Support The Moscow Times!

Russian Priests Armed With Brooms Show Off Curling Skills

uzlovaya.tularegion.ru

Russian Orthodox priests armed with household brooms showed off their skills at a youth sports event south of Moscow on Sunday to mark the start of spring.

Images shared by the local administration in the Tula region showed the robed clergymen sliding ceramic kettles across the ice with brooms.

uzlovaya.tularegion.ru

Students from 15 schools across the region’s Uzlovsky district 200 kilometers south of Moscow competed in disciplines including biathlon, bobsled and something called “winter basketball,” the administration said.

“Both fans and participants were particularly delighted with curling, where a kettle was rolled with brooms,” it added.

Deacon Illarion said “the holiday included not only sports, but also intellectual competitions and puzzles.”

Read more

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

The Moscow Times’ team of journalists has been first with the big stories on the coronavirus crisis in Russia since day one. Our exclusives and on-the-ground reporting are being read and shared by many high-profile journalists.

We wouldn’t be able to produce this crucial journalism without the support of our loyal readers. Please consider making a donation to The Moscow Times to help us continue covering this historic time in the world’s largest country.