New Year on the Red Square

New Year on the Red Square

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!

New Year on the Red Square

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

New Year on the Red Square

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.

New Year on the Red Square

After the metal detector, there is a search squad.

New Year on the Red Square

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

New Year on the Red Square

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

New Year on the Red Square

New Year on the Red Square

This is the crowd trying to get inside.

New Year on the Red Square

New Year on the Red Square

New Year on the Red Square

New Year on the Red Square

New Year on the Red Square

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

New Year on the Red Square

New Year on the Red Square

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

New Year on the Red Square

New Year on the Red Square

This is another security barrier from the other street.

New Year on the Red Square

New Year on the Red Square

Those people were finally let in.

New Year on the Red Square

New Year on the Red Square

New Year on the Red Square

Alexander said that before he went there he was warned that “You need to be lucky to see a Russian there”, meaning that most of the visitors would be immigrant workers from Southern ex-USSR republics, or tourists.

New Year on the Red Square

“When I approached the security barrier, one man asked me – Are you not disgusted to meet the New Year amongst THEM? And I became much ashamed.”

New Year on the Red Square

New Year on the Red Square

New Year on the Red Square

Here you can see a Kremlin tower which was closed for reconstruction last year and the picture of the tower is being projected onto it by digital projectors.

“I went all around”, Alexander says – “I passed all around Red Square and haven’t seen any public toilets.”

New Year on the Red Square

Here, you see that the tower is not real.

New Year on the Red Square

New Year on the Red Square

New Year on the Red Square

New Year on the Red Square

For 100 rubles, you could have a photo taken with “Father Frost” – the Russian version of Santa Klaus.

New Year on the Red Square

New Year on the Red Square

New Year on the Red Square

New Year on the Red Square

New Year on the Red Square

New Year on the Red Square

New Year on the Red Square

New Year on the Red Square

New Year on the Red Square

New Year on the Red Square

New Year on the Red Square

New Year on the Red Square

New Year on the Red Square

New Year on the Red Square

And now… 12:00 – the New 2015 Year. Fireworks have started and people film all this on their phones.

New Year on the Red Square

New Year on the Red Square

As soon as the fireworks finished people started leaving. Some had sparklers lit.New Year on the Red Square

New Year on the Red Square

New Year on the Red Square

New Year on the Red Square

New Year on the Red Square

Alexander says that when people started leaving, only one exit from the square was available, the other few were blocked for pedestrians. Only the one that led directly to the subway station was open. “People again were cursing and shouting”.

New Year on the Red Square

New Year on the Red Square

New Year on the Red Square

New Year on the Red Square

“You had to fight your way through everyone to enter the Metro station”, says Alexander

New Year on the Red Square

Policeman wanted to calm down the people again.

New Year on the Red Square

Inside the metro it was even worse – says Alexander. “I couldn’t breath sometimes, but I kept filming..”.

New Year on the Red Square

New Year on the Red Square

New Year on the Red Square

New Year on the Red Square

New Year on the Red Square

New Year on the Red Square

Policeman tried to catch the ones who tried to sneak in without a ticket.

New Year on the Red Square

“This girl was all in tears”, says Alexander

New Year on the Red Square

And here is Alexander himself!

“Was I disappointed? Not at all!”

Alexander came to Moscow from the distant city of Vladivostok, which is on the Russian Pacific coast. Big thanks to Alexander for his photos and efforts!

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12 thoughts on “New Year on the Red Square”

  1. 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!

  2. 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!”
    D’oh!
    Oh, and the girl with the derp ducklip face, [p3-pic2, pink hood] priceless! Hahas!
    Thanks for the pics!

  3. 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!

  4. 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.

  5. 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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