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We couldn’t even make this up if we tried: Russian president Vladimir Putin has brought in the big guns to get Russia’s population on the upswing, and has hired Boyz II Men — yes, of “I’ll Make Love To You” fame — to play in the country on February 6. According to the MoscowREAD MORE »


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Dear Ivan Zamotaev,

I’ve always had a thing for men who play accordions, so when you walked onto the “Russia’s Got Talent” stage and debuted your talent–playing a fascinating instrument called an “alcordion”–I was immediately intrigued. And then I found out that the “alcordion” is just an alcoholic accordion, with a bottle of vodka… READ MORE »


News

IKEA has pulled a photo depicting four people dressed like Pussy Riot, sitting on their couches wearing brightly-colored face covering balaclava masks.  The image — which appears to be a reference to the three punk rockers who were jailed this summer for speaking out publicly against the government — was uploaded onto IKEA’s Russian… READ MORE »


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A German court has ruled that male-to-female transsexuals have a legal right to have their breast implants covered by health insurance if their hormone therapy does not give them an A-cup. The Federal Social Court in Kassel was ruling in a case of a 62-year-old trans woman whose insurance covered a sex change and… READ MORE »


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A who’s-who list of indie musicians and artists are contributing to a new e-book of essays published to help raise money for the Pussy Riot legal defense team. Three members of the Russian feminist punk band were sentenced to two years in prison for “hooliganism” last month after they staged a protest inside a churchREAD MORE »


Guys

Dear Sergey Pakhomov aka The Pasta Artist,

Six years ago you were working on an ad campaign for a Russian macaroni company and were struck by divine inspiration: what if you built models of various objects using macaroni? So you did, and the ad campaign fizzled, but your life was forever changed. Now… READ MORE »


Love & Sex

Alexey Bykov wanted to prove to his girlfriend how important he was to her. How romantic, right? So he contracted a stuntman, makeup artist, screenwriter and director to stage a fake car crash just so his girlfriend could watch him die. Only, of course, Bykov, 30, from Onsk, Russia, wasn’t actually dead. He had staged… READ MORE »


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Following the conviction of three members of the Russian feminist punk band Pussy Riot, two additional members have fled the country, fearing arrest for their participation in the band’s punk prayer performance at Moscow’s Christ the Savior Church. Last week, Nadezhda Tolokonnikova (above), Mariya Alyokhina, and Yekaterina Samutsevich were sentenced to two years in prison for… READ MORE »


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“Media attention has blown the girls up to the size of Russia’s government,” said Pyotr Verzilov, husband of 22-year-old Pussy Riot member Nadya Tolokonnikova, in a Skype chat two weeks ago. This was before a Russian judge sentenced Nadya and bandmates Katya Samutsevich, age 29, and Maria Alyokhina, age 24, to two years in prison. Before Yoko Ono called… READ MORE »


News

A judge found three members of Pussy Riot — Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, Maria Alekhina, and Yekaterina Samutsevich — guilty of “hooliganism,” while hundreds of people protested outside the courthouse, calling for “Russia without Putin.” The judge in the case, Marina Syrova, said the three defendants “committed hooliganism driven by religious hatred.”  The sentence has yet to… READ MORE »


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Pussy Riot band member Nadezhda Tolokonnikova has written a letter, passed through her lawyers, on the night before her court verdict is read. Pussy Riot has been on trial these past two weeks in Russia over an incident in February when the feminist punk band disrupted a church service and spoke out publicly against… READ MORE »


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Back in February, Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, Maria Alyokhina, and Ekaterina Samutsevich — three members of the controversial Russian feminist band Pussy Riot — walked into Moscow’s Cathedral of Christ the Savior and engaged in a raucous performance at the church’s altar. Shedding their winter clothes, the girls, clad in colorful dresses and balaclavas, danced and jumped… READ MORE »


galleries

We fell in love with these vintage images of  Russi  and had to share. Taken during the 1910s, ’20s and ’30s, this collection showcases the exotic style of life behind the Iron Curtain. Check out the drama, the romance and the sweet vintage style! … READ MORE »


Celebs

Last night at her concert in Moscow, Madonna appealed for the release of Pussy Riot, a feminist punk band which has been jailed for five months after speaking out publicly against President Vladimir Putin. This video sent chills up and down my arms as Madonna spoke about censorship, democracy and freedom. What an incredible reminder not… READ MORE »


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Animals are great in that sometimes they help each other out, despite the fact that in different circumstances, they would be at each other’s throats. Take for example this Shar Pei dog named Cleopatra, who was enlisted to help nurse a couple of orphaned tiger cubs at a zoo in Sochi, Russia. 

“[Cleo]… READ MORE »


News

Watch out, the stupidity is spreading from Down Under: Just like a New Zealand radio station did earlier this year, Canada’s 100.3 FM is hosting a “win a wife” contest. The winner receives airfare to Russia, 13 nights accommodation, and $500 to spend with his mail-order bride. 100.3 FM will hook up some sad sack… READ MORE »


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Ugh, put this as Exhibit A in your “Objectification of Women” file: a commercial for Russian airline Avianova where sexy stewardesses strip down to bikinis on the tarmac, scrub down an airplane and suggestively drip soap suds all over their boobs. The kitschy scooby-dee-dooby-doo soundtrack is the only thing that doesn’t make me… READ MORE »


Celebs

Guess nothing says “Number One Fan” like getting a celeb’s image tattooed on your chest. Britney is slated to visit Russia soon and will probably appreciate 18-year-old Savina’s gesture. You know who won’t? Savina, when she gets older and, hopefully, wiser. [Buzzfeed] … READ MORE »