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11.15.13 Marina Galperina

After nailing himself to the ground by his scrotum near the Kremlin on Sunday as “a metaphor for apathy, political indifference and the fatalism of modern Russian society,” Russian artist Petr Pavlensky was detained by the Moscow police. He was released from the station without any charges filed, but following international press attention — and opportunities […]

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01.16.13 Marina Galperina

Recently, French actor Gérard Depardieu publicly denounced France’s rich-people tax increase proposal and accepted Russian citizenship — with much pomp and opulent pandering from the Russian press. He is also Putin’s BFF now. They’re like, hanging out and calling each other “friends” on TV and stuff. And so, Depardieu was asked how he can be such a […]

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08.30.12 Marina Galperina

A mother and daughter aged 76 and 38 were stabbed to death in their apartment in Kazan, Russia between Friday and Sunday. Above the corpses, someone had scribbled “Free Pussy Riot” in a blood-looking substance yet unconfirmed by the Russian poice. It is unclear if the unknown murderer wrote the slogan, but that hasn’t stopped the entire […]

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06.04.12 Marina Galperina

Eduard Khil, who you Americans know as YouTube’s Trololo man, died in St. Petersburg last night at 77. He will be dearly missed, ya ya yaaaah, ya ya yaaah, yaaah, ya yah. President Putin sends his condolences. Khil suffered a stroke in April and has been hospitalized since with severe brain dammage, then dropped into […]

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08.24.11 Marina Galperina

Half a decade since renowned war journalist and Kremlin corruption critic Anna Politkovskaya was shot dead in her stairwell, a retired Russian cop has been arrested on suspicion of organizing the killing. After years of mysterious dead ends, shoddy investigation and botched trials, this latest development only worsens the notorious rumors of government involvement in […]

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