Did Vladimir Putin 'Go Missing' So He Could Have Plastic Surgery?

Russian President and hairless, scowling badger Vladimir Putin has reappeared in public, after a 10-day absence and a string of public appearance cancellations. During his mysterious unannounced sabbatical, rumors swirled that he was sick, or dead, or attending the birth of another secret baby with his very-not-secret… » 3/16/15 1:00pm 3/16/15 1:00pm

Pussy Riot's Masha Alyokhina Arrested While Occupying Christmas Ball

Pussy Riot's Masha Alyokhina was one of 100 people detained after a protest in central Moscow Tuesday night. At the time of the arrest, Alyokhina was one of about 20 activists who were occupying a "giant Christmas ball" near the Red Square. Despite subzero temperatures, the activists spent most of the night in the… » 12/31/14 12:50pm 12/31/14 12:50pm

Shade Court: Sophia Loren, a Frenemy and an Unimpressed Six-Year-Old

Shade court is back in session and I'm feeling especially judge-y today. This week we welcome into our shade chambers a mouthy six-year-old (a youth after my own heart), some classic southern lady shade and a special bonus ruling that I had to hand down to keep the republic in order. » 11/07/14 2:30pm 11/07/14 2:30pm

The Putin Butt Plug Is Real

Graphic designer Fernando Sosa has created the most interesting sex toy prototype yet, a 3D-printed Vladimir Putin butt plug that's not quite ready for prime-time use but is an intriguing piece of protest art just the same. » 3/08/14 3:14pm 3/08/14 3:14pm

The Olympics Are Just Going to Make This Fucking Bullshit Winter Worse

Normally, the Olympics, with their feel good pageantry, would provide valuable respite from seasonal ennui. But this year, the Olympics are just making things worse. » 2/06/14 4:40pm 2/06/14 4:40pm

Obama's Olympic Delegation Features 2 Gay Athletes. Your Move, Putin.

Conundrum: 2014 Winter Olympics host country Russia just enacted an ass-backward anti-gay law that isn't popular in countries led by less awful people. How's a self-respecting world leader to give the government the finger while still supporting their home country's athletes? By sending an Olympic delegation chock… » 12/18/13 2:45pm 12/18/13 2:45pm

Pussy Riot Members Probably Won't Be Freed With Russian Amnesty Bill

A bill granting amnesty to thousands of Russian prisoners is expected to be sent to parliament within the next week — however, the country's Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has hinted that it will not extend to the jailed members of Pussy Riot and other political prisoners. » 12/06/13 1:50pm 12/06/13 1:50pm

Missing Pussy Riot Member Was Sent to Penal Camp in Siberia

Jailed Pussy Riot member Nadezhda Tolokonnikova — who is currently serving the last few months of her two-year sentence for her participation in an anti-Putin performance — is being sent to a prison colony in the depths of Siberia, according to her relatives and lawyers. Last week her family reported that they hadn't… » 11/05/13 7:00pm 11/05/13 7:00pm

Topless Femen Activists Protest Putin and Putin Said He Liked It

Vladmir Putin, the Khal Drogo of Russia, has gotten his fair share of protestors, thanks to his administration's less than friendly handling of critics of the administration i.e., the unexplained murders of countless journalists since he came into power, Pussy Riot, etc. etc. » 4/08/13 3:10pm 4/08/13 3:10pm

Pussy Riot Faces 3 Years in Russian Prison; Madonna Is Not Pleased

Madonna — in the middle of a world tour — has just arrived in Moscow, where she did, indeed, make some statements regarding the feminist punk band Pussy Riot, as some hoped she would. » 8/07/12 12:50pm 8/07/12 12:50pm

WikiLeaks Reveal Hidden Toll Of Bunga-Bunga Parties

The latest WikiLeaks scandal has rocked the world, provoked a response from Sarah Palin, and set in motion an international rumor mill. But we know what you really care about: what does this mean for bunga-bunga? » 12/02/10 9:36am 12/02/10 9:36am

The Other Russian Calendar Girls

Here's an opposition response to the lingerie-clad pro-Putin calendar girls. Alas, our reader-submitted taglines, including "I want you to tie me down and gag me like you do to the free press," came too late. » 10/08/10 11:57am 10/08/10 11:57am

Female Journalism Students Strip Down For Putin's Birthday

A male alum photographed female students at an elite journalism school to honor Vladimir Putin's birthday. Taglines include, "They put out the forest fires, but I'm still burning" and "Vladimir Vladimirovich, can I be your co-pilot?" See, it's about partnership! » 10/06/10 1:00pm 10/06/10 1:00pm

Fascism And Communism Are Bad For Fucking

Russia is full of cheap vodka and girls who look like Natalia Vodianova so fuck if I can understand why they need Hitler Youth type sex camps to get laid. This is fresh on the heels of the condom industry's discovery that the average Chinese loses his or her virginity at 22, so maybe it's a creeping… » 7/30/07 4:43pm 7/30/07 4:43pm