Articles by Oleg Sukhov

Oleg Sukhov was deputy business editor at The Moscow Times from July 2012 until September 2013 and now works as a reporter covering politics. Previously he worked at the Prime news agency and was a teacher of history and the theory of knowledge in English at the European Gymnasium in Moscow. He is a fan of John Locke's political ideas and Aristotelian philosophy. You can contact him at

Russia to Prosecute Crimean Tatar Protesters Over Unrest

Thousands of Crimean Tatars on Saturday responded to news that their spiritual leader had been banned from the peninsula by blocking several highways in a tense standoff with riot police Ч the first sign that the Muslim ethnic group's discontent with Russian authorities may lead to turmoil.

Creative Unions Seen to Back Kremlin Views

Last week, the State Duma gave its final approval to a bill introducing criminal penalties for "spreading lies" about the Soviet Union's role in World War II.

Navalny Gets 6 More Months of House Arrest

A Moscow court on Thursday extended opposition leader Alexei Navalny's house arrest for another six months in a high-profile fraud case widely believed to be politically motivated.

Lavrov Lashes Out at Kiev and U.S. as Violence Persists

Acting Ukrainian President Oleksandr Turchynov on Wednesday ordered that a military operation against armed pro-Russian protesters in the country's east resume, as Russia's foreign minister warned of "retaliation" if Russians' rights were violated.

Pro-Ukrainians in Donetsk Warn Against Federalization

Pro-Ukrainian protesters and activists in eastern Ukraine have come out firmly against the pro-Russian protesters' push for federalization, saying it would lead to "feudal overlords" taking control of a country already mired in turmoil.

Pro-Russian Protests Divide People in Yanukovych's Hometown

As pro-Russian protesters vacated government buildings in the Ukrainian town of Yenakiieve, the hometown of ousted President Viktor Yanukovych, residents were divided over the recent protests there and over their former leader.

Slovyansk Residents Fearful Amid Unrest

The eastern Ukrainian city of Slovyansk appeared calmer than some media reports suggested on Wednesday after Ukrainian authorities launched an anti-terrorism operation to tackle pro-Russian protests, but journalists were routinely harassed and separatists maintained a strong grip on the city.

MT Journalist Detained by Armed Men in Slovyansk

A Moscow Times journalist was briefly detained Wednesday in Slovyansk by camouflaged men with assault rifles.

In East Ukraine Town, Residents Sharply Divided Over Pro-Russian Movement

Deep divisions were visible in the Donetsk region regarding whether to support the seizure of administrative buildings by the pro-Russian movement and whether to vote to join Russia. While some people said that most of their acquaintances were in favor of joining Russia, others said exactly the opposite.

Human Rights Group to Close Over 'Foreign Agent' Label

The Constitutional Court has upheld the controversial law requiring some nongovernmental organizations with foreign funding to register as "foreign agents," while an affiliate of the prominent Memorial human rights group faces closure after being labeled a foreign agent by a St. Petersburg court.

U.S. and Russia Trade Barbs Over Ukraine

As the U.S. on Tuesday accused Russia of sending "paid operatives" into Ukraine to destabilize the country, Ukrainian authorities said pro-Russian separatists in Lugansk had taken 60 people hostage.

Ukraine Protesters Request Russian 'Peacekeepers'

Anti-government protesters in the Ukrainian city of Donetsk on Monday announced a referendum on joining Russia set for May 11 and called on Russian "peacekeepers" to intervene in the country, triggering fears of a "Crimean scenario" for Ukraine's eastern regions.

Putin Relative Accuses Russian Railways of Corruption

One of President Vladimir Putin's relatives, Roman Putin, has spoken out against alleged corruption at Russian Railways, a state company headed by one of the president's closest allies.

Bill to Toughen Law on Rallies Raises Concerns

United Russia deputy Alexander Sidyakin late Monday submitted to the State Duma a bill introducing prison terms for repeat violations of a law on public rallies, stirring fears among analysts of a crackdown on the opposition.

Ukraine Condemns Medvedev Visit to Crimea as 'Crude Violation'

Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev on Monday paid a visit to Crimea in an apparent bid to fortify Russia's control of the region.

From Olympics to Crimea, Putin Loyalist Kozak Entrusted With Kremlin Mega-Projects

For almost seven years, Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Kozak focused on making sure Russia was prepared to host one of the country's biggest events in decades, the $51 billion Sochi Winter Olympics. Just over a month after the Games came to an end, he was handed yet another massive project to oversee Ч the integration of the annexed region of Crimea into Russia.

Kosovo? Hong Kong? Abkhazia? Few Precedents for Russia's Crimea Takeover

Russia's takeover of Crimea is the first acquisition of foreign territory by a major power in more than a decade, and some observers, lawyers and scholars say it is difficult to justify the move based on past precedents.

Right Sector Leader Killed by Ukrainian Police

A member of the Ukrainian nationalist group that played a major role in the ouster of President Viktor Yanukovych last month was killed by police Tuesday, triggering fears that relations between the government in Kiev and ultranationalist organizations could be aggravated.

Obama Seeks Support Against Russia as Ukraine Retreats

U.S. President Barack Obama on Monday began negotiations with European leaders over Russia's actions in Crimea, as Russia tightened its grip on the region and Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu met with troops there.

Russia Tightens Grip on Crimea

Russia consolidated control over Crimea on Wednesday as its troops stormed Ukraine's naval headquarters in Sevastopol and Vitaly Klitschko, leader of Ukraine's Udar party, urged Ukrainian troops to withdraw from the peninsula to avoid bloodshed.

RT's YouTube Channel Temporarily Blocked

The YouTube account of Kremlin-funded television network RT, reportedly the most popular news channel on the video-sharing website, was suspended on Tuesday but was unblocked in about an hour.

Amid Ukraine Crisis, Russia Puts the Squeeze on Independent Media

Fears of all-encompassing censorship were rife in Russia on Friday after several major opposition-leaning news sites and the blog of anti-corruption activist Alexei Navalny were blocked by the federal media watchdog.

Thousands Attend Anti-War Rally in Moscow

Tens of thousands of people marched along Moscow's Boulevard Ring on Saturday to protest Russia's action in Crimea and the crackdown on independent media they say has accompanied it.

Amid Ukraine Crisis, Russia Puts the Squeeze on Independent Media

Fears of all-encompassing censorship were rife in Russia on Friday after several major opposition-leaning news sites and the blog of anti-corruption activist Alexei Navalny were blocked by the federal media watchdog.

Deputies Submit Bill Abolishing Mayoral Elections

Lawmakers from pro-Kremlin parties United Russia and LDPR have submitted to the State Duma a bill abolishing popular elections of mayors and city councils in major cities.

West Warns Russia of More Sanctions

The West warned Tuesday that sanctions against Russia could be introduced as early as this week unless the Kremlin changes its position on the Crimea crisis.

Lavrov Not Satisfied With U.S. Proposals on Ukraine

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov told President Vladimir Putin on Monday that Russia and the West were continuing to butt heads over the Ukraine situation after the U.S. submitted "unsatisfactory" proposals based on the notion that there was a "conflict between Russia and Ukraine."

The Media War Behind the Ukraine Crisis

As the fate of Ukraine grows more uncertain by the day and Crimea looks set to become part of Russia, pro-Kremlin and Western media have accused each other of launching information wars in a bid to sway public opinion in their favor.

Ukraine Nationalist Leader Faces Terrorism Charges

Russia's Investigative Committee has opened a criminal case on terrorism-related charges against the leader of a Ukrainian nationalist group widely seen as the driving force behind former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych's ouster.

Navalny Ordered Under House Arrest

A Moscow court on Friday put opposition leader Alexei Navalny under house arrest, triggering concerns among opposition activists that the Kremlin is renewing a crackdown on dissent after the end of the Sochi Olympics.