Volume 13 Issue 4

The Russia Issue

Can Anyone Actually Understand Why Hideo Kojima Is Leaving Konami?

According to widespread rumors, the developer is going to part ways with its most famous auteur, but from the outside this move makes very little sense.
Mike Diver
4.22.15
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Grimewatch

With Roll Deep being kicked off Rinse FM, Essentials splitting up and my quest to become grime’s own JT LeRoy moving as swiftly as Sharky Major’s career, I was ready to file this month under “WASTE.”
Lil' Clarence (N7 Soulja)
4.1.06
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Literary/I Want My DVDs

There was a time I was way over black-and-white photography. Now I seek it out and feel relieved when I am looking at it, like, “Ah, that’s nice.” Color photos were starting to burn my eyes.
CHRISTY MACKSON, MARTIN SPIRE, DENISE DENISE, MATT EL
4.1.06
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Ra-Ra Rasputin

The Favourite Sons are the reason Ken Griffith isn’t currently mopping vomit off the floor of a Brooklyn drinking hole. After Irish noise-pop demi-gods Rollerskate Skinny split in 1997 he decided to have one last go with Kid Silver.
Jaimie Hodgson
4.1.06
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Gross Jar

If you’re a guy in high school and completely surrounded by jocks and dogmatic straight-edgers, it’s fine to take a year or two off to dabble in acid and not be stressed out all the time.
VICE Staff
4.1.06
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Over The Counter Habits

The FSB (which is like the FBI but waaaay scarier) gassed the “Nord-Ost” hostages with it in October 2002 to prevent some Chechen mujahadeen from blowing the building up with 900 or so hostages inside. The women and children simply OD’d on the stuff...
Vlad Osovsky
4.1.06
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Vice Fashion - Homesick

In 2004 Chechens took siege of a Beslan school and killed and injured up to 1000 people. There are about 1 million street kids in Moscow, infant death in Armenia is 36 to every 1000 and procreating close to Chernobyl is risky for the next 3 million...
Anders Kylberg
4.1.06
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Russian Cocktails

“In America, you drink vodka. But in Soviet Russia…vodka drinks you.” —Yakov Smirnoff, comic genius
W.C. Fieldsikov
4.1.06
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Records

You know me and joke rap. I don’t usually fuck with it. That said, if you’ve got enough perseverance to milk a joke for the length of an entire album, I’ll give you daps.
VICE Staff
4.1.06
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Games

This game expertly preys on the fantasies of all devoted gamers. No, we don’t specifically want to be black-ops guys with ninja clothes and guns from the future and shit.
Colonel Ed Sanders
4.1.06
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Bible Bashers

Sometimes, you’ll know a British band by how they make something poetic out of their experience of living in the UK. You’ll usually notice that their songs find some way to romanticize what is essentially a small, rainy country where summer lasts ten...
John Robinson
4.1.06
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TB in Russia

Tuberculosis is a contagious disease that spreads through the air just like the common cold. Someone with TB can cough or sneeze and infect others (10 to 15 people a year on average) with the bacteria known as bacilli.
John James, Antonia Wright
4.1.06
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