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, 24 Sep 2020 07:11:53 +0200 600 RT Trolls Trump With Post-Election Job Offer https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/09/23/rt-trolls-trump-with-post-election-job-offer-a71526 If Trump loses the Nov. 3 election, he at least has one Plan B option. Wed, 23 Sep 2020 15:31:56 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/09/23/rt-trolls-trump-with-post-election-job-offer-a71526 Putin, Lukashenko Awarded ‘Ig Nobel Prize’ for Coronavirus Response https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/09/18/putin-lukashenko-awarded-ig-nobel-prize-for-coronavirus-response-a71481 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 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/09/18/putin-lukashenko-awarded-ig-nobel-prize-for-coronavirus-response-a71481 Chechen TV Claims Europe Created Lifelike Kadyrov Mask for ‘Provocation’ Plot https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/09/16/chechen-tv-claims-europe-created-lifelike-kadyrov-mask-for-provocation-plot-a71455 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 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/09/16/chechen-tv-claims-europe-created-lifelike-kadyrov-mask-for-provocation-plot-a71455 Kanye West Tweets Putin Photo While Arguing for Artists’ Rights https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/09/16/kanye-west-tweets-putin-photo-while-arguing-for-artists-rights-a71457 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 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/09/16/kanye-west-tweets-putin-photo-while-arguing-for-artists-rights-a71457 Rare ‘Ugly Duckling’ Albino Seal Pup in Far East Russia Wins Hearts https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/09/10/rare-ugly-duckling-albino-seal-pup-in-far-east-russia-wins-hearts-a71411 Sometimes being different is a good (and very cute) thing. Thu, 10 Sep 2020 18:33:37 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/09/10/rare-ugly-duckling-albino-seal-pup-in-far-east-russia-wins-hearts-a71411 Russian Gravediggers Defy Coronavirus to Throw Speed-Digging Contest https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/09/10/russian-gravediggers-defy-coronavirus-to-throw-speed-digging-contest-a71406 The most morbid sport ever. Thu, 10 Sep 2020 13:53:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/09/10/russian-gravediggers-defy-coronavirus-to-throw-speed-digging-contest-a71406 ‘Paradise Without Cocaine.’ Ousted Kremlin Aide Surkov Publishes Poem https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/09/03/paradise-without-cocaine-ousted-kremlin-aide-surkov-publishes-poem-a71324 Vladislav Surkov: From advising the president to writing verse. Thu, 03 Sep 2020 10:28:10 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/09/03/paradise-without-cocaine-ousted-kremlin-aide-surkov-publishes-poem-a71324 Russian Army Unveils Camo Robes for Military Priests https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/08/25/russian-army-unveils-camo-robes-for-military-priests-a71236 Unfortunately, we don't see anything in these photos. Tue, 25 Aug 2020 12:25:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/08/25/russian-army-unveils-camo-robes-for-military-priests-a71236 Russian Department Store’s Women-Only Parking Spots Spark Backlash https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/08/10/russian-department-stores-women-only-parking-spots-spark-backlash-a71083 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 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/08/10/russian-department-stores-women-only-parking-spots-spark-backlash-a71083 Ukrainian Skateboarder Goes Viral With Kickflip Video, Tony Hawk Shout-Out https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/08/06/ukrainian-skateboarder-goes-viral-with-kickflip-video-tony-hawk-shout-out-a71064 Svetlana Yurchenko’s unbridled excitement at landing a kickflip caught the skateboarding legend’s attention. Thu, 06 Aug 2020 09:51:47 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/08/06/ukrainian-skateboarder-goes-viral-with-kickflip-video-tony-hawk-shout-out-a71064 TikTok’s Latest Viral Trend Is a Russian Cereal Jingle From 2010 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/08/05/tiktoks-latest-viral-trend-is-a-russian-cereal-jingle-from-2010-a71059 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 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/08/05/tiktoks-latest-viral-trend-is-a-russian-cereal-jingle-from-2010-a71059 Russian Pensioner Unleashes Camel Chaos on Neighbors https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/07/31/russian-pensioner-unleashes-camel-chaos-on-neighbors-a71031 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 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/07/31/russian-pensioner-unleashes-camel-chaos-on-neighbors-a71031 Russian Woman Convicted of Smoked-Fish Assault on Police Officer https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/07/29/russian-woman-convicted-of-smoked-fish-assault-on-police-officer-a71002 The train station vendor hit the officer “many times” after being asked to leave the platform. Wed, 29 Jul 2020 17:00:29 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/07/29/russian-woman-convicted-of-smoked-fish-assault-on-police-officer-a71002 Kitten Burglar Snatches Cash Bundle in Russian Bar Heist https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/07/23/kitten-burglar-snatches-cash-bundle-in-russian-bar-heist-a70959 Watch your wallets around this cat. Thu, 23 Jul 2020 11:49:00 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/07/23/kitten-burglar-snatches-cash-bundle-in-russian-bar-heist-a70959 KFC Tests 3D-Printed Chicken Nuggets in Russia https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/07/20/kfc-tests-3d-printed-chicken-nuggets-in-russia-a70923 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 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/07/20/kfc-tests-3d-printed-chicken-nuggets-in-russia-a70923 Siberian Priest Claims He Shut Down Brothel With 6 Years of Prayer https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/07/17/siberian-priest-claims-he-shut-down-brothel-with-6-years-of-prayer-a70914 “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 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/07/17/siberian-priest-claims-he-shut-down-brothel-with-6-years-of-prayer-a70914 Apple Unveils Russian Nesting Doll Emoji https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/07/17/apple-unveils-russian-nesting-doll-emoji-a70909 The matryoshka emoji is set to come to our Apple devices this fall. Fri, 17 Jul 2020 14:22:40 +0200 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/07/17/apple-unveils-russian-nesting-doll-emoji-a70909 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