Who says football pitches are flat and green, that goalposts are made out of metal and that fields are made for playing football?
Russian social media compared the remaining teams in the tournament to guests who stay at a party after the host has gone to bed.
The history of the improbable English-language Odessa Review.
Mountains of pointless paperwork are making it nearly impossible for independent universities to survive.
Some in the host nation are worried what will happen nine months after foreign fans leave.
Croatia’s Football Federation (HNS) sacked Ognjen Vukojevic, a member of the national team’s coaching staff, over a “glory to Ukraine” video posted after Croatia beat Russia in the World Cup quarter-finals, HNS said in a statement
The team, led by Coach Stanislav Cherchesov, scored the third largest number of goals of all competing countries.
We went to the Vorobyovy Gory fan zone to ask locals how they were feeling after the national team’s defeat.
The solo exhibition of works by Vadim Kosmatschof at the New Tretyakov Gallery will change your understanding of sculpture if you let it.
Only a cynic could dismiss Russia’s World Cup successes.
Ever wanted to have a 4 p.m. breakfast or see the workings of a real brewery? Do all that and more at these nine Moscow pubs.
Ahead of his 39th birthday on Saturday, the veteran defender announced his retirement after 127 games with the Russian national team.
After Russia loss to Croatia in Saturday’s quarterfinal, footballers, politicians and fans alike are all still beaming with pride for their national team.
The Mir payment system reportedly jumped the gun to congratulate Russia for winning against Croatia.
Russian fans organized a flashmob to clean up Sochi’s Fisht Stadium after the country’s quarterfinal game against Croatia.
Take a trip into the lives of Alexander Pushkin, Fyodor Dostoevsky, and other renowned St. Petersburg residents.
Russians across the country were on the edge of their seats the entire night
The hosts came into the tournament as the lowest-ranked team but have defied expectations
Croatia beat hosts Russia 4-3 on penalties.
“When the president supports you that makes us comfortable and this is an extra boost for us in terms of motivation.”
“People have seen that Russia is a hospitable country, a friendly one for those who come here,” Putin said.
By the time the World Cup games began, Russia was prepared not only with logistics but also with art. Currently, graffiti connected to the World Cup has bloomed all over the host cities.
Football has had a bumpy ride in Russia and the Soviet Union. Sometimes the game got players an award, and sometimes – a prison sentence.
Since the beginning of the World Cup, football fans have gobbled up some 21,000 echpochmaks — traditional Tatarstan pastries — in Kazan alone.
Russia’s match against Spain last Sunday became one of the three most-watched sporting events of the past 20 years.
A British fan who was fined for defacing a football statue in Moscow has issued an apology to Russian fans following widespread outrage in the local footballing community.
If you’re in the city center this weekend, take a short detour to Apulia, Italy through a portal in the Hermitage Garden.
The names of Moscow’s most important landmarks might not mean what you think.
Russia’s second largest city is home to many religions, and each has left a mark on its architectural landscape.
“Nothing about their play said: ‘Hey, this team is growing towards becoming a competitive tournament team.’”
A Jewish Museum multimedia exhibit explores the life of the Soviet poet.
Meet the composer of the World Cup theme song for U.S. television network Fox Sports.
Have some fun playing pinball machines at the latest Moscow Times Clubs event this Saturday.
The Pharaohs are used to strongmen seeking to profit from their glory.
Whether you feel like a shot of whiskey or a bite of shepherd’s pie, head to one of these 10 Irish and British pubs.
Oyub Titiev has helped people again and again asking for nothing in return, and it is our duty to get him out of prison.
This Friday see a spectacular new ballet at the ZIL Cultural Center.
While America-Russia relations remain in the ditch, the Russian and American affinity may be stronger than it seems.
Need a fry fix? Craving a cupcake? We’ve got eight creative Moscow joints to transport you straight to America – gastronomically speaking.
An exhibition about student and subculture fashion trends during perestroika at the Museum of Moscow.
Lurid reports of hooligan violence are not the only reason Russia has an image problem.
Learn how to eat and drink the Russian way (hint: without getting totally drunk) at the Russian Pub this Wednesday.
The most private and mysterious of St. Petersburg’s former imperial residences, the playful and unusual estate now hosts a series of summer festivals.
Opposition forces are competing for the spotlight.
Meet a Russian artist who goes to work dressed up – in a fire-retardant robe, helmet and visor.
Populists, nationalists and separatists used to receive a warm welcome in Moscow.
A new documentary about Anatoly Sobchak shines light on the past and the present that might have been.
You can still see them if you look closely, but officials have tried to hide them from view.
It’s a summer Saturday afternoon in Moscow – and the city is empty. Where did everyone go? Where you should be – at the dacha!
Head over to Gostiny Dvor for some real Mexican fun.
Head over to Red Square right now for some real Mexican fun.
12 bars and clubs to check out while you’re in Moscow.
Old faves, new waves, a dress rehearsal for a new museum and much, much more in Russian, English and the language of art on the last weekend of June in Moscow.
“I was hustled into a detention center underneath the stadium.”
What was the very first World Cup championship like? Find out at the Multi-Media Museum.
Tamara Pletnyova’s comments highlight Russia’s systematic problem with sexism.
Once an abandoned Soviet building transformed, Garage celebrates its tenth anniversary this year as the hub of Russia’s contemporary art scene.
Explore Russia’s Jewish legacy in Moscow.
The country’s national team, like its Politics, is proving to be unpredictable.
Geopolitics takes a backseat as Russia and Saudi Arabia push to increase oil production.