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The St. Petersburg-based artist who nailed his scrotum to the ground at Red Square last year, just pulled a Van Gogh as part of a new political protest in Moscow. Petr Pavlensky climbed the wall of a psychiatric institution on Sunday and proceeded to cut off his earlobe. Pavlensky was taken to a hospital by police and […]

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Krokodil is that hot new club drug slightly-cheaper heroin “alternative” of the truly desperate — over-the-counter desomorphine cooked with dirt, gasoline, rubber and other shit that ROTS YOUR ARMS OFF and TIME’s LightBox just ran a beautiful set of photographs on some of its users. Italian photographer Emanuele Satolli has been photographing and videotaping addicts in the industrial city of Yekaterinburg. These […]

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St. Petersburg’s Anarchist Actionist Petr Pavlensky appeared in a Moscow court earlier this week, after being charged with “hooliganism motivated by political, ideological, racial, ethnic or religious hatred or animosity towards any social group” (Article 213) for nailing his scrotum the Red Square. Which social group? Neither the judge nor the prosecutor could specify. That’s fairly standard […]

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Last week, artist Petr Pavlensky nailed himself to the ground near Kremlin in the Red Square, “by the balls” — technically, the scrotum — and it echoed dramatically in the press. Though he was initially detained and released without charges, he is now facing a vague “hooliganism” charge and up to five years in jail. I spoke […]

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“Krokodil” is the street-name for a concoction of gunk to democratize opioid-making. It’s in the news again because it made it to America and, allegedly, New York. We have the “Heroin Highway,” so why bother? Why try for yourself, when every news report is showing the stuff melting limbs? Why does Krokodil specifically cause people to rot? Chemically, we’re […]

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Toxicologists at the Banner Good Samaritan Poison Control Center in Phoenix say that they “spotted symptoms consistent with krokodil” OH FUCK NO NO NO PLEASE NO. Until now, krokodil was just a disgusting Russian meme, Reddit fodder, Vice doc topic de jour, etc… If you were one of the 5% of drug users in Russia who […]

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That 10-ton meteorite that crashed into a lake in Chelyabinsk at 30,000 mph is still at the bottom of that lake until September 25th, when it will be removed for scientific purposes… unless founder of the Church of the Chelyabinsk Meteorite Andrei Breivichko can stop it. Breivichko says that the “celestial body” should only be removed by the “psychic priests” […]

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Allegedly, the notorious topless protesting feminist collective Femen was “started” by a man. Come again? When I first interviewed the now-internet-infamous topless protestors of Femen almost two years ago, Inna Shevchenko and Jenya Krayzman made their views on sex work very clear. Because of the regular abuse and exploitation of women in Ukraine, they don’t believe in […]

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Please enjoy this video of the Russian Army Choir’s performance on a morning television show in which they sing the “Skyfall” song from James Bond 007 BETTER THAN ADELE. That lead tenor though. OH MY GOD. And the choir “[pum pum pum] I kno / I never be wizout security.” THIS IS SO BEAUTIFUL. Because Russia’s Big […]

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Today is Russian Airborne Troops Day, an annual military pride celebration which traditionally involves gaggles of soldiers spilling into public square for merriment, flag waving, wallowing in public fountains and miscellaneous public drunkenness. This year, they have a new hobby. If anyone has any confusion about what Russia’s recently-adopted anti-gay laws do to its public, let me […]

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