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, 03 Dec 2020 11:27:12 +0100 600 Russian Holiday Characters Brave Arctic Blizzard to Light New Year’s Tree Ded Moroz joined forces with Sakha's "Lord of the Cold" to light the tree in the name of the holiday spirit.  Wed, 02 Dec 2020 10:06:28 +0100 Stop Touching Metro Sculptures for Luck, Moscow Metro Urges Riders “We promise that the statues will be grateful and all your wishes will come true,” Moscow's Transport Department said. Thu, 26 Nov 2020 14:41:46 +0100 Viral ‘Cyberpunk Farm’ Satirizes Russia’s High-Tech Future The video has racked up over 3 million views for poking fun at rural Russian life and state corporations alike. Tue, 24 Nov 2020 11:29:00 +0100 Bolsonaro Beams as Putin Praises His 'Masculinity' The episode gave birth to a flood of memes poking fun at the Russian strongman and the Brazilian populist. Thu, 19 Nov 2020 08:44:40 +0100 Chechnya Should Replace Marvel Superhero Mural With ‘Real Heroes,’ Kadyrov Says Kadyrov fears Chechnya's children will abandon their heritage in favor of the Marvel universe. Tue, 17 Nov 2020 15:11:35 +0100 Russian Town Dusts Highway With Sand, Human Bones Municipal crews had sprinkled the mixture over the road's surface as a de-icer. Mon, 16 Nov 2020 13:22:00 +0100 Turkmenistan Leader Immortalizes His Favorite Dogs With Giant Gilded Statue Berdymukhamedov's love of Alabai dogs has long been part of his cult of personality. Fri, 13 Nov 2020 12:51:00 +0100 Moscow's Cityscape Inspires Special-Edition Nike Sneakers The special-edition Air Max 90s pay homage to the Russian capital with a city-inspired color scheme and Cyrillic text. Thu, 12 Nov 2020 13:15:36 +0100 Sherlock Holmes' Baker Street Residence Owned By Former Kazakh Leader’s Daughter The Times newspaper found the final clue after previous reports had linked Dariga Nazarbayeva to the property. Wed, 11 Nov 2020 15:47:43 +0100 Moscow Metro Makes Masks Glamorous Again How else can you get the public's undivided attention? Mon, 02 Nov 2020 08:58:03 +0100 Nicholas II’s Backside Breaks the Internet With Resurfaced Skinny-Dipping Photos Kim Kardashian who? Fri, 30 Oct 2020 14:23:00 +0100 Giant Russian Puddle Rises to Online Fame With Satirical Instagram Profile The 25-year-old pothole boasts that it is the largest and oldest untouched urban feature in Russia's Far East. Wed, 28 Oct 2020 14:59:00 +0100 'Very Nice': Kazakhstan Adopts Borat’s Catchphrase for Tourism Drive Kazakhstan's lean-in attitude marks a reversal from the confrontational stance it took toward the first Borat movie. Tue, 27 Oct 2020 17:51:00 +0100 Siberian Bear, Tigers Predict Biden Election Victory Who needs polls when you have watermelons? Tue, 27 Oct 2020 14:16:00 +0100 Hungry Polar Bears Surround Russian Garbage Truck Ten polar bears surrounded a garbage truck in Siberia, even climbing in the truck for some snacks. Wed, 21 Oct 2020 17:10:40 +0200 Beluga Family Rescued From Low Tide By Russian Emergency Worker Alexei Paramonov spent hours protecting the pod from wild animals and poachers and saved the baby whale from hypothermia.  Thu, 15 Oct 2020 16:40:40 +0200 Soviet Icon Cheburashka to Appear in New Movie The Soviet Union's most famous cartoon character is entering the 21st century. Wed, 14 Oct 2020 15:55:00 +0200 Russian Bear Model Steals the Spotlight With Fairy-Tale Photoshoots Stepan, a Eurasian brown bear, was raised by humans after his own mother abandoned him. Mon, 12 Oct 2020 16:40:35 +0200 Russian Cat Owner Buys Out Train Compartment for Feline Passengers A photo snapped by an eyewitness shows three cats gazing curiously out the window from the upper seats. Fri, 09 Oct 2020 14:24:00 +0200 Russian Climate Activists ‘Dance’ For The Environment Activists all across Russia gathered to 'dance protest' for the environment. Wed, 07 Oct 2020 11:59:45 +0200 Russian Snow Leopard Kittens Caught on Camera You never know what you can find (and film) in Russia's wilderness. Tue, 06 Oct 2020 12:33:17 +0200 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