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.
Those people were finally let in.
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.
“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.”
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.”
Here, you see that the tower is not real.
For 100 rubles, you could have a photo taken with “Father Frost” – the Russian version of Santa Klaus.
And now… 12:00 – the New 2015 Year. Fireworks have started and people film all this on their phones.
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”.
“You had to fight your way through everyone to enter the Metro station”, says Alexander
Policeman wanted to calm down the people again.
Inside the metro it was even worse – says Alexander. “I couldn’t breath sometimes, but I kept filming..”.
Policeman tried to catch the ones who tried to sneak in without a ticket.
“This girl was all in tears”, says Alexander
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!