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This article was first published in The eXile on August 10, 2007.

I am one of 100,000 Chechens in Moscow. There are another 30,000 Ingush living here. Together, we belong to the “Vainakh” ethnolinguistic group and make up roughly one per cent of Moscow’s population. (more…)

April 19th, 2013 | Comments (57)

WikiLeaks Releases "Raunchy" State Dept Cable About Mark Ames, "The eXile" and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev!

An American correspondent stationed in Moscow just forwarded me a WikiLeaked diplomatic cable about me, The eXile, and the Kremlin media-stomping in mid-2008 that killed my newspaper and sent me fleeing home. The June 16, 2008 US Embassy cable–marked “CONFIDENTIAL”–correctly put the crackdown on The eXile in the context of a wider (and scarier) crackdown on other Russian media outlets that coincided with the handover of power from Vladimir Putin to the newly-“elected” President Dmitry Medvedev.

May 25th, 2011 | Comments (34)

Final Days Of The eXile: Mark Ames Blogs The Kremlin Crackdown

  Before heading back to Moscow in June 2008 to face the Kremlin “audit” of The eXile, which I knew meant the death of the newspaper at the very least, I worked out a deal with my editors at Radar…

May 25th, 2011 | Comments (10)

"Equal Opportunity Haters": A Profile Of The eXile

It’s been over two years now since the very last edition of The eXile came out. That’s 24 months and counting without its acerbic and brilliantly grotesque portrayals of Russian life, death and everything in between.. A mind-bending cocktail of…

February 14th, 2011 | Comments (11)

eXile Classic: Hell On Wheels—Disabled For A Day In Moscow

Faced!  Wheelchair-bound eXiled Editor Yasha Levine finds out that in Russia, provincial clubbing ain’t for cripples Editor’s note: We reprint this eXile Classic, first published in The eXile on September 25, 2007, to commemorate Russia’s recent triumph in the Vancouver Winter…

March 23rd, 2010 | Comments (9)

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…

January 30th, 2009 | Comments (27)

Driving Russia's Dangerous Roads: Risking life and limb on Russia's decrepit highway system

This article was first published by The eXile in March 2008 Two weeks ago I sat in a GAI patrol car drinking whiskey with an on-duty traffic cop. The pudgy officer had flagged down my friend’s Nissan for a routine “document…

March 10th, 2008 | Leave Comment

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…

November 21st, 2007 | Comments Off on Taxi Driver: Gypsy Cab Confessions in Moscow

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 10th, 2007 | Leave Comment

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…

April 17th, 1997 | Leave Comment

A British expat goes down to the local kiosk to buy himself a pack of cigarettes, and notices a street bum begging for money. He hands the bum 3000 rubles, gets his cigarettes, then leaves. The next morning, passing the…

February 20th, 1997 | Leave Comment

The Victim Where are your greatest dangers?-in pity. – Nietzsche I did everything I could to avoid her. She’d been leaving message after desperate-rape-victim-voice message on my answering machine. What could I say? You were your own worst enemy, Marina….

February 6th, 1997 | Comments (1)