Men at Work: Construction workers and campaign staff go about their days
Monday. Bolshaya Dmitrovka street in central Moscow has been under construction for the entire month of August. Torn-up roads are one of the hallmarks of summer in Moscow, as the long winter months don’t allow for much repaving. Also under construction this summer: a new ring road that may form part of a highway stretching from London to Shanghai.
Tuesday. Billboard-wearers advertise a sale on flowers outside the Maykovskaya metro station. Flower are an appropriate gift for almost any occasion. The sign offers a special deal for 10 roses – could the price be lower because Russians believe giving an even number of flowers is appropriate only for funerals? Read more about Russian superstitions here.
Wednesday. Campaign workers man a stand for acting Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin. The Kremlin-backed United Russia candidate is expected to win the September 8 election by a wide margin. Read more about the campaign here.
Thursday. Sparks fly as a welder repairs fences on a pedestrian street – without any particular warning to passing pedestrians. Unfortunately banning cars doesn’t mean the street is completely safe! But construction is necessary to create the 30 new pedestrian areas Moscow will have by the end of the year.
Friday. These painters may not be acrobats in the Moscow Circus but they fly just as high.
Saturday. The end of the workweek means time to work out. The theme of the week may be “Men at Work,” but Russia’s first sports club chain was founded by a woman, Olga Sloutsker. Read our interview with her here.
Sunday. Parfaits in a café may be a relaxing Sunday afternoon activity for many Muscovites, but not, sadly, for the busy waiter. This summer the Moscow City Government announced plans to expand the city’s restaurant culture – currently there is only one restaurant for every 1,500 people.