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 Sun, 22 Sep 2019 20:12:58 +0200 600 Russia's Humanoid Robot Says It Wants to Build Robot Colonies In Space https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/09/19/russias-humanoid-robot-says-it-wants-to-build-robot-colonies-in-space-a67353 The life-size robot tweeted his vision just weeks after visiting the ISS. Thu, 19 Sep 2019 16:43:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/09/19/russias-humanoid-robot-says-it-wants-to-build-robot-colonies-in-space-a67353 Lonely St. Petersburg Horse Unsuccessfully Attempts to Ride City Bus https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/09/17/lonely-st-petersburg-horse-unsuccessfully-attempts-to-ride-city-bus-a67315 Getting to work by public transport isn't always easy, especially when you're a horse. Tue, 17 Sep 2019 15:39:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/09/17/lonely-st-petersburg-horse-unsuccessfully-attempts-to-ride-city-bus-a67315 Russian Woman Survives After Shocking Double Lightning Strike on Car https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/09/17/russian-woman-survives-after-shocking-double-lightning-strike-on-car-a67310 As if commuting wasn't stressful enough already. Tue, 17 Sep 2019 14:07:22 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/09/17/russian-woman-survives-after-shocking-double-lightning-strike-on-car-a67310 Russian Bear Gets Behind the Wheel of Soviet-Era Truck https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/09/13/russian-bear-gets-behind-the-wheel-of-soviet-era-truck-a67280 “Everyone from the Far East dreams of a car — and bears, apparently, are no exception.” Fri, 13 Sep 2019 16:31:58 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/09/13/russian-bear-gets-behind-the-wheel-of-soviet-era-truck-a67280 Russian Priests Dump Holy Water From Airplane https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/09/13/russian-priests-dump-holy-water-from-airplane-a67283 Russian Orthodox priests in the city of Tver have gone to extreme heights to save residents from “drunkenness and fornication.” Fri, 13 Sep 2019 13:05:03 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/09/13/russian-priests-dump-holy-water-from-airplane-a67283 Russian Cossacks Swing Sabres in ‘World’s Best Butcher’ Competition https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/09/12/russian-cossacks-swing-sabres-in-worlds-best-butcher-competition-a67263 The competition was held because “there are no theaters, no circus and no nightclubs” in the village where it took place. Thu, 12 Sep 2019 15:02:31 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/09/12/russian-cossacks-swing-sabres-in-worlds-best-butcher-competition-a67263 Russian Priests Dump Holy Water From Airplane to Cure ‘Drunkenness and Fornication’ https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/09/12/russian-priests-dump-holy-water-from-airplane-to-cure-drunkenness-and-fornication-a67259 Sometimes, you have to go to extreme heights to bless a city. Thu, 12 Sep 2019 13:53:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/09/12/russian-priests-dump-holy-water-from-airplane-to-cure-drunkenness-and-fornication-a67259 Winter Has Come to Russia's Arctic City of Norilsk https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/09/11/winter-has-come-to-russias-arctic-city-of-norilsk-a67241 Summer seems like it was just yesterday. Wed, 11 Sep 2019 14:05:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/09/11/winter-has-come-to-russias-arctic-city-of-norilsk-a67241 U.S. Pop Star Billie Eilish Debuts Russian Remix of 'Bad Guy' on Russian TV https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/09/10/us-pop-star-billie-eilish-debuts-russian-remix-of-bad-guy-on-russian-tv-a67217 The 17-year-old Generation Z icon recently played sold-out shows in Moscow and St. Petersburg. Tue, 10 Sep 2019 13:40:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/09/10/us-pop-star-billie-eilish-debuts-russian-remix-of-bad-guy-on-russian-tv-a67217 Pro-Government Rap Video Smashes Russian YouTube Record With 1M Dislikes https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/09/09/pro-government-rap-video-smashes-russian-youtube-record-with-1m-dislikes-a67206 The video for "Moscow" became one of the 30 most-disliked videos worldwide before it was taken down. Mon, 09 Sep 2019 16:58:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/09/09/pro-government-rap-video-smashes-russian-youtube-record-with-1m-dislikes-a67206 The Weirdest Moments From Russia's Regional Elections https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/09/09/the-weirdest-moments-from-russias-regional-elections-a67203 Russian election authorities will go to puzzling extremes to get people to vote. Mon, 09 Sep 2019 14:48:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/09/09/the-weirdest-moments-from-russias-regional-elections-a67203 Moscow's Iconic Coat of Arms Gets Remixed and Reimagined https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/09/06/moscows-coat-of-arms-gets-remixed-and-reimagined-a67175 You see St. George slaying the dragon. Russian artists see a blank canvas. Fri, 06 Sep 2019 13:17:30 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/09/06/moscows-coat-of-arms-gets-remixed-and-reimagined-a67175 Giant Putin Bust Unveiled Near Lake Baikal https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/09/05/giant-putin-bust-unveiled-near-lake-baikal-a67171 Citizens of Olkhon Island in Lake Baikal have erected a large monument to President Vladimir Putin to draw attention to the problems they face. Residents say they face legal discrimination because they live in the Baikal Natural Territory and that the region’s contradictory laws restrict their rights. Thu, 05 Sep 2019 17:25:39 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/09/05/giant-putin-bust-unveiled-near-lake-baikal-a67171 New Russian Spacesuit’s Lack of Fly Zipper Threatens Revered Pee Ritual https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/08/30/new-russian-spacesuits-lack-of-fly-zipper-threatens-revered-pee-ritual-a67097 "We have the design specifications. Nowhere do they say that you have to pee on the wheel," the suit's designer said. Fri, 30 Aug 2019 16:59:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/08/30/new-russian-spacesuits-lack-of-fly-zipper-threatens-revered-pee-ritual-a67097 Putin's Ice Cream Treat With Erdogan Raises Suspicions Around Familiar Faces https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/08/28/putins-ice-cream-treat-with-erdogan-raises-suspicions-around-familiar-faces-a67056 If it seems like the members of the public pictured with the Russian president never change, you might be on to something. Wed, 28 Aug 2019 13:27:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/08/28/putins-ice-cream-treat-with-erdogan-raises-suspicions-around-familiar-faces-a67056 Putin Evades Fine for Helmet-Free Motorcycle Ride https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/08/28/putin-evades-fine-for-helmet-free-motorcycle-ride-a67048 Putin was filmed at the wheel of a motorcycle during a biker show in annexed Crimea as 50,000 protesters took to the streets of Moscow. Wed, 28 Aug 2019 09:46:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/08/28/putin-evades-fine-for-helmet-free-motorcycle-ride-a67048 Dog Hypnotist’s Russian State TV Appearance Resurfaces in Viral Clip https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/08/23/dog-hypnotists-russian-state-tv-appearance-resurfaces-in-viral-clip-a67003 One glimpse into Princess the Pomeranian's eyes can send people into a deep sleep. Or can it? Fri, 23 Aug 2019 16:31:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/08/23/dog-hypnotists-russian-state-tv-appearance-resurfaces-in-viral-clip-a67003 Russian BMX Daredevil Bombs Walls and Roofs of Ancient Kazan Kremlin https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/08/22/russian-bmx-daredevil-bombs-walls-and-roofs-of-ancient-kazan-kremlin-a66972 He built a skate park which blended in with the historical towers and churches. Thu, 22 Aug 2019 10:23:30 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/08/22/russian-bmx-daredevil-bombs-walls-and-roofs-of-ancient-kazan-kremlin-a66972 Russian Instagram Users Unleash 'Cyberattack' on Stallone, Schwarzenegger https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/08/21/russian-instagram-users-unleash-cyberattack-on-stallone-schwarzenegger-a66961 When a famous comedian orders a "Russian Cyberattack" on two of Hollywood's most famous action stars, hilarity will ensue. Wed, 21 Aug 2019 15:25:54 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/08/21/russian-instagram-users-unleash-cyberattack-on-stallone-schwarzenegger-a66961 Russian Instagram Bot Imagines Elon Musk's Life as a Woman https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/08/20/russian-instagram-bot-imagines-elon-musks-life-as-a-woman-a66920 Meet Elona Musk, the latest Instagram influencer to gain fame with her glamorous lifestyle. Tue, 20 Aug 2019 15:39:05 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/08/20/russian-instagram-bot-imagines-elon-musks-life-as-a-woman-a66920 Russian Daredevils Jump From Construction Crane in Siberia https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/08/20/russian-daredevils-jump-from-construction-crane-in-siberia-a66938 When you have a structure this tall, the only reasonable thing to do is to jump off it. Tue, 20 Aug 2019 14:44:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/08/20/russian-daredevils-jump-from-construction-crane-in-siberia-a66938 Russia Tosses Tomatoes at First-Ever 'Tomatina' Fest https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/08/19/russia-tosses-tomatoes-at-first-ever-tomatina-fest-a66921 Spain's famous tomato battle arrives in Russia for some good, not-so-clean fun. Mon, 19 Aug 2019 13:54:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/08/19/russia-tosses-tomatoes-at-first-ever-tomatina-fest-a66921 Russia's First Humanoid Robot Preps for Space Voyage https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/08/19/russias-first-humanoid-robot-preps-for-space-voyage-a66915 The eerily human-like robot was reportedly designed to assist in the construction of human bases on the moon and other planets. Mon, 19 Aug 2019 10:27:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/08/19/russias-first-humanoid-robot-preps-for-space-voyage-a66915 Moscow Trash Incinerator Spews Bright-Purple Smoke https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/08/15/moscow-trash-incinerator-spews-bright-purple-smoke-a66890 The plant “is painting Muscovites’ lives with bright colors for the third day [straight],” one observer quipped. Thu, 15 Aug 2019 16:56:11 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/08/15/moscow-trash-incinerator-spews-bright-purple-smoke-a66890 Russian Delivery Man Spotted Bringing Food on Horseback https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/08/14/russian-delivery-man-spotted-bringing-food-on-horseback-2-a66853 The man chose a white stallion as his preferred transport for the job. Wed, 14 Aug 2019 16:27:24 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/08/14/russian-delivery-man-spotted-bringing-food-on-horseback-2-a66853 Russian Bear Taken for a Swim on Public Beach, Surprising No One https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/08/14/russian-bear-taken-for-swim-on-public-beach-surprising-no-one-a66850 Children and parents are heard laughing as the animal splashes around with two adult beachgoers. Wed, 14 Aug 2019 14:25:48 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/08/14/russian-bear-taken-for-swim-on-public-beach-surprising-no-one-a66850 Russia's Special Forces Immersed in Art and Life https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/08/13/russias-special-forces-immersed-in-art-and-life-a66830 Russia's riot police seem to be everywhere this summer — including our favorite pieces of art and pop culture. Tue, 13 Aug 2019 14:05:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/08/13/russias-special-forces-immersed-in-art-and-life-a66830 Putin Sued Over Helmet-Free Motorcycle Ride in Crimea https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/08/13/putin-sued-over-helmet-free-motorcycle-ride-in-crimea-a66820 “Putin is violating [the law] again. I think it’s becoming a bad tradition,” one regional legislator said. Tue, 13 Aug 2019 09:57:31 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/08/13/putin-sued-over-helmet-free-motorcycle-ride-in-crimea-a66820 Moscow's Dogs Get Dressed Up for City Costume Contest https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/08/12/moscows-dogs-get-dressed-up-for-city-costume-contest-a66813 Four-legged bees, Cheburashkas and more could be seen roaming around the square. Mon, 12 Aug 2019 11:20:31 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/08/12/moscows-dogs-get-dressed-up-for-city-costume-contest-a66813 Chernobyl-Made Vodka to Hit British Shelves https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/08/09/chernobyl-made-vodka-to-hit-british-shelves-a66788 The scientists who distilled the vodka maintain that there's no radioactivity in the drink. Fri, 09 Aug 2019 14:32:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/08/09/chernobyl-made-vodka-to-hit-british-shelves-a66788 Alaskan Finds Russian Message in a Bottle Written 50 Years Ago https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/08/08/alaskan-finds-russian-message-in-a-bottle-written-50-years-ago-a66771 The recipient had no trouble finding willing volunteers to help translate the message. Thu, 08 Aug 2019 16:58:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/08/08/alaskan-finds-russian-message-in-a-bottle-written-50-years-ago-a66771 No Escaping Russia's Special Forces with New Telegram Bot https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/08/06/no-escaping-russias-special-forces-with-new-telegram-bot-a66722 When life gives you seemingly omnipresent riot police, make memes. Tue, 06 Aug 2019 12:53:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/08/06/no-escaping-russias-special-forces-with-new-telegram-bot-a66722 Charles Darwin ‘Repents’ for Evolution Theory During Chat With Russian Priest https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/08/06/charles-darwin-repents-for-evolution-theory-during-chat-with-russian-priest-a66724 “You have nothing to do with a bear or a pig,” Darwin allegedly told the Orthodox archpriest from his tomb in Westminster Abbey. Tue, 06 Aug 2019 11:30:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/08/06/charles-darwin-repents-for-evolution-theory-during-chat-with-russian-priest-a66724 The Ghost of a Russian Poet Is Trying to Warn America, Paranormal Specialist Says https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/08/01/the-ghost-of-a-russian-poet-is-trying-to-warn-america-paranormal-specialist-says-a66663 Yesenin’s ghost has allegedly foreshadowed other historical events in the past. Thu, 01 Aug 2019 15:04:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/08/01/the-ghost-of-a-russian-poet-is-trying-to-warn-america-paranormal-specialist-says-a66663 Russian Actor Jailed for ‘Drunk Cop’ TikTok Video https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/08/01/russian-actor-jailed-for-drunk-cop-tiktok-video-a66659 During the video, the actor slurs his speech and wipes his saliva as he wobbles outside the Kremlin in a traffic police uniform. Thu, 01 Aug 2019 13:34:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/08/01/russian-actor-jailed-for-drunk-cop-tiktok-video-a66659 Rammstein Protests Homophobia in Russia With On-Stage Kiss in Moscow https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/07/31/rammstein-protests-homophobia-in-russia-with-on-stage-kiss-in-moscow-a66650 The cult German rock band protested anti-LGBT laws and attitudes during their Luzhniki Stadium show. Wed, 31 Jul 2019 17:43:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/07/31/rammstein-protests-homophobia-in-russia-with-on-stage-kiss-in-moscow-a66650 Shamans Summon Rains to Put Out Siberian Wildfires https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/07/31/shamans-summon-rains-to-put-out-siberian-wildfires-a66645 Buddhist monks have also pledged to summon rains if their Instagram followers provide “the exact coordinates and place names” of the fires. Wed, 31 Jul 2019 16:57:17 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/07/31/shamans-summon-rains-to-put-out-siberian-wildfires-a66645 Russian Kids ‘Rob’ Store With Toy Gun, Win National Attention https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/07/30/russian-kids-rob-store-with-toy-gun-win-national-attention-a66635 The video of the boys robbing a toy store with a toy gun has made waves. Tue, 30 Jul 2019 17:23:06 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/07/30/russian-kids-rob-store-with-toy-gun-win-national-attention-a66635 Russian Lake Dries Up, Leaves Locals Baffled https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/07/29/russian-lake-dries-up-leaves-locals-baffled-a66617 It’s unknown why the reservoir has dried up — but that hasn’t stopped Instagram users from taking advantage of the photo op. Mon, 29 Jul 2019 17:15:09 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/07/29/russian-lake-dries-up-leaves-locals-baffled-a66617 St. Petersburg Mourns Popular Lake's Disappearance https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/07/29/st-petersburg-mourns-popular-lakes-disappearance-a66612 “It’s even sadder there without water,” one local wrote on social media. Mon, 29 Jul 2019 16:22:49 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/07/29/st-petersburg-mourns-popular-lakes-disappearance-a66612 Up Close With the Bears of Sakhalin in Russia's Far East https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/07/27/up-close-with-the-bears-of-sakhalin-in-russias-far-east-a66586 What would you do if you stumbled across a large group of Russian bears in the wild? Sat, 27 Jul 2019 12:00:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/07/27/up-close-with-the-bears-of-sakhalin-in-russias-far-east-a66586 Snow May Hit Moscow Region Next Week While Europe Reels From Heat Wave https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/07/25/snow-may-hit-moscow-region-next-week-while-europe-reels-from-heat-wave-a66573 Russia's capital has seen a cold snap this July as the rest of Europe melts under record-breaking summer heat. Thu, 25 Jul 2019 16:16:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/07/25/snow-may-hit-moscow-region-next-week-while-europe-reels-from-heat-wave-a66573 Russian Official Convicted of Taking Butter Bribes, Denies Taking Honey https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/07/24/russian-official-convicted-taking-butter-bribes-denies-taking-honey-a66555 The official turned a blind eye to violations by street vendors in exchange for financial or edible kickbacks. Wed, 24 Jul 2019 16:14:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/07/24/russian-official-convicted-taking-butter-bribes-denies-taking-honey-a66555 Life-Size Lego Bugatti Displayed in Moscow’s Gorky Park https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/07/24/life-size-lego-bugatti-displayed-in-moscows-gorky-park-a66553 The replica even boasts an engine that can accelerate up to 20 kilometers per hour. Wed, 24 Jul 2019 15:11:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/07/24/life-size-lego-bugatti-displayed-in-moscows-gorky-park-a66553 Russian Train Driver Suspended After Picking Up BlaBlaCar Passengers on the Job https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/07/24/russian-train-driver-suspended-after-picking-up-blablacar-passengers-on-the-job-a66540 At least one passenger paid 1,300 rubles ($20) for a ride in the train's cabin from Moscow to St. Petersburg. Wed, 24 Jul 2019 10:07:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/07/24/russian-train-driver-suspended-after-picking-up-blablacar-passengers-on-the-job-a66540 Metallica Covers Soviet Rock Classic at Moscow Concert https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/07/22/metallica-covers-soviet-rock-classic-at-moscow-concert-a66519 The heavy metal band Metallica performed a cover of Soviet rock legend Viktor Tsoi’s 1988 hit “Gruppa Krovi” (Blood Type) to the delight of 80,000 fans in Moscow. Mon, 22 Jul 2019 18:06:08 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/07/22/metallica-covers-soviet-rock-classic-at-moscow-concert-a66519 North Caucasus Authorities Crack Down on Loud Laughter https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/07/22/north-caucasus-authorities-crack-down-on-loud-laughter-a66513 “It grips the soul with horror,” the mayor of Ingushetia's administrative center wrote of the sound. Mon, 22 Jul 2019 17:00:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/07/22/north-caucasus-authorities-crack-down-on-loud-laughter-a66513 Russia’s Battle of the Cakes https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/07/22/russias-battle-of-the-cakes-a66503 We ride at dawn for cake and glory. Mon, 22 Jul 2019 11:43:46 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/07/22/russias-battle-of-the-cakes-a66503 Putin, Cheburashka and Alyonka: Here's How Russian Social Media Used FaceApp https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/07/19/putin-cheburashka-alyonka-heres-how-russian-sociam-media-used-faceapp-a66488 The app, which ages photos, has become viral on social media. Fri, 19 Jul 2019 15:56:12 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/07/19/putin-cheburashka-alyonka-heres-how-russian-sociam-media-used-faceapp-a66488 Russian Instagram Users Swarm Lady Gaga's Page Over Bradley Cooper https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/07/18/russian-instagram-users-swarm-lady-gagas-page-over-bradley-cooper-a66469 The initial defense of Russian model Irina Shayk turned to jokes and banter. Thu, 18 Jul 2019 16:43:38 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/07/18/russian-instagram-users-swarm-lady-gagas-page-over-bradley-cooper-a66469