Founded in 1992, The Moscow Times is an English-language online-only newspaper based in Moscow. It was in print from 1992 until 2017, with a peak circulation of 55,000. It was distributed free of charge at places frequented by English-speaking tourists and expatriates such as hotels, cafés, embassies, and airlines, and also by subscription. The newspaper is popular among foreign citizens residing in Moscow and English-speaking Russians. In November 2015 the newspaper changed its design and type from daily to weekly (released every Thursday) and increased the number of pages to 24, and it became online-only in July 2017. The current editor is Eva Hartog Skorobogatova.
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Funded by / Ownership
The Moscow Times is owned by TMT LLC, which is supported by the Dutch Foundation Stichting Oktober who promotes independent journalism in Russia and is based in the Netherlands. Revenue is generated through donations and advertising.
Analysis / Bias
In review, the Moscow Times has been called a “militant anti-Putin paper, a digest of the Western press with extreme bias in covering events in Russia.” They cover Russian national news, politics, and culture for an English language reader. The website offers original reporting in a straightforward manner such as this: Admitted Russian Agent Butina Freed From U.S. Prison Ahead of Expected Deportation. This story is properly sourced to CNN. Another example of a low biased story can be found here: Russia’s Central Bank Cuts Interest Rates on Economic Fears. When it comes to reporting on USA news the Moscow Times has a negative opinion of Donald Trump and his relationship with Putin such as this: Trump Isn’t Putin’s Puppet. He’s Just Unfit for Office.
Editorially, the Moscow Times is opposed to Putin such as this 20 Years of Vladimir Putin: The Rise and Decline of a Regime and pro-Democracy such as this: Russia’s Political Prisoner Population Grew Sixfold in 4 Years – NGO. In general, the Moscow Times reports the complete opposite of RT News and Sputnik and is factually sourced.
Failed Fact Checks
Overall, we rate the Moscow Times Left-Center Biased based on an editorial bias that generally favors the left and rejects the authoritarian right. We also rate them High for factual reporting due to proper sourcing and a clean fact check record. (7/31/2016) Updated (D. Van Zandt 06/22/2020)