The Moscow Times - Independent News From Russia 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 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 Russia’s Newest Instagram Star Is an Ice-Fishing, Nature-Loving Cat Simba the Kurilian Bobtail is living his best life. Mon, 01 Mar 2021 14:29:00 +0100 Record Snowfall Blankets Russia A 'snowpocalypse' has engulfed Russia in recent days. Thu, 25 Feb 2021 20:33:55 +0100 Pink and Green Dogs Join Blue Strays on Russian Streets More dogs colored by chemical waste have been spotted across Russian towns. Wed, 24 Feb 2021 13:34:17 +0100 Moscow Law Enforcement Send Birthday Criminal Reminder to 14-Year-Olds “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 Moscow Zoo’s Panda Tumbles in the Snow Dindin the panda enjoys Moscow's 'snowpocalypse.' Thu, 18 Feb 2021 10:07:20 +0100 Zhirinovsky Reflects on Love and Romance in Tweet Screed Who would have thought this nationalist firebrand would also be a hopeless romantic? Tue, 16 Feb 2021 10:35:00 +0100 Ridiculed Russian Fairytale Statue Auctioned for $35K 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 St. Petersburg Man Jailed for Rare Mammal Skull Theft The 50-year-old carpenter allegedly sold several of the skulls to a high school student. Fri, 12 Feb 2021 15:09:00 +0100 Blue Russian Dogs Spotted Near Abandoned Factory 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 Kalashnikov Maker Targets Hipsters with 'Gadget Gun' "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 Russian Prisoners Star in Vaccine-Hailing Rap Video Russian prison rap just got a new spin. Mon, 08 Feb 2021 15:58:28 +0100 Russian Artist Brings Baba Yaga Lego Set to Life Barbie has new competition. Fri, 29 Jan 2021 10:42:00 +0100 Inside ‘Akvadiskoteka,’ the Viral Russian Protest Anthem Inspired By ‘Putin’s Palace’ 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 Bernie Sanders' Viral Inauguration Memes Arrive in Russia 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 Russian Janitor’s Mock GQ Photoshoot Pays Off GQ’s latest cover star is...a Russian janitor. Unofficially, at least. Wed, 20 Jan 2021 15:20:35 +0100 Putin Takes Icy Dip in Orthodox Christian Ritual 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 Russian Swimmer's Underwater Dances Take Over TikTok Synchronized swimming champion Kristina Makushenko performs jaw-dropping underwater moves set to familiar tunes. Thu, 14 Jan 2021 11:27:00 +0100 Russians in Arctic Murmansk Welcome First Sunrise of 2021 The 45-minute sunrise ended more than a month of polar night. Wed, 13 Jan 2021 13:53:02 +0100 Russian Swimmer Claims New World Record With Baikal Under-Ice Swim 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 Russia's Frozen Ramen Challenge Returns in Below-Zero Temps Russia's favorite instant ramen becomes a modern art object. Wed, 30 Dec 2020 12:54:50 +0100 Mysterious Head Sculpture Captivates St. Petersburg 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 Russia’s Oddest Stories of 2020 The headlines that brought some cheer to the pandemic-hit year. Fri, 25 Dec 2020 12:58:23 +0100 In 2020, Russia’s Memes Went Worldwide In Putin’s case, with great power comes great meme-ability. Thu, 24 Dec 2020 12:04:00 +0100 Siberian Cows Wear Woolly Bras to Stay Warm 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 Navalny's Underwear Poisoning Takes Over the Russian Internet 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 Taxidermied ‘Hitler’s Alligator’ Goes on Display in Moscow “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 Horse Bites Off St. Petersburg Man’s Nose After Attempted Kiss – Reports A lesson in consent. Thu, 10 Dec 2020 10:22:00 +0100 Siberian Cows Compete in Bovine Beauty Pageant 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 Russians Order 'Santas With Antibodies' for New Year Celebrations 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 Who’s Afraid of Jennifer Psaki? 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 Viral Penis-Shaped Ice Rink Returns to Novosibirsk The city’s mayor continues to deny its suggestive shape was intentional.  Fri, 04 Dec 2020 09:45:00 +0100 Frenchman Leaves Inheritance to St. Petersburg’s Hermitage Cats Being cute pays off. Thu, 03 Dec 2020 13:08:00 +0100 Russian Holiday Characters Brave Arctic Blizzard to Light New Year’s Tree 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 Stop Touching Metro Sculptures for Luck, Moscow Metro Urges Riders “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 Viral ‘Cyberpunk Farm’ Satirizes Russia’s High-Tech Future 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 Bolsonaro Beams as Putin Praises His 'Masculinity' 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 Chechnya Should Replace Marvel Superhero Mural With ‘Real Heroes,’ Kadyrov Says Kadyrov fears Chechnya's children will abandon their heritage in favor of the Marvel universe. Tue, 17 Nov 2020 15:11:35 +0100 Russian Town Dusts Highway With Sand, Human Bones Municipal crews had sprinkled the mixture over the road's surface as a de-icer. Mon, 16 Nov 2020 13:22:00 +0100 Turkmenistan Leader Immortalizes His Favorite Dogs With Giant Gilded Statue Berdymukhamedov's love of Alabai dogs has long been part of his cult of personality. Fri, 13 Nov 2020 12:51:00 +0100 Moscow's Cityscape Inspires Special-Edition Nike Sneakers 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 Sherlock Holmes' Baker Street Residence Owned By Former Kazakh Leader’s Daughter 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 Moscow Metro Makes Masks Glamorous Again How else can you get the public's undivided attention? Mon, 02 Nov 2020 08:58:03 +0100 Nicholas II’s Backside Breaks the Internet With Resurfaced Skinny-Dipping Photos Kim Kardashian who? Fri, 30 Oct 2020 14:23:00 +0100 Giant Russian Puddle Rises to Online Fame With Satirical Instagram Profile 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 'Very Nice': Kazakhstan Adopts Borat’s Catchphrase for Tourism Drive 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 Siberian Bear, Tigers Predict Biden Election Victory Who needs polls when you have watermelons? Tue, 27 Oct 2020 14:16:00 +0100 Hungry Polar Bears Surround Russian Garbage Truck 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 Beluga Family Rescued From Low Tide By Russian Emergency Worker 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 Soviet Icon Cheburashka to Appear in New Movie The Soviet Union's most famous cartoon character is entering the 21st century. Wed, 14 Oct 2020 15:55:00 +0200