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10.16.14 Marina Galperina

The Russian tourist who climbed the Brooklyn Bridge in August got off pretty easy, considering that this sort of stunt could soon be a federal crime. While on vacation in New York, Yaroslav Kolchin, a 24-year-old ad agency manager from Moscow, scaled the historic span’s 276-foot tower and took #selfies and #shoeselfies, as well as #videos […]

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08.20.14 Marina Galperina

Sixteen-year-old Lolita Richie has never even heard of “racist space alien” Valeria Lukyanova, she claims. Aspiring to internet fame and anatomy-defying “living doll” aesthetics, “I’m the ultimate vamp woman,” the teenager tells the Daily Mail. And so it begins. Lolita boasts just 40 followers on Russian social network VK page. Her 33-year-old mother, former actress Anya Richi, takes photos of Lolita dressed up in Anya’s old […]

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07.31.14 Sophie Weiner

Healthcare provider data for Medicare reimbursements was recently made public by the federal government. This includes the address of each provider, their name, and the service rendered. Data enthusiast I Quant NY observed some interesting trends in all this information, specifically the seemingly random fact that 25% of Medicare reimbursement for massage therapy happen within the zip code 11229 […]

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10.15.13 Marina Galperina

Big news in big money people: A Russian named Vladimir Olegovich Potanin purchased a $95,000 white truffle from Upper East Side’s Nello restaurant. It’s said to be the biggest white truffle in the world and it costs $95,000. $95,000, did you get that? It’s ok, because to him, it’s peanuts. Potantin is the fourth richest man in […]

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12.26.12 Marina Galperina

Do you remember watching the ridicilous Jack Reacher trailer a little while ago and then auteur filmmaker genius Werner Herzog pops up as a villain of some sort, like whaaat? Who saw that? Apparently, Herzog was “very scary” as a Russian capo. There’s an interview with him in Dazed, inquiring as to his acting inspirations. No, it’s all […]

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11.23.12 Marina Galperina

It’s funny how when you’re still sort of tangentially part of a cultural émigré pocket and you forget how cinematic all “our” stuff is, unless you’re Russian and you haven’t really been to Brighton Beach yet. That hits you like woah. It’s like stepping into a Soviet-time time capsule. “When you walked around, people were just […]

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01.13.12 Marina Galperina

Here’s the most exciting thing the Russian people have ever seen outside their window since that tornado passed through Moscow that one time. Behold: It’s a crow… snow-tubing off the roof… repeatedly. Watch it and be amazed! […]

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09.13.11 Marina Galperina

Of all the insane daredevil antics we’ve seen Slavs pull for YouTube attention wanks, this might be the nuttiest. See young droogs and a lanky vixen scale the shaking steel ropes of Kiev’s Moskovskyi Bridge. No safety. Just a POV fish-eyed cam for nauseating views from 390 ft. […]

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08.15.11 Marina Galperina

It’s been too long since some crazy Russian kids chucked that screeching chick off a projects building with a DIY bungee cord. Thankfully, this prime cut of videotaped insanity has surfaced and it looks like a hundred showboating daredevils are jumping off a bridge somewhere in Russia, in unison. […]

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06.30.10 Marina Galperina

German police recovered a 400-year-old Caravaggio painting estimated at $100 million, sloppily sliced out of its frame two years ago from Odessa’s museum by a gang of “international” (mostly Ukrainian) art thieves. It was Ukraine’s most expensive painting, authenticated by the Soviets in the ’50s, but might not even been a “real” Caravaggio. Either way, […]

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