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, 23 May 2019 16:50:19 +0200 600 Drunk Russian Priest Defrocked After Stabbing Monk, Media Reports “Perhaps a festive occasion and chemicals produced this effect. Who’s without sin?” a church spokesperson said. Thu, 23 May 2019 15:16:00 +0200 St. Petersburg Drivers Stop for Two Ducks on a Date The ducks were on their way to the Summer Garden, presumably for some well-deserved fun in the fountains. Thu, 23 May 2019 13:18:09 +0200 Russian Pundit Challenged to Duel for Calling Church Protesters ‘Demons’ “You allow yourself to make these statements because ... no one has kicked your a--,” the challenger wrote. Thu, 23 May 2019 12:28:00 +0200 Russia Armed and Ready With Memes for Game of Thrones Finale Warning: Spoiler alert. All the spoilers. Wed, 22 May 2019 13:58:00 +0200 Climber Who Shut Down Eiffel Tower Was Russian – Reports Rescuers successfully talked the man down, six hours after he scaled the upper heights of the Eiffel Tower. Tue, 21 May 2019 16:39:39 +0200 Enormous Whale Skeleton Found on Beach in Russia’s Far East The carcass was found on the shore of the Kronotsky Nature Reserve. Mon, 20 May 2019 11:16:07 +0200 Russia's Arctic Basks in the Snow for Summer '19 Residents of the Arctic city of Norilsk aren't letting freezing temperatures stop them from the summer vibes. Sat, 18 May 2019 08:00:00 +0200 Moscow's Prisoners Can Handle the Heat Inmates put their culinary skills to the test in a cooking competition. Fri, 17 May 2019 11:40:00 +0200 Russia Routs Italy 10:0 at Ice Hockey World Championship Russian star Alexander Ovechkin said he "felt sorry" for the Italians after the game. Thu, 16 May 2019 11:26:03 +0200 Runaway Beluga Whale May Face Deportation to Russia Hundreds of people from a small Norwegian town have enjoyed the acquaintance of the animal. Thu, 16 May 2019 10:06:00 +0200 Endangered Stork Survives Russian Wildfire Horror The wildfires that are seen in the video have ravaged eastern Russia in recent weeks. Tue, 14 May 2019 16:35:00 +0200 Brazen Brown Bear Makes Off With Hunters’ Rations in Russian Far East Give a bear some food and you feed it for a day; give it more food and it’ll leave you hungry. Mon, 13 May 2019 13:33:00 +0200 Russian Village Seeks Volunteers to Collect ‘Human Remains’ It's hard to imagine that Lenin could have predicted this tradition would be used to gather skulls and bones. Tue, 07 May 2019 09:33:33 +0200 Crimean Reporters Feast on ‘Trump Cake’ to Mark TV Milestone "Crimea’s ‘Kremlin propaganda’ will officially eat Trump and all the sanctions," one reporter was quoted as saying. Thu, 02 May 2019 13:55:09 +0200 Russian News Website Fined for ‘No News on Weekends’ Goes After Its Punisher A study in fighting fire with fire. Wed, 01 May 2019 13:52:00 +0200 Russian Driver Scares Bear Off From Wild Moose Chase The video seems to have caused a divide among viewers. Tue, 30 Apr 2019 10:52:00 +0200 Siberian Priest Caught in Easter Stun Gun Attack In the video, a woman can be heard accusing the priest of “breaking her face” with a stun gun following the heated exchange. Mon, 29 Apr 2019 16:17:59 +0200 The Weirdest Moments From Kim Jong Un's First Visit to Russia Social media was abuzz with video footage of the event’s most unconventional moments. Thu, 25 Apr 2019 16:42:11 +0200 Russian Pranksters Trick France's Macron, Pretend to Be Ukraine's New President (Video) Macron can be heard joking that Ukraine was not like Russia: "You haven't yet put all opponents in jail." Thu, 25 Apr 2019 10:06:38 +0200 Russian City Thanks Local Boy for Filling Pothole With Toy Shovel A classic David and Goliath tale. Wed, 24 Apr 2019 15:24:00 +0200 Voice-Command Robots Do Push-ups, Headstands for Putin Do robots get stage fright? Wed, 24 Apr 2019 12:53:00 +0200 Wild Leopard and Tiger Make On-Camera Debut in Russia’s Far East It's the first time the wild cats have been spotted within Vladivostok's city limits. Tue, 23 Apr 2019 13:18:00 +0200 Russian Social Media Explodes With Memes After Zelenskiy's Win in Ukraine Russian Twitter users had plenty of memes at the ready for Ukraine's presidential election. Mon, 22 Apr 2019 15:38:00 +0200 Russia's New Olympic Team Mascots Deftly Dodge Doping, Sanctions “If this bear doesn’t save Russia, then who will?” Fri, 19 Apr 2019 16:13:00 +0200 Russian Artist Gives Ukraine Front-Runner a Sweet Makeover The portrait was made with sweets from a company owned by incumbent Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko. Fri, 19 Apr 2019 14:44:09 +0200 Russian Police Rescue Himalayan Bear Cub in Roadside Box Another day, another bear-rescuing mission for the Primorye region police. Wed, 17 Apr 2019 14:39:00 +0200 Costumed Siberian Skiers Glide on Water for End-of-Winter Extravaganza The skiers and snowboarders of Siberia love a good costume party on the slopes. Wed, 17 Apr 2019 14:12:00 +0200 Russian Priest Banished Over Wife’s Miss Sensuality Win The priest won't be allowed to return to his post “until his wife repents.” Mon, 15 Apr 2019 16:12:00 +0200 Fake Robot Kicks Off Football Match in Russia, Fooling Audience It was the second recent attempt to pass a robot-clad man off as a marvel of modern robotics. Mon, 15 Apr 2019 10:17:00 +0200 Sun's Up: Spring in Moscow As winter finally slips away, Russia's capital is ready and waiting for spring sunshine. Sat, 13 Apr 2019 08:45:00 +0200 Russia’s Far East Sees Explosive Ice Blasts Blowing up the icy Amur River reduces flood risk to the surrounding region. It also looks cool. Thu, 11 Apr 2019 14:33:04 +0200 Black Hole Image Proves the Universe Is a Meme The Russian-speaking internet riffs on the first-ever image of a black hole. Thu, 11 Apr 2019 11:24:00 +0200 Russian Coach Slams Ref's Bias Against 'Fat People,' Gets Hip-Hop Remix The coach's interview, set to a hip-hop beat, is the latest diss track in football. Tue, 09 Apr 2019 11:20:00 +0200 Northern Lights Come to Russia's Leningrad Region The aurora borealis descended upon Russia's Leningrad region over the weekend in a stunning display of color. Mon, 08 Apr 2019 14:20:04 +0200 Kiddie Train Conductor Blasts Industrial Metal at Siberian Children’s Park Video shows the colorful train blaring Rammstein's roaring 1997 single “Du Hast.” Mon, 08 Apr 2019 11:11:15 +0200 Russians Are Incapable of Escaping This Slippery Ice Prison Russians digging themselves holes and then getting stuck in them. Fri, 05 Apr 2019 14:02:00 +0200 Russian World Cup City's New Field Made From Recycled Plastic Cups One past World Cup winner gave the field an “excellent” grade despite its “strangeness.” Fri, 05 Apr 2019 08:39:17 +0200 Siberian Farmer Jailed for Stealing Herd of Horses Why steal one horse when you can steal 27? Thu, 04 Apr 2019 16:08:19 +0200 Russian Post Office Worker Attacks Customer With Straw Broom, Video Shows The vednik, a traditional Russian broom made from woven straw, never ceases to amaze with its versatility. Wed, 03 Apr 2019 16:36:11 +0200 Moscow Zoo’s Sleepy Bears Finally Awaken to Spring The zoo's bears have emerged from hibernation ready to show their furry faces to the public. Wed, 03 Apr 2019 10:59:00 +0200 Russian Prankster Destroys Car With Sledgehammer, Faces 5 Years in Prison A video posted online shows the man getting a sledgehammer from the trunk of his car as another car seems to block his exit. Tue, 02 Apr 2019 16:27:00 +0200 April Fool's Day, Russian Style The best Russian April Fool's Day pranks from over the years. Mon, 01 Apr 2019 15:59:00 +0200 Russian Educators Show Out on Social Media in Support of Shamed Teacher The campaign shows solidarity with a teacher whose school director called her a “prostitute” and a “stain on the reputation of the school.” Mon, 01 Apr 2019 14:10:00 +0200 Russian Official Fired for Playing Star Wars Music During Mayor’s Inauguration As Darth Vader himself said, “Be careful not to choke on your aspirations.” Thu, 28 Mar 2019 15:39:00 +0100 Russian Hospital Tells Doctors They Have Huge Salaries, Sparking Uproar A central Russian hospital captured national attention for saying its doctors earn salaries several times higher than their actual pay. Thu, 28 Mar 2019 14:03:27 +0100 Wild Cat Becomes Social Media Star in Russia Thanks to Hyperactive Ears The wild cat's ears are not only super cute, they also help it hunt prey. Thu, 28 Mar 2019 09:14:00 +0100 Russian Mayor Takes Oath to Star Wars Theme Tune "The force is bureaucratic with this one." Wed, 27 Mar 2019 14:11:00 +0100 Land Rover Picks Fight With Russian Military Vehicle, Loses Badly A lesson in defensive driving. Tue, 26 Mar 2019 14:53:00 +0100 Orphaned Brown Bear Cubs Rescued in Russian Forest One cub was rescued after poachers killed its mother, the others were found abandoned. Tue, 26 Mar 2019 09:27:00 +0100 Drunk, Chainsaw-Wielding Russian Man Barges into Cafe, Sparking Police Investigation It wasn't too difficult to tackle the man and take his chainsaw away. Mon, 25 Mar 2019 14:36:00 +0100