What’s On July 30 – Aug. 1

The Changing of the Kremlin Guards This Saturday at noon you can once again see the Changing of the Presidential Guards in the Kremlin after another coronavirus surge necessitated a temporary halt. Although it is not strictly a performance, the guards twirl and swing and shoot their rifles and march in perfect harmony and symmetry.…

Moscow Coffee Co-op Rallies Around LGBTQ+ Community

A popular Moscow coffee shop and an up-and-coming Russian photographer have teamed up to support the country’s LGBTQ+ community. Artyom Temirov, the founder of the Chernyi Co-operative, and his employees, wanted to support some of their customers and friends by donating the profits from sales of specially roasted coffee from the Brazilian grower Fernando Heringer…

Blistered Beet Shashlik with Halloumi

Vegetarianism is on the rise in Russia, of that there can be no doubt. Once unthinkable, today young, urban Russians are eschewing meat like never before for reasons that range from ethics to health concerns. Meatless meals are no longer confined to the forty days that precede Easter, but are becoming integral parts of restaurant…

What’s On in Moscow July 23-25

MAKS Air show For a lot of folks, one of the great traditional events of the summer in Moscow is the MAKS (International Aviation and Space Show) held at the Zhukovsky Airport, located 40 kilometers (about 25 miles) of bumper-to-bumper traffic southeast of Moscow. It opened on Tuesday, but the weekday hours are mostly for…

Russian Season at the Cannes Film Festival

This year Russia sent six films to the Cannes Film Festival, four in competitions and two in non-competitive categories. And the filmmakers brought home three awards: the Grand Prix for the film “Hytti Nro. 6” by Juho Kuosmanen co-produced with Russia — shared with the film “Ghahreman” (Hero) by the Iranian filmmaker Asghar Farhadi; the…

What’s On in Moscow July 16-18

Take a river cruise With temperatures still high, beaches and pools packed, and tempers fraying, we think a Moscow River cruise is the perfect way to relax, enjoy some sightseeing, keep cool, and — if you wish — have a great meal. There are dozens of companies running tours that start and stop near the…

The Magic of Crab and Melon Okroshka

When we recently became the happy owners of a second small refrigerator, I celebrated with a trip to the market and loaded up on bulky stuff like kale, beets and their greens, celery root, an obscene number of eggplants, and several perfectly ripe melons. “Do we need four melons?” asked my husband, who I think…

What’s On July 9-11

Watch “The Seagull” where Chekhov wrote it Every year Melikhovo, the small holding about 80 kilometers south of Moscow when writer and playwright Anton Chekhov lived for many years, puts on a several productions on the property. The most interesting is “The Seagull,” which was written at Melikhovo and seems to have been inspired, in…

What’s On in Moscow July 2-4

Red Garden on Red Square After decades of being a vast empty space during the Soviet period, Red Square is beginning to reassume its historical appearance and function as a busy space filled with people, trade, celebrations, official proclamations, activities, food, and drink. Two weeks ago it was covered with books, authors, readings, music, and…

Russian Band Releases Pro-LGBT Video

Russian band Sansara on Tuesday released a pro-LGBT video for their single “We Will Become Better.”  The video is about “two people who love each other but forbid themselves because of societal judgment around their relationship, and so unfortunately it cannot happen,” its writer Evgeny Primachenko told The Moscow Times. The clip has so far…

Of Vaccines and Varenye

As Moscow grapples with a third wave of coronavirus, the thorny issue of vaccine hesitancy has emerged as the biggest roadblock to achieving that desired herd immunity. An overwhelming majority of Russians flatly refuse to get the widely available Sputnik vaccine, despite all inducements or mandates from the government. This should surprise no one. A…

What’s On June 25-27

Since this week the epidemiological situation in Moscow is even worse than last week, the city is maintaining the restrictions already implemented. Most outdoor theaters, playgrounds, food courts, children’s playrooms in malls, and zoos will remain closed. Restaurants and bars must close from 11 p.m. to 6 a.m. Theaters, movie theaters, museums and other cultural…

An Apricot Cake for All Seasons

Expats develop oddly obsessive attitudes towards food. After a few months in a foreign country, spot something that screams “I’m from your home country!” on the shelves of a cash-and-carry and chances are you’ll scoop it up and carry it home regardless of whether you need it or even like it. In my Moscow flat,…

What’s On in Moscow June 18-20

New coronavirus restrictions As Moscow experiences another surge in cases, the city has implemented a series of restrictions. Outdoor theaters, playgrounds, food courts, children’s playrooms in malls, and zoos will remain closed through June 29. Restaurants and bars must close from 11 p.m. to 6 a.m. Theaters, movie theaters, museums and other cultural venues will…

What’s On in Moscow June 12-15

Russia Day A holiday since 1992, Russia Day marks the day in 1990 that Russia ratified the Declaration of State Sovereignty, which provided certain freedoms to Russia within the Soviet Union. In recent years it is usually celebrated most vibrantly at the city’s historical museums, where key moments in the country’s past are acted out…

Arts Played a Starring Role at ‘Russian Davos’

Creative industries, culture and the arts found themselves in the spotlight of the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF) this year. For the first time in the history of the forum, the event incorporated a special Creative Business Forum, featuring more than 200 speakers representing leading museums, galleries, arts fairs, cultural foundations from Russia and…

The Svekolnik Smoothie

And just like that — it’s summer. It caught me unawares. I haven’t put my winter clothes away and I still reach for socks in the morning. Until the hot weather began in earnest this week, I was still firmly in hot soup mode, so much so that I lugged home from the market a…

What’s On in Moscow June 4-6

Music among the stars On Friday night on the 90th floor of one of the Moscow City towers, Ian Maksin will perform a concert on his cello accompanied by his group Zaria. The Russian-American musician sings and plays a fusion of music inspired by the Balkans, South America, the Middle East, Mongolia and other places…

Children Are Celebrated Throughout Russia Today

Children’s Day, like several other Soviet holidays, actually began in the U.S. In 1857, Reverend Dr. Charles Leonard held a special service dedicated to children in his Chelsea, Massachusetts church. He first called it Rose Day, and later Flower Sunday, and finally Children’s Day. In 1925, the World Conference of Child Welfare in Geneva founded…

What’s On in Moscow May 28-30

Season premiere in the Green Theater This Saturday night the outdoor Green Theater at VDNH Park opens their summer season with a unique program of music for harps. The program will be performed by the much celebrated musician Alexander Boldachev accompanied by the Russian Ministry of Defense Orchestra. It will be conducted by Fabio Mastrangelo,…