11 New Year on the Red Square

New Year on the Red Square

Posted on January 1, 2015 by tim

If in New York there is a crowd in Times Square during the New Year countdown then in Moscow it’s Red Square where people flock to. Alexander, the blogger, decided to go there too and take some photos so we all now can see what’s going on in Red Square on the night when the date and year changes.

Some comments he heard there were pretty racist, some people were very angry, looking inside this posting you’ll understand why!

To get there, people have to stand in line for the metal detectors, like in the airport.

Because drinking is sort of prohibited (imagine that!) in Russia in public places, people had to drop the bottles. However Alexander says many people were still sneaking the alcohol in with them.

After the metal detector, there is a search squad.

When you think its over, it is not – closer to the square itself there is one more security barrier where people are searched again.

Alexander says people in the crowd were shouting: “Why do you search us? Why do you spoil our party feeling?”.

This is the crowd trying to get inside.

One by one, after the search, people went in.

The policeman with a loudspeaker tried to comfort the crowd and asked them not to push forward.

This is another security barrier from the other street.


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11 Responses to “New Year on the Red Square”

  1. Erik says:

    Excellent photos !!! How cold was it in the square ?
    Thank you .

  2. Ron says:

    I like the guy on the first picture. He looks like he’s leading the celebrations.

  3. Lucy Parker says:

    HAPPY NEW YEAR ALEXANDER!! Hope you had a great time!

  4. Richard S. says:

    Because of risks of muslim terrorist attacks, security at this magnitude is now necessary. Not just in Russia but everywhere! The Russian Polizia are just doing their job – to serve and to protect! Just think, back in the 1960s there was no security hassles boarding aircraft!

  5. Mike from Ohio says:

    Look at all the people looking at their cellphone cameras taking pictures of the fireworks!

    When you ask them did they see the fireworks, they’ll say no, sheepishly, “But I got them on my cell camera!”
    Oh, and the girl with the derp ducklip face, [p3-pic2, pink hood] priceless! Hahas!
    Thanks for the pics!

  6. Quinn says:

    Strange how many, many photos have Asian people. I am wondering if these are tourists, or the large numbers of of Muslim Central Asians who have settled in Russia lately. Before you know it, The Kremlin will be a mosque. Enjoy diversity, Russians!

  7. Andrew says:

    Local people usually meet New Year with their family at home or in the country. Therefore most people on the Red Square are tourists and migrant workers. On page 3 pic 3,5,8,9 you can see typical Caucasians dancing Lezginka. On page 2 pic 15 woman holds red flag of Kyrgyzstan. Some of the people are Central Asian workers. Some may be students from East Asia. Some are Russian and European tourists.

  8. Bob says:

    I think I actually saw a Russian!

  9. George says:

    Better planning next year for transport & exits, will make it even better. Enjoyed the pics and the story. Thanks Alexander & English Russia!

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