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, 24 Sep 2020 07:11:53 +0200 600 RT Trolls Trump With Post-Election Job Offer If Trump loses the Nov. 3 election, he at least has one Plan B option. Wed, 23 Sep 2020 15:31:56 +0200 Putin, Lukashenko Awarded ‘Ig Nobel Prize’ for Coronavirus Response 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 Chechen TV Claims Europe Created Lifelike Kadyrov Mask for ‘Provocation’ Plot 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 Kanye West Tweets Putin Photo While Arguing for Artists’ Rights 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 Rare ‘Ugly Duckling’ Albino Seal Pup in Far East Russia Wins Hearts Sometimes being different is a good (and very cute) thing. Thu, 10 Sep 2020 18:33:37 +0200 Russian Gravediggers Defy Coronavirus to Throw Speed-Digging Contest The most morbid sport ever. Thu, 10 Sep 2020 13:53:00 +0200 ‘Paradise Without Cocaine.’ Ousted Kremlin Aide Surkov Publishes Poem Vladislav Surkov: From advising the president to writing verse. Thu, 03 Sep 2020 10:28:10 +0200 Russian Army Unveils Camo Robes for Military Priests Unfortunately, we don't see anything in these photos. Tue, 25 Aug 2020 12:25:00 +0200 Russian Department Store’s Women-Only Parking Spots Spark Backlash 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 Ukrainian Skateboarder Goes Viral With Kickflip Video, Tony Hawk Shout-Out Svetlana Yurchenko’s unbridled excitement at landing a kickflip caught the skateboarding legend’s attention. Thu, 06 Aug 2020 09:51:47 +0200 TikTok’s Latest Viral Trend Is a Russian Cereal Jingle From 2010 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 Russian Pensioner Unleashes Camel Chaos on Neighbors 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 Russian Woman Convicted of Smoked-Fish Assault on Police Officer The train station vendor hit the officer “many times” after being asked to leave the platform. Wed, 29 Jul 2020 17:00:29 +0200 Kitten Burglar Snatches Cash Bundle in Russian Bar Heist Watch your wallets around this cat. Thu, 23 Jul 2020 11:49:00 +0200 KFC Tests 3D-Printed Chicken Nuggets in Russia 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 Siberian Priest Claims He Shut Down Brothel With 6 Years of Prayer “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 Apple Unveils Russian Nesting Doll Emoji The matryoshka emoji is set to come to our Apple devices this fall. Fri, 17 Jul 2020 14:22:40 +0200 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! 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