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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

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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 | Comments (1)

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)

Death Porn: A Collision of Like Spirits

It seems that driving in Moscow is getting more and more dangerous all the time. On Sunday a high-speed ring-road collision of a new Mercedes 350 SL and a black tinted-windowed Chevrolet Suburban threatened to disintegrate into an even more…

Apr 1, 1997 | Comments (1)

Four reasons not to answer our phone  calls: an eXile harvest of PRANK VICTiMS

On Monday, we mainly sent out letters. Among those was a letter to the well-known public opinion firm VTsIOM-the first ripple in what we’d hoped would turn into a media groundswell indicting new deputy premier Boris Nemtsov in a “Blimps-for-Cities”…

Apr 1, 1997 | Leave Comment

Death Porn: A Collision of Like Spirits

It seems that driving in Moscow is getting more and more dangerous all the time. On Sunday a high-speed ring-road collision of a new Mercedes 350 SL and a black tinted-windowed Chevrolet Suburban threatened to disintegrate into an even more…

Apr 1, 1997 | Leave Comment

Issue #3 Cover

This is the cover of The eXile Issue #3, published in March 1997.

Mar 20, 1997 | Leave Comment

Knock-Knock: Who’s Theeerrre? The eXile Insurance Agency!

AIG Insurance eXile: Hello? Irina? AIG: Yes? eXile: Yes, hello, I was given your number. My name is Michael B-. AIG: Pleased to meet you. eXile: Likewise. I’m calling because I’m interested in acquiring a life insurance policy. AIG: I…

Mar 20, 1997 | Leave Comment

Moscow Babylon: Surrender At Any Price

There was an earlier version of this very column that was much better. But it got spiked. Matt didn’t like it, and nowadays, what Matt says, goes. See, I sold him the eXile for a song-or rather, a dirge. And…

Mar 20, 1997 | Leave Comment

Death Porn: The State Withers Away-By Suicide

Russian prisoners looking to escape may not have to wait much longer for a choice opportunity. The press service of the GenProkuratura announced this week that more than 100 prison guards last year killed themselves, at a rate roughly analogous…

Mar 20, 1997 | Leave Comment

Limonov Files: Russia’s Press Licks the Hand that Feeds It

On February 4, at 12 noon, I have visited Mr. Dmitri Runzhe, head of Department of Press and Information in Moscow’s Media, in his office on 19th floor of skyscraper on Novy Arbat. His office was new, comfortable, with modern…

Mar 20, 1997 | Comments (1)

Feature Story: Media Whores

In the old days, back when I worked for a different Moscow newspaper, I used to be visited by a lanky, chainsmoking Azerbaidjani named Fakhrid Tairov. Tairov dressed in cheap ties and sport jackets, which he hid under a huge…

Mar 20, 1997 | Leave Comment

Issue #2 Cover

This is the cover of The eXile Issue #2, published in March 1997.

Mar 20, 1997 | Leave Comment

Moscow Babylon: California Dreamin’

Now that I’m back in print, I’m starting to hear it all over again: Ames, are you some kind of anti-Russian? The short answer is, if I didn’t like it here, I’d leave. The long answer goes something like this:…

Mar 6, 1997 | Leave Comment

Death Porn: Honoring Women

In Honor of Women’s day, Death Porn offers a glimpse of the better sex at work, at play, and at murder. Soap on a Rope A kindergarten teacher, Mrs. Romanova, tried to hang a 20 month old baby with a…

Mar 6, 1997 | Leave Comment