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Web-based Social Networking Makes It All the Way To the GULAGS of Nizhny Tagil

Nikolai Usatykh, serving 22 years in Arkhangelsk (or is he just 22 years old?) Twitter may be all the rage here in the United States, but social networking over the World Wide Web has just jumped over a 15-ft. fence…

Posted on: April 21st, 2009 | Comments (12)

The reigning czarina of Russian sluts, the ever-ambitious Karina Barbie, released a poorly-edited video of herself practicing her poledancing moves when she was 17. Note that she’s poledancing in her parents’ home, with her babushka walking back and forth sans…

Posted on: February 23rd, 2009 | Comments (21)

New Year's Greetings From Russia's Provincial Carmen Elektra

This hussie, named Karina Barbie, is hugely popular in Russia, a kind of low provincial Carmen Elektra. She’s originally from the central Kazakh town of Karaganda, which is a euphemism in Russian for “backwater.” Buck-toothed and head slightly askew, it’s…

Posted on: February 3rd, 2009 | Comments (18)

Moscow's Finest Stomp & Arrest Annoying Greenpeace Mascot

Like all healthy folks, I hate cops. The only thing worse than cops are Russian cops. And the only thing worse than Russian cops are the OMON–the Interior Ministry’s paramilitary goons famous for brutalizing anyone who dares to oppose the…

Posted on: January 30th, 2009 | Comments (27)

Horrific Flashback From My Soviet Childhood

A few weeks ago, I went to see a new Russian horror film called S.S.D. (the acronym translates to “Death to Soviet Children”) about a bunch of annoying Moscow urbanites who get slaughtered while shooting a reality TV show in…

Posted on: October 8th, 2008 | Comments (1)

Postcard from Georgia: The Russian Toilet Protest

I was in Georgia last week researching a magazine story on the Russo-Georgian conflict, when I stumbled upon the shuttered Russian embassy in Tbilisi. The gated compound looked normal — no bullet holes or anti-Russian graffiti — but there was…

Posted on: October 6th, 2008 | Leave Comment

Russian Hate Crime: Brutal Beheading Caught on Tape, Case Solved?

Last summer, I grossed out a bunch of my guests at a small party I had at my apartment. We watched a gruesome beheading video that was posted on the Internet that day. The video showed two masked Russian skinheads…

Posted on: September 18th, 2008 | Leave Comment