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, 23 May 2019 16:50:19 +0200 600 Drunk Russian Priest Defrocked After Stabbing Monk, Media Reports https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/05/23/drunk-russian-priest-defrocked-after-stabbing-monk-media-reports-a65715 “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 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/05/23/drunk-russian-priest-defrocked-after-stabbing-monk-media-reports-a65715 St. Petersburg Drivers Stop for Two Ducks on a Date https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/05/23/st-petersburg-drivers-stop-for-two-ducks-on-a-date-a65711 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 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/05/23/st-petersburg-drivers-stop-for-two-ducks-on-a-date-a65711 Russian Pundit Challenged to Duel for Calling Church Protesters ‘Demons’ https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/05/23/russian-pundit-challenged-to-duel-for-calling-church-protesters-demons-a65707 “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 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/05/23/russian-pundit-challenged-to-duel-for-calling-church-protesters-demons-a65707 Russia Armed and Ready With Memes for Game of Thrones Finale https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/05/22/russia-armed-and-ready-with-memes-for-game-of-thrones-finale-a65681 Warning: Spoiler alert. All the spoilers. Wed, 22 May 2019 13:58:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/05/22/russia-armed-and-ready-with-memes-for-game-of-thrones-finale-a65681 Climber Who Shut Down Eiffel Tower Was Russian – Reports https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/05/21/climber-who-shut-down-eiffel-tower-was-russian-media-report-a65676 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 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/05/21/climber-who-shut-down-eiffel-tower-was-russian-media-report-a65676 Enormous Whale Skeleton Found on Beach in Russia’s Far East https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/05/20/enourmous-whale-skeleton-found-on-beach-in-russias-far-east-a65646 The carcass was found on the shore of the Kronotsky Nature Reserve. Mon, 20 May 2019 11:16:07 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/05/20/enourmous-whale-skeleton-found-on-beach-in-russias-far-east-a65646 Russia's Arctic Basks in the Snow for Summer '19 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/05/18/russias-arctic-basks-in-the-snow-for-summer-19-a65623 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 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/05/18/russias-arctic-basks-in-the-snow-for-summer-19-a65623 Moscow's Prisoners Can Handle the Heat https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/05/17/moscows-inmates-can-handle-the-heat-a65620 Inmates put their culinary skills to the test in a cooking competition. Fri, 17 May 2019 11:40:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/05/17/moscows-inmates-can-handle-the-heat-a65620 Russia Routs Italy 10:0 at Ice Hockey World Championship https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/05/16/russia-routs-italy-10-0-ice-hockey-world-championship-a65607 Russian star Alexander Ovechkin said he "felt sorry" for the Italians after the game. Thu, 16 May 2019 11:26:03 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/05/16/russia-routs-italy-10-0-ice-hockey-world-championship-a65607 Runaway Beluga Whale May Face Deportation to Russia https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/05/16/sympathetic-beluga-whale-might-face-deportation-to-russia-a65606 Hundreds of people from a small Norwegian town have enjoyed the acquaintance of the animal. Thu, 16 May 2019 10:06:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/05/16/sympathetic-beluga-whale-might-face-deportation-to-russia-a65606 Endangered Stork Survives Russian Wildfire Horror https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/05/14/endangered-stork-survives-russian-wildfire-horror-a65579 The wildfires that are seen in the video have ravaged eastern Russia in recent weeks. Tue, 14 May 2019 16:35:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/05/14/endangered-stork-survives-russian-wildfire-horror-a65579 Brazen Brown Bear Makes Off With Hunters’ Rations in Russian Far East https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/05/13/brazen-brown-bear-makes-off-with-hunters-rations-in-russian-far-east-a65552 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 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/05/13/brazen-brown-bear-makes-off-with-hunters-rations-in-russian-far-east-a65552 Russian Village Seeks Volunteers to Collect ‘Human Remains’ https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/05/07/russian-village-seeks-volunteers-to-collect-human-remains-a65504 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 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/05/07/russian-village-seeks-volunteers-to-collect-human-remains-a65504 Crimean Reporters Feast on ‘Trump Cake’ to Mark TV Milestone https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/05/02/crimean-reporters-feast-on-trump-cake-to-mark-tv-milestone-a65471 "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 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/05/02/crimean-reporters-feast-on-trump-cake-to-mark-tv-milestone-a65471 Russian News Website Fined for ‘No News on Weekends’ Goes After Its Punisher https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/05/01/russian-news-website-fined-for-no-news-on-weekends-goes-after-its-punisher-a65455 A study in fighting fire with fire. Wed, 01 May 2019 13:52:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/05/01/russian-news-website-fined-for-no-news-on-weekends-goes-after-its-punisher-a65455 Russian Driver Scares Bear Off From Wild Moose Chase https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/04/30/russian-driver-scares-bear-away-from-wild-moose-chase-a65438 The video seems to have caused a divide among viewers. Tue, 30 Apr 2019 10:52:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/04/30/russian-driver-scares-bear-away-from-wild-moose-chase-a65438 Siberian Priest Caught in Easter Stun Gun Attack https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/04/29/siberian-priest-caught-in-easter-stun-gun-attack-a65428 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 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/04/29/siberian-priest-caught-in-easter-stun-gun-attack-a65428 The Weirdest Moments From Kim Jong Un's First Visit to Russia https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/04/25/the-weirdest-moments-from-kim-jong-uns-first-visit-to-russia-a65389 Social media was abuzz with video footage of the event’s most unconventional moments. Thu, 25 Apr 2019 16:42:11 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/04/25/the-weirdest-moments-from-kim-jong-uns-first-visit-to-russia-a65389 Russian Pranksters Trick France's Macron, Pretend to Be Ukraine's New President (Video) https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/04/25/russian-pranksters-trick-frances-macron-pretend-to-be-ukraines-new-president-video-a65379 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 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/04/25/russian-pranksters-trick-frances-macron-pretend-to-be-ukraines-new-president-video-a65379 Russian City Thanks Local Boy for Filling Pothole With Toy Shovel https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/04/24/russian-city-thanks-local-boy-for-filling-pothole-with-toy-shovel-a65371 A classic David and Goliath tale. Wed, 24 Apr 2019 15:24:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/04/24/russian-city-thanks-local-boy-for-filling-pothole-with-toy-shovel-a65371 Voice-Command Robots Do Push-ups, Headstands for Putin https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/04/24/robots-do-push-ups-headstands-for-putin-a65370 Do robots get stage fright? Wed, 24 Apr 2019 12:53:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/04/24/robots-do-push-ups-headstands-for-putin-a65370 Wild Leopard and Tiger Make On-Camera Debut in Russia’s Far East https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/04/23/wild-leopard-and-tiger-make-on-camera-debut-in-russias-far-east-a65350 It's the first time the wild cats have been spotted within Vladivostok's city limits. Tue, 23 Apr 2019 13:18:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/04/23/wild-leopard-and-tiger-make-on-camera-debut-in-russias-far-east-a65350 Russian Social Media Explodes With Memes After Zelenskiy's Win in Ukraine https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/04/22/russian-social-media-explodes-with-memes-after-zelenskiys-win-ukraine-a65339 Russian Twitter users had plenty of memes at the ready for Ukraine's presidential election. Mon, 22 Apr 2019 15:38:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/04/22/russian-social-media-explodes-with-memes-after-zelenskiys-win-ukraine-a65339 Russia's New Olympic Team Mascots Deftly Dodge Doping, Sanctions https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/04/19/russian-olympic-team-mascot-deftly-dodges-doping-sanctions-a65316 “If this bear doesn’t save Russia, then who will?” Fri, 19 Apr 2019 16:13:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/04/19/russian-olympic-team-mascot-deftly-dodges-doping-sanctions-a65316 Russian Artist Gives Ukraine Front-Runner a Sweet Makeover https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/04/19/russian-artist-gives-ukraine-front-runner-a-sweet-makeover-a65315 The portrait was made with sweets from a company owned by incumbent Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko. Fri, 19 Apr 2019 14:44:09 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/04/19/russian-artist-gives-ukraine-front-runner-a-sweet-makeover-a65315 Russian Police Rescue Himalayan Bear Cub in Roadside Box https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/04/17/russian-police-rescue-himalayan-bear-cub-in-roadside-box-a65275 Another day, another bear-rescuing mission for the Primorye region police. Wed, 17 Apr 2019 14:39:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/04/17/russian-police-rescue-himalayan-bear-cub-in-roadside-box-a65275 Costumed Siberian Skiers Glide on Water for End-of-Winter Extravaganza https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/04/17/costumed-siberian-skiers-glide-on-water-for-end-of-winter-extravaganza-a65270 The skiers and snowboarders of Siberia love a good costume party on the slopes. Wed, 17 Apr 2019 14:12:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/04/17/costumed-siberian-skiers-glide-on-water-for-end-of-winter-extravaganza-a65270 Russian Priest Banished Over Wife’s Miss Sensuality Win https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/04/15/russian-priest-banished-over-wifes-miss-sensuality-win-a65240 The priest won't be allowed to return to his post “until his wife repents.” Mon, 15 Apr 2019 16:12:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/04/15/russian-priest-banished-over-wifes-miss-sensuality-win-a65240 Fake Robot Kicks Off Football Match in Russia, Fooling Audience https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/04/15/russian-robot-man-kicks-off-football-match-a65230 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 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/04/15/russian-robot-man-kicks-off-football-match-a65230 Sun's Up: Spring in Moscow https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/04/13/suns-up-spring-in-moscow-a65200 As winter finally slips away, Russia's capital is ready and waiting for spring sunshine. Sat, 13 Apr 2019 08:45:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/04/13/suns-up-spring-in-moscow-a65200 Russia’s Far East Sees Explosive Ice Blasts https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/04/11/russias-far-east-sees-explosive-ice-blasts-a65193 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 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/04/11/russias-far-east-sees-explosive-ice-blasts-a65193 Black Hole Image Proves the Universe Is a Meme https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/04/11/where-there-are-black-holes-the-universe-is-a-meme-a65191 The Russian-speaking internet riffs on the first-ever image of a black hole. Thu, 11 Apr 2019 11:24:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/04/11/where-there-are-black-holes-the-universe-is-a-meme-a65191 Russian Coach Slams Ref's Bias Against 'Fat People,' Gets Hip-Hop Remix https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/04/09/russian-coach-slams-refs-bias-against-fat-people-gets-hip-hop-remix-a65154 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 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/04/09/russian-coach-slams-refs-bias-against-fat-people-gets-hip-hop-remix-a65154 Northern Lights Come to Russia's Leningrad Region https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/04/08/northern-lights-come-to-russias-leningrad-region-a65139 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 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/04/08/northern-lights-come-to-russias-leningrad-region-a65139 Kiddie Train Conductor Blasts Industrial Metal at Siberian Children’s Park https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/04/08/kiddie-train-conductor-blasts-industrial-metal-at-siberian-childrens-park-a65132 Video shows the colorful train blaring Rammstein's roaring 1997 single “Du Hast.” Mon, 08 Apr 2019 11:11:15 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/04/08/kiddie-train-conductor-blasts-industrial-metal-at-siberian-childrens-park-a65132 Russians Are Incapable of Escaping This Slippery Ice Prison https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/04/05/russians-are-incapable-of-escaping-this-slippery-ice-prison-a65115 Russians digging themselves holes and then getting stuck in them. Fri, 05 Apr 2019 14:02:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/04/05/russians-are-incapable-of-escaping-this-slippery-ice-prison-a65115 Russian World Cup City's New Field Made From Recycled Plastic Cups https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/04/05/russian-world-cup-city-gets-recycled-plastic-cup-field-a65101 One past World Cup winner gave the field an “excellent” grade despite its “strangeness.” Fri, 05 Apr 2019 08:39:17 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/04/05/russian-world-cup-city-gets-recycled-plastic-cup-field-a65101 Siberian Farmer Jailed for Stealing Herd of Horses https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/04/04/siberian-farmer-jailed-for-stealing-herd-of-horses-a65095 Why steal one horse when you can steal 27? Thu, 04 Apr 2019 16:08:19 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/04/04/siberian-farmer-jailed-for-stealing-herd-of-horses-a65095 Russian Post Office Worker Attacks Customer With Straw Broom, Video Shows https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/04/03/russian-post-office-worker-attacks-customer-with-straw-broom-video-shows-a65076 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 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/04/03/russian-post-office-worker-attacks-customer-with-straw-broom-video-shows-a65076 Moscow Zoo’s Sleepy Bears Finally Awaken to Spring https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/04/03/moscow-zoos-sleepy-bears-finally-awaken-to-spring-a65066 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 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/04/03/moscow-zoos-sleepy-bears-finally-awaken-to-spring-a65066 Russian Prankster Destroys Car With Sledgehammer, Faces 5 Years in Prison https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/04/02/russian-prankster-destroyes-car-with-sledgehammer-faces-5-years-prison-a65062 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 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/04/02/russian-prankster-destroyes-car-with-sledgehammer-faces-5-years-prison-a65062 April Fool's Day, Russian Style https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/04/01/april-fools-day-russian-style-a65039 The best Russian April Fool's Day pranks from over the years. Mon, 01 Apr 2019 15:59:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/04/01/april-fools-day-russian-style-a65039 Russian Educators Show Out on Social Media in Support of Shamed Teacher https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/04/01/russian-educators-show-out-on-social-media-in-support-of-shamed-teacher-a65033 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 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/04/01/russian-educators-show-out-on-social-media-in-support-of-shamed-teacher-a65033 Russian Official Fired for Playing Star Wars Music During Mayor’s Inauguration https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/03/28/russian-official-fired-for-playing-star-wars-music-during-mayors-inauguration-a64999 As Darth Vader himself said, “Be careful not to choke on your aspirations.” Thu, 28 Mar 2019 15:39:00 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/03/28/russian-official-fired-for-playing-star-wars-music-during-mayors-inauguration-a64999 Russian Hospital Tells Doctors They Have Huge Salaries, Sparking Uproar https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/03/28/russian-hospital-tells-doctors-they-have-huge-salaries-sparking-uproar-a64994 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 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/03/28/russian-hospital-tells-doctors-they-have-huge-salaries-sparking-uproar-a64994 Wild Cat Becomes Social Media Star in Russia Thanks to Hyperactive Ears https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/03/28/caracal-becomes-social-media-star-thanks-to-hyperactive-ears-a64989 The wild cat's ears are not only super cute, they also help it hunt prey. Thu, 28 Mar 2019 09:14:00 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/03/28/caracal-becomes-social-media-star-thanks-to-hyperactive-ears-a64989 Russian Mayor Takes Oath to Star Wars Theme Tune https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/03/27/russian-mayor-takes-oath-to-star-wars-theme-tune-a64979 "The force is bureaucratic with this one." Wed, 27 Mar 2019 14:11:00 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/03/27/russian-mayor-takes-oath-to-star-wars-theme-tune-a64979 Land Rover Picks Fight With Russian Military Vehicle, Loses Badly https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/03/26/land-rover-picks-fight-with-russian-military-vehicle-loses-badly-a64964 A lesson in defensive driving. Tue, 26 Mar 2019 14:53:00 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/03/26/land-rover-picks-fight-with-russian-military-vehicle-loses-badly-a64964 Orphaned Brown Bear Cubs Rescued in Russian Forest https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/03/26/orphaned-brown-bear-cubs-rescued-in-russian-forest-2-a64953 One cub was rescued after poachers killed its mother, the others were found abandoned. Tue, 26 Mar 2019 09:27:00 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/03/26/orphaned-brown-bear-cubs-rescued-in-russian-forest-2-a64953 Drunk, Chainsaw-Wielding Russian Man Barges into Cafe, Sparking Police Investigation https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/03/25/drunk-chainsaw-wielding-russian-man-barges-into-cafe-sparks-police-investigation-a64945 It wasn't too difficult to tackle the man and take his chainsaw away. Mon, 25 Mar 2019 14:36:00 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/03/25/drunk-chainsaw-wielding-russian-man-barges-into-cafe-sparks-police-investigation-a64945