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 Sun, 22 Sep 2019 20:12:58 +0200 600 Russia's Humanoid Robot Says It Wants to Build Robot Colonies In Space The life-size robot tweeted his vision just weeks after visiting the ISS. Thu, 19 Sep 2019 16:43:00 +0200 Lonely St. Petersburg Horse Unsuccessfully Attempts to Ride City Bus Getting to work by public transport isn't always easy, especially when you're a horse. Tue, 17 Sep 2019 15:39:00 +0200 Russian Woman Survives After Shocking Double Lightning Strike on Car As if commuting wasn't stressful enough already. Tue, 17 Sep 2019 14:07:22 +0200 Russian Bear Gets Behind the Wheel of Soviet-Era Truck “Everyone from the Far East dreams of a car — and bears, apparently, are no exception.” Fri, 13 Sep 2019 16:31:58 +0200 Russian Priests Dump Holy Water From Airplane 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 Russian Cossacks Swing Sabres in ‘World’s Best Butcher’ Competition 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 Russian Priests Dump Holy Water From Airplane to Cure ‘Drunkenness and Fornication’ Sometimes, you have to go to extreme heights to bless a city. Thu, 12 Sep 2019 13:53:00 +0200 Winter Has Come to Russia's Arctic City of Norilsk Summer seems like it was just yesterday. Wed, 11 Sep 2019 14:05:00 +0200 U.S. Pop Star Billie Eilish Debuts Russian Remix of 'Bad Guy' on Russian TV 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 Pro-Government Rap Video Smashes Russian YouTube Record With 1M Dislikes 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 The Weirdest Moments From Russia's Regional Elections Russian election authorities will go to puzzling extremes to get people to vote. Mon, 09 Sep 2019 14:48:00 +0200 Moscow's Iconic Coat of Arms Gets Remixed and Reimagined You see St. George slaying the dragon. Russian artists see a blank canvas. Fri, 06 Sep 2019 13:17:30 +0200 Giant Putin Bust Unveiled Near Lake Baikal 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 New Russian Spacesuit’s Lack of Fly Zipper Threatens Revered Pee Ritual "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 Putin's Ice Cream Treat With Erdogan Raises Suspicions Around Familiar Faces 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 Putin Evades Fine for Helmet-Free Motorcycle Ride 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 Dog Hypnotist’s Russian State TV Appearance Resurfaces in Viral Clip 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 Russian BMX Daredevil Bombs Walls and Roofs of Ancient Kazan Kremlin He built a skate park which blended in with the historical towers and churches. Thu, 22 Aug 2019 10:23:30 +0200 Russian Instagram Users Unleash 'Cyberattack' on Stallone, Schwarzenegger 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 Russian Instagram Bot Imagines Elon Musk's Life as a Woman Meet Elona Musk, the latest Instagram influencer to gain fame with her glamorous lifestyle. Tue, 20 Aug 2019 15:39:05 +0200 Russian Daredevils Jump From Construction Crane in Siberia 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 Russia Tosses Tomatoes at First-Ever 'Tomatina' Fest Spain's famous tomato battle arrives in Russia for some good, not-so-clean fun. Mon, 19 Aug 2019 13:54:00 +0200 Russia's First Humanoid Robot Preps for Space Voyage 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 Moscow Trash Incinerator Spews Bright-Purple Smoke 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 Russian Delivery Man Spotted Bringing Food on Horseback The man chose a white stallion as his preferred transport for the job. Wed, 14 Aug 2019 16:27:24 +0200 Russian Bear Taken for a Swim on Public Beach, Surprising No One Children and parents are heard laughing as the animal splashes around with two adult beachgoers. Wed, 14 Aug 2019 14:25:48 +0200 Russia's Special Forces Immersed in Art and Life 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 Putin Sued Over Helmet-Free Motorcycle Ride in Crimea “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 Moscow's Dogs Get Dressed Up for City Costume Contest Four-legged bees, Cheburashkas and more could be seen roaming around the square. Mon, 12 Aug 2019 11:20:31 +0200 Chernobyl-Made Vodka to Hit British Shelves The scientists who distilled the vodka maintain that there's no radioactivity in the drink. Fri, 09 Aug 2019 14:32:00 +0200 Alaskan Finds Russian Message in a Bottle Written 50 Years Ago The recipient had no trouble finding willing volunteers to help translate the message. Thu, 08 Aug 2019 16:58:00 +0200 No Escaping Russia's Special Forces with New Telegram Bot When life gives you seemingly omnipresent riot police, make memes. Tue, 06 Aug 2019 12:53:00 +0200 Charles Darwin ‘Repents’ for Evolution Theory During Chat With Russian Priest “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 The Ghost of a Russian Poet Is Trying to Warn America, Paranormal Specialist Says Yesenin’s ghost has allegedly foreshadowed other historical events in the past. Thu, 01 Aug 2019 15:04:00 +0200 Russian Actor Jailed for ‘Drunk Cop’ TikTok Video 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 Rammstein Protests Homophobia in Russia With On-Stage Kiss in Moscow The cult German rock band protested anti-LGBT laws and attitudes during their Luzhniki Stadium show. Wed, 31 Jul 2019 17:43:00 +0200 Shamans Summon Rains to Put Out Siberian Wildfires 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 Russian Kids ‘Rob’ Store With Toy Gun, Win National Attention The video of the boys robbing a toy store with a toy gun has made waves. Tue, 30 Jul 2019 17:23:06 +0200 Russian Lake Dries Up, Leaves Locals Baffled 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 St. Petersburg Mourns Popular Lake's Disappearance “It’s even sadder there without water,” one local wrote on social media. Mon, 29 Jul 2019 16:22:49 +0200 Up Close With the Bears of Sakhalin in Russia's Far East 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 Snow May Hit Moscow Region Next Week While Europe Reels From Heat Wave 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 Russian Official Convicted of Taking Butter Bribes, Denies Taking Honey 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 Life-Size Lego Bugatti Displayed in Moscow’s Gorky Park The replica even boasts an engine that can accelerate up to 20 kilometers per hour. Wed, 24 Jul 2019 15:11:00 +0200 Russian Train Driver Suspended After Picking Up BlaBlaCar Passengers on the Job 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 Metallica Covers Soviet Rock Classic at Moscow Concert 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 North Caucasus Authorities Crack Down on Loud Laughter “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 Russia’s Battle of the Cakes We ride at dawn for cake and glory. Mon, 22 Jul 2019 11:43:46 +0200 Putin, Cheburashka and Alyonka: Here's How Russian Social Media Used FaceApp The app, which ages photos, has become viral on social media. Fri, 19 Jul 2019 15:56:12 +0200 Russian Instagram Users Swarm Lady Gaga's Page Over Bradley Cooper The initial defense of Russian model Irina Shayk turned to jokes and banter. Thu, 18 Jul 2019 16:43:38 +0200