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 Tue, 21 Jan 2020 08:53:05 +0100 600 Russian ‘Healing’ Cat Goes on Sale for $320K https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/01/17/russian-healing-cat-goes-on-sale-for-320k-a68939 “Whenever I’m in doubt, I always have a dream where everything is spelled out and I'm told what to do,” the cat's owner says of its powers. Fri, 17 Jan 2020 08:06:00 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/01/17/russian-healing-cat-goes-on-sale-for-320k-a68939 Viktor the Fat Russian Cat Slims Down Ahead of Next Trip https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/01/16/viktor-the-fat-russian-cat-slims-down-ahead-of-next-trip-a68916 The cat went viral after his owner snuck him into the cabin for a long-haul flight, breaking the airline's weight limit rules. Thu, 16 Jan 2020 08:55:55 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/01/16/viktor-the-fat-russian-cat-slims-down-ahead-of-next-trip-a68916 Bionic Russian Cat Becomes Second-Ever to Receive 4 Prosthetic Limbs https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/01/15/bionic-russian-cat-becomes-second-in-world-to-receive-4-prosthetic-limbs-a68913 The cat, who lost her paws to severe frostbite, is now able to walk, play and jump like any other feline. Wed, 15 Jan 2020 16:18:40 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/01/15/bionic-russian-cat-becomes-second-in-world-to-receive-4-prosthetic-limbs-a68913 Putin as Greek Titan Graces Moscow Apartment Block's Facade https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/01/15/putin-as-greek-titan-graces-moscow-apartment-blocks-facade-a68909 Just imagine living there. Wed, 15 Jan 2020 12:42:00 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/01/15/putin-as-greek-titan-graces-moscow-apartment-blocks-facade-a68909 New Archival Footage Shows Putin Dancing With George W. Bush https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/01/14/new-archival-footage-shows-putin-dancing-with-george-w-bush-a68898 The Kremlin's newly released archival footage shows President Putin and George W. Bush dancing to a Russian folk song in 2008. Tue, 14 Jan 2020 14:09:25 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/01/14/new-archival-footage-shows-putin-dancing-with-george-w-bush-a68898 Moscow’s Unused Holiday Trees Become Zoo Animals’ Treat https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/01/13/moscows-unused-holiday-trees-become-zoo-animals-treat-a68879 Because even animals deserve a New Year's gift. Mon, 13 Jan 2020 13:11:00 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/01/13/moscows-unused-holiday-trees-become-zoo-animals-treat-a68879 Russian Train Delayed By Oblivious Camel Trotting Down the Tracks https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/01/13/russian-train-delayed-by-oblivious-camel-trotting-down-the-tracks-a68872 The camel appeared unfazed by the noise of the train's horn. Mon, 13 Jan 2020 10:31:00 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/01/13/russian-train-delayed-by-oblivious-camel-trotting-down-the-tracks-a68872 Siberian Hogs Raid Cognac Supply at Local Store https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/01/06/siberian-hogs-raid-cognac-supply-at-local-store-a68817 “Is this a pigsty or a store?” one shopper was heard saying as the pigs lapped up the spilled cognac. Mon, 06 Jan 2020 15:33:00 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/01/06/siberian-hogs-raid-cognac-supply-at-local-store-a68817 Russian Populist Leader Hands Out Cash to ‘Serfs and Slaves’ on Red Square https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/01/06/russian-populist-leader-hands-out-cash-to-serfs-and-slaves-on-red-square-a68816 Don't look a gift horse in the mouth. Mon, 06 Jan 2020 15:05:28 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/01/06/russian-populist-leader-hands-out-cash-to-serfs-and-slaves-on-red-square-a68816 Austrian Girl Gets Unexpected Gift After Christmas Balloon Lands in Russian Village https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/01/02/austrian-girl-gift-balloon-russian-village-a68796 A farmer who found a letter to Santa decided to embrace the spirit of the season. Thu, 02 Jan 2020 11:41:37 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/01/02/austrian-girl-gift-balloon-russian-village-a68796 Russian Girl Discovers 40,000-Year-Old Lemming From Ice Age https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/12/27/russian-girl-discovers-40000-year-old-lemming-from-ice-age-a68765 The lemming has found intact in an elongated position with a preserved skeleton. Fri, 27 Dec 2019 15:00:00 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/12/27/russian-girl-discovers-40000-year-old-lemming-from-ice-age-a68765 5 Best Russian Memes of 2019 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/12/26/the-best-russian-memes-of-2019-a68558 Take a look below at the funniest memes that Russians produced in 2019. Thu, 26 Dec 2019 10:42:00 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/12/26/the-best-russian-memes-of-2019-a68558 ‘Saddest Сhristmas Party Ever’ Held in Siberia (Video) https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/12/24/saddest-party-ever-held-siberia-video-a68734 Every night, a pig, a dog and an elephant dance in an empty park in Siberia. Tue, 24 Dec 2019 14:24:00 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/12/24/saddest-party-ever-held-siberia-video-a68734 Local Authorities Defend Penis-Shaped Ice Rink in Siberia https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/12/23/local-authorities-defend-penis-shaped-ice-rink-siberia-a68716 “Real art should be arousing,” a local official wrote in response to the backlash. Mon, 23 Dec 2019 11:35:45 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/12/23/local-authorities-defend-penis-shaped-ice-rink-siberia-a68716 Russian Grows 'Fed Up' With Mercedes, Drops It From Helicopter https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/12/23/russian-grows-fed-up-mercedes-drops-it-helicopter-a68717 The blogger paid $4,000 to drop the SUV from a height of 300 meters. Mon, 23 Dec 2019 10:35:00 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/12/23/russian-grows-fed-up-mercedes-drops-it-helicopter-a68717 The 5 Craziest, Weirdest Stories in Russia in 2019 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/12/20/the-5-craziest-weirdest-stories-in-russia-in-2019-a68565 The offbeat headlines that stole the show. Fri, 20 Dec 2019 13:55:14 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/12/20/the-5-craziest-weirdest-stories-in-russia-in-2019-a68565 Russian Drivers Unveil Knockoff of Elon Musk’s Cybertruck https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/12/20/russian-drivers-unveil-knockoff-of-elon-musks-cybertruck-a68700 They really didn't want to wait for their pre-order to come through. Fri, 20 Dec 2019 13:15:58 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/12/20/russian-drivers-unveil-knockoff-of-elon-musks-cybertruck-a68700 Glass Lid Mysteriously Floats Above Meteor in Russian Museum https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/12/18/glass-lid-mysteriously-floats-above-meteor-in-russian-museum-a68660 “We have no explanation,” the museum's director said of the otherworldly incident. Wed, 18 Dec 2019 12:27:00 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/12/18/glass-lid-mysteriously-floats-above-meteor-in-russian-museum-a68660 Rowdy Neigh-bor Charged With Tormenting Locals With Horse Sounds https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/12/13/rowdy-neigh-bor-charged-with-tormenting-locals-with-horse-sounds-a68620 Who are we to judge each other's musical tastes? Fri, 13 Dec 2019 15:06:00 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/12/13/rowdy-neigh-bor-charged-with-tormenting-locals-with-horse-sounds-a68620 ‘Devil Lips’ Beauty Trend Divides Russian Opinion https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/12/12/devil-lips-beauty-trend-divides-russian-opinion-a68570 Some call the new look ugly, others say it’s the result of Photoshop. Thu, 12 Dec 2019 09:04:00 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/12/12/devil-lips-beauty-trend-divides-russian-opinion-a68570 Russian Murder Suspect Gets Stuck in Ceiling During Botched Escape Attempt https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/12/11/russian-murder-suspect-gets-stuck-in-ceiling-during-botched-escape-attempt-a68562 Despite all my rage, I am still just a man in a cage. Wed, 11 Dec 2019 13:53:00 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/12/11/russian-murder-suspect-gets-stuck-in-ceiling-during-botched-escape-attempt-a68562 Russian Artist Gets Down and Dirty With Car Murals https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/12/04/russian-artist-gets-down-and-dirty-with-car-murals-a68474 Nikita Golubev uses just his fingers to carve out intricate images on trucks and vans across Moscow. Wed, 04 Dec 2019 14:14:37 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/12/04/russian-artist-gets-down-and-dirty-with-car-murals-a68474 Crimean Doctor Prescribes Patient With Holy Relic Visit https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/12/02/crimean-doctor-prescribes-patient-with-holy-relic-visit-a68406 When medicine fails, just bow to a relic. Mon, 02 Dec 2019 12:31:22 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/12/02/crimean-doctor-prescribes-patient-with-holy-relic-visit-a68406 Dog or Wolf? Prehistoric Puppy Discovered in Russia Might Be Missing Link https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/11/29/dog-or-wolf-prehistoric-puppy-discovered-in-russia-might-be-missing-link-a68403 Scientists say the puppy, nicknamed Dogor, could be one of man's first best friends. Fri, 29 Nov 2019 10:49:00 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/11/29/dog-or-wolf-prehistoric-puppy-discovered-in-russia-might-be-missing-link-a68403 Moscow Enlists Vampires for Vaccination Drive https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/11/28/moscow-enlists-vampires-for-vaccination-drive-a68368 “Vaccine opponents’ blood can be very dangerous,” a doctor warns an inquiring vampire. Thu, 28 Nov 2019 15:27:00 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/11/28/moscow-enlists-vampires-for-vaccination-drive-a68368 The Spiciest Russian Memes From Tesla's Cybertruck Launch https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/11/28/the-spiciest-russian-memes-from-teslas-cybertruck-launch-a68367 Nobody loves Elon Musk — or memes — more than Russians. Thu, 28 Nov 2019 14:53:00 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/11/28/the-spiciest-russian-memes-from-teslas-cybertruck-launch-a68367 Anti-Putin Shaman’s Santa Claus Ally Vows to Reach Moscow for NYE Protest https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/11/27/anti-putin-shamans-santa-claus-ally-vows-to-reach-moscow-for-nye-protest-a68347 This Santa comes not with gifts, but with a sign that reads ‘All the Power to the People.’ Wed, 27 Nov 2019 15:37:00 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/11/27/anti-putin-shamans-santa-claus-ally-vows-to-reach-moscow-for-nye-protest-a68347 Russian Cows Fitted With Virtual-Reality Headsets https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/11/26/russian-cows-virtual-reality-headsets-a68316 Officials said the experiment “improved overall emotional mood in the herd.” Tue, 26 Nov 2019 08:01:00 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/11/26/russian-cows-virtual-reality-headsets-a68316 Russia to Send ‘Centaur Robots’ Into Space https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/11/25/russia-to-send-centaur-robots-into-space-a68309 Half-human, half-horse, all-robot. Mon, 25 Nov 2019 15:52:26 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/11/25/russia-to-send-centaur-robots-into-space-a68309 Russian Bank Execs Vow to Fight ‘Lord Dollar-de-Mort’ in Harry Potter Cosplay https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/11/22/russian-bank-execs-vow-to-fight-lord-dollarmort-in-harry-potter-cosplay-a68263 U.S. sanctions sometimes have unintended results. Fri, 22 Nov 2019 09:35:54 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/11/22/russian-bank-execs-vow-to-fight-lord-dollarmort-in-harry-potter-cosplay-a68263 Russians Are Listening to More Heavy Metal, Sad Music — Study https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/11/18/russians-are-listening-to-more-heavy-metal-sad-music-study-a68212 'Tis the season to be emo. Mon, 18 Nov 2019 12:20:00 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/11/18/russians-are-listening-to-more-heavy-metal-sad-music-study-a68212 Russian Internet Explodes With Memes After Aeroflot Cracks Down on Fat Cat https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/11/15/russian-internet-explodes-with-memes-after-aeroflot-cracks-down-on-fat-cat-a68184 Russians own more cats per capita than any country in the world — so don't tell them their cat is too large for a flight. Fri, 15 Nov 2019 14:50:00 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/11/15/russian-internet-explodes-with-memes-after-aeroflot-cracks-down-on-fat-cat-a68184 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