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This is the cover of The eXile Issue #288, published in May 2008.

Posted: May 1st, 2008

This is the cover of Issue #287 of The eXile, published in April of 2008.

Posted: April 17th, 2008

Issue #10This is the cover of issue #10 of The eXile, published June 1997.

Posted: June 19th, 1997

Who's there?

Virtually every unmarried person-and certainly every unmarried man-who reads Moscow newspapers knows what he’s looking at when he sees an ad for “Massage.” Though The Moscow Times long ago disposed of the word in favor of the even more meaningless euphemism “Introduction,” The Moscow Tribune and advertisers in a host of other Moscow papers (including our own) still insist on calling prostitutition services “Massage.” A man seeking “massage” in this town can specify the hair color, height and even bust size of his “masseuse.” But can he get a massage-particularly if, after contracting a mildly contagious disease, he really needs one? (more…)

Posted: May 8th, 1997

We at the eXile were on the phone last week when a funny thing happened. We were hard at work at the time, researching an in-depth story on what spring in Moscow was really all about. Unlike other newspapers and magazines, we’d decided to go straight to the source-the people-to get our story. Our first call was to the KGB Veterans’ Club. Surely, we thought, they of all people must know what spring is all about.

“What?” a voice answered. “I don’t understand your question.” (more…)

Posted: May 8th, 1997

Who's there?

Two Fridays ago, The staff of the eXile was shocked by the appearance of the Moscow Tribune‘s “Time Out” nightlife section-a new club listings page which included snappy, no-holds-barred descriptions of bars and clubs making liberal use of such phrases as “it sucks,” “whores,” “cool,” and “16 Tons is the King Of Moscow’s Club Scene!” (more…)

Posted: April 17th, 1997

This is the cover of The eXile Issue #5, published in April 1997. (more…)

Posted: April 10th, 1997

It’s been a rough week for Russia’s Prime Minister, Victor Stepanovich Chernomyrdin. How rough? Well, as it turns out, he’s not worth 5 billion dollars, as alleged by United States’ Republican Congressman Henry Hyde. Nuh-uh. Hyde was just behaving like the anti-Russian that he is. Rather, according to a recent Russian government press release, the second most powerful man in the C.I.S. makes a paltry $703 per month.

“Seven hundred and three dollars?! Shame!” (more…)

Posted: April 10th, 1997

This is the cover of The eXile Issue #4, published in April 1997. (more…)

Posted: April 1st, 1997

This is the cover of The eXile Issue #3, published in March 1997.

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Posted: March 20th, 1997

AIG Insurance
eXile: Hello? Irina?
AIG: Yes?
eXile: Yes, hello, I was given your number. My name is Michael B-.
AIG: Pleased to meet you.
eXile: Likewise. I’m calling because I’m interested in acquiring a life insurance policy.
AIG: I see. And you are a citizen of what country?
eXile: USA-
AIG: Because I’m not entirely sure that we insure anybody except Russian citizens.
eXile: I’m well known in Moscow. I’m friends with Paul Tatum, Paul Glotser…
AIG: What?
eXile: It’s just that I’ve been here a long time, which is why I’m calling a Russian agency.
(Fifteen minutes later) (more…)

Posted: March 20th, 1997

This is the cover of The eXile Issue #2, published in March 1997.

Posted: March 20th, 1997

International Women’s Day means many different things to many different people. For flower sellers, it’s sweeps month. For men, it’s time to learn to make pasta. But for women-oh yes, women-it means a whole lot more. We here at the eXile like to think that there’s a little bit of magic in the air. This March 8th, open your eyes and take a good look around you. You just might be surprised at what you see. And you might learn some hard lessons in life: what it’s like to be a woman-and moreover, what it’s like to be that world-famous type of woman, the dyevushka. (more…)

Posted: March 6th, 1997

This is the cover of The eXile Issue #1, published in February 1997.

Posted: February 20th, 1997

This is the cover of the infamous zero issue of The eXile published in February 1997.

Posted: February 6th, 1997