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Issue #9 Cover

This is the cover of issue #9 of The eXile, published June 1997.

Jun 5, 1997 | Leave Comment

Knock-knock! Who’s Theerrre? The eXile Kustomer Komplaint Killer, Killing Kustomer Service at its Source!

Could anything be more frightening than the thought of Russian service becoming as full of gushing smiles, how-can-I-help-yous and have-a-nice-days as the average California juice shop? We at the eXile believe that the final death blow to the Russian soul…

May 22, 1997 | Leave Comment

Moscow Babylon: Techno Land Otters

I can tell you God’s plan for this place very concisely: God created this place as a critique of me. – John Dolan I hate this time of the year. Being stuck in the Moscow heat is like unpaid overtime…

May 22, 1997 | Comments (1)

Feature Story: USAID: Jerks, Perks, and Propaganda

Whenever they travel overseas, most Americans are aware that the locals hate them, but few know why. Usually Americans ascribe bad blood to jealousy. Iranian flag-burning mobs? Uneducated, unfortunate and misguided people, afraid of progress. Okinawans? Sore losers, still mad…

May 22, 1997 | Comments (2)


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Issue #8 Cover

This is the cover of Issue # 8 of The eXile, published May 1997.

May 22, 1997 | Leave Comment

Knock-Knock! Prank calling Moscow’s Madams

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…

May 8, 1997 | Comments (1)

Moscow Babylon: Russia Turns Trendsetter

Almost two years ago, on the eve of the 50th anniversary of Russia’s victory over the Nazis, I experienced the quintessential evening of Moscow Decadence. It began at around midnight in the parking lot of the Young Pioneer’s stadium. My…

May 8, 1997 | Leave Comment

Death Porn: A New Record?

While the United States is beginning to dominate the loony suicidal cult market, Russia is rapidly replacing America as the serial murder capital of the world. First Andrei Chikatilo set the modern record for serial murder victims by killing 53…

May 8, 1997 | Leave Comment

Feature Story: Spring Madness!!!

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…

May 8, 1997 | Leave Comment

Press Review: Brit Press a Little Too Free

The fashionable writer Viktor Pelevin provides this neat little paradox in his latest novel, Chapayev and Pustota: “Foreigners, of whom there is an incredible number in Moscow, have for many years dressed in such a way that they could not…

May 8, 1997 | Leave Comment

Issue #7 Cover

This is the cover of The eXile Issue #7, published in May 1997.

May 8, 1997 | Comments (2)

Issue #6 Cover

This is the cover of The eXile Issue #6, published in April 1997.

Apr 24, 1997 | Leave Comment

Limonov Files: The Best Form of Word is Action

Few weeks ago, one of my party comrades brought me a present, a few military pennants. I hang them here and there in my apartment. One, with a sword, clenched fist, words “detachment of special task force” and slogan “The…

Apr 24, 1997 | Leave Comment

Feature Story: The TsSR:  Moscow’s Secret Prison

It’s happened to all of us at least once; out late at night, drunk, carrying a hundred bucks or so, and suddenly stopped by a couple of hulking cops and asked for documents. You don’t have them with you, so…

Apr 24, 1997 | Comments (1)

Knock-Knock! The eXile Saves the Moscow Tribune

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…

Apr 17, 1997 | Leave Comment

Death Porn: Give Blood-Play Hockey

Hockey is a tough sport; on the ice, Russians are said to play more of a finesse game than the Canadians, but off it, they seem to be a few Maple Leafs up on the competition. Soon Russian hockey officials…

Apr 17, 1997 | Leave Comment

Moscow Babylon: Decadence is Boring

There’s been an ever-growing competition, particularly among Moscow’s male expats and the women who keep company with them, to prove their decadent credentials. Each carries with them their CV of perversions and drug binges, and brags about their decadent ways…

Apr 17, 1997 | Comments (2)

Issue #5 Cover

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

Apr 10, 1997 | Leave Comment

Death Porn: Duma Downsizing

Great idea for a horror movie; the support staff of the Russian Duma goes away for a weekend to a cabin on a lake, only to be murdered one after another by an axe-wielding psychopath in a hockey mask. Low-budget,…

Apr 10, 1997 | Comments (1)

Comic Strip: So You’re New to Moscow?

Apr 10, 1997 | Leave Comment

Knock-Knock: The eXile Chernomyrdin Charity Fund

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…

Apr 10, 1997 | Leave Comment

Limonov Files: Whips & Castrations — A Guide to Russian Cults

On the walls of ugly sleeping quarters of Moscow, of all those Tchertanovos, Khimki-Khovrinos Belyaevos and Orekhovos, on the old fences here and there still possible to find the faded away posters. Young attractive woman, wearing some strange-looking, museum Egyptian-style…

Apr 10, 1997 | Leave Comment

Russia’s Cultists: Ascetics in Secret Underwear

On March 27, when news first filtered into Moscow that 39 members of the Heaven’s Gate cult, a gang of Trekkoid computer geeks in San Diego, had “shed their containers” in a suicidal bid to reach the “Higher Level,” eXpats…

Apr 10, 1997 | Leave Comment

Issue #4 Cover

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

Apr 1, 1997 | Leave Comment

Limonov Files: Better Red than Unread: Solzhenitsyn Sells Out!

On March 26th, communist leaders Gennady Zyuganov and Anatoly Lukyanov been seen entering dacha of famous writer Alexander Solzhenitsyn at Serebryany Bor. What for? We now know what for. Exclusive resort area of “Serebryany Bor” near Moscow in pine growth…

Apr 1, 1997 | Comments (3)