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If 2014 felt like it was filled with fear, conflicting information, tension, and general nonsense all heading toward some cataclysmic end to civilization, then BBC documentarian Adam Curtis would like to take a crack at explaining why that might be. Curtis is one of the great underrecognized journalists of our time. He makes sprawling documentaries for […]

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On Monday, reports of a horrible smell permeating the whole city of Moscow began popping up on social media. The Emergency Ministries Spokesman was compelled to make a statement and he said it was basically no big deal, “The smell of hydrogen sulfide is not dangerous.” What’s that? Hydrogen sulfide? Moscow’s top toxicologist concurred, “The […]

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As Russia’s Putin-lovers collectively wet themselves in glee over the president’s birthday, this particular thing stands out. Behold this “art exhibit” by Moscow politics student Mikhail Antonov who admins Putin’s Facebook appreciation page filled with user-submitted fan art and memes. “Here you can see how mythological events of ancient Greece can be applied to events in contemporary Russia,” he says in […]

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Last Friday, a bird took a well-timed shit on Vladimir Putin, while he was giving a speech at the unveiling of a monument commemorating the 100th anniversary of World War I. The poop landed on the Russian President’s tailored suit shoulder, as he said, “Humankind should grasp one truth: violence generates violence.” Watch the video […]

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The upcoming issue of Newsweek features an epic profile of the Russian president. “Behind the Scenes in Putin’s Court: The Private Habits of a Latter-Day Dictator” gives a lengthy depiction of what seems like a lonely, monotonous, and very aristocratic routine. Putin’s day starts with a breakfast of cottage cheese, quail eggs and fresh food “dispatched […]

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In a riveting new profile of Russia’s pro-government trolls, Max Seddon explains the details of Kremlin’s newest campaign to adjust the world’s view of Putin Country. According to strategy documents leaked by “a mysterious Russian hacker collective,” a firm called Internet Research Agency employs a small army of English-speakers to diligently troll major websites. These trolls go […]

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If you thought Anya and Mar‘s Vladimir Putin My Ass Butt Plug was a funny concept, here is a real one by graphic designer Fernando Sosa in the [3D-printed] flesh. “What better way to attack Mr. Putin’s shirtless bear wrestling reputation?” At first, Sosa just wanted to highlight the Russian president’s vicious war against the civil rights of the LGBT. “Since […]

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UPDATE: Both Alyokhina and Tolokonnikova of Pussy Riot have been released from prison. Read the latest updates here. Previously: It’s been several days since President Putin suggested that he will pardon the feminist, artist, activist punk band members Maria “Masha” Alyokhina and Nadya Tolokonnikova. Right now, Tolokonnikova is in a prison hospital. Alyokhina’s release process may begin tomorrow, but we’ve been […]

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It was the fanciest PR-move busted by Putin at his annual four-hour press conference a few hours ago, a day after the Pussy Riot bombshell. Mikhail Khodorkovsky, Putin’s former political opponent and business competitor, will be pardoned, Putin announced. Widely acknowledged as Russia’s biggest political prisoner, billionaire oil tycoon Khodorkovsky was arrested for various alleged financial […]

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Earlier today, the Russian parliament unanimously passed a Putin-backed amnesty law (446-0). Tomorrow, when Putin signs it and the state-run newspaper Rossiyskaya Gazeta prints it, the law will be official and proceedings for the release of jailed Pussy Riot members and the Greenpeace Arctic 30 should technically commence. Technically, the release process could take up to six […]

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