The Meaning of Contemporary Russian Kompromat

The recent wave of kompromat directed at prominent members of the Russian liberal intelligentsia is very much the talk of the town. People seem to interpret this phenomenon in very different ways. Sick of the lack of clarity on this subject, I’ve decided to sit down and try to flesh out the two main POVs: …

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The Shenderovich Bump

Since posting a translation of Viktor Shenderovich’s LiveJournal response to the now infamous hidden-camera airing of his penis — and, more importantly, the young woman and old mattress into which he inserted his member — I can assuredly declare that nothing brings visitors to a website like the promise of nudity. Take a look at …

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"For a Girl with a Reputation Like Hers": the Shenderovich Sex Tape

For those who haven’t already heard, prominent opposition member and famed Kukly-creator Viktor Shenderovich has been the latest victim of the Black PR hidden cameras scandals. Yesterday, a video appeared on Russian video websites that featured Shenderovich, former anti-illegal-immigrant activist Alexander Belov-Potkin, and ‘Other Russia’ activist-author Eduard Limonov. The three men were pictured having sex …

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Ilya Yashin Loses His Mind?

Ilya Yashin has set the new standard in weird blog posts. This is quite a feat, considering that he seemed to have managed this achievement just last week, when he responded twice to a circulating YouTube video that captures him offering traffic cops a bribe to get out of a ticket. The first response was …

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