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 Mon, 18 Feb 2019 10:06:21 +0100 600 Russian Priest Under Fire for Sultry Sermons The priest was rebuked for addressing pornography, choice of lingerie and advising women to imagine a man performing 'physiological functions.' Fri, 15 Feb 2019 12:43:00 +0100 Triple Sunrise Dazzles Northern Russia, in Pictures The unusual ice crystal phenomenon inspired many Instagram posts. Wed, 13 Feb 2019 13:41:00 +0100 Elon Musk Reacts — in Russian — to Bizarre Backward-Driving Car Video The 18-year-old driver switched the direction of his seat and steering wheel to face backward to ride through the streets. Wed, 13 Feb 2019 09:42:00 +0100 Russian Prisoners Create 'Motherland' Sculpture Out of Snow Life in Russian prison can bring out the artist within you. Fri, 01 Feb 2019 13:33:00 +0100 Giant Icicles Threaten and Dazzle Russia, in Photos Here are some of the most spectacular, terrifying and beautiful ice formations this season. Fri, 01 Feb 2019 10:32:00 +0100 Russian Takes 'Magic Carpet Ride' on Snowy Streets, Riling Police (Video) The man "transported his friends on the roadway on a textile in the form of a carpet attached to his car,” police said. Thu, 31 Jan 2019 08:59:00 +0100 Moscow Man Says He’s Haunted by Arshavin’s Ghost, Appeals to Police The unnamed accuser alleged that Arshavin’s ghost attacks him and appears to steal his money. Wed, 30 Jan 2019 10:47:00 +0100 Russian Town Installs Giant Fans to Disperse Smog Children from the smog-hit town have reportedly been forced to wear gas masks while playing outside. Tue, 29 Jan 2019 13:23:00 +0100 4 Siberian Tiger Cubs Seen Playing in Rare New Video Footage Four cubs are seen nestling next to an adult Siberian tiger and playing on a hilltop in the videos. Fri, 25 Jan 2019 15:18:00 +0100 Russian Woman Beats Up Taxi Driver Over High Fare, Steals Cab “In the ensuing conflict over the cab fare, the perpetrator beat up the driver, then started the car and drove away from the scene,” police said. Tue, 22 Jan 2019 15:29:00 +0100 'Our Boys in Salisbury' Board Game Reportedly on Sale in Russia The game reportedly mocks the Skripal poisoning. Tue, 22 Jan 2019 14:36:34 +0100 The 10-Year Challenge, Russian-Style Here are a few takes on the viral 10-year challenge meme, done in a way only Russia can. Mon, 21 Jan 2019 14:47:06 +0100 Ready to Take the Plunge? Here Are 5 Tips for Surviving Epiphany in Russia This weekend, tens of thousands of Russians will plunge into freezing rivers and lakes to celebrate the feast of the Epiphany. Thu, 17 Jan 2019 14:36:55 +0100 ‘Pray for Us’ Religious Billboards Seek to Keep Drivers Safe in St. Petersburg Sixty billboards depicting Orthodox saints have recently appeared next to highways throughout St. Petersburg. Mon, 14 Jan 2019 14:37:37 +0100 Orthodox Church Says It Won’t Budge on Date of Russian Christmas Orthodox Christians follow the Julian calendar, which celebrates the birth of Christ on Jan. 7. Mon, 14 Jan 2019 13:07:51 +0100 Moscow Duma Chairman Defends Automated System That Overshot Vote Tally “The screen shows a vote of 33 for and 3 against — that’s 36 people,” a deputy said. “But I counted 26.” Fri, 11 Jan 2019 14:27:25 +0100 Forgetting the Purges, Official Claims Russia Has 'Never' Targeted Dissidents “I note that we’ve never, even in the days of tsarist Russia, killed people for dissent,” Magadan governor Sergei Nosov said. Fri, 11 Jan 2019 11:48:58 +0100 Mayor, Trying to Persuade Residents to Use Public Transport, Arrives to Work 2 Hours Late “Yes, Mikhail Alexandrovich [Isayev] took more than two hours to get to work … and was a bit late for the briefing,” a city hall spokeswoman said. Thu, 10 Jan 2019 13:25:56 +0100 Elon Musk’s Self-Driving Tesla ‘Runs Over’ Putin’s Robot Pal A widely shared video claimed to show a Tesla Model S running over Promobot, a friend of President Vladimir Putin. Wed, 09 Jan 2019 09:40:35 +0100 Russians Race at the ‘Cold Pole’ in -52 C The world’s coldest inhabited place, a northeast Russian village nicknamed the “Cold Pole,” hosted a race in sub-zero temperatures. Tue, 08 Jan 2019 15:17:48 +0100 Russian Patriarch Warns ‘Antichrist’ Will Control Humans Through Gadgets In an interview, Patriarch Kirill warned against “falling into slavery” to smartphones. Tue, 08 Jan 2019 08:47:31 +0100 Stampede Disrupts Russian Nationalist Party’s Candy Giveaway Vladimir Zhirinovsky's candy giveaways ended in tears when crowds were filmed shoving each other for New Year’s gifts. Mon, 07 Jan 2019 15:14:35 +0100 United Russia Official Tabbed for Microchip Implant Experiment The future is here, and it’s less than 4,000 kilometers east of Moscow. Mon, 07 Jan 2019 09:38:53 +0100 Kremlin Propagandist Reprises Rap Performance "We put our gas pipelines on your sanctions," Dmitry Kiselyov rapped on air. Fri, 04 Jan 2019 09:57:04 +0100 Santa and an Elf Tightrope Walk Over Moscow Eyewitnesses spotted the daredevils walking the tightrope on Tverskaya Ulitsa this weekend. Thu, 03 Jan 2019 09:16:00 +0100 Skydiving Santas Soar Over Moscow Moscow police told the tabloid Moskovsky Komsomolets that a search was underway for the stuntmen. Tue, 01 Jan 2019 10:19:36 +0100 Hooded Christmas Trees in Russia Draw ‘KKK’ Comparisons A row of Christmas trees in St. Petersburg have drawn comparisons to robed Ku-Klux Klansmen. Mon, 31 Dec 2018 14:38:49 +0100 Russian Watchdog Cautions NYE Parties Against Hiring ‘Bad Santas’ “Using people’s gullibility and lack of vigilance, rogue entertainers can commit theft during festivities,” Rospotrebnadzor writes. Thu, 27 Dec 2018 14:12:44 +0100 The Year in Review: 2018 in Memes Here are the funniest memes that Russians produced in 2018. Thu, 27 Dec 2018 09:45:38 +0100 Seasons’ Greetings From Duma Deputy Poklonskaya, on a Horse Russian State Duma deputy Natalia Poklonskaya Tue, 25 Dec 2018 14:10:00 +0100 Memes Abound After Emu Escapes Russian Christmas Special A Christmas emu on the lam in a St. Petersburg school soon found itself the star of memes. Tue, 25 Dec 2018 09:38:42 +0100 Ice Maze With No Escape Branded a Metaphor for Russia Online users saw the maze as representative of life in today’s Russia. Mon, 24 Dec 2018 15:41:57 +0100 Russian Firefighters Use Snowballs to Douse Flames “Our lads used an elegant, safe and fun means of preventing the fire from spreading – snowballs,” a spokesman said. Mon, 24 Dec 2018 13:51:23 +0100 Disgruntled Siberian Cycles in -40 C Against Bus Fare Hikes “We recommend Nikita and all residents of Surgut to dress warmer and get to school and work using safer routes,” the mayor’s office said. Mon, 24 Dec 2018 09:57:40 +0100 The 8 Craziest Russia Stories of 2018 From cops putting out fires with snowballs, to officials’ wives twerking in the midst of highways and Orthodox priests going Gucci, Russia was the place to be in 2018. Fri, 21 Dec 2018 15:44:22 +0100 GOAT on a Horse: Russian Football Star Arshavin Spotted Leaving Strip Club by Steed The player reportedly failed to pay the full fare for the ride. Thu, 20 Dec 2018 15:54:13 +0100 Decade-Old Corpses Discovered in Moscow Cancer Ward The research center said the four cadavers, which were handed over to law enforcement, were stored because “they were long unclaimed by relatives.” Wed, 19 Dec 2018 15:07:31 +0100 Russian Authorities Cover Snow in White Paint to Hide Signs of Pollution, Reports The head of the town said he had reprimanded those responsible and ordered the removal of the paint from the snow hill. Wed, 19 Dec 2018 13:18:07 +0100 Our Air Quality is Better Than in Paris, Mayor of Smog-Hit Siberian City Tells Protesters Four factories in Chelyabinsk were told to stop all emissions after heavy smog hit the city. Fri, 14 Dec 2018 15:40:02 +0100 'Intoxicated' Shooter Detained in Russian Church After Boar Hunt, Local Media Report The suspect reportedly stabbed a policeman with a pointed church relic while being detained. Mon, 10 Dec 2018 15:19:46 +0100 Russian Priest Investigated After Flaunting 'Gucci' Lifestyle on Instagram A disciplinary commission will return the priest "to his senses", a church spokesman said. Mon, 10 Dec 2018 10:27:21 +0100 Ex-Science Teachers Busted in Breaking Bad-Style Drug Lab in Russia The male suspect was reportedly responsible for preparing the amphetamine drug, while his female colleague distributed the illegal substance. Fri, 07 Dec 2018 15:20:06 +0100 Rammstein Frontman Causes Ruckus With Bondage Escort at Moscow Book Signing Lindemann entered his book signing with a woman trailing him on a leash, on her knees and clad in a bondage suit. Thu, 06 Dec 2018 14:52:14 +0100 Chief Kremlin Propagandist Schedules Rap Festival at Nudist Beach in Crimea Young Russian rappers have decried what they say is a recent government crackdown on freedom of expression. Thu, 06 Dec 2018 14:08:13 +0100 Russian Retirees Increasingly at Risk of HIV Due to Unprotected Sex and Drug Parties, Expert Warns “In general, this population group leads a very active sexual lifestyle,” the head of a regional AIDS center was cited as saying. Thu, 06 Dec 2018 13:55:35 +0100 Russian Schoolchildren Given Portrait of Ex-U.S. General for Shooting Practice The organizers called the general "an enemy of the Russian people " and said they were "working to promote patriotic education.” Mon, 03 Dec 2018 12:42:36 +0100 Moscow’s First Cable Car Shuts Down After Opening in Suspected Cyberattack The cable car went down only two hours after opening on the day after it was opened to the public. Thu, 29 Nov 2018 10:24:06 +0100 Head of Major Russian Bank Greets Investors in Star Wars Jedi Costume Kostin, the sanctioned head of VTB, was seen wearing an Obi Wan Kenobi costume at Russia’s largest financial conference this week. Thu, 29 Nov 2018 09:34:05 +0100 Moscow Beauty Queen Marries Malaysian King in 'Stunning Wedding' King Sultan Muhammad V, 49, reportedly married Miss Moscow 2015 winner Oksana Voyevodina, 25, in the Russian capital late last week. Tue, 27 Nov 2018 13:10:40 +0100 Moscow Opens First-Ever Cable Car Line at Luzhniki A 20-minute drive between Vorobyovy Gory and Luzhniki Stadium will become a five-minute glide inside cable cars, the mayor’s office announced. Mon, 26 Nov 2018 15:39:34 +0100