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Boning For Medvedev

This was first published in The eXile in March 2008 On Friday, a group of Russian performance artists stripped off their clothes and started fucking in the middle of Moscow’s Biology Museum in an act they called “Fuck For Medvedev!”…

Mar 3, 2008 | Comments (8)

Feature Story: Russia’s Sex Slave Graveyard

The guy on the left in the Santa suit is responsible for up to fifty murdered sex slaves, including his own daughter. A version of this article first appeared in the February 2008 issue of Penthouse magazine. NIZHNY TAGIL — Last…

Feb 6, 2008 | Comments (5)

Winter Fashion Guide: Shapka Shopping

(a.k.a. Yakov Borisovich Levandovsky) I came back from vacation this week and found myself urgently in need of a warm winter shapka. I lost my last one after I gave it to some guy in exchange for a bottle of…

Jan 14, 2008 | Comments (1)

Two Cities, Two Protests, One Arrest

ST. PETERSBURG — The morning air was icy and the mood tense as people gathered for Other Russia’s pre-protest press conference outside the Yabloko office and it was obvious that something was going to go down, and soon…

Dec 11, 2007 | Leave Comment

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Taxi Driver: Gypsy Cab Confessions in Moscow

This article was first published on November 21, 2007 in The eXile. It was just after 1 a.m. on Monday morning when I pulled my rental car up to my apartment building. I’d just spent the last 48 hours working as…

Nov 21, 2007 | Comments Off

A Letter To Putin From Moscow’s Foreign Press Corps

To: President Vladimir Putin From: The Moscow Foreign Press Corps We, the Moscow Foreign Press Corps, wish to directly address you, the esteemed Russian President, concerning an affront you committed against our profession, and against our careers. Last week, you…

Oct 22, 2007 | Leave Comment

Hack Watch: Did Guardian Journalist Hack Again? OH NO HE DIDN’T!

Just when we thought we could forget about Guardian Moscow correspondent Luke Harding’s hackburgling habit, along comes the following juxtaposition from a reader in London. Is Harding unaware that his stuff sounds like everyone else’s, or does he just not care?…

Sep 14, 2007 | Leave Comment

Toxoplasma: The Obscure Cat-Shit Parasite That Explains Europe

They get in your mind… They make you do things! – General Owen referring to the Brain Bug in Starship Troopers. This isn’t a movie, kids. The Brain Bug is real. It doesn’t look anything like those big fat brain worms…

Aug 21, 2007 | Comments Off

The Kingdom of OMON

I started hearing about OMON before I ever saw them. I’d only been in Moscow a few weeks when a bar debate erupted over the authenticity of a YouTube clip purporting to capture an OMON deathblow. During an arrest an…

May 18, 2007 | Comments (1)

Enter the OMON: Russia’s Enforcers Meet the Press

OMON’s first ever meet-the-press event, organized to change the special force’s image from brutal and incompetent to professional and deadly.

May 10, 2007 | Leave Comment

The H-Bomb: Everything You Never Wanted to Know About the Herpes Epidemic

Which chick scares you more from a public health perspective? Spring is here and so are migrant birds. That means another bout of bird-flu media-frenzy. H5N1 was supposed to be a pandemic, remember? The Bubonic Plague without borders. Millions would…

Apr 20, 2007 | Comments (8)

Feature Story: Platzkart Hell

I boarded my platzkart wagon heading out of Izhevsk feeling like I could die. And that was BEFORE entering platzkart–the infamous Russian third-class railway carriage. The train car, packed to the brim with foul-smelling Izhevsk hicks, was like one giant…

Dec 15, 2006 | Leave Comment

Imperial Reckoning: The Untold Story of Britain’s Gulag in Kenya

Imperial Reckoning: The Untold Story of Britain’s Gulag in Kenya One of the great mysteries of the twentieth century was the way Britain got away with pillaging nearly every country on the planet without suffering any retribution. I’ve spent a…

Sep 8, 2006 | Leave Comment

Book Review: Another British Genocide

Imperial Reckoning: The Untold Story of Britain’s Gulag in Kenya One of the great mysteries of the twentieth century was the way Britain got away with pillaging nearly every country on the planet without suffering any retribution. I’ve spent a…

Sep 8, 2006 | Comments (4)

Feature Story: Hot Afternoons in Armenia’s Frozen Zone

STEPANAKERT, NAGORNO-KARABAKH — It took my taxi driver and me an hour to get out of Yerevan. Most of it was spent waiting in line to fill up his gas tank. Not with gasoline. No, it was the kind of…

Aug 25, 2006 | Comments (1)

Feature Story: Extreme Murse-Over

All these years, I’ve been wondering to myself, “What’s wrong with Russians? What’s with their strange Byzantine ways? And what the fuck is the deal with that murse thing?” “Murse?” you ask. The stubby little word may sound unfamiliar, but…

Aug 11, 2006 | Comments (2)

Feature Story: 80 Reasons Why Britain Should Be Banned From the G8

Editorial pages on both sides of the Atlantic have been calling more and more aggressively for the expulsion of a former superpower from the G8 group of leading industrial democracies. For once, we here at the eXile couldn’t agree with…

Jul 15, 2006 | Comments (15)

Adderall Tips: How to Convince Your Shrink You Have ADD/ADHD

Currently, there are somewhere between 5 and 7 million children in America diagnosed with ADD, or Attention Deficit Disorder. Some of them have been fed small doses of amphetamine since they four or five years old. And that’s freaking out…

Jun 29, 2006 | Comments (215)

Bird Flu Fever

In much the same way as the War Nerd gets a boner from cataloging exotic and bloody conflicts, I get my stiffies from closely following the progress of the world’s most cunning and devious infectious diseases. I dunno — maybe…

Mar 24, 2006 | Leave Comment

Book Review: Whoa, Fiction I Can Praise!

First, a public confession: as several readers pointed out, I made a disgraceful error in my article “Frey’s Fall” (eXile #230), when I mis-identified Ralph Wiggum as “Ralph Wiggins.” There is, of course, no “Wiggins” in the Simpsons. There can…

Feb 10, 2006 | Leave Comment

Limonov Files: Truly Wonderful Years!

A year ago I wrote a poem, concerning nineties. I will translate it from my excellent Russian to my broken English as best, as I can. The Nineties I drunked “Rakia” I have fucked Maria I had my happiness accented…

Dec 2, 2005 | Leave Comment

Big Brothers: George Orwell and Christopher Hitchens eXposed

Christopher Hitchens is out to save America. He’s brought the cross of St. George–Orwell, that is–along on the crusade. He’s everywhere in the American media lately, lending his accent and vast self-importance to the cause of Freedom. You might wonder…

Oct 21, 2005 | Comments (36)

Hey Freepers! Mark Steyn Hates You!

This article was first published in The eXile in September 2005. A funny thing happened while I was surfing rightwing sites like Free Republic and Little Green Footballs this week: I discovered that Mark Steyn, the world’s only warmongering Canadian journalist,…

Sep 23, 2005 | Comments (2)

Frey’s Fairy Godfather

“My Friend Leonard” James Frey Riverhead Hardcover 2005 $24.95 See it on Amazon.com… James Frey is a liar. A bad one. And hugely successful. You can discover just how bad a liar he is by reading his second novel, My…

Sep 9, 2005 | Comments (1)

Book Review: Mao Meets the Addams Family

“Mao: the Unknown Story” by Jung Chang and Jon Halliday Random House 2005 See it on Amazon.com… When I watched the second Addams Family movie, I knew there’d be a “blockbuster biography” of Mao coming soon. The key scene comes…

Jul 1, 2005 | Comments (1)