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How To Annoy Obama's Russia "Expert": An Exile Classic Prank Featuring Our Old Nemesis Michael McFaul

This classic “prank” first published in the summer of 1999 ranks as one of the eXile’s least-successful pranks (which paradoxically made it x-tra annoying) on our longtime nemesis Michael McFaul–formerly a top Clinton USAID official in Moscow, Carnegie Endowment and…

August 25th, 2010 | Comments (9)

Russia's Original Gangstas: Meet The Gopniki

This article first appeared in The eXile on June 1, 2007 For months now, our overseas readers have been asking us, “What’s a gopnik?” They have a vague idea of what a gopnik looks like, thanks to our Face Control page:…

July 22nd, 2010 | Comments (28)

June 24th, 2010 | Leave Comment

Mark Ames Interviewed On NPR Radio About "Vanity Fair" Profile, And About Drugs, Whores, & The Sorry State Of American Journalism

Mark Ames joins Vanity Fair writer James Verini for an interview on the NPR radio show “Here & Now” with host Robin Young in Boston. They talk about the incredible 11-year history of the Moscow newspaper “The eXile” which was the…

March 25th, 2010 | Comments (19)

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)

International Women's Day Special: Girls Of The Siloviki

Today is March 8, meaning it’s International Women’s Day in the former Warsaw Pact nations. It brings back mixed emotions–gagging, for starters, just remembering the revolting cheesiness of those fat, vain Russian TV hosts showing off their toasting skills in…

March 8th, 2010 | Comments (15)

The Nation: How The Orange Revolution's Neocon Hero Poisoned Ukraine

This article first appeared in The Nation.com… If you’ve been wondering what ever happened to that wonderful Orange Revolution in Ukraine–because let’s face it, it was probably the last feel-good moment America collectively experienced in an otherwise bummer-packed decade–Sunday’s presidential…

February 15th, 2010 | Comments (47)