In this paper, I examine a specialty of colloquial Russian – the omis- sion of verbs – and compare it to the possibilities of verb omission in Czech, where this phenomenon is rather rare. The omissions in question are to be separated from compulsory ellipses, which will not be taken into account in this paper. They are also not to be regarded as zero lexemes, which are elusive to attempts of reconstruction. The nature of this third kind of omis- sion itself presents a frame for the comparison, since these omissions can be placed along two scales, that of ambiguous/vague vs. unequivocally re- coverable and free formation vs. phraseologically bound phrase. The comparison of verb omissions in the two languages along these scales em- phasizes the restrictions of omissions in Czech and the high degree of free- dom in Russian. Moreover, verb omissions in Russian can lead to changes in the meaning of a sentence, whereas they seem to be merely a stylistic device in Czech.