The Moscow Times - Independent News From Russia https://www.themoscowtimes.com/meanwhile The Moscow Times offers everything you need to know about Russia: Breaking news, top stories, business, analysis, opinion, multimedia, upcoming cultural events en-us Thu, 04 Mar 2021 22:45:02 +0100 600 Siberian Village Gets Internet Tower After Student Climbs Tree for Zoom Classes https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2021/03/03/siberian-village-gets-internet-tower-after-student-climbs-tree-for-zoom-classes-a73135 Alexei Dudoladov went viral after saying he attends his lectures from a tree in the woods because his village only got 2G signal. Wed, 03 Mar 2021 16:22:07 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2021/03/03/siberian-village-gets-internet-tower-after-student-climbs-tree-for-zoom-classes-a73135 Russia’s Newest Instagram Star Is an Ice-Fishing, Nature-Loving Cat https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2021/03/01/russias-newest-instagram-star-is-an-ice-fishing-nature-loving-cat-a73106 Simba the Kurilian Bobtail is living his best life. Mon, 01 Mar 2021 14:29:00 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2021/03/01/russias-newest-instagram-star-is-an-ice-fishing-nature-loving-cat-a73106 Record Snowfall Blankets Russia https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2021/02/25/record-snowfall-blankets-russia-a73078 A 'snowpocalypse' has engulfed Russia in recent days. Thu, 25 Feb 2021 20:33:55 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2021/02/25/record-snowfall-blankets-russia-a73078 Pink and Green Dogs Join Blue Strays on Russian Streets https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2021/02/24/pink-and-green-dogs-join-blue-strays-on-russian-streets-a73052 More dogs colored by chemical waste have been spotted across Russian towns. Wed, 24 Feb 2021 13:34:17 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2021/02/24/pink-and-green-dogs-join-blue-strays-on-russian-streets-a73052 Moscow Law Enforcement Send Birthday Criminal Reminder to 14-Year-Olds https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2021/02/18/moscow-law-enforcement-send-birthday-criminal-reminder-to-14-year-olds-a73008 “You turned 14? Congratulations! … From this age you will bear personal liability under certain articles of the Criminal Code,” the video says. Thu, 18 Feb 2021 15:18:00 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2021/02/18/moscow-law-enforcement-send-birthday-criminal-reminder-to-14-year-olds-a73008 Moscow Zoo’s Panda Tumbles in the Snow https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2021/02/18/moscow-zoos-panda-tumbles-in-the-snow-a73005 Dindin the panda enjoys Moscow's 'snowpocalypse.' Thu, 18 Feb 2021 10:07:20 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2021/02/18/moscow-zoos-panda-tumbles-in-the-snow-a73005 Zhirinovsky Reflects on Love and Romance in Tweet Screed https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2021/02/16/zhirinovsky-reflects-on-love-and-romance-in-tweet-screed-a72966 Who would have thought this nationalist firebrand would also be a hopeless romantic? Tue, 16 Feb 2021 10:35:00 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2021/02/16/zhirinovsky-reflects-on-love-and-romance-in-tweet-screed-a72966 Ridiculed Russian Fairytale Statue Auctioned for $35K https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2021/02/15/social-media-users-mocked-a-russian-towns-monument-to-a-local-hero-so-much-that-the-town-took-the-statue-down-a72943 Social media users mocked the monument so much that the town was forced to take it down. Mon, 15 Feb 2021 15:08:43 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2021/02/15/social-media-users-mocked-a-russian-towns-monument-to-a-local-hero-so-much-that-the-town-took-the-statue-down-a72943 St. Petersburg Man Jailed for Rare Mammal Skull Theft https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2021/02/12/st-petersburg-man-jailed-for-rare-mammal-skull-theft-a72924 The 50-year-old carpenter allegedly sold several of the skulls to a high school student. Fri, 12 Feb 2021 15:09:00 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2021/02/12/st-petersburg-man-jailed-for-rare-mammal-skull-theft-a72924 Blue Russian Dogs Spotted Near Abandoned Factory https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2021/02/12/blue-russian-dogs-spotted-near-abandoned-factory-a72915 A pack of stray blue dogs, likely covered in chemical waste, was spotted on the road near the Russian town of Dzerzhinsk. Fri, 12 Feb 2021 11:56:00 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2021/02/12/blue-russian-dogs-spotted-near-abandoned-factory-a72915 Kalashnikov Maker Targets Hipsters with 'Gadget Gun' https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2021/02/09/kalashnikov-maker-targets-hipsters-with-gadget-gun-a72874 "The task is to attract that part of the audience who was born with gadgets and cannot imagine themselves without them," said the group's director. Tue, 09 Feb 2021 10:53:00 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2021/02/09/kalashnikov-maker-targets-hipsters-with-gadget-gun-a72874 Russian Prisoners Star in Vaccine-Hailing Rap Video https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2021/02/08/russian-prisoners-star-in-vaccine-hailing-rap-video-a72864 Russian prison rap just got a new spin. Mon, 08 Feb 2021 15:58:28 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2021/02/08/russian-prisoners-star-in-vaccine-hailing-rap-video-a72864 Russian Artist Brings Baba Yaga Lego Set to Life https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2021/01/29/russian-artist-brings-baba-yaga-lego-set-to-life-a72775 Barbie has new competition. Fri, 29 Jan 2021 10:42:00 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2021/01/29/russian-artist-brings-baba-yaga-lego-set-to-life-a72775 Inside ‘Akvadiskoteka,’ the Viral Russian Protest Anthem Inspired By ‘Putin’s Palace’ https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2021/01/25/inside-akvadiskoteka-the-viral-russian-protest-anthem-inspired-by-putins-palace-a72718 A mysterious area of Putin's alleged palace simply labeled akvadiskoteka (aquatic disco) captured the Russian internet’s imagination. Mon, 25 Jan 2021 16:07:00 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2021/01/25/inside-akvadiskoteka-the-viral-russian-protest-anthem-inspired-by-putins-palace-a72718 Bernie Sanders' Viral Inauguration Memes Arrive in Russia https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2021/01/22/bernie-sanders-inauguration-memes-come-to-russia-a72694 The Vermont senator's instantly-iconic inauguration look sent the Russian internet into an endless meme frenzy. Fri, 22 Jan 2021 10:58:41 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2021/01/22/bernie-sanders-inauguration-memes-come-to-russia-a72694 Russian Janitor’s Mock GQ Photoshoot Pays Off https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2021/01/20/russian-janitors-mock-gq-photoshoot-pays-off-a72667 GQ’s latest cover star is...a Russian janitor. Unofficially, at least. Wed, 20 Jan 2021 15:20:35 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2021/01/20/russian-janitors-mock-gq-photoshoot-pays-off-a72667 Putin Takes Icy Dip in Orthodox Christian Ritual https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2021/01/19/putin-takes-icy-dip-in-orthodox-christian-ritual-a72659 Russians celebrate the feast of the Epiphany every year by bathing in frozen lakes and rivers to celebrate the baptism of Jesus in the River Jordan. Tue, 19 Jan 2021 14:00:20 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2021/01/19/putin-takes-icy-dip-in-orthodox-christian-ritual-a72659 Russian Swimmer's Underwater Dances Take Over TikTok https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2021/01/14/russian-swimmers-underwater-dances-take-over-tiktok-a72601 Synchronized swimming champion Kristina Makushenko performs jaw-dropping underwater moves set to familiar tunes. Thu, 14 Jan 2021 11:27:00 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2021/01/14/russian-swimmers-underwater-dances-take-over-tiktok-a72601 Russians in Arctic Murmansk Welcome First Sunrise of 2021 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2021/01/13/russians-in-arctic-murmansk-welcome-first-sunrise-of-2021-a72581 The 45-minute sunrise ended more than a month of polar night. Wed, 13 Jan 2021 13:53:02 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2021/01/13/russians-in-arctic-murmansk-welcome-first-sunrise-of-2021-a72581 Russian Swimmer Claims New World Record With Baikal Under-Ice Swim https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2021/01/11/russian-swimmer-claims-new-world-record-with-baikal-under-ice-swim-a72573 Yekaterina Nekrasova, 40, swam an 85-meter distance beneath the ice of Lake Baikal wearing only a bathing suit. Mon, 11 Jan 2021 15:59:00 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2021/01/11/russian-swimmer-claims-new-world-record-with-baikal-under-ice-swim-a72573 Russia's Frozen Ramen Challenge Returns in Below-Zero Temps https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/12/30/russias-frozen-ramen-challenge-returns-in-below-zero-temps-a72520 Russia's favorite instant ramen becomes a modern art object. Wed, 30 Dec 2020 12:54:50 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/12/30/russias-frozen-ramen-challenge-returns-in-below-zero-temps-a72520 Mysterious Head Sculpture Captivates St. Petersburg https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/12/28/mysterious-head-sculpture-captivates-st-petersburg-a72500 The origins of the mysterious art object were traced back to a local publication that used the head as a party decoration. Mon, 28 Dec 2020 12:39:00 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/12/28/mysterious-head-sculpture-captivates-st-petersburg-a72500 Russia’s Oddest Stories of 2020 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/12/25/russias-oddest-stories-of-2020-a72362 The headlines that brought some cheer to the pandemic-hit year. Fri, 25 Dec 2020 12:58:23 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/12/25/russias-oddest-stories-of-2020-a72362 In 2020, Russia’s Memes Went Worldwide https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/12/24/in-2020-russias-memes-went-worldwide-a72377 In Putin’s case, with great power comes great meme-ability. Thu, 24 Dec 2020 12:04:00 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/12/24/in-2020-russias-memes-went-worldwide-a72377 Siberian Cows Wear Woolly Bras to Stay Warm https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/12/24/siberian-cows-wear-woolly-bras-to-stay-warm-a72466 Nikolay Atlasov, a 70-year-old farmer in Russia's coldest village, made the bras for his herd of cows to protect them from the bitter winter. Thu, 24 Dec 2020 10:15:00 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/12/24/siberian-cows-wear-woolly-bras-to-stay-warm-a72466 Navalny's Underwear Poisoning Takes Over the Russian Internet https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/12/22/navalnys-underwear-poisoning-takes-over-the-russian-internet-a72440 News that agents allegedly placed poison in Navalny's underwear sparked plenty of memes, many retweeted by the Kremlin critic himself.  Tue, 22 Dec 2020 12:02:00 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/12/22/navalnys-underwear-poisoning-takes-over-the-russian-internet-a72440 Taxidermied ‘Hitler’s Alligator’ Goes on Display in Moscow https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/12/15/taxidermied-hitlers-alligator-goes-on-display-in-moscow-a72357 “No reptile in the museum has such a rich biography,” the Darwin Museum said of Saturn, who survived World War II bombings on Berlin. Tue, 15 Dec 2020 09:31:51 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/12/15/taxidermied-hitlers-alligator-goes-on-display-in-moscow-a72357 Horse Bites Off St. Petersburg Man’s Nose After Attempted Kiss – Reports https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/12/10/horse-bites-off-st-petersburg-mans-nose-after-attempted-kiss-reports-a72307 A lesson in consent. Thu, 10 Dec 2020 10:22:00 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/12/10/horse-bites-off-st-petersburg-mans-nose-after-attempted-kiss-reports-a72307 Siberian Cows Compete in Bovine Beauty Pageant https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/12/07/siberian-cows-compete-in-bovine-beauty-pageant-a72257 Judged solely by their milk quality for years, the animals enjoyed a rare moment in the spotlight for their looks. Mon, 07 Dec 2020 13:33:00 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/12/07/siberian-cows-compete-in-bovine-beauty-pageant-a72257 Russians Order 'Santas With Antibodies' for New Year Celebrations https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/12/07/russians-order-santas-with-antibodies-for-new-year-celebrations-a72261 Families are seeking a safe way to celebrate the most festive holiday of the year amid the pandemic. Mon, 07 Dec 2020 12:16:00 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/12/07/russians-order-santas-with-antibodies-for-new-year-celebrations-a72261 Who’s Afraid of Jennifer Psaki? https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/12/04/whos-afraid-of-jennifer-psaki-a72244 With the Obama-era spokeswoman set to return in the Biden administration, Russian state television gets ready to revisit its old obsession. Fri, 04 Dec 2020 16:34:00 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/12/04/whos-afraid-of-jennifer-psaki-a72244 Viral Penis-Shaped Ice Rink Returns to Novosibirsk https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/12/04/viral-penis-shaped-ice-rink-returns-to-novosibirsk-a72235 The city’s mayor continues to deny its suggestive shape was intentional.  Fri, 04 Dec 2020 09:45:00 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/12/04/viral-penis-shaped-ice-rink-returns-to-novosibirsk-a72235 Frenchman Leaves Inheritance to St. Petersburg’s Hermitage Cats https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/12/03/frenchman-leaves-inheritance-to-st-petersburgs-hermitage-cats-a72222 Being cute pays off. Thu, 03 Dec 2020 13:08:00 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/12/03/frenchman-leaves-inheritance-to-st-petersburgs-hermitage-cats-a72222 Russian Holiday Characters Brave Arctic Blizzard to Light New Year’s Tree https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/12/02/russian-holiday-characters-brave-arctic-blizzard-to-light-new-years-tree-a72208 Ded Moroz joined forces with Sakha's "Lord of the Cold" to light the tree in the name of the holiday spirit.  Wed, 02 Dec 2020 10:06:28 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/12/02/russian-holiday-characters-brave-arctic-blizzard-to-light-new-years-tree-a72208 Stop Touching Metro Sculptures for Luck, Moscow Metro Urges Riders https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/11/26/stop-touching-metro-sculptures-for-luck-moscow-metro-urges-riders-a72150 “We promise that the statues will be grateful and all your wishes will come true,” Moscow's Transport Department said. Thu, 26 Nov 2020 14:41:46 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/11/26/stop-touching-metro-sculptures-for-luck-moscow-metro-urges-riders-a72150 Viral ‘Cyberpunk Farm’ Satirizes Russia’s High-Tech Future https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/11/24/viral-cyberpunk-farm-satirizes-russias-high-tech-future-a72121 The video has racked up over 3 million views for poking fun at rural Russian life and state corporations alike. Tue, 24 Nov 2020 11:29:00 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/11/24/viral-cyberpunk-farm-satirizes-russias-high-tech-future-a72121 Bolsonaro Beams as Putin Praises His 'Masculinity' https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/11/19/bolsonaro-beams-as-putin-praises-his-masculinity-a72088 The episode gave birth to a flood of memes poking fun at the Russian strongman and the Brazilian populist. Thu, 19 Nov 2020 08:44:40 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/11/19/bolsonaro-beams-as-putin-praises-his-masculinity-a72088 Chechnya Should Replace Marvel Superhero Mural With ‘Real Heroes,’ Kadyrov Says https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/11/17/chechnya-should-replace-marvel-superhero-mural-with-real-heroes-kadyrov-says-a72069 Kadyrov fears Chechnya's children will abandon their heritage in favor of the Marvel universe. Tue, 17 Nov 2020 15:11:35 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/11/17/chechnya-should-replace-marvel-superhero-mural-with-real-heroes-kadyrov-says-a72069 Russian Town Dusts Highway With Sand, Human Bones https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/11/16/russian-town-dusts-highway-with-human-bones-a72055 Municipal crews had sprinkled the mixture over the road's surface as a de-icer. Mon, 16 Nov 2020 13:22:00 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/11/16/russian-town-dusts-highway-with-human-bones-a72055 Turkmenistan Leader Immortalizes His Favorite Dogs With Giant Gilded Statue https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/11/13/turkmenistan-leader-immortalizes-his-favorite-dogs-with-giant-gilded-statue-a72030 Berdymukhamedov's love of Alabai dogs has long been part of his cult of personality. Fri, 13 Nov 2020 12:51:00 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/11/13/turkmenistan-leader-immortalizes-his-favorite-dogs-with-giant-gilded-statue-a72030 Moscow's Cityscape Inspires Special-Edition Nike Sneakers https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/11/12/moscows-cityscape-inspires-special-edition-nike-sneakers-a72029 The special-edition Air Max 90s pay homage to the Russian capital with a city-inspired color scheme and Cyrillic text. Thu, 12 Nov 2020 13:15:36 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/11/12/moscows-cityscape-inspires-special-edition-nike-sneakers-a72029 Sherlock Holmes' Baker Street Residence Owned By Former Kazakh Leader’s Daughter https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/11/11/sherlock-a72013 The Times newspaper found the final clue after previous reports had linked Dariga Nazarbayeva to the property. Wed, 11 Nov 2020 15:47:43 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/11/11/sherlock-a72013 Moscow Metro Makes Masks Glamorous Again https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/11/02/moscow-metro-makes-masks-glamorous-again-a71930 How else can you get the public's undivided attention? Mon, 02 Nov 2020 08:58:03 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/11/02/moscow-metro-makes-masks-glamorous-again-a71930 Nicholas II’s Backside Breaks the Internet With Resurfaced Skinny-Dipping Photos https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/10/30/nicholas-iis-backside-breaks-the-internet-with-resurfaced-skinny-dipping-photos-a71913 Kim Kardashian who? Fri, 30 Oct 2020 14:23:00 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/10/30/nicholas-iis-backside-breaks-the-internet-with-resurfaced-skinny-dipping-photos-a71913 Giant Russian Puddle Rises to Online Fame With Satirical Instagram Profile https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/10/28/giant-russian-puddle-rises-to-online-fame-with-satirical-instagram-profile-a71889 The 25-year-old pothole boasts that it is the largest and oldest untouched urban feature in Russia's Far East. Wed, 28 Oct 2020 14:59:00 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/10/28/giant-russian-puddle-rises-to-online-fame-with-satirical-instagram-profile-a71889 'Very Nice': Kazakhstan Adopts Borat’s Catchphrase for Tourism Drive https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/10/27/very-nice-kazakhstan-adopts-borats-catchphrase-for-tourism-drive-a71874 Kazakhstan's lean-in attitude marks a reversal from the confrontational stance it took toward the first Borat movie. Tue, 27 Oct 2020 17:51:00 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/10/27/very-nice-kazakhstan-adopts-borats-catchphrase-for-tourism-drive-a71874 Siberian Bear, Tigers Predict Biden Election Victory https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/10/27/siberian-bear-tigers-predict-biden-election-victory-a71867 Who needs polls when you have watermelons? Tue, 27 Oct 2020 14:16:00 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/10/27/siberian-bear-tigers-predict-biden-election-victory-a71867 Hungry Polar Bears Surround Russian Garbage Truck https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/10/21/hungry-polar-bears-surround-russian-garbage-truck-a71822 Ten polar bears surrounded a garbage truck in Siberia, even climbing in the truck for some snacks. Wed, 21 Oct 2020 17:10:40 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/10/21/hungry-polar-bears-surround-russian-garbage-truck-a71822 Beluga Family Rescued From Low Tide By Russian Emergency Worker https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/10/15/beluga-family-rescued-from-low-tide-by-russian-emergency-worker-a71769 Alexei Paramonov spent hours protecting the pod from wild animals and poachers and saved the baby whale from hypothermia.  Thu, 15 Oct 2020 16:40:40 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/10/15/beluga-family-rescued-from-low-tide-by-russian-emergency-worker-a71769 Soviet Icon Cheburashka to Appear in New Movie https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/10/14/soviet-icon-cheburashka-to-appear-in-new-movie-a71753 The Soviet Union's most famous cartoon character is entering the 21st century. Wed, 14 Oct 2020 15:55:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/10/14/soviet-icon-cheburashka-to-appear-in-new-movie-a71753