Arnold Schwarenegger rides the Moscow Metro
Monday night the governor decided to ride the famous Moscow Metro. Accompanied by FSB and Moscow police escorts the governor and his party entered underground Metro station Okhotny Ryad (Охотный ряд) near the Kremlin and traveled a short distance to Metro station Novokuznetskaya (Новокузнецкая) near his hotel.
Led past the cashier and directly to the turnstile entrances, naturally official state guests are not required to purchase Metro cards. Apparently Metro officials were caught off guard, however, but not to worry as the former world weightlifting champion wasn’t going to allow a simple metal turnstile stop him descent to the underground trains.
Score: Governor 1, Turnstile 0.
It was just a short ride to Metro station Novokuznetskaya and the governor and his party exited up the escalator and walked to their hotel. Journalists joked that riders on the train seemed enchanted with the sight of Schwarenegger riding the Metro and one writer observed that it was as if passengers had “lost their ability to speak.”