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, 16 Jul 2020 15:36:08 +0200 600 Russians Rejoice at Spotify's Arrival With Memes Russian meme-makers haven't been able to contain their excitement over the music-streaming giant's arrival. Thu, 16 Jul 2020 14:09:39 +0200 Hundreds of Jet Skis Race Through St. Petersburg St. Petersburg's canals were filled with water sports lovers last weekend. Mon, 06 Jul 2020 16:00:31 +0200 Wild Boars Appear in Moscow Parks, Officials Warn If you meet one don't look it in the eye. Mon, 06 Jul 2020 14:01:10 +0200 Russia's First Police Corgi Goes Into Retirement Officer Ryzhiy sniffed out crime for more than seven years. Tue, 30 Jun 2020 13:15:33 +0200 Car Trunks, Tree Stumps and Playgrounds: The Weirdest Locations for Russia's Constitutional Vote Seeing is believing. Fri, 26 Jun 2020 17:04:07 +0200 Russia Wields Memes to Protest Putin's Constitutional Reforms Unable to protest due to the coronavirus pandemic, Russians have been voicing their political opinions the old-fashioned way: with memes. Tue, 23 Jun 2020 15:58:00 +0200 Russia Investigates Toy Protests Against Vote on Putin’s Term Limits “We thought you couldn’t underscore the absurdity any more, but the police managed,” the activist behind the protest said. Tue, 23 Jun 2020 13:48:00 +0200 Russian Drone Photographer Captures Lenin-Shaped Forest in Siberia Even Lenin himself "wood" not believe it. Thu, 18 Jun 2020 12:40:00 +0200 Cake Shop Bakes Life-Size, Edible Putin Bust for Russia Day Cakes shaped like Stalin and Tsar Nicholas II are also available — but “each leader’s head has its own price.” Thu, 11 Jun 2020 13:57:20 +0200 Russian Prison Guards Walk on Glass for ‘Self-Awareness’ “Walking on glass isn’t just a fun trick but a great way to go beyond your limitations, fears and insecurities.” Thu, 11 Jun 2020 09:00:27 +0200 Elon Musk’s Deepfake Soviet Song Takes Over the Russian Internet Sometimes sending astronauts to space makes you want to sing a Soviet classic. Mon, 01 Jun 2020 15:25:24 +0200 Moscow's Face Mask Fashions Embrace the Funny, Weird and Nonsensical This season's must-have fashion accessory is a mask to match your personality. Sat, 30 May 2020 09:00:00 +0200 Funeral Home Shootout in Moscow Nine men took fire on each other in a southern Moscow neighborhood. Mon, 25 May 2020 13:24:00 +0200 Alligator Who Survived Berlin WWII Bombing Dies at 84 When the alligator was brought to Moscow in July 1946, rumors began circulating that he had been part of Adolf Hitler's personal collection. Sun, 24 May 2020 11:23:00 +0200 Russian Restaurateurs Strip Down to Protest Virus Lockdown Nothing grabs people's attention to your cause quite like nudity. Wed, 20 May 2020 13:07:00 +0200 Wild Animals Roam Russian Cities During Quarantine Some unlikely rowdy newcomers in Russian cities. Tue, 19 May 2020 15:46:33 +0200 Even Russian Politicians Get Bored in Quarantine Russian politicians: They're just like us. Mon, 11 May 2020 14:49:55 +0200 Russia’s Victory Day Parade Through the Decades A look at Victory Day parades in years past... Sat, 09 May 2020 16:29:13 +0200 Pussy Riot’s Nadya Tolokonnikova Shares 5 Quarantine Tips Russian prison can teach you a few things about staying sane in quarantine. Tue, 05 May 2020 13:32:22 +0200 Military Planes Fly Over Moscow in Victory Day Rehearsal Scores of military planes and helicopters flew above Muscovite's apartments as part of a V-day rehearsal. Mon, 04 May 2020 17:05:11 +0200 To Survive Coronavirus Lockdown, Russia Recommends Staying Angry at Family for Less Than 10 Minutes The government advisory comes as lawmakers and activists warn of a surge in domestic violence under lockdown. Mon, 04 May 2020 16:03:12 +0200 Russia’s Annual Monstration Moves Online Amid Coronavirus Quarantine The absurdist extravaganza was even paid a visit by virtual 'police.' Fri, 01 May 2020 15:47:00 +0200 Russian Airline Launches In-Flight Meal Delivery for Quarantined Russians The only thing missing is the view from the airplane window. Thu, 30 Apr 2020 13:17:10 +0200 Quarantined Russians Take Up the No-Sweatpants Instagram Challenge As Karl Lagerfeld himself once said: “Sweatpants are a sign of defeat.” Wed, 29 Apr 2020 12:59:45 +0200 Russian Polar Bear ‘Plays’ Volleyball Even Russian polar bears know how to stay busy (and fit) in quarantine. Mon, 27 Apr 2020 18:43:21 +0200 Russian Bookstore Wields Shovel for Contact-Free Service During Virus Lockdown For those times when you want to fuel your quarantine reading habit without breaking social distancing. Fri, 24 Apr 2020 16:49:36 +0200 Russian Man Runs 100-Kilometer Marathon in Coronavirus Quarantine The people in the apartment below his can't have been pleased. Tue, 21 Apr 2020 16:46:00 +0200 Driver Encounters Endangered Tiger in Siberia Who will you find on the roads of Russia's Far East? Fri, 17 Apr 2020 13:17:45 +0200 Ancient Mummy Keeps Siberian Region Coronavirus-Free, Official Says The Altai region is the only place in Russia with zero coronavirus cases — allegedly thanks to a mummy named Princess Ukok. Thu, 16 Apr 2020 12:29:00 +0200 Dance On Your Balcony Like No One’s Watching in Russian Viral Challenge People across the Russian-speaking world are transforming their balconies into raves while in quarantine. Tue, 14 Apr 2020 14:19:07 +0200 Russian Football Star Re-Creates Famous Album Covers in Quarantine Classic album artwork gets re-imagined for the coronavirus era. Mon, 13 Apr 2020 15:36:55 +0200 Russians Battle Confinement Blues With DIY Artwork Challenge As boredom and restlessness set in under coronavirus quarantine, internet users are posting DIY versions of museum masterpieces. Sat, 11 Apr 2020 16:03:00 +0200 Quarantined Russians Stage Concerts From the Balcony You can now listen to live renditions of Russian classics...courtesy of your neighbors! Fri, 10 Apr 2020 16:47:52 +0200 Putin Sets Off Meme Storm By Comparing Medieval Invaders to Coronavirus Quarantine Russia's 10th and 11th-century foes finally got a bit of the meme limelight. Thu, 09 Apr 2020 16:13:00 +0200 Quarantined Russians Model Fierce Fashions Using Nothing But Pillows They are serving naptime eleganza out on the runway — or in this case, the hallway. Thu, 09 Apr 2020 12:33:31 +0200 Russian Chickens Scolded for Disobeying Quarantine Even chickens must abide by lockdown orders. Mon, 06 Apr 2020 17:39:28 +0200 Russian Jeweler Reveals Coronavirus Pendants to Ward Off the Disease The pendant is made of pure silver, which “kills all germs (and vampires, as well).” Mon, 30 Mar 2020 11:49:58 +0200 Surviving Quarantine: 5 Tips From a Russian Cosmonaut Veteran Russian cosmonaut Fyodor Yurchikhin says being quarantined can be something "to enjoy." Fri, 27 Mar 2020 17:18:00 +0100 Putin’s Yellow Coronavirus Suit: The Suit That Launched 1,000 Memes Putin's visit to Moscow's infectious diseases hospital has become famous for unintended reasons. Wed, 25 Mar 2020 10:49:00 +0100 Russian Priests Fight Coronavirus From Above The Russian Orthodox Church has some tricks up its sleeve in order to fight the coronavirus... Tue, 24 Mar 2020 15:41:53 +0100 An Interview With The Coronavirus Here's what the coronavirus had to say about its shortcomings, arrival in Moscow, and even God. Mon, 23 Mar 2020 15:31:25 +0100 Moscow Bar Mixes 'Coronavirus' Cocktail to Soothe Outbreak Woes The bar says it should be consumed when one is overtaken by the desire to stock up on toilet paper and buckwheat. Thu, 19 Mar 2020 16:49:00 +0100 Belarussian Leader Proposes 'Tractor' Therapy For Coronavirus "The fields heal everyone," Alexander Lukashenko says. Mon, 16 Mar 2020 15:41:00 +0100 A Moscow Family's Experience in Coronavirus Confinement A Moscow-based visual artist shares her experience of home quarantine "with Big Brother watching." Sun, 15 Mar 2020 12:49:00 +0100 Russian Furniture Maker’s ‘Racist’ Ad Ignites Outrage Home Collection compared different skin colors with shades of upholstery. Thu, 12 Mar 2020 13:35:00 +0100 Russian Church’s Anti-Coronavirus Procession Canceled...Because of Coronavirus Lipetsk and several other Russian cities have temporarily banned mass events in an effort to stop the pandemic from spreading. Thu, 12 Mar 2020 12:02:22 +0100 Putin’s Infinite Rule Sparks Infinite Memes In times like these, what else can Russians do but make memes? Wed, 11 Mar 2020 14:02:32 +0100 Russian Pranksters Dupe Prince Harry in Hoax Calls The prince is the latest target in a string of celebrity prank calls by notorious Russian jokers "Vovan and Lexus." Wed, 11 Mar 2020 12:50:00 +0100 Leopard Print-Clad Women Offered Free Moscow Zoo Entry The promotion aims to promote awareness about big cats on International Women’s Day. Fri, 06 Mar 2020 16:06:42 +0100 Alcohol Deaths Plummet as ‘Warmest Winter’ Hits Russia People drink less when the weather is mild. Fri, 06 Mar 2020 11:59:00 +0100