fated airliner that crashed outside Moscow last week suggests that the plane’s pilots had received different speed measurements preceding the crash, leading to chaos and hampering attempts to stave the tragedy. Saratov Airlines Flight 703 plummeted in the Moscow region four minutes after departing from Domodedovo Airport on Sunday, Read More

Russian Professor Fired For Salary Complaints Reinstated After Public Outcry

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A tenured professor who was fired after complaining of low pay to Russia’s prime minister has been given his job back after a public outcry prompted the Kremlin to order an investigation into his dismissal. University administrators in the southern city of Taganrog fired professor Viktor Makarenko last month after he wrote an open letter to Prime Read More

Russian Soldiers to Lose Smartphone Privileges Over Leaks

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The Russian military reportedly plans to ban the use of smartphones as early as next month after a series of embarrassing revelations of Russian troop deployments in Ukraine and Syria. Russia’s Defense Ministry has accused foreign intelligence agencies and terrorist groups of using data posted online by Russian soldiers for nefarious reasons. The ministry’s draft bill, which passed Read More

Russian State Media Self-Censor Casualty Reports in Syria

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Russian state-run media outlets have reportedly deleted their overnight coverage of new casualty numbers among private Russian troops in Syria. Up to 300 Russian mercenaries attempting to take over a Syrian oil refinery were killed or injured in U.S. airstrikes on Feb. 7, the Reuters news agency reported on Thursday. A Russian military doctor cited by the news agency Read More

Russia Raises Minimum Wage 43% Ahead of Presidential Elections

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Russian lawmakers have passed legislation raising the minimum wage ahead of schedule and slightly over a month before the presidential elections by up to 43%. With elections approaching March 18, President Vladimir Putin had previously pledged to raise the minimum wage to the minimum subsistence level by late spring. The bill that passed its third and final Read More

Kadyrov Wishes ‘Superhero’ Putin a Lifelong Presidency

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The strongman leader of Russia’s Chechen Republic Ramzan Kadyrov has weighed in on President Vladimir Putin’s flu, saying he wishes him health to rule over Russia for life.  The Kremlin confirmed reports that Putin had caught a cold and limited his public appearances while continuing to work this week. “I wish our President, the Supreme Commander-in-Chief, long Read More

Russia’s Media Bigwigs Weigh In on 2018

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“Keep an eye on dancer Sergei Polunin, for whom even an entire stage is not enough. And look out for white ankle boots, especially in the first three months of the year. Will they become a permanent element of fashionistas’ wardrobes following the earlier success of white sneakers?” “We’ll be monitoring cryptocurrencies. Pavel Durov’s ICO this Read More

What’s Trending in Russia in 2018?

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At the start of the year, we look ahead at the main trends Sophia Miroyedova Don’t say it, rap it! Last year even the biggest culture snobs were forced to recognize the power of Russian-language hip-hop. In 2018, the genre will decisively emerge from the shadows. And it won’t just be Russia’s youth moving their heads to the beats. “There’s a market for hip-hop Read More

What’s On in Moscow This Weekend

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Music, art, and light fill the House of Music this weekend. Courtesy of Moscow Philharmonic Even though you should be resting up this weekend for next week’s double whammy of Maslenitsa and St. Valentine’s Day, there are two events that you might not want to miss.  Carmina Burana at the House of Music Carmina Burana (Latin for “Songs from Beuern,” which Read More

Maslenitsa in St. Petersburg

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The Great Lenten Fast that precedes Easter is upon us, and St. Petersburg is ready to celebrate the end of winter and the joys of blini in style. Mariinsky MaslenitsaMusical celebration This year, beside the traditional celebrations in various parts of the city, Maslenitsa will be celebrated in one of the city’s most prominent venues. The Mariinsky Theater will hold its third International Festival of Maslenitsa in Songs: seven Read More