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Issue #0, February 6, 1997 — The infamous issue that launched The eXile. The world is introduced to Ames, Limonov, Death Porn.


Issue #1, February 22, 1997 — Not two weeks passes since the first issue and Ames already gets a death threat. Limonov also explains why he’s got one year left to live.


Issue #2, March 6, 1997 — The eXile celebrates the first of what will come to be known around the world as “Snapper Day.” Limonov talks about the different love-making habits of women from all over the world.


Issue #3, March 20, 1997 — Ames sells out, Taibbi joins the team and Limonov keeps going strong. Death Porn column starts attracting DP groupies.


Issue #4, April 1, 1997 — The eXile starts with the telephone pranks. First victim: German embassy. Topic: rumored buy-back of Kaliningrad for a few black Mercs. Limonov calls Solzhenitsyn a sell out.


Issue #5, April 10, 1997 — The pranks continue with eXile’s Chernomyrdin Charity Fund. Limonov writes the definitive guide to Russian cults. Taibbi weighs in on Russia’s bizarre cult-ure.


Issue #6, April 24, 1997 — Taibbi investigates Moscow’s prison system, Ames writes about lame decadent posturing of Moscow’s eXpats and Limonov talks about how Russian cops tried to kill him. Oh, and there’s a prank on the Moscow Tribune and a Death Porn, to boot!


Issue #7, May 8, 1997 — Ames and Taibbi go on a search for Russia’s elusive spring season, prank a couple of Moscow whore dens and Ames recounts a recent smack-fueled orgy.


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  • 1. Adam  |  December 24th, 2008 at 8:04 pm

    Which issue is it that you guys trick Gorbachev into taking the coaching position with the American basketball team? I’ve always wanted to read that.

  • 2. scott  |  February 6th, 2009 at 12:45 am

    This is some of the funniest shit ive ever read. Can I read eXILE in print when I’m in mockva this fall or did this publication get shut down?

  • 3. Charles Curtis  |  March 14th, 2009 at 6:09 pm

    They’re writing in English. Which is better than I can write.

  • 4. Charles Curtis  |  March 16th, 2009 at 3:04 pm

    classic. love it. thanks for that edit, guys.

  • 5. homie  |  March 18th, 2009 at 8:29 pm


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  • 7. GOPI  |  October 23rd, 2010 at 6:04 am

    Please concentrate more articles on Indian politics and suffering of common people in Hands of corrupt politicians

  • 8. Vlad Luzgin  |  November 13th, 2010 at 8:35 pm

    Mark, zdravstvuite!
    Are you still in Moscow or you are back in Cali?

    Vlad Luzgin, New York

  • 9. Brentik  |  January 15th, 2011 at 12:13 am

    Did anyone ever collect these newspapers when they came out? I have most of them, but am missing a couple from when I was out of town.

    I have mine safely sealed away for safekeeping for future generations. Who knows? it’s possible that this kind of crap could someday become very valuable.

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