Articles by Irina Filatova

Irina Filatova is a business reporter at The Moscow Times covering a wide range of industries, including metals, mining and construction. She joined The Moscow Times in 2009 after completing an internship at the headquarters of German daily Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung in Frankfurt-am-Main, where she covered social issues. She was a contributor to Russian daily Izvestia from 2000 to 2008 as a news writer. Irina graduated from the Moscow State University's department of journalism, where she focused on Indian media studies and obtained a PhD degree in philology after defending a thesis on the development of the print media market in India. You can contact her at

Moldova Asks Moscow to Reconsider Booze Ban

  • 11 September 13
  • RIA Novosti
Moldova's prime minister on Wednesday asked Russia to join in talks about reversing Moscow's ban on imports of Moldovan wine.

Bach Becomes IOC Head Amid Sochi Olympics Controversy

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) on Tuesday elected German fencing champion Thomas Bach as its new president as tensions remain high around the upcoming Olympic Games to be hosted by Russia next year.

Report Sees Possible Economic Upturn

The Russian economy might see a slight pickup by the end of this year driven by expanding investment and a possible easing of monetary policy by the Central Bank, according to the latest forecast by Morgan Stanley presented Monday.

Syria and BRICS Mark Start of G20 Summit

A military strike in Syria would have a destructive effect on the global economy, sending oil prices up, China warned in a gesture of support to President Vladimir Putin, the host of the Group of 20 summit that began in St. Petersburg on Thursday.

Putin Doesn't Rule Out Support for Syria Strike

As the leaders of the world's major economies are flocking to St. Petersburg for the G20 summit, scheduled to begin Thursday, President Vladimir Putin has reaffirmed his position on the possible U.S.-led military strike in Syria but took a more flexible stance, saying that Moscow could support the campaign.

Moscow Behind European Capitals in Terms of Life Quality

Despite the government's ongoing efforts to lure foreign investors to Moscow, the city remains behind most European capitals in terms of the quality of life, hampering its economic development.

Housing Affordability Remains Elusive

Despite reports of steadily increasing personal income, saving up to buy an apartment remains a major challenge for most Russians as housing here is the least affordable in Europe.

Uralkali Owner Wanted, Faces 10 Years in Prison

Billionaire Suleiman Kerimov, the largest shareholder of Russian potash giant Uralkali, has been placed on an international wanted list and faces up to 10 years in prison in Belarus and property confiscation, the country's Investigative Committee said Monday.

Belarus to Prosecute Uralkali Owner

The conflict around Uralkali's breakup with its Belarussian partner took another dramatic twist Thursday after Minsk announced their intention to open a criminal case into billionaire Suleiman Kerimov, the major owner of the potash giant.

Uralkali Arrest Ratchets Up Moscow-Minsk Tension

The Russian Foreign Ministry warned Tuesday that detention of the chief executive of potash giant Uralkali in Minsk could cause Moscow's relations with Belarus to deteriorate as the conflict takes on political overtones.

Road Project Brings Hope and Problems

The Kremlin's move to revive ambitious Luzhkov-era plan to build a gigantic circular highway 50 kilometers beyond the Moscow Ring Road is bringing to life the dreams of developers and nightmares of owners of property in its path.

Sberbank to Finance Commodity Trading

Two major traders on Thursday welcomed Sberbank as a new player in financing commodity supplies after the lender announced its plans to get on the list of Europe's largest banks funding Russian exports.

Kremlin Aide Threatens End of Free Trade With Ukraine

Russia could annul a free trade regime with Ukraine and scrap joint projects in a number of industries if Kiev signs an association agreement with the European Union, Kremlin advisor Sergei Glazyev was quoted as saying Wednesday.

Gorky Park Prepares for Another Radical Makeover

Groups of workers squatting on their haunches surrounded by piles of sand and broken tarmac is a common picture for downtown Moscow these days.

Russian Investors Flock to Virgin Islands After Cypriot Crisis

The British Virgin Islands accounted for 47 percent of total investments by Russian residents abroad in January through March.

Sovereign Funds to Finance Road

The Russian Direct Investment Fund could provide $1.8 billion for the project, and foreign sovereign funds will also take part.

Economic Growth Slows Again, Sparking Recession Fears

Russia has recorded another quarterly decline in its economic growth rate, fueling concerns about a possible recession and casting doubt on President Vladimir Putin's hopes to attain annual growth of 5 percent over the next few years.

Onexim Mulls Buying Stake in Svyaznoy

Billionaire Mikhail Prokhorov's Onexim Group is considering buying a 50 percent stake in cell phone retailer Svyaznoy in a deal that would allow Onexim to significantly expand its banking business, giving it a network of bank branches second only in number to Sberbank.

Sobyanin Daughter's Apartment Triggers Controversy

A seven-story apartment complex on a quiet Moscow street just a five minute walk from the Cabinet building is widely known as the White House, not only thanks to the color of its facade. The house is reportedly home to high-profile government officials inhabiting vast apartments valued at millions of dollars apiece.

Hungarian Trade Office Deal Probed

Investigators opened a criminal case into the purchase of a former building of the Hungarian trade office in downtown Moscow by the Regional Development Ministry - a controversial deal that presumably resulted in a 2.5 billion ruble ($75.9 million) loss for the budget, the Interior Ministry said Thursday.

37 Businessmen Challenge Kremlin by Openly Backing Navalny

More than 30 business owners and top executives have come together in support of opposition mayoral candidate Alexei Navalny in a country where the government has routinely retaliated against such moves.

TV Launch Prompts Shakeup at Izvestia

The newspaper Izvestia, one of the oldest brands in Russia's media industry, is facing its second significant reshuffle in two years following an announcement Tuesday that it will transfer most of its news content to a new television channel set to debut later this year.

Expats Shun Housing Despite Lower Costs

Foreigners buying high-end apartments in Moscow have to pay the lowest associated costs compared with other world capitals, according to a survey released Monday.

Owners of Movie Rights Have No Luck With New Anti-Piracy Law

Hours after a new law targeting online piracy went into effect last week, it became clear that it was having problems as claimant after claimant was sent packing by a court in Moscow.

Skolkovo Foundation to Get $15Bln in 2013-2020

Despite the controversy around the ongoing corruption probe into the Skolkovo Foundation, it will get over 500 billion rubles ($15 billion) in state and private funding more than the next seven years to bring in innovations to the domestic economy, according to a state program revealed Thursday.

IT Firms See Risks in State Regulation

A highly contested law allowing the courts to block online resources suspected of having pirated content came into force on Thursday amid claims by domestic IT companies that ineffective government regulation is hampering innovation in the computer technology industry.

Potash Giants End Alliance, Market in Turmoil

The breakdown of Uralkali's joint venture with Belaruskali has been called a "revolution" on the potash fertilizer market.

Sobyanin Plans Largest Park in Europe Amid Mayoral Race

As the mayoral race came into full swing, acting Mayor Sergei Sobyanin has promised that Moscow would get the largest city park in Europe.

Capital Inflow Slows Following Navalny Verdict

Foreign investors have been wary of purchasing Russian securities in the wake of the verdict against whistleblower Alexei Navalny, with capital inflow to Russia-oriented investment funds slowing down to $12 million during the week that ended on July 24, according to data released by EPFR Global on Friday.

Moscow Ranked Second Most Costly City for Expats

A popular post that appeared in Russian social networks a while back is likely to hit home with anyone who has purchased substandard groceries in Moscow.