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Horrific Flashback From My Soviet Childhood

A few weeks ago, I went to see a new Russian horror film called S.S.D. (the acronym translates to “Death to Soviet Children”) about a bunch of annoying Moscow urbanites who get slaughtered while shooting a reality TV show in…

October 8th, 2008 | Comments (1)

Postcard from Georgia: The Russian Toilet Protest

I was in Georgia last week researching a magazine story on the Russo-Georgian conflict, when I stumbled upon the shuttered Russian embassy in Tbilisi. The gated compound looked normal — no bullet holes or anti-Russian graffiti — but there was…

October 6th, 2008 | Leave Comment

Tyolka Thursdays: Russian Girls on Vacation

The Russian vacation season has finally come to an end, but for fans of Tyolka Thursdays, this means the real fun has just begun. It is a little known fact that in Russia, autumn is the official start of the…

October 2nd, 2008 | Leave Comment

Faces Of Death: Russia's Duma Deputy Hunks

No this isn’t from the mugshot section of Smoking Gun. These are official portraits of the men in the Russian Duma, which is what they call the parliament around those parts. Looking at these caring faces, you just know that…

September 19th, 2008 | Leave Comment

Russian Hate Crime: Brutal Beheading Caught on Tape, Case Solved?

Last summer, I grossed out a bunch of my guests at a small party I had at my apartment. We watched a gruesome beheading video that was posted on the Internet that day. The video showed two masked Russian skinheads…

September 18th, 2008 | Leave Comment

These photographs, dating back to early June, are from a graduation ceremony for Moscow’s MVD Academy. These totalitarian tyolkas almost make you wish that Russia would come and occupy your country (i.e. our country). Serve up some of that sovereign…

September 18th, 2008 | Leave Comment

Fear and Impoverishment in Moscow

Last weekend, I was at an opening of a new Tibetan restaurant by the Red Square with a bunch of American expats. The new Cold War never came up, but that was because nobody wanted to ruin a good party…

September 16th, 2008 | Leave Comment

Tyolka Thursdays: In Russia Sex Sells...Website Hosting

eXiled Alert! Tyolka Tuesdays has been moved. From now on it’s going to be called “Tyolka”Thursdays” and will appear every Thursday, naturally. Relax, it’s still the same ol’ Russian chick fix, just on a different day of the week. This…

September 11th, 2008 | Comments (4)

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

War Nerd: Ossetia: All Over But the Whining

It’s been tons of funs watching the dust settle over South Ossetia, watching everybody go crazy and do their best to avoid the fact that Putin kicked our proxy ass. If you’ve ever wondered how countries deal with military defeat,…

September 9th, 2008 | Leave Comment

Tyolka Tuesdays: Russia's Virtual Peep Shows

This week on Tyolka Tuesday, we have something totally new. A Russian video sharing website called Smotri (which means “look” in Russian) just launched a new video chat function. It allows people to broadcast a live video feed from their…

September 2nd, 2008 | Comments (2)

Russia's Luxury Car Trend: the Beluga Bus

They drove like people to whom the motorcar was new. They drove as they walked; and a stream of Tehran traffic, jumpy with individual stops and swerves, with no clear lanes, was like a jostling pavement crowd. —V.S. Naipaul Naipaul…

August 28th, 2008 | Comments Off on Russia’s Luxury Car Trend: the Beluga Bus

Russia's Social Networking Babes

Russia got into the social networking game a little late. The industry still isn’t very hi-tech and doesn’t have all those dorky Facebook plugins that people in the West are used to. But Russia’s got a natural resource that Facebook’s…

August 19th, 2008 | Leave Comment

Tyolka Tuesdays: Russia’s Wall Carpet Girls

We’ve been getting a lot of complaints lately. It seems many of our readers have been jonesing for their daily dyev fix ever since The eXile was taken offline by the Kremlin. Well, our policy at EXILED ONLINE is that…

August 17th, 2008 | Comments (2)

South Ossetia: The War We Don't Know

Five days after Georgia invaded and seized the breakaway separatist region of South Ossetia, sparking a larger-scale Russian invasion to drive Georgian forces back and punish their leaders, Russia surprised its Western detractors by calling a halt to the country’s…

August 15th, 2008 | Comments (2)

Photo Essay: Russian Army in South Ossetia ... Updated!

No dramatic photo compositions here, just grim pictures of burnt-out tanks, spent RPGs, charred human remains and columns of Russian armored machinery on patrol in South Ossetia and Georgia. Now updated with graphic photos straight from the battle scene.

August 15th, 2008 | Leave Comment

Medvedev: "I Just Wanna Be Like Putin"

Today, August 14, Dmitri Medvedev celebrates 100th day as President of the Russian Federation. What conclusions can be made about the new president? Well, not many. Other than the fact that Medvedev is trying really, really hard to be the…

August 14th, 2008 | Leave Comment

The CNN Effect: Georgia Schools Russia in Information Warfare

I woke up to discover a weird link to a Digg post sent over by a friend of mine. It was a poll conducted on CNN’s website asking readers: Do you think Russians actions in Georgia are justified? 1) Yes…

August 13th, 2008 | Comments (4)

War Nerd: South Ossetia, The War of My Dreams

There are three basic facts to keep in mind about the smokin’ little war in Ossetia: 1. The Georgians started it. 2. They lost. 3. What a beautiful little war! For me, the most important is #3, the sheer beauty…

August 11th, 2008 | Comments (8)

The outbreak of war in Georgia on Friday offers a disturbing and somewhat surreal taste of what to expect from John McCain should he become our nation’s Commander in Chief. As the centuries-old ethnic animosities between Georgia and Ossetia boiled…

August 9th, 2008 | Comments (1)