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With financial crisis in Russia in full swing, we thought it would be fun to check on Sergey Rodionov, the eccentric Russian oligarch who financed a Taschen book in which his wife is photographed naked with other men, women, and, as we recall, animals.
Extreme Case of Book Deflation (And Nude Photos)by Tatyana Bokova-Foley
With all their focus on domestic issues, the U.S. media have been utterly negligent in reporting American job loss abroad. I’m talking, of course, about the recent firing of “sexpat” and Internet personality Deirdre Dare from her job at a Moscow law firm. For those readers who haven’t been keeping up with the London Daily Telegraph’s excellent coverage, we are here to brief you.
Deirdre Dare “Sexpat” Saga Not Getting the Attention It Deservesby Andrew Biliter
The fabled communal apartment, or kommunalka, is seeing its dying days in Moscow. Last year alone brought the liquidation of 3,000 communal apartments, with dwellers dispatched to private apartments by government initiative. By 2014, in the midst of the financial crisis, the Russian government promises to fund an additional two-stage breakup of communal apartments in the city center. For comparison, 1997 data showed 151,000 functioning kommunalkas in Moscow; this year that number is 58,000.
The Great Kommunalka Extinctionby Katya Tylevich