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Death Porn: Vodka, A Weapon For The Body And Mind

While the whole world has been focusing on Prime Minister Putin’s brutal slaughter of the Russian economy, a whole slew of other lesser, but oh so much more graphic, crimes have crept by undetected. We’re here to put a stop…

July 30th, 2008 | Comments (1)

Patriotic Babushka Sings Stalin's Praises

Ever wonder who exactly those 47% of Russians are who are nostalgic for the days of Stalin? Here is one babushka caught singing the Soviet anthem, and singing, and singing, testing the notoriously patient Russian masses…until

July 29th, 2008 | Leave Comment

The Great Bratskys: Spoiled Russians Abroad

Some time ago I was having lunch on the veranda at Moscow’s fancy Simachev Bar with my friend Alexei. He recently became the editor-in-chief of a high-end glossy magazine. We were having lunch and discussing my career options when I…

July 23rd, 2008 | Comments (1)

The Daily Bribe: The Dirty World of Russian Political Bloggers

Sergei Gorshkov, the political blogger who’s in it for the money, not the politics — and isn’t afraid to say so It was a freakishly warm February morning in Moscow, eight days before Russia’s 2008 presidential election. Green army trucks…

July 23rd, 2008 | Leave Comment

Clifford J. Levy's Cold Shower

According to Pulitzer Prize-seeking reporter Clifford Levy of the New York Times, Russia still turns off its hot water to apartments for a month every summer. It’s the kind of scoop that has made Levy a star

July 16th, 2008 | Leave Comment

Baby Bumper Crop in Lenin's Hometown

Gov. Sergei Morozov baptizes a UAZ-Patriot, the grand prize for one lucky newborn’s family. ULYANOVSK, Russia—On a humid Sunday afternoon in late June, about 100 couples clutching newborn babies filed into the Lenin Memorial overlooking the wide banks of the Volga River. This…

July 16th, 2008 | Leave Comment

Russian Darwin Awards: Kid Jumps Off Bridge and Dies

A 20-year-old in Yaroslavl does a back-flop off a 70 ft high bridge on a dare, breaks his back upon entry and sinks to the bottom of Volga like a stone. His friends catch the whole thing—including his last puffs…

July 15th, 2008 | Leave Comment