I'm currently reading my third issue of the English-language Moscow Times, each one a few days apart. And I love it so far.
The paper publishes articles by both foreigners and Russian writers. It includes both pieces from other sources, such as the Associated Press, and original content.
The paper appears to be unaffiliated with Russia's government, as it does not shy away from discussing and reporting on things that are not flattering to Russia or to its government.
For example, I am now in the middle of an opinion piece ("Why Autocracies Need State-Run Media") co-authored by someone from George Washington University's School of International Affairs and by another writer at the National Endowment for Democracy (neither of whom have Russian-sounding names) and that so far has been discussing authoritarian regimes and their ability to continue using media effectively to stay in power. In the piece, they refer to Russia's government as an "undemocratic government." (The article was adapted from one published in the "Journal of Democracy.")
Another article I read in the same issue is another opinion piece on the ruble and what method Russia's Central Bank should use to handle changes in the ruble's exchange rate. The author is a columnist, a professor, and also an official at the Higher School of Economics in Moscow.
The paper also, of course, prints plenty of straight news articles - not just an opinion section. For example, one article in the issue I'm reading now, when I'm writing this review, was written by the Moscow Times itself and reports on bloggers in Russia who have been facing violence and legal cases. Another article by the Moscow Times reports on the U.S.'s supposedly having tapped a former German Chancellor's phone more than 10 years ago. And another article in a previous issue I read reported on homeless people in Moscow.
Of course, currently, the paper is covering a lot of stuff related to the Olympics about to start in Sochi, too. And the issue I'm reading today also has an article headlined "Dog Rescuers Save Sochi Canines Condemned to Death."
Naturally, they are also reporting on the protests in Ukraine going on now in February 2014 and on related matters.
I also enjoy the section that rounds up what the day's Russian-language newspapers had said. The one in the issue in front of me is 2,471 words long (the word counts are given for each article). So it's long enough to satisfy. It's a series of many brief paragraphs that each tell a little bit about what some Russian publication has just discussed or reported on.
I've really been enjoying the Moscow Times, and I do recommend it based on the three issues I've been reading so far. I have no special knowledge of or previous experience with Russia. I'm no expert on it, and I've never even taken a Russian language class, either, but the Moscow Times makes for interesting reading.