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, 14 Nov 2019 16:55:55 +0100 600 Fugitive Russian Drug-Smuggling Cat Gets a Body Double in Court https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/11/13/fugitive-russian-drug-smuggling-cat-gets-a-body-double-in-court-a68147 The prosecution pretended it hadn’t lost its key piece of evidence. Wed, 13 Nov 2019 12:22:00 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/11/13/fugitive-russian-drug-smuggling-cat-gets-a-body-double-in-court-a68147 Russia Accused of Meddling in New Zealand Bird of the Year Vote https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/11/12/russia-accused-meddling-new-zealand-bird-vote-a68137 Organizers observed “decent numbers of votes from Russia” for the hoiho, an endangered, antisocial yellow-eyed penguin. Tue, 12 Nov 2019 15:36:54 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/11/12/russia-accused-meddling-new-zealand-bird-vote-a68137 Russians Mourn Timur, the Goat Who Befriended a Tiger https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/11/08/russians-mourn-timur-the-goat-who-befriended-a-tiger-a68108 Timur was sent to the tiger's enclosure as food — but fought back and made a friend. Fri, 08 Nov 2019 15:44:39 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/11/08/russians-mourn-timur-the-goat-who-befriended-a-tiger-a68108 Russian Cat Dodges Airline's Weight Limit With Sneaky Switch-Off https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/11/08/russian-cat-dodges-airlines-weight-limit-with-sneaky-switch-off-a68092 What do you do when your cat is too heavy to bring onto a plane? Find a smaller cat. Fri, 08 Nov 2019 12:13:00 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/11/08/russian-cat-dodges-airlines-weight-limit-with-sneaky-switch-off-a68092 New ‘Grumpy Cat’ Turns Up in Russia https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/11/07/new-grumpy-cat-turns-up-in-russia-a68086 “Very unhappy cat,” a witness commented. Thu, 07 Nov 2019 14:17:00 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/11/07/new-grumpy-cat-turns-up-in-russia-a68086 90-Year-Old Russian Professor Convicted Over Hemp ‘Fishing Bait’ https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/11/06/90-year-old-russian-professor-convicted-over-hemp-fishing-bait-a68058 The fish that consumed the hemp seeds were unable to testify in court. Wed, 06 Nov 2019 13:13:00 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/11/06/90-year-old-russian-professor-convicted-over-hemp-fishing-bait-a68058 Top Russian Social Network Tackles Bullies https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/11/05/top-russian-social-network-tackles-bullies-a68043 VKontakte conducted a one-day test of a tool urging people to reconsider offensive messages. Tue, 05 Nov 2019 14:30:40 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/11/05/top-russian-social-network-tackles-bullies-a68043 Russian Woman Caught Smuggling Gold Bars Taped to Feet Into China https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/11/05/russian-woman-caught-smuggling-gold-bars-taped-to-feet-into-china-a68037 You win some, you lose some. Tue, 05 Nov 2019 14:17:00 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/11/05/russian-woman-caught-smuggling-gold-bars-taped-to-feet-into-china-a68037 Russian Officials Say Halloween Is Illegal and ‘Joker’ Costumes Are Anti-Russian https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/10/31/russian-officials-say-halloween-is-illegal-and-joker-costumes-are-anti-russian-a67984 While Halloween isn’t commonly celebrated in Russia, officials have waged a war against the holiday in recent years. Thu, 31 Oct 2019 08:17:00 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/10/31/russian-officials-say-halloween-is-illegal-and-joker-costumes-are-anti-russian-a67984 Drunken Moscow Man Attacks Policeman With Cat, Faces Prison Time https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/10/30/drunken-moscow-man-attacks-policeman-with-cat-faces-prison-time-a67974 When all else fails, throw a cat at your enemy. Wed, 30 Oct 2019 15:53:00 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/10/30/drunken-moscow-man-attacks-policeman-with-cat-faces-prison-time-a67974 Archeologists Discover Hidden 19th-Century Market Under Parking Lot in St. Petersburg https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/10/28/archeologists-discover-hidden-19th-century-market-under-parking-lot-in-st-petersburg-a67936 The team found a beautifully preserved labyrinth-like market built in 1868.  Mon, 28 Oct 2019 12:16:00 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/10/28/archeologists-discover-hidden-19th-century-market-under-parking-lot-in-st-petersburg-a67936 Conor McGregor Dodges Bottles, Trains to Russian Anthem in Moscow https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/10/25/conor-mcgregor-dodges-bottles-trains-to-russian-anthem-in-moscow-a67921 When in Moscow... Fri, 25 Oct 2019 17:21:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/10/25/conor-mcgregor-dodges-bottles-trains-to-russian-anthem-in-moscow-a67921 Russian Eagle Racks Up Hefty Phone Bills With Iran Flights https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/10/25/russian-eagle-racks-up-hefty-phone-bills-with-iran-flights-a67911 Scientists had to launch a crowdfunding campaign to pay for Min the eagle’s texting habit. Fri, 25 Oct 2019 16:05:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/10/25/russian-eagle-racks-up-hefty-phone-bills-with-iran-flights-a67911 Conor McGregor Visits Moscow, Throws Down Challenge to Russia's Khabib Nurmagomedov https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/10/24/conor-mcgregor-visits-moscow-viciously-challenges-russias-khabib-nurmagomedov-a67892 The Irishman also mentioned that he gave President Vladimir Putin the first bottle of his new brand of whiskey. Thu, 24 Oct 2019 14:56:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/10/24/conor-mcgregor-visits-moscow-viciously-challenges-russias-khabib-nurmagomedov-a67892 Russia Launches Church-Themed Reality Show https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/10/23/russia-launches-church-themed-reality-show-a67868 It may be the first reality show that actually wants you to find the meaning of life. Wed, 23 Oct 2019 14:50:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/10/23/russia-launches-church-themed-reality-show-a67868 Pro-Kremlin Pundit Breaks Record for World’s Longest TV Appearance – Guinness https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/10/21/pro-kremlin-pundit-breaks-record-for-worlds-longest-tv-appearance-guinness-a67829 All those hours of U.S.-bashing have paid off. Mon, 21 Oct 2019 14:33:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/10/21/pro-kremlin-pundit-breaks-record-for-worlds-longest-tv-appearance-guinness-a67829 ‘Khrushchev! You’re the Best!’ Clinton Mocks Trump With Fake JFK Letter https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/10/21/khrushchev-youre-best-clinton-mocks-trump-fake-jfk-letter-a67822 “Don’t be a d**k ok? Get your missiles out of Cuba,” reads the parody letter. Mon, 21 Oct 2019 12:27:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/10/21/khrushchev-youre-best-clinton-mocks-trump-fake-jfk-letter-a67822 Russian Repairman Spooks Schoolchildren With 'Joker' Mask and Axe https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/10/18/russian-repairman-spooks-schoolchildren-with-joker-mask-and-axe-a67802 The man said he needed the mask to do his job, which begs the question... Fri, 18 Oct 2019 14:21:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/10/18/russian-repairman-spooks-schoolchildren-with-joker-mask-and-axe-a67802 Feline Felon’s Escape Risks Unraveling Russian Drug-Smuggling Case https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/10/16/feline-felons-escape-risks-unraveling-russian-drug-smuggling-case-a67762 Some cats were born for a life of crime. Wed, 16 Oct 2019 13:43:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/10/16/feline-felons-escape-risks-unraveling-russian-drug-smuggling-case-a67762 Saudi Band Mangles Russian Anthem During Putin’s First Visit Since 2007 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/10/15/saudi-band-mangles-russian-anthem-during-putins-first-visit-since-2007-a67748 In their defense, it's not in their usual repertoire. Tue, 15 Oct 2019 17:03:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/10/15/saudi-band-mangles-russian-anthem-during-putins-first-visit-since-2007-a67748 Was Russian Vodka Invented on This Day? https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/10/10/was-russian-vodka-invented-on-this-day-a67679 The story of vodka’s origin is as fuzzy as the effect that Russia’s national drink has on one’s memory. Thu, 10 Oct 2019 16:34:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/10/10/was-russian-vodka-invented-on-this-day-a67679 Social Media Marvels at Russia’s Autumnal Crosswalk https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/10/10/social-media-marvels-at-russias-autumnal-crosswalk-a67667 “A hungover street sweeper will rack his brain” over the painted-on leaves, one Russian commenter joked. Thu, 10 Oct 2019 10:24:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/10/10/social-media-marvels-at-russias-autumnal-crosswalk-a67667 Russian Message in a Bottle Washes Up on Brazilian Beach https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/10/08/russian-message-in-a-bottle-washes-up-on-brazilian-beach-a67636 Soviet sailors reportedly wrote the message around 1990 near Greenland. Tue, 08 Oct 2019 14:07:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/10/08/russian-message-in-a-bottle-washes-up-on-brazilian-beach-a67636 The Season's First Snow in Moscow and St. Petersburg https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/10/07/the-seasons-first-snow-in-moscow-and-st-petersburg-a67619 We knew it was only a matter of time before winter arrived. First, the temperature dropped. Then, the heating came on. And now, the first snow is here. Here's a look at how residents of Russia's biggest cities reacted to the first frost! Mon, 07 Oct 2019 16:06:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/10/07/the-seasons-first-snow-in-moscow-and-st-petersburg-a67619 George R. R. Martin Thanks Russian ‘Game of Thrones’ Fans for Jon Snow Figurine https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/10/04/george-r-r-martin-thanks-russian-game-of-thrones-fans-for-jon-snow-figurine-a67603 Fans in Siberia created the figurine that resembles an Academy Award to thank him for his work. Fri, 04 Oct 2019 13:42:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/10/04/george-r-r-martin-thanks-russian-game-of-thrones-fans-for-jon-snow-figurine-a67603 Russian iPhone User Sues Apple for Turning Him Gay https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/10/02/russian-iphone-user-sues-apple-for-turning-him-gay-a67564 It all started when the man received 69 GayCoins on a cryptocurrency app. Wed, 02 Oct 2019 16:16:46 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/10/02/russian-iphone-user-sues-apple-for-turning-him-gay-a67564 Russia Takes On the Viral Tetris Challenge https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/10/01/russia-takes-on-the-viral-tetris-challenge-a67512 Marie Kondo's dreams have become a reality. Tue, 01 Oct 2019 14:11:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/10/01/russia-takes-on-the-viral-tetris-challenge-a67512 Russian Arctic Explorer Serenades Music-Loving Walruses With Accordion Concert https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/09/26/russian-arctic-explorer-serenades-music-loving-walruses-with-accordion-concert-a67448 The famous waltz from the Soviet film "My Sweet and Tender Beast" was a fitting song choice. Thu, 26 Sep 2019 14:20:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/09/26/russian-arctic-explorer-serenades-music-loving-walruses-with-accordion-concert-a67448 Elon Musk Responds to ‘Silver Tongued’ Russian Forum Invite https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/09/26/elon-musk-responds-to-silver-tongued-russian-forum-invite-a67445 The Russian business forum's invite promises Musk that he'll be “treated like a god” if he attends. Thu, 26 Sep 2019 11:14:41 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/09/26/elon-musk-responds-to-silver-tongued-russian-forum-invite-a67445 Masked Men and Cossacks Stage Mock Arrests at Russian Church Holiday https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/09/25/masked-men-and-cossacks-stage-mock-arrests-at-russian-church-holiday-a67422 What started as an event to honor St. Alexander Nevsky turned into a demonstration of taking down armed criminals. Wed, 25 Sep 2019 10:06:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/09/25/masked-men-and-cossacks-stage-mock-arrests-at-russian-church-holiday-a67422 Russian Students Pray for Good Grades in Religious Procession https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/09/24/russian-students-pray-for-good-grades-in-religious-procession-a67418 Students in Russia’s fourth-largest city of Yekaterinburg took part in a religious procession to mark the start of the school year and pray for good grades on Sept. 22. Tue, 24 Sep 2019 16:25:51 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/09/24/russian-students-pray-for-good-grades-in-religious-procession-a67418 Walrus Attack Sinks Russian Northern Fleet Boat in Arctic Waters https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/09/23/walrus-attack-sinks-russian-northern-fleet-boat-in-arctic-waters-a67387 The walruses probably feared for their cubs, researchers said. Mon, 23 Sep 2019 11:05:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/09/23/walrus-attack-sinks-russian-northern-fleet-boat-in-arctic-waters-a67387 Russia's Humanoid Robot Says It Wants to Build Robot Colonies In Space https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/09/19/russias-humanoid-robot-says-it-wants-to-build-robot-colonies-in-space-a67353 The life-size robot tweeted his vision just weeks after visiting the ISS. Thu, 19 Sep 2019 16:43:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/09/19/russias-humanoid-robot-says-it-wants-to-build-robot-colonies-in-space-a67353 Lonely St. Petersburg Horse Unsuccessfully Attempts to Ride City Bus https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/09/17/lonely-st-petersburg-horse-unsuccessfully-attempts-to-ride-city-bus-a67315 Getting to work by public transport isn't always easy, especially when you're a horse. Tue, 17 Sep 2019 15:39:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/09/17/lonely-st-petersburg-horse-unsuccessfully-attempts-to-ride-city-bus-a67315 Russian Woman Survives After Shocking Double Lightning Strike on Car https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/09/17/russian-woman-survives-after-shocking-double-lightning-strike-on-car-a67310 As if commuting wasn't stressful enough already. Tue, 17 Sep 2019 14:07:22 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/09/17/russian-woman-survives-after-shocking-double-lightning-strike-on-car-a67310 Russian Bear Gets Behind the Wheel of Soviet-Era Truck https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/09/13/russian-bear-gets-behind-the-wheel-of-soviet-era-truck-a67280 “Everyone from the Far East dreams of a car — and bears, apparently, are no exception.” Fri, 13 Sep 2019 16:31:58 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/09/13/russian-bear-gets-behind-the-wheel-of-soviet-era-truck-a67280 Russian Priests Dump Holy Water From Airplane https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/09/13/russian-priests-dump-holy-water-from-airplane-a67283 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 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/09/13/russian-priests-dump-holy-water-from-airplane-a67283 Russian Cossacks Swing Sabres in ‘World’s Best Butcher’ Competition https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/09/12/russian-cossacks-swing-sabres-in-worlds-best-butcher-competition-a67263 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 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/09/12/russian-cossacks-swing-sabres-in-worlds-best-butcher-competition-a67263 Russian Priests Dump Holy Water From Airplane to Cure ‘Drunkenness and Fornication’ https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/09/12/russian-priests-dump-holy-water-from-airplane-to-cure-drunkenness-and-fornication-a67259 Sometimes, you have to go to extreme heights to bless a city. Thu, 12 Sep 2019 13:53:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/09/12/russian-priests-dump-holy-water-from-airplane-to-cure-drunkenness-and-fornication-a67259 Winter Has Come to Russia's Arctic City of Norilsk https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/09/11/winter-has-come-to-russias-arctic-city-of-norilsk-a67241 Summer seems like it was just yesterday. Wed, 11 Sep 2019 14:05:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/09/11/winter-has-come-to-russias-arctic-city-of-norilsk-a67241 U.S. Pop Star Billie Eilish Debuts Russian Remix of 'Bad Guy' on Russian TV https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/09/10/us-pop-star-billie-eilish-debuts-russian-remix-of-bad-guy-on-russian-tv-a67217 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 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/09/10/us-pop-star-billie-eilish-debuts-russian-remix-of-bad-guy-on-russian-tv-a67217 Pro-Government Rap Video Smashes Russian YouTube Record With 1M Dislikes https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/09/09/pro-government-rap-video-smashes-russian-youtube-record-with-1m-dislikes-a67206 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 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/09/09/pro-government-rap-video-smashes-russian-youtube-record-with-1m-dislikes-a67206 The Weirdest Moments From Russia's Regional Elections https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/09/09/the-weirdest-moments-from-russias-regional-elections-a67203 Russian election authorities will go to puzzling extremes to get people to vote. Mon, 09 Sep 2019 14:48:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/09/09/the-weirdest-moments-from-russias-regional-elections-a67203 Moscow's Iconic Coat of Arms Gets Remixed and Reimagined https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/09/06/moscows-coat-of-arms-gets-remixed-and-reimagined-a67175 You see St. George slaying the dragon. Russian artists see a blank canvas. Fri, 06 Sep 2019 13:17:30 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/09/06/moscows-coat-of-arms-gets-remixed-and-reimagined-a67175 Giant Putin Bust Unveiled Near Lake Baikal https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/09/05/giant-putin-bust-unveiled-near-lake-baikal-a67171 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 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/09/05/giant-putin-bust-unveiled-near-lake-baikal-a67171 New Russian Spacesuit’s Lack of Fly Zipper Threatens Revered Pee Ritual https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/08/30/new-russian-spacesuits-lack-of-fly-zipper-threatens-revered-pee-ritual-a67097 "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 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/08/30/new-russian-spacesuits-lack-of-fly-zipper-threatens-revered-pee-ritual-a67097 Putin's Ice Cream Treat With Erdogan Raises Suspicions Around Familiar Faces https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/08/28/putins-ice-cream-treat-with-erdogan-raises-suspicions-around-familiar-faces-a67056 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 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/08/28/putins-ice-cream-treat-with-erdogan-raises-suspicions-around-familiar-faces-a67056 Putin Evades Fine for Helmet-Free Motorcycle Ride https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/08/28/putin-evades-fine-for-helmet-free-motorcycle-ride-a67048 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 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/08/28/putin-evades-fine-for-helmet-free-motorcycle-ride-a67048 Dog Hypnotist’s Russian State TV Appearance Resurfaces in Viral Clip https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/08/23/dog-hypnotists-russian-state-tv-appearance-resurfaces-in-viral-clip-a67003 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 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/08/23/dog-hypnotists-russian-state-tv-appearance-resurfaces-in-viral-clip-a67003 Russian BMX Daredevil Bombs Walls and Roofs of Ancient Kazan Kremlin https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/08/22/russian-bmx-daredevil-bombs-walls-and-roofs-of-ancient-kazan-kremlin-a66972 He built a skate park which blended in with the historical towers and churches. Thu, 22 Aug 2019 10:23:30 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/08/22/russian-bmx-daredevil-bombs-walls-and-roofs-of-ancient-kazan-kremlin-a66972