Support The Moscow Times!

Russian Mayor Takes Oath to Star Wars Theme Tune

In a galaxy far, far away... 40 kilometers from the Ukrainian border... The newly appointed Mayor of Belgorod is due to take oath.

As the suspense builds, deputy governors sit in anticipation. The announcement of their new leader’s name, Yuri Galdun, rings across the PA system, reaching the corners of their universe; also known as the city hall.

Suddenly, the brass section launches into a heraldic, unmistakable, victory-against-all-odds masterpiece of John Williams’ Star Wars score.

A cacophony of trumpets and horns explode and Belgorod’s new leader emerges, strides towards the podium and pledges allegiance with the most antithetical, deadpan expression imaginable.

The music ceases and no one bats an eyelid — we have returned to Earth.

… we have a small favor to ask. As you may have heard, The Moscow Times, an independent news source for over 30 years, has been unjustly branded as a "foreign agent" by the Russian government. This blatant attempt to silence our voice is a direct assault on the integrity of journalism and the values we hold dear.

We, the journalists of The Moscow Times, refuse to be silenced. Our commitment to providing accurate and unbiased reporting on Russia remains unshaken. But we need your help to continue our critical mission.

Your support, no matter how small, makes a world of difference. If you can, please support us monthly starting from just $2. It's quick to set up, and you can be confident that you're making a significant impact every month by supporting open, independent journalism. Thank you.

paiment methods
Not ready to support today?
Remind me later.