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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

What to Do: Get on a Roll

Courtesy Of Moscow RidesTwo of Moscow's group rollerbladers.
Theirs is a Moscow of shadows and silence: the Kremlin in hushed darkness, yellow streetlights reflected in the river and domes.

It's all glimpsed in a moment, and perhaps a backward glance, as they float down the city's boulevards and byways.

Moscow's group rollerbladers take to the streets a few days a week, and some nights, traversing the capital in snaking, sinuous lines of hundreds of skaters.

They toil from VVTs in the north to Vykhino, at the city's eastern limits. From the little Las Vegas that is Ulitsa Novy Arbat to one of Stalin's Seven Sisters at Krasnopresnenskaya. They do little circles around Proletarskaya metro station.

There are sometimes broken limbs, often scratches and scrapes. Skaters, mostly young Russians, share the road with the capital's maniacal drivers if the pavement is blocked.

"It has a specific character," said Yevgeny Vereshchagin, one of the organizers. "Obstacles appear that you don't get in parks. The skating area is bigger. And it's not only pleasure -- it's travel."

Moscow Rides,

For those that can't skate, there's a free school at Poklonnaya Gora