Today is March 8, meaning it’s International Women’s Day in the former Warsaw Pact nations. It brings back mixed emotions–gagging, for starters, just remembering the revolting cheesiness of those fat, vain Russian TV hosts showing off their toasting skills in honor of women they could give a fuck about…and the Russian women in our lives who were mortally offended if you didn’t partake in the whole offensive ritual.
But then there was the other side of Women’s Day that makes us a bit nostalgic: Russia’s devushki. An abundance of devushki. So many devushki it gave you a headache. As this recent Komsomolskaya Pravda story on the “Girls of the Siloviki” shows, even the scariest devushki had a certain tantalizing “Amateur Hardcore MILF” quality about them that made it hard to think responsibly. (If you want to know more about the siloviki, click here. Would you like to know more?)
So here then is a March 8 photo essay showing off Kremlin Femdom at its best: The Girls of the Silovki:
Viktoria Berezhkova, Head of Information and Public Communications department, Directorate of Internal Affairs, Ulyanovsk Oblast.
Anna Minina, Press Secretary, Ministry of Emergency Situations, Vladimir Oblast.
Antonina Makeeva, Senior Assistant to the Press Secretary of the Investigative Committee, Volgograd Oblast.
Elena Razin’kova, Chief State Inspector for Public Relations, Voronezh Oblast Customs.
Ksenia Smolobus, Chief of Propaganda, Krasnoyarsk city traffic police.
Svetlana Kovylina, Deputy Chief of Public Relations Internal Affairs Dept, Nizhy Novgorod Oblast.
Tatyana Yermolenko, Press Secretary for the Ministry of Emergency Situations, Vologda Oblast
Irina Zubareva, Official Representative for Department “K” in the Interior Ministry, Moscow.
Sofia Granovskaya, Head of the Press Department for City Administration for Internal Affairs, Voronezh Oblast.
Irina Kolchina. Head of the Press Department for the Federal Bureau of Prisons
For more on International Women’s Day, read The eXile’s archives, including “War Nerd” Gary Brecher’s homage to the Women of Warfare…or American expat Nancy Deal’s account of what it feels like to be a foreign woman in a Moscow office on March 8…and Yasha Levine’s prescient look at the 10 Most Likely First Ladies of Russia written before Dmitri Medvedev was anointed as Russia’s new president (his wife Svetlana Medvedeva figures as #1)…last but not least, check out the full archive of our highly popular weekly photo essay: “Tyolka Tuesday“…
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