Monday, 18 December 2006

Skating on Red Square

Moscow is experiencing one of its warmest Decembers on record, with temperatures mostly above freezing. But Muscovites are still enjoying a traditional Russian winter pastime - outdoor ice skating.

Skate rental costs 500 roubles (around $19, £10). But despite what some see as the high cost, the organisers say it has been attracting up to 1,500 people a day.

Some people have been surprised to find an ice rink on Red Square.
Birgit Marie Solheim (left), who lives near Moscow but is originally from Bergen in Norway, said: "There was nothing like this before. It's very good. But 500 roubles is a lot of money for many Russian people."