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This article was first published in Radar magazine in March, 2008

Backed by an army of punked-out teens, cult Russian novelist Eduard Limonov dedicated himself to taking on Vladimir Putin. Will death threats and nutty supermodels derail his democratic revolution?

It’s 6 a.m. on a Saturday morning in June when I arrive at the home of Russian opposition leader Eduard Limonov. It’s shaping up to be another grimy, humid summer day in Moscow. We need to get an early start if we’re going to make our flight to St. Petersburg, where Garry Kasparov, the chess legend who recently joined the political fray, and Limonov, Russia’s most infamous literary celebrity, are planning to lead a protest against the country’s autocratic president, Vladimir Putin. Together the two head up a ragtag coalition of anti-Kremlin parties known as Other Russia. (more…)

June 6th, 2013 | Comments (18)

Edward Limonov: "Boris Berezovsky In All His Glory of Political Refugee"

This article was first published in The eXile on September 18, 2003 On September 11, Great Britain have accorded political asylum to the most notorious refugee from Russia: to Boris Abramovich Berezovsky. I never met him personally. Once, in 1990s,…

March 23rd, 2013 | Comments (17)

How Pussy Riot Troupe "Voina" Got The eXile Censored in 2008: The Lost Story

It is the first time in the 11-year history of The exile, that our newspaper has ever been censored. What’s odd about it for us is that the “Fucking For Medvedev” spread, while not exactly family-friendly, is hardly the most shocking thing we’ve ever printed; we’ve run a cover depicting a nearly-nude Putin fucking Bill Clinton from behind, another cover depicting Putin as a midget in the Hitlerjugen getting his head patted by a pleased Fuhrer, and a cover demanding that President Yeltsin “Die Already!” during one of his many illnesses.

August 22nd, 2012 | Comments (16)

Russian Opposition Leader Alexei Navalny: Uniting Nationalists and the Urban, Educated Middle Class

On December 5, the day after Russia’s Duma elections, the anti-corruption crusader and popular blogger, Alexei Navalny, told a raucous crowd, “I want to say to you: Thank you. Thank you for playing you part as a citizen. Thank you…

December 26th, 2011 | Comments (28)

Here Are A Few Video Samples That Help Answer "Why Are Young Muscovites Protesting Kremlin Power?"

There are a lot of reasons why Russians–young Russians, young Muscovites in particular–poured out into the streets last Saturday to protest rampant election fraud in the Duma vote. For the past couple of decades, young Muscovites couldn’t be bothered with…

December 14th, 2011 | Comments (27)

How The West Helped Invent Russia's Election Fraud: OSCE Whistleblower Exposes 1996 Whitewash

“The West let Russia down, and it’s a shame,” said Meadowcroft, a former British MP and veteran of 48 election-monitoring missions to 35 countries.

In a recent telephone interview with The eXile, Meadowcroft explained how he was pressured by OSCE and EU authorities to ignore serious irregularities in Boris Yeltsin’s heavily manipulated 1996 election victory, and how EU officials suppressed a report about the Russian media’s near-total subservience to pro-Yeltsin forces.

December 9th, 2011 | Comments (11)

From Russia With Shame: Mark Ames Responds To Vladimir Putin's Latest Smackdown On MSNBC's Dylan Ratigan Show

Update: You MUST watch today’s Ratigan performance. If we’re not going to riot against all this crap like the rest of the world is doing, Ratigan will riot for us. [Video below] Exiled Online editor Mark Ames went on MSNBC’s Dylan…

August 9th, 2011 | Comments (38)

Freedom's Just Another Word For Fascism

This article was published in The eXile on December 28, 2005. The Putin regime’s latest moves to tighten controls over foreign NGOs are being portrayed in the West as yet more proof of Russia’s savage authoritarianism and anti-Western paranoia. While…

July 13th, 2011 | Comments (7)

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)

All Pain, No Gain: A Brief History of "Austerity Program" Massacres & Disasters

This article was first published in Alternet. Now that the shock of the Gabrielle Giffords shooting is starting to wear off and the country is returning to its normal insanity again, we’re back to facing a far worse, far more…

January 26th, 2011 | Comments (53)

Mark Ames Rants On MSNBC's The Dylan Ratigan Show: Beware Of Dr. von Hayek's "Austerity" Snake Oil

Exiled Online editor Mark Ames delivers an address to the nation on MSNBC’s The Dylan Ratigan Show. The subject: A quick history lesson on why “austerity” is the worst, most insane idea imaginable to solve America’s economic woes–and how John…

January 6th, 2011 | Comments (54)

How Putin's World Cup Victory Over Hapless Britain Is Another Sign Of Anglo-America's Decline

eXiled Online Special UK Correspondent LONDON–As you’ve perhaps completely failed to notice, Russia recently won the prize of hosting the 2018 World Cup finals. Any ignorance about this on your part is understandable since a) you’re likely to be American…

December 12th, 2010 | Comments (31)

The Real Reason Why Putin Arrested Yukos Oligarch Mikhail Khodorkovsky: An eXile Classic

This article was first published in The eXile on November 13, 2003. Reading the Western press accounts of the Khodorkovsky arrest has at times been as unpleasant as one of my famous giardia attacks. I’m not sure which version is more ridiculous:…

November 21st, 2009 | Comments (9)

Exile Classic: The Economist: The World's Sleaziest Magazine

This article was first published in The eXile on September 7, 2007. Here’s a real-life superhero dilemma: What do you do when you’re the world’s most powerful news and opinion magazine, carrying the English-language torch of freedom on behalf of…

October 14th, 2009 | Comments (16)

The Great Gazoo Returns: “Don’t Scrap The Missile Shield, Dumb-Dumbs!”

The best reason to support President Obama’s decision to dump Bush’s Star Wars program is that the neocons are outraged. They’re wrong about everything: the geopolitical world’s biggest losers, punditry’s equivalent of the Chrysler car design unit. Everything that comes…

September 19th, 2009 | Comments (45)

December 17th, 2008 | Leave Comment

Freddy Gets Fingered: How I Busted The Washington Post's Op-Ed Page Editor

Over the past few years, the Washington Post‘s editorial page has pushed an increasingly hostile line toward Russia, painting complex developments there in Manichaean terms and accusing the Kremlin–and usually Vladimir Putin–of responsibility for just about anything that goes wrong, real…

December 11th, 2008 | Comments (14)

Candy Raver Russian Revolutionaries

Last weekend, a Russian anarchist revolutionary art group called War pulled a fast one on Prime Minister Putin. Or at least they thought they did. Russian revolutionaries sure do fall far from the tree these days. On the night of…

November 10th, 2008 | Comments (1)

The New Cold War's Premature Ejaculation

You may not have noticed it, but a couple of weeks ago, the New York Times slipped in a story that completely contradicted a narrative that it had been building up for two straight months, one that was leading America into…

October 23rd, 2008 | Comments (1)

Is CNN Getting Kicked Out of Russia?

You probably didn’t know that CNN censored Putin for being just too darn sensible. Yep, it’s true. About two weeks ago, Putin gave the network an exclusive 30-minute interview. And you know what happened? Nothing. It was never allowed to…

September 10th, 2008 | Leave Comment