Support The Moscow Times!

Russian Recall of 'Lucky Thief' License Plates Following Disruptive Popularity

Moscow's road police department has ordered the recall of car license plates that spelled out “VOR” — a Russian word for “thief” — after the plates' popularity in Moscow's Zelenograd suburb caused problems for road police, a news report said Thursday.

The license plates with “VOR” followed by the supposedly lucky numbers “777,” which indicate the region where the plates were issued, are so in demand that they are to be withdrawn from circulation, Interior Ministry spokesman Andrei Galiakberov said, state-run RIA Novosti news agency reported.

The “V***OR 777” plates will now be distributed among other districts of the Russian capital, and will be issued according to the computerized waiting list for new license plates, Galiakberov was cited as saying.

Read more

Independent journalism isn’t dead. You can help keep it alive.

As the only remaining independent, English-language news source reporting from Russia, The Moscow Times plays a critical role in connecting Russia to the world.

Editorial decisions are made entirely by journalists in our newsroom, who adhere to the highest ethical standards. We fearlessly cover issues that are often considered off-limits or taboo in Russia, from domestic violence and LGBT issues to the climate crisis and a secretive nuclear blast that exposed unknowing doctors to radiation.

As we approach the holiday season, please consider making a one-time donation — or better still a recurring donation — to The Moscow Times to help us continue producing vital, high-quality journalism about the world’s largest country.