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, 16 Jul 2020 15:36:08 +0200 600 Russians Rejoice at Spotify's Arrival With Memes https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/07/16/russians-rejoice-at-spotifys-arrival-with-memes-a70897 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 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/07/16/russians-rejoice-at-spotifys-arrival-with-memes-a70897 Hundreds of Jet Skis Race Through St. Petersburg https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/07/06/hundreds-of-jet-skis-race-through-st-petersburg-a70800 St. Petersburg's canals were filled with water sports lovers last weekend. Mon, 06 Jul 2020 16:00:31 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/07/06/hundreds-of-jet-skis-race-through-st-petersburg-a70800 Wild Boars Appear in Moscow Parks, Officials Warn https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/07/06/wild-boars-appear-in-moscow-parks-officials-warn-a70793 If you meet one don't look it in the eye. Mon, 06 Jul 2020 14:01:10 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/07/06/wild-boars-appear-in-moscow-parks-officials-warn-a70793 Russia's First Police Corgi Goes Into Retirement https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/06/30/russias-first-police-corgi-goes-into-retirement-a70736 Officer Ryzhiy sniffed out crime for more than seven years. Tue, 30 Jun 2020 13:15:33 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/06/30/russias-first-police-corgi-goes-into-retirement-a70736 Car Trunks, Tree Stumps and Playgrounds: The Weirdest Locations for Russia's Constitutional Vote https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/06/26/car-trunks-tree-stumps-and-playgrounds-the-weirdest-locations-for-russias-constitutional-vote-a70702 Seeing is believing. Fri, 26 Jun 2020 17:04:07 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/06/26/car-trunks-tree-stumps-and-playgrounds-the-weirdest-locations-for-russias-constitutional-vote-a70702 Russia Wields Memes to Protest Putin's Constitutional Reforms https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/06/23/russia-wields-memes-to-protest-putins-constitutional-reforms-a70670 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 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/06/23/russia-wields-memes-to-protest-putins-constitutional-reforms-a70670 Russia Investigates Toy Protests Against Vote on Putin’s Term Limits https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/06/23/russia-investigates-toy-protests-against-vote-on-putins-term-limits-a70668 “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 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/06/23/russia-investigates-toy-protests-against-vote-on-putins-term-limits-a70668 Russian Drone Photographer Captures Lenin-Shaped Forest in Siberia https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/06/18/russian-drone-photographer-captures-lenin-shaped-forest-in-siberia-a70612 Even Lenin himself "wood" not believe it. Thu, 18 Jun 2020 12:40:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/06/18/russian-drone-photographer-captures-lenin-shaped-forest-in-siberia-a70612 Cake Shop Bakes Life-Size, Edible Putin Bust for Russia Day https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/06/11/cake-shop-bakes-life-size-edible-putin-bust-for-russia-day-a70552 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 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/06/11/cake-shop-bakes-life-size-edible-putin-bust-for-russia-day-a70552 Russian Prison Guards Walk on Glass for ‘Self-Awareness’ https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/06/11/russian-prison-guards-walk-on-glass-for-self-awareness-a70547 “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 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/06/11/russian-prison-guards-walk-on-glass-for-self-awareness-a70547 Elon Musk’s Deepfake Soviet Song Takes Over the Russian Internet https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/06/01/elon-musks-deepfake-soviet-song-takes-over-the-russian-internet-a70446 Sometimes sending astronauts to space makes you want to sing a Soviet classic. Mon, 01 Jun 2020 15:25:24 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/06/01/elon-musks-deepfake-soviet-song-takes-over-the-russian-internet-a70446 Moscow's Face Mask Fashions Embrace the Funny, Weird and Nonsensical https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/05/30/moscows-face-mask-fashions-embrace-the-funny-weird-and-nonsensical-a70407 This season's must-have fashion accessory is a mask to match your personality. Sat, 30 May 2020 09:00:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/05/30/moscows-face-mask-fashions-embrace-the-funny-weird-and-nonsensical-a70407 Funeral Home Shootout in Moscow https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/05/25/funeral-home-shootout-in-moscow-a70373 Nine men took fire on each other in a southern Moscow neighborhood. Mon, 25 May 2020 13:24:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/05/25/funeral-home-shootout-in-moscow-a70373 Alligator Who Survived Berlin WWII Bombing Dies at 84 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/05/24/alligator-who-survived-berlin-wwii-bombing-dies-at-84-a70364 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 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/05/24/alligator-who-survived-berlin-wwii-bombing-dies-at-84-a70364 Russian Restaurateurs Strip Down to Protest Virus Lockdown https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/05/20/russian-restaurateurs-strip-down-to-protest-virus-lockdown-a70323 Nothing grabs people's attention to your cause quite like nudity. Wed, 20 May 2020 13:07:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/05/20/russian-restaurateurs-strip-down-to-protest-virus-lockdown-a70323 Wild Animals Roam Russian Cities During Quarantine https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/05/19/wild-animals-roam-russian-cities-during-quarantine-a70316 Some unlikely rowdy newcomers in Russian cities. Tue, 19 May 2020 15:46:33 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/05/19/wild-animals-roam-russian-cities-during-quarantine-a70316 Even Russian Politicians Get Bored in Quarantine https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/05/11/even-russian-politicians-get-bored-in-quarantine-a70241 Russian politicians: They're just like us. Mon, 11 May 2020 14:49:55 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/05/11/even-russian-politicians-get-bored-in-quarantine-a70241 Russia’s Victory Day Parade Through the Decades https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/05/09/russias-victory-day-parade-through-the-decades-a70233 A look at Victory Day parades in years past... Sat, 09 May 2020 16:29:13 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/05/09/russias-victory-day-parade-through-the-decades-a70233 Pussy Riot’s Nadya Tolokonnikova Shares 5 Quarantine Tips https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/05/05/pussy-riots-nadya-tolokonnikova-shares-5-quarantine-tips-a70190 Russian prison can teach you a few things about staying sane in quarantine. Tue, 05 May 2020 13:32:22 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/05/05/pussy-riots-nadya-tolokonnikova-shares-5-quarantine-tips-a70190 Military Planes Fly Over Moscow in Victory Day Rehearsal https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/05/04/military-planes-fly-over-moscow-in-victory-day-rehearsal-a70184 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 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/05/04/military-planes-fly-over-moscow-in-victory-day-rehearsal-a70184 To Survive Coronavirus Lockdown, Russia Recommends Staying Angry at Family for Less Than 10 Minutes https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/05/04/to-survive-coronavirus-lockdown-russia-recommends-staying-angry-at-family-for-less-than-10-minutes-a70179 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 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/05/04/to-survive-coronavirus-lockdown-russia-recommends-staying-angry-at-family-for-less-than-10-minutes-a70179 Russia’s Annual Monstration Moves Online Amid Coronavirus Quarantine https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/05/01/russias-annual-monstration-moves-online-amid-coronavirus-quarantine-a70169 The absurdist extravaganza was even paid a visit by virtual 'police.' Fri, 01 May 2020 15:47:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/05/01/russias-annual-monstration-moves-online-amid-coronavirus-quarantine-a70169 Russian Airline Launches In-Flight Meal Delivery for Quarantined Russians https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/04/30/russian-airline-launches-in-flight-meal-delivery-for-quarantined-russians-a70154 The only thing missing is the view from the airplane window. Thu, 30 Apr 2020 13:17:10 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/04/30/russian-airline-launches-in-flight-meal-delivery-for-quarantined-russians-a70154 Quarantined Russians Take Up the No-Sweatpants Instagram Challenge https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/04/29/quarantined-russians-take-up-the-no-sweatpants-instagram-challenge-a70134 As Karl Lagerfeld himself once said: “Sweatpants are a sign of defeat.” Wed, 29 Apr 2020 12:59:45 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/04/29/quarantined-russians-take-up-the-no-sweatpants-instagram-challenge-a70134 Russian Polar Bear ‘Plays’ Volleyball https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/04/27/russian-polar-bear-plays-volleyball-a70121 Even Russian polar bears know how to stay busy (and fit) in quarantine. Mon, 27 Apr 2020 18:43:21 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/04/27/russian-polar-bear-plays-volleyball-a70121 Russian Bookstore Wields Shovel for Contact-Free Service During Virus Lockdown https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/04/24/russian-bookstore-wields-shovel-for-contact-free-service-during-virus-lockdown-a70099 For those times when you want to fuel your quarantine reading habit without breaking social distancing. Fri, 24 Apr 2020 16:49:36 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/04/24/russian-bookstore-wields-shovel-for-contact-free-service-during-virus-lockdown-a70099 Russian Man Runs 100-Kilometer Marathon in Coronavirus Quarantine https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/04/21/russian-man-runs-100-kilometer-marathon-in-coronavirus-quarantine-a70063 The people in the apartment below his can't have been pleased. Tue, 21 Apr 2020 16:46:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/04/21/russian-man-runs-100-kilometer-marathon-in-coronavirus-quarantine-a70063 Driver Encounters Endangered Tiger in Siberia https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/04/17/driver-encounters-endangered-tiger-in-siberia-a70034 Who will you find on the roads of Russia's Far East? Fri, 17 Apr 2020 13:17:45 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/04/17/driver-encounters-endangered-tiger-in-siberia-a70034 Ancient Mummy Keeps Siberian Region Coronavirus-Free, Official Says https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/04/16/ancient-mummy-keeps-siberian-region-coronavirus-free-official-says-a70012 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 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/04/16/ancient-mummy-keeps-siberian-region-coronavirus-free-official-says-a70012 Dance On Your Balcony Like No One’s Watching in Russian Viral Challenge https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/04/14/dance-on-your-balcony-like-no-ones-watching-in-russian-viral-challenge-a69976 People across the Russian-speaking world are transforming their balconies into raves while in quarantine. Tue, 14 Apr 2020 14:19:07 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/04/14/dance-on-your-balcony-like-no-ones-watching-in-russian-viral-challenge-a69976 Russian Football Star Re-Creates Famous Album Covers in Quarantine https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/04/13/russian-football-star-re-creates-famous-album-covers-in-quarantine-a69968 Classic album artwork gets re-imagined for the coronavirus era. Mon, 13 Apr 2020 15:36:55 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/04/13/russian-football-star-re-creates-famous-album-covers-in-quarantine-a69968 Russians Battle Confinement Blues With DIY Artwork Challenge https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/04/11/russians-battle-confinement-blues-with-diy-artwork-challenge-a69955 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 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/04/11/russians-battle-confinement-blues-with-diy-artwork-challenge-a69955 Quarantined Russians Stage Concerts From the Balcony https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/04/10/quarantined-russians-stage-concerts-from-the-balcony-a69951 You can now listen to live renditions of Russian classics...courtesy of your neighbors! Fri, 10 Apr 2020 16:47:52 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/04/10/quarantined-russians-stage-concerts-from-the-balcony-a69951 Putin Sets Off Meme Storm By Comparing Medieval Invaders to Coronavirus Quarantine https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/04/09/putin-sets-off-meme-storm-by-comparing-medieval-invaders-to-coronavirus-quarantine-a69931 Russia's 10th and 11th-century foes finally got a bit of the meme limelight. Thu, 09 Apr 2020 16:13:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/04/09/putin-sets-off-meme-storm-by-comparing-medieval-invaders-to-coronavirus-quarantine-a69931 Quarantined Russians Model Fierce Fashions Using Nothing But Pillows https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/04/09/quarantined-russians-model-fierce-fashions-using-nothing-but-pillows-a69925 They are serving naptime eleganza out on the runway — or in this case, the hallway. Thu, 09 Apr 2020 12:33:31 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/04/09/quarantined-russians-model-fierce-fashions-using-nothing-but-pillows-a69925 Russian Chickens Scolded for Disobeying Quarantine https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/04/06/russian-chickens-scolded-for-disobeying-quarantine-a69891 Even chickens must abide by lockdown orders. Mon, 06 Apr 2020 17:39:28 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/04/06/russian-chickens-scolded-for-disobeying-quarantine-a69891 Russian Jeweler Reveals Coronavirus Pendants to Ward Off the Disease https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/03/30/russian-jeweler-reveals-coronavirus-pendants-to-ward-off-the-disease-a69792 The pendant is made of pure silver, which “kills all germs (and vampires, as well).” Mon, 30 Mar 2020 11:49:58 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/03/30/russian-jeweler-reveals-coronavirus-pendants-to-ward-off-the-disease-a69792 Surviving Quarantine: 5 Tips From a Russian Cosmonaut https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/03/27/surviving-quarantine-5-tips-from-a-russian-cosmonaut-a69782 Veteran Russian cosmonaut Fyodor Yurchikhin says being quarantined can be something "to enjoy." Fri, 27 Mar 2020 17:18:00 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/03/27/surviving-quarantine-5-tips-from-a-russian-cosmonaut-a69782 Putin’s Yellow Coronavirus Suit: The Suit That Launched 1,000 Memes https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/03/25/putins-yellow-coronavirus-suit-the-suit-that-launched-1000-memes-a69742 Putin's visit to Moscow's infectious diseases hospital has become famous for unintended reasons. Wed, 25 Mar 2020 10:49:00 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/03/25/putins-yellow-coronavirus-suit-the-suit-that-launched-1000-memes-a69742 Russian Priests Fight Coronavirus From Above https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/03/24/russian-priests-fight-coronavirus-from-above-a69739 The Russian Orthodox Church has some tricks up its sleeve in order to fight the coronavirus... Tue, 24 Mar 2020 15:41:53 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/03/24/russian-priests-fight-coronavirus-from-above-a69739 An Interview With The Coronavirus https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/03/23/an-interview-with-the-coronavirus-a69725 Here's what the coronavirus had to say about its shortcomings, arrival in Moscow, and even God. Mon, 23 Mar 2020 15:31:25 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/03/23/an-interview-with-the-coronavirus-a69725 Moscow Bar Mixes 'Coronavirus' Cocktail to Soothe Outbreak Woes https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/03/19/moscow-bar-mixes-coronavirus-cocktail-to-soothe-outbreak-woes-a69688 The bar says it should be consumed when one is overtaken by the desire to stock up on toilet paper and buckwheat. Thu, 19 Mar 2020 16:49:00 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/03/19/moscow-bar-mixes-coronavirus-cocktail-to-soothe-outbreak-woes-a69688 Belarussian Leader Proposes 'Tractor' Therapy For Coronavirus https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/03/16/belarussian-leader-proposes-tractor-therapy-for-coronavirus-a69644 "The fields heal everyone," Alexander Lukashenko says. Mon, 16 Mar 2020 15:41:00 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/03/16/belarussian-leader-proposes-tractor-therapy-for-coronavirus-a69644 A Moscow Family's Experience in Coronavirus Confinement https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/03/15/a-moscow-familys-experience-in-coronavirus-confinement-a69627 A Moscow-based visual artist shares her experience of home quarantine "with Big Brother watching." Sun, 15 Mar 2020 12:49:00 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/03/15/a-moscow-familys-experience-in-coronavirus-confinement-a69627 Russian Furniture Maker’s ‘Racist’ Ad Ignites Outrage https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/03/12/russian-furniture-makers-racist-ad-ignites-outrage-a69602 Home Collection compared different skin colors with shades of upholstery. Thu, 12 Mar 2020 13:35:00 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/03/12/russian-furniture-makers-racist-ad-ignites-outrage-a69602 Russian Church’s Anti-Coronavirus Procession Canceled...Because of Coronavirus https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/03/12/nomarchrussian-churchs-anti-coronavirus-procession-canceled-a69600 Lipetsk and several other Russian cities have temporarily banned mass events in an effort to stop the pandemic from spreading. Thu, 12 Mar 2020 12:02:22 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/03/12/nomarchrussian-churchs-anti-coronavirus-procession-canceled-a69600 Putin’s Infinite Rule Sparks Infinite Memes https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/03/11/putins-infinite-rule-sparks-infinite-memes-a69590 In times like these, what else can Russians do but make memes? Wed, 11 Mar 2020 14:02:32 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/03/11/putins-infinite-rule-sparks-infinite-memes-a69590 Russian Pranksters Dupe Prince Harry in Hoax Calls https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/03/11/russian-pranksters-dupe-prince-harry-in-hoax-calls-a69591 The prince is the latest target in a string of celebrity prank calls by notorious Russian jokers "Vovan and Lexus." Wed, 11 Mar 2020 12:50:00 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/03/11/russian-pranksters-dupe-prince-harry-in-hoax-calls-a69591 Leopard Print-Clad Women Offered Free Moscow Zoo Entry https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/03/06/leopard-print-clad-women-offered-free-moscow-zoo-entry-a69549 The promotion aims to promote awareness about big cats on International Women’s Day. Fri, 06 Mar 2020 16:06:42 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/03/06/leopard-print-clad-women-offered-free-moscow-zoo-entry-a69549 Alcohol Deaths Plummet as ‘Warmest Winter’ Hits Russia https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/03/06/alcohol-deaths-plummet-as-warmest-winter-hits-russia-a69542 People drink less when the weather is mild. Fri, 06 Mar 2020 11:59:00 +0100 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/03/06/alcohol-deaths-plummet-as-warmest-winter-hits-russia-a69542