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Patriotic Babushka Sings Stalin’s Praises

Ever wonder who exactly those 47% of Russians are who are nostalgic for the days of Stalin? Here is one babushka caught singing the Soviet anthem, and singing, and singing, testing the notoriously patient Russian masses…until

Posted on: July 29th, 2008 | Leave Comment

A Prostitute’s Guide to Ulyanovsk & Photo Essay

View of Ulyanovsk from my 20th floor hotel room On a Sunday evening in Ulyanovsk, after the Give Birth to a Patriot ceremony, I found myself in a movie theater watching Wanted, the new Russian-directed Angelina Jolie flick, with a…

Posted on: July 22nd, 2008 | Leave Comment

Clifford J. Levy’s Cold Shower

According to Pulitzer Prize-seeking reporter Clifford Levy of the New York Times, Russia still turns off its hot water to apartments for a month every summer. It’s the kind of scoop that has made Levy a star

Posted on: July 16th, 2008 | Leave Comment

Baby Bumper Crop in Lenin’s Hometown

Gov. Sergei Morozov baptizes a UAZ-Patriot, the grand prize for one lucky newborn’s family. ULYANOVSK, Russia—On a humid Sunday afternoon in late June, about 100 couples clutching newborn babies filed into the Lenin Memorial overlooking the wide banks of the Volga River. This…

Posted on: July 16th, 2008 | Leave Comment

Russian Darwin Awards: Kid Jumps Off Bridge and Dies

A 20-year-old in Yaroslavl does a back-flop off a 70 ft high bridge on a dare, breaks his back upon entry and sinks to the bottom of Volga like a stone. His friends catch the whole thing—including his last puffs…

Posted on: July 15th, 2008 | Leave Comment

Welcome to Nashestvie, Russia’s largest open-air Russian rock festival. It is held annually around Moscow, this year in Tver. Can’t you just feel the love?

Posted on: July 14th, 2008 | Leave Comment

The eXile: Banned in Russia!

They’re looking for us! As you know, we’ve been fucked over for good in Russia. “Why they done gone ‘n do that?” you ask in your innocent/retarded Deliverance way? Well, we’re too busy hiding from the FSB

Posted on: June 22nd, 2008 | Leave Comment