Update: A publicist for Dasha Zhukova has sent a statement which you can find after the jump.
If you thought that Sarah Palin telling President Obama on her Facebook page to stop “playing the race card” was the most tone-deaf and ignorant thing to happen on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, you are actually wrong. That prize goes to the Russian blog Buro 24/7, which published a photo of socialite/billionaire’s girlfriend Dasha Zhukova sitting on a chair made to look like a Black woman. Keep reading »
Two imprisoned members of the Russian feminist punk band Pussy Riot were released this morning from work camps. Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Maria Alyokhina were granted amnesty last week after serving time on a two-year prison sentence for “hooliganism.” Keep reading »
Russia is gearing up to host the winter Olympics in 2014, and as preparation, the organization Olympic Changes installed a very special ticket machine in one of Moscow’s subway stations. Rather than accept monetary payment in exchange for a ride, the machine requires that customers do 30 leg squats or lunges to obtain a ticket. Read more on Style Caster…
Performance artists do a lot of wild, crazy, bold things to get attention and make a statement, but this story might take the case. On Sunday, Russian performance artist Pyotr Pavlensky stripped naked in the middle of Moscow’s Red Square and nailed his scrotum to the cobblestone street. He explained — in between wailing in pain, I imagine — that the protest was his response to Russia’s descent into a “police state.” Sunday was Police Day in Russia, which celebrates the country’s law enforcement. Clearly, Pavlensky is not a fan of the holiday. He went on in a statement: Keep reading »
“We are doing everything, both the organizers and our athletes and fans, so that participants and guests feel comfortable in Sochi, regardless of nationality, race or sexual orientation…”
Russian President Vladimir Putin insisted that gay participants and attendees of the upcoming 2014 Olympic festivities in Sochi will be welcome. Given Russia’s harsh anti-gay laws and the backlash they’ve been receiving, that’s hard to imagine, but here’s hoping he keeps his word. Russia has received international criticism for its criminalization of homosexuality, and that’s making for a tense lead-up to the Olympics. [TIME] [Image via WENN]