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, 03 Dec 2020 11:27:12 +0100 600 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 Russian Bear Model Steals the Spotlight With Fairy-Tale Photoshoots https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/10/12/russian-bear-model-steals-the-spotlight-with-fairy-tale-photoshoots-a71725 Stepan, a Eurasian brown bear, was raised by humans after his own mother abandoned him. Mon, 12 Oct 2020 16:40:35 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/10/12/russian-bear-model-steals-the-spotlight-with-fairy-tale-photoshoots-a71725 Russian Cat Owner Buys Out Train Compartment for Feline Passengers https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/10/09/russian-cat-owner-buys-out-train-compartment-for-feline-passengers-a71706 A photo snapped by an eyewitness shows three cats gazing curiously out the window from the upper seats. Fri, 09 Oct 2020 14:24:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/10/09/russian-cat-owner-buys-out-train-compartment-for-feline-passengers-a71706 Russian Climate Activists ‘Dance’ For The Environment https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/10/07/russian-climate-activists-dance-for-the-environment-a71685 Activists all across Russia gathered to 'dance protest' for the environment. Wed, 07 Oct 2020 11:59:45 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/10/07/russian-climate-activists-dance-for-the-environment-a71685 Russian Snow Leopard Kittens Caught on Camera https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/10/06/russian-snow-leopard-kittens-caught-on-camera-a71667 You never know what you can find (and film) in Russia's wilderness. Tue, 06 Oct 2020 12:33:17 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/10/06/russian-snow-leopard-kittens-caught-on-camera-a71667 RT Trolls Trump With Post-Election Job Offer https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/09/23/rt-trolls-trump-with-post-election-job-offer-a71526 If Trump loses the Nov. 3 election, he at least has one Plan B option. Wed, 23 Sep 2020 15:31:56 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/09/23/rt-trolls-trump-with-post-election-job-offer-a71526 Putin, Lukashenko Awarded ‘Ig Nobel Prize’ for Coronavirus Response https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/09/18/putin-lukashenko-awarded-ig-nobel-prize-for-coronavirus-response-a71481 Organizers said the two showed that “politicians can have a more immediate effect on life and death than scientists and doctors.” Fri, 18 Sep 2020 15:37:17 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/09/18/putin-lukashenko-awarded-ig-nobel-prize-for-coronavirus-response-a71481 Chechen TV Claims Europe Created Lifelike Kadyrov Mask for ‘Provocation’ Plot https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/09/16/chechen-tv-claims-europe-created-lifelike-kadyrov-mask-for-provocation-plot-a71455 The alleged provocateurs are currently searching for a candidate to play the role of Kadyrov, reports said without citing any sources. Wed, 16 Sep 2020 13:36:20 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/09/16/chechen-tv-claims-europe-created-lifelike-kadyrov-mask-for-provocation-plot-a71455 Kanye West Tweets Putin Photo While Arguing for Artists’ Rights https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/09/16/kanye-west-tweets-putin-photo-while-arguing-for-artists-rights-a71457 In one of his last tweets of the day, West shared a photo of Putin in a kimono wrestling a sparring partner to the ground.  Wed, 16 Sep 2020 13:16:58 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/09/16/kanye-west-tweets-putin-photo-while-arguing-for-artists-rights-a71457 Rare ‘Ugly Duckling’ Albino Seal Pup in Far East Russia Wins Hearts https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/09/10/rare-ugly-duckling-albino-seal-pup-in-far-east-russia-wins-hearts-a71411 Sometimes being different is a good (and very cute) thing. Thu, 10 Sep 2020 18:33:37 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/09/10/rare-ugly-duckling-albino-seal-pup-in-far-east-russia-wins-hearts-a71411 Russian Gravediggers Defy Coronavirus to Throw Speed-Digging Contest https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/09/10/russian-gravediggers-defy-coronavirus-to-throw-speed-digging-contest-a71406 The most morbid sport ever. Thu, 10 Sep 2020 13:53:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/09/10/russian-gravediggers-defy-coronavirus-to-throw-speed-digging-contest-a71406 ‘Paradise Without Cocaine.’ Ousted Kremlin Aide Surkov Publishes Poem https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/09/03/paradise-without-cocaine-ousted-kremlin-aide-surkov-publishes-poem-a71324 Vladislav Surkov: From advising the president to writing verse. Thu, 03 Sep 2020 10:28:10 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/09/03/paradise-without-cocaine-ousted-kremlin-aide-surkov-publishes-poem-a71324 Russian Army Unveils Camo Robes for Military Priests https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/08/25/russian-army-unveils-camo-robes-for-military-priests-a71236 Unfortunately, we don't see anything in these photos. Tue, 25 Aug 2020 12:25:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/08/25/russian-army-unveils-camo-robes-for-military-priests-a71236 Russian Department Store’s Women-Only Parking Spots Spark Backlash https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/08/10/russian-department-stores-women-only-parking-spots-spark-backlash-a71083 The Central Department Store in the city of Kazan said the spaces were “for the auto-lady’s convenience.” Mon, 10 Aug 2020 13:27:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/08/10/russian-department-stores-women-only-parking-spots-spark-backlash-a71083 Ukrainian Skateboarder Goes Viral With Kickflip Video, Tony Hawk Shout-Out https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/08/06/ukrainian-skateboarder-goes-viral-with-kickflip-video-tony-hawk-shout-out-a71064 Svetlana Yurchenko’s unbridled excitement at landing a kickflip caught the skateboarding legend’s attention. Thu, 06 Aug 2020 09:51:47 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/08/06/ukrainian-skateboarder-goes-viral-with-kickflip-video-tony-hawk-shout-out-a71064 TikTok’s Latest Viral Trend Is a Russian Cereal Jingle From 2010 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/08/05/tiktoks-latest-viral-trend-is-a-russian-cereal-jingle-from-2010-a71059 Just try not to get the haunting melody of “Miel Pops, zhu zhu zhu” stuck in your head. Wed, 05 Aug 2020 12:18:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/08/05/tiktoks-latest-viral-trend-is-a-russian-cereal-jingle-from-2010-a71059 Russian Pensioner Unleashes Camel Chaos on Neighbors https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/07/31/russian-pensioner-unleashes-camel-chaos-on-neighbors-a71031 A herd of 80 camels is causing mayhem for villagers in southern Russia after their owner set them free. Fri, 31 Jul 2020 15:29:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/07/31/russian-pensioner-unleashes-camel-chaos-on-neighbors-a71031 Russian Woman Convicted of Smoked-Fish Assault on Police Officer https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/07/29/russian-woman-convicted-of-smoked-fish-assault-on-police-officer-a71002 The train station vendor hit the officer “many times” after being asked to leave the platform. Wed, 29 Jul 2020 17:00:29 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/07/29/russian-woman-convicted-of-smoked-fish-assault-on-police-officer-a71002 Kitten Burglar Snatches Cash Bundle in Russian Bar Heist https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/07/23/kitten-burglar-snatches-cash-bundle-in-russian-bar-heist-a70959 Watch your wallets around this cat. Thu, 23 Jul 2020 11:49:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/07/23/kitten-burglar-snatches-cash-bundle-in-russian-bar-heist-a70959 KFC Tests 3D-Printed Chicken Nuggets in Russia https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/07/20/kfc-tests-3d-printed-chicken-nuggets-in-russia-a70923 The product is expected to “reproduce the taste and texture of chicken meat almost without involving animals.” Mon, 20 Jul 2020 13:21:10 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/07/20/kfc-tests-3d-printed-chicken-nuggets-in-russia-a70923 Siberian Priest Claims He Shut Down Brothel With 6 Years of Prayer https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/07/17/siberian-priest-claims-he-shut-down-brothel-with-6-years-of-prayer-a70914 “I once sprinkled Holy water on the building but the demons couldn’t be exorcised that easily,” the priest wrote. Fri, 17 Jul 2020 16:38:12 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/07/17/siberian-priest-claims-he-shut-down-brothel-with-6-years-of-prayer-a70914 Apple Unveils Russian Nesting Doll Emoji https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/07/17/apple-unveils-russian-nesting-doll-emoji-a70909 The matryoshka emoji is set to come to our Apple devices this fall. Fri, 17 Jul 2020 14:22:40 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/07/17/apple-unveils-russian-nesting-doll-emoji-a70909 Russians Rejoice at Spotify's Arrival With Memes https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/07/16/russians-rejoice-at-spotifys-arrival-with-memes-a70897 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 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/07/16/russians-rejoice-at-spotifys-arrival-with-memes-a70897 Hundreds of Jet Skis Race Through St. Petersburg https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/07/06/hundreds-of-jet-skis-race-through-st-petersburg-a70800 St. Petersburg's canals were filled with water sports lovers last weekend. Mon, 06 Jul 2020 16:00:31 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/07/06/hundreds-of-jet-skis-race-through-st-petersburg-a70800 Wild Boars Appear in Moscow Parks, Officials Warn https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/07/06/wild-boars-appear-in-moscow-parks-officials-warn-a70793 If you meet one don't look it in the eye. Mon, 06 Jul 2020 14:01:10 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/07/06/wild-boars-appear-in-moscow-parks-officials-warn-a70793 Russia's First Police Corgi Goes Into Retirement https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/06/30/russias-first-police-corgi-goes-into-retirement-a70736 Officer Ryzhiy sniffed out crime for more than seven years. Tue, 30 Jun 2020 13:15:33 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/06/30/russias-first-police-corgi-goes-into-retirement-a70736 Car Trunks, Tree Stumps and Playgrounds: The Weirdest Locations for Russia's Constitutional Vote https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/06/26/car-trunks-tree-stumps-and-playgrounds-the-weirdest-locations-for-russias-constitutional-vote-a70702 Seeing is believing. Fri, 26 Jun 2020 17:04:07 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/06/26/car-trunks-tree-stumps-and-playgrounds-the-weirdest-locations-for-russias-constitutional-vote-a70702 Russia Wields Memes to Protest Putin's Constitutional Reforms https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/06/23/russia-wields-memes-to-protest-putins-constitutional-reforms-a70670 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 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/06/23/russia-wields-memes-to-protest-putins-constitutional-reforms-a70670 Russia Investigates Toy Protests Against Vote on Putin’s Term Limits https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/06/23/russia-investigates-toy-protests-against-vote-on-putins-term-limits-a70668 “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 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/06/23/russia-investigates-toy-protests-against-vote-on-putins-term-limits-a70668 Russian Drone Photographer Captures Lenin-Shaped Forest in Siberia https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/06/18/russian-drone-photographer-captures-lenin-shaped-forest-in-siberia-a70612 Even Lenin himself "wood" not believe it. Thu, 18 Jun 2020 12:40:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/06/18/russian-drone-photographer-captures-lenin-shaped-forest-in-siberia-a70612 Cake Shop Bakes Life-Size, Edible Putin Bust for Russia Day https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/06/11/cake-shop-bakes-life-size-edible-putin-bust-for-russia-day-a70552 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 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/06/11/cake-shop-bakes-life-size-edible-putin-bust-for-russia-day-a70552 Russian Prison Guards Walk on Glass for ‘Self-Awareness’ https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/06/11/russian-prison-guards-walk-on-glass-for-self-awareness-a70547 “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 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/06/11/russian-prison-guards-walk-on-glass-for-self-awareness-a70547 Elon Musk’s Deepfake Soviet Song Takes Over the Russian Internet https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/06/01/elon-musks-deepfake-soviet-song-takes-over-the-russian-internet-a70446 Sometimes sending astronauts to space makes you want to sing a Soviet classic. Mon, 01 Jun 2020 15:25:24 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/06/01/elon-musks-deepfake-soviet-song-takes-over-the-russian-internet-a70446 Moscow's Face Mask Fashions Embrace the Funny, Weird and Nonsensical https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/05/30/moscows-face-mask-fashions-embrace-the-funny-weird-and-nonsensical-a70407 This season's must-have fashion accessory is a mask to match your personality. Sat, 30 May 2020 09:00:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/05/30/moscows-face-mask-fashions-embrace-the-funny-weird-and-nonsensical-a70407