Author: The Moscow Times

The Moscow Times is a media outlet that was founded in Russia in 1992, but whose headquarters are in Amsterdam, Netherlands as of 2022. The outlet covers Russia local news, updates on the Russia-Ukraine conflict and world news from a western standpoint.

A tragic incident occurred in central Russia as a Mi-28 attack helicopter crashed, resulting in the loss of the entire crew. The crash took place in the Zhizdrinsky district of the Kaluga region, with authorities confirming the unfortunate event. Rescue operations are underway at the crash site, which is located around 300 kilometers southwest of Moscow. The defense ministry reported that the helicopter crashed in an uninhabited area, leading to the crew’s fatalities. Preliminary investigations suggest a technical malfunction as the cause of the disaster. Allegedly, the Mi-28 helicopter was returning from a mission in the Bryansk region where it…

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A Russian man, identified only as “K,” was arrested in France for allegedly planning to destabilize the Paris Olympics. Le Monde reported that he is an intelligence officer for Moscow who worked undercover as a chef for over a decade in France. French prosecutors stated that he was arrested for passing intelligence to a foreign power, a crime punishable by up to 30 years in jail. Evidence found at his home in Paris raised concerns that he may have planned to organize events causing destabilization during the Olympics. He was found with an identity card for an elite unit of…

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A shocking revelation has surfaced in France this week as a Russian man, identified only as “K,” was arrested for allegedly plotting to disrupt the Paris Olympics. Le Monde reported that the man, who worked as a chef in France for over a decade, is actually an undercover intelligence officer for Moscow. French prosecutors have accused the 40-year-old of passing intelligence to a foreign power, a crime that could land him in jail for up to 30 years. Evidence found at his home raised concerns that he may have planned activities to destabilize the upcoming Olympic Games, which are set…

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Russia’s military said Wednesday that it intercepted three British warplanes attempting to enter Russian airspace over the Black Sea with a Su-27 fighter jet. The Su-27 identified the aircraft as a U.K. Royal Air Force RC-135 reconnaissance plane and two Typhoon fighters, prompting the British planes to turn back to prevent trespassing into Russian territory. This incident mirrors a previous confrontation last year between Russian Su-27 jets and British warplanes over the Black Sea, highlighting ongoing tensions in the region. Intercepts like these have been common in the airspace surrounding Russia, with the Black Sea becoming a focal point amidst…

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Amid Russia’s deteriorating relations with the West over the invasion of Ukraine, Moscow authorities renamed the Square of Europe to the Square of Eurasia. The decision, made by Mayor Sergei Sobyanin, follows the removal of European flags from the square in March 2023. The Square of Europe, originally a symbol of European unity, was unveiled in 2002 as a joint project with Belgium. The renaming was intended to reflect a broader geographical concept of Eurasia, according to state-affiliated media reports. Although the decree published by the Moscow Mayor’s Office did not provide a specific reason for the name change, independent…

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Updated to include Podolyak’s comments. Law enforcement authorities in Moscow are investigating a car explosion that injured two people on Wednesday, a police spokeswoman said, with Russian media reporting that a senior defense ministry official was targeted in the blast. Interior Ministry spokeswoman Irina Volk said two people were injured in the explosion at a parking lot on the north side of Moscow. According to her, the blast was caused by a device placed under a vehicle. “The injured were taken by ambulance to a medical facility,” Volk said in a statement. “Police officers are carrying out a complex of…

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The Moscow city government announced Tuesday that newly enlisted contract soldiers will receive an extra one-time payment of 1.9 million rubles ($21,783) amidst Russia’s manpower shortage in the war on Ukraine. Moscow’s mayor’s office confirmed that existing support measures for soldiers and their families will remain, with total payments for a contract soldier amounting to over 5.2 million rubles ($59,616) in the first year of service. With an estimated 120,000 Russian soldiers killed since the invasion of Ukraine, the Kremlin is increasing military payments to attract new recruits. Contract soldiers in Russia currently earn a minimum monthly salary of 210,000…

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Russia’s State Duma voted to expand the criteria for labeling organizations as “undesirable” to now include any entity affiliated with a foreign government. Originally targeting foreign-funded NGOs, the law has extended to independent news outlets, human rights groups, and more. The amendments would give the Justice Ministry the power to label state-sponsored entities as “undesirable,” with similar penalties as NGOs. Penalties for members of “undesirable” groups can include up to four years in prison, while leaders can face up to six years. The new legislation could potentially target state-backed media outlets like the BBC and Radio Free Europe. The bill…

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A Russian missile attack in northeastern Ukraine’s Kharkiv region reportedly killed multiple Western military instructors, as confirmed by Russia’s Defense Ministry. The attack targeted a deployment point of foreign instructors and mercenaries in Derhachi, resulting in around 50 casualties. The city of Derhaci is located near the regional capital of Kharkiv. While the exact timing of the attack remains unclear, the claim has not been independently verified, and Ukrainian authorities have not issued a response. This incident follows Moscow’s previous assertion of eliminating thousands of foreign volunteers supporting Ukraine during the ongoing conflict. In response to the invasion, Ukrainian President…

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Russian regions have increased spending on cemetery expansion projects during the full-scale invasion of Ukraine. The Moscow Times found that spending nearly tripled in the first two years of the conflict compared to the previous two years. In 2023, Russia’s regions spent over 225 million rubles on cemetery expansion, double the amount from 2022 and almost six times more than in 2020. The surge in spending is also reflected in the first half of 2024, with 136 million rubles already allocated for cemetery expansion. Despite a decrease in the number of deaths reported by state statistics agency Rosstat, independent analysis…

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