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5.25.17

Decapitating Lenin Statues Is the Hottest New Trend in Ukraine

Surreal photos of monuments to the Communist leader in overgrown fields, supply closets, and hatchbacks.

6.17.15

Putin Built a New Amusement Park Where Kids Can Play with Grenade Launchers and Tanks

Along with the sweet tanks to climb in and grenade launchers to touch and guns to shoot, visitors will be able to buy all the Putin memorabilia the mind can dream up.

5.13.15

Jazz on Bones and X-Ray Audio: Chasing the Ghost of Soviet Russia's Most Dedicated Vinyl Bootlegger

How Soviet hipsters invented the first flexi discs...and were sent to the gulag for doing so.

9.4.14

I Was Arrested for Murder in Transnistria

The territory is officially recognized as a rebelling region within Moldova’s international borders. It’s not exactly an easy place to get to; there are no commercial flights and its neighbors are fairly hostile. Law enforcement there is a little...

8.19.14

In New York City, Police Brutality Is Bringing People Together

All across the country, the police are under fire for killing unarmed people of color—and that's spurring people from all backgrounds to embrace new forms of resistance.

4.10.14

A Visit to Moscow's Brain Institute

The Brain Institute, which was founded by the Bolsheviks in 1928 as part of the effort to canonize Lenin, has a "Pantheon of Brains"—the brains of Sergei Eisenstein, Stalin, and Lenin himself are displayed in glass cases inside the Institute's pre...

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12.16.13

Ukrainian Protesters Toppled Kiev's Lenin Statue Last Night

Protests in Kiev on Sunday evening finished with a theatrical flourish, as the pro-EU, anti-Russia demonstrators toppled the statue of Lenin

12.9.13

Ukrainian Protesters Toppled Kiev's Lenin Statue Last Night

Protests in Kiev on Sunday evening finished with a theatrical flourish, as the pro-EU, anti-Russia demonstrators toppled the statue of Lenin that stood on a broad avenue in the center of the city. Despite the protesters' elation, the incident has...

8.11.13

I'm a Russian Lesbian Pretending to Be Straight to Avoid Persecution

Almost every day, the Russian government releases new laws and government statements that make queer Russians’ lives more and more difficult—if not next to impossible. Right now, I’m a Russian lesbian visiting relatives in Russia. To survive the past...

8.5.13

Weiner’s Dong, and Other Products of the Perfected Civilization

I am wholly in favor of anyone wishing to promote his or her genitals on Facebook or Instagram being able to do so.

10.16.12

I Wish Lenin Were My Boyfriend

I dressed up real nice but his heart's so stony-cold.

9.15.11

Leninist Christmas Utopia Theme Parks Aren't Built in a Day

What you're looking at is not just a collection of weird little communist cars, dilapidated slaughterhouses, and idly grazing livestock. It is actually the site upon which will one day stand Europe's No. 1 Leninist Christmas Utopia.