Thursday, February 08, 2018
1. One million fans are expected to visit Moscow this summer for the World Cup, but some less welcome guests are coming as well. A plague of locusts is expected descend on Russia during the World Cup. Southern Russia, including the host city of Volgograd, will be particularly affected, although preventative work is already beginning. Of course, Russia is quite well-prepared to handle other Biblical plagues: three days of darkness is a pretty good week for Russia in January.
2. You might think that Russians don’t need any egging on when it comes to snow removal, but some Muscovites are trying regardless. Over two feet of snow fell in Moscow this weekend, breaking the record set in 1957. The Moscow government called in the big guns (literally, Russian soldiers) to help clear the snow, but even that wasn’t enough to satisfy some residents disgruntled at the pace and haphazard manner of snow removal. A few citizens have taken to throwing eggs at workers removing snow, which seems to be a rather cruel yolk.
3. That’s one small step for man, and one giant leap as he attempts to smash the birdie. For the first time, astronauts played badminton in space. Four astronauts from Russia, the United States, and Japan recently played doubles badminton in the International Space Station, serving up a new source of entertainment in the form of a video compilation. Maybe a literal space race will be next?
Photo: Телестудия Роскосмоса
“It’s funny to you, but do you know how shameful it will be?”
—Russia’s Minister of Agriculture worries over the terrifying possibility of locusts disrupting the World Cup.
Want more where this comes from? Give your inbox the gift of TWERF, our Thursday newsletter on the quirkiest, obscurest, and Russianest of Russian happenings of the week.
Which would you rather: be trapped in the Arctic or accused of treason? Okay, not a fun game. But a worthwhile read about the latest in Russian news.
This week was full of wins for Russia: a famous photographer, everyone who watched Putin's call-in, and lawmakers making it harder to get foreign aid. So, a loss for Russians getting foreign aid.
Or, whatever the Russian version of margaritas, mariachis, and misunderstood military history might involve.
Victory Day, marking the 71st anniversary of the end of WWII, was celebrated this Monday. Here are the ups, downs, and nonsequiturs of the occasion.
Russia's physics-defying display at Eurovision. Bullying via dairy products. Plus some saucy presidential pecking – on the lips.
Politicians are people just like us. They get millions of Instagram responses for a lost pet and do folkdances in front of world leaders. Just a day in the life.
Sir Elton John's much-vaunted visit with Putin, Eurovision for kids, setting doors on fire, and other great performances – all in one little week.
The British are out to get Russian values and Russian naval vessels alike this week. Scroll down enough and there's also a cat pic.