Moscow’s Best Swimming Holes

Moscow has a surprising number of beaches for swimming in lakes, canals and streams, which are just opening up after the long period of self-isolation and cool, rainy weather.  In Moscow city, the swimming zones are not officially open: the city is still on high alert mode in response to the coronavirus pandemic. So wait…

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Where Can I Travel in Russia This Summer?

Russia opened its domestic tourist season Wednesday as it continues to grapple with the deadly coronavirus pandemic that has seen it record the world’s third-highest number of infections. The country closed its borders and grounded most international flights in late March to slow the spread of the outbreak, allowing only special evacuations of its own…

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Serebrennikov Trial: Russia Gives Suspended Sentence to Prominent Director in Fraud Case

A Moscow court has handed a suspended sentence to prominent theater director Kirill Serebrennikov, a surprise legal victory in a fraud case his supporters say was politically motivated and a test of artistic freedom in Russia. Suspended sentences are widely seen as the lightest punishment in Russia’s legal system, which rarely issues not-guilty verdicts. The sentencing…

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Moscow Cultural Life Is Slowly Reawakening

Finally, summer cafes, libraries and museums are expected to reopen in Moscow. Starting from June 16, exhibition halls and museums are gradually opening all over Moscow. In almost every museum, visitors will only be able to buy electronic tickets, and everyone, including guests and exhibition staffers, are required to wear masks and practice social distancing.…

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Russia Takes on ALS With a Marathon

On Friday the non-governmental organization Zhivi Seichas (Live Now) is holding a 10-hour marathon to gather 2 million rubles for Russian patients with ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis). All day on their YouTube channel or VKontakte page some of Russia’s finest athletes, actors, singers, dancers and many others will be working hard to entertain, enlighten, and even hold some dance…

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Russian TV Channel Appears to Add Footage of US Unrest to Film

Channel One devoted Sunday evening to airing director Alexei Balabanov’s movies “Brat” and “Brat 2” (“Brother” and “Brother 2”) on the twentieth anniversary of the second film’s release. The home audience across the country was, however, puzzled by new footage showing unrest across the United States in place of the final film credits.  While the famous”Nautilus Pompilius” song…

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‘Soviet Signs and Street Relics’

Photographer Jason Guilbeau, who was born in Niort, France and now lives in Strasbourg, is known for his landscapes of Switzerland, Germany and Eastern Europe, in particular the relationship between form and landscape. In “Soviet Signs and Street Relics” he has taken Google Street View images of the sculptural signs so familiar to anyone who…

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Have a Taco Party This Weekend

This weekend you can pretend it’s summer by ordering in a Mexican meal from the Hyatt Regency Petrovsky Park. A big variety of meaty and meatless dishes for two (or many more) is 3,500 rubles, which includes free delivery within the Third Ring Road and Horchata Blanca (a traditional Mexican rice drink). For the “do-it-yourself”…

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Shashlyk in the City

In 2012 the Moscow City Government issued a rule, calcified into law in 2019, which caused a certain amount of buzz amongst the creative classes. The rule was a stern reminder to “respected Muscovites and guests of the capital” that roasting meat on the city’s residential balconies was neither allowed nor encouraged. That it came around the…

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Tours, Talks, and Theater Online

“Sacred Talisman” Online Theatrical Premiere The Jewish Museum and Tolerance Center joined with Teatr Predmeta (Object Theater) to produce an online performance of “Sacred Talisman” in commemoration of the 75th anniversary of the end of WWII. The play is about a little boy who survives the horror of war by hiding under his bed and…

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Order an Indian Feast in Moscow

This weekend, May 29-31, our friends and neighbors at the Hyatt Regency Petrovsky Park are offering an Indian feast for their delivery dinner. Prepared by their executive chef Ashwani Vyas, who knows something about Indian cuisine — he grew up on it! — the meal for two actually feeds at least a family of four!…

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Russia ‘Ready’ for New Comedy on Gay Activists’ 1970s Soviet Visit, Producer Says

Oscar-nominated Russian producer Alexander Rodnyansky has announced a new television series based on the real-life story of a group of LGBT activists who visited the Soviet Union on a mistaken invitation. The comedic series will portray the Homosexuelle Aktion Westberlin (HAW) activists’ 1978 trip to Moscow after a high-ranking Soviet official mistook their gay liberation…

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Remembering Joseph Brodsky

For my generation of American Slavists, born in the 1940s, Joseph Brodsky’s appearance on our shores in 1972 was as startling as Nabokov’s. There was no hint of aristocratism or nostalgia for a lost Russia, of course, only this huge poetic gift, attested to by legendary Russian poets, and that stupendously idiotic court trial, at…

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A Singaporean Street Food Weekend

Hyatt Regency Petrovsky Park is continuing its weekend gastronomic world tour with a stop in Singapore. This weekend’s set menu is Singaporean street food, but you don’t have to go outside to get it. It will be delivered to your apartment May 22-24. The set includes Popiah (something like spring rolls) with chicken, beef and…

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Tamara Eidelman on Zuleikha

Are you are still puzzled by the continuing war of words about the novel “Zuleikha Opens Her Eyes” by Guzel Yakhina (translated into English as “Zuleikha” by Lisa C.Hayden) and the series based on the novel that aired a few weeks ago? Here is someone to help you understand both the historical facts and the…

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Have a Middle Eastern Feast

Who ordered the Korean set menu from Hyatt Regency Petrovsky Park last week? Raise your hands! Ours are up — we thought it was delicious, and it was also a party — a terrific break from cooking morning, noon and night or the usual delivery meals. So, this weekend — May 15-17 — we are…

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