The Exile: Sex, Drugs, And Libel In The New Russia

While I don’t thing it’s hard for a book to change your life, enhancing it in some way, I do think it’s rare for one to completely alter your future and put you on a different path than you had intended. This latter type of book ultimately causes you to take a risk that increases the likelihood of an earlier death. Books that have done it for me include Surely You’re Joking Mr. Feynmann, Walden, and A Death In Brazil. They instilled enough curiosity and provided enough motivation to quit my job and hit the road for South America. My book A Dead Bat In Paraguay has also done this for a handful of guys, too, sending them to third world swamps of disease that are less safe than their pleasant suburban cubicle. Malaria, anyone? It’s possible that some men may have their life expectancies shortened thanks to me. Cool.

It looks like I may have to add a new book to my list: The Exile: Sex, Drugs, And Libel In The New Russia.

I have a close Russian friend who would tell me stories about the motherland, but besides mentioning the occasional vacation to Moscow, he hasn’t ever given much detail about what goes on inside the country. I was always curious yet never motivated to visit. Then I read The Exile.

The book is centered around Mark Ames, a self-described loser from California who goes to Moscow to get away from America. He’s soon joined by Matt Taibbi, who you may know from his recent articles in The Rolling Stone. For nearly a decade they go on to publish the most controversial newspaper that post-Communist Russia has ever seen.

The story begins with Mark Ames and his 9-month ordeal with butt scabies in the “European Care House,” where he mooched off his foreign girlfriend and her mom. Afterwards, he leveraged his stepfather’s death from a brain tumor to land a shitty job in Moscow, eventually winding up as a personal assistant for a smelly Pakistani mogul. After a gig with an English rag called Living Here, he started up his own paper called The Exile with the help of a shady Russian investor.

Drug use is featured very prominently in the book (the launch of The Exile involved bountiful supplies of methamphetamine to meet deadlines). The authors prefer heroin, speed, and cocaine to alcohol or marijuana, and even go so far as to detail sociological reasons why speed was more likely to take off in Estonia than Russia, for example. In fact, most of the newspaper was written under some type of substance (the graphic designer drank one beer for all 24 pages of the publication, passing out at his desk upon completion). I’m not big into drugs, but some passages made me want to score some smack and inject it directly into my veins for the hell of it.

The expatriate mentality is a tough thing to explain easily. Any affluent or even middle-class American who renounces the good life of sushi delivery and 50-channel cable television to relocate permanently to some third-world hole usually has to be motivated by a highly destructive personality defect. Either that, or something about home creates psychological demons that in turn create the urge for radical escape.

While Ames was working as a slave for the Pakistani, Taibbi played professional basketball in Mongolia. He returned to the States for surgery and then jetted off to Moscow to work as a writer. Ames steals him from Living Here and the synergy that results takes us on a wild ride through Moscow’s corrupt government, the two-faced expat community, and the techno club scene full of teenage girls who were eager to copulate with Americans. Of course I couldn’t get enough talk about Russian girls, with my favorite part of the book being when they describe ladies night at the Duck Bar. It was dubbed “rape camp” by the expats, a place where “you got laid even if you didn’t want to.” Rivers of puke, massive brawls, police raids, and sex on tables were the norm. “The Duck changed people,” they said.

Included are dozens of full-length Exile articles to give perspective on the stories, which are just as fun to read as the main text. This is one of those books you didn’t want to end, so I made sure to read all the articles to prolong the pleasure.

Of course Russia is better off now, but I decided that I must (eventually) visit a country where “even the policewomen are hot.” Fuck places like Prague, a safe destination with cheesy, Western-owned businesses that’ll remind me of Buenos Aires (Ames describes how Czech women are far inferior to Russian women, anyway). To top it all off, Ames hates American women. In the chapter titled “The White God Factor,” he shreds them so bad I don’t advise any American girl to read the book unless they want to be put on suicide watch. Quotes like this only put a smile on my face:

All American women, and practically all the European women, are socially and sexually devasted by Russia. They’re at a massive disadvantage for the first time in their lives. They didn’t expect it at all. None of us did. We all came here expecting to skim the top, showing the poor savages how to work, eat, dress… But things started to happen to us. We—the expat men and women—veered off in wildly different directions, on to nonintersection planes.

Expat women like my old girlfriend get hit with a double-whammy of shit luck in Moscow: First, they’re physically outclassed by the Russian girls; and secondly, the Russian men are slouched, pasty, unkempt, and, in most Western women’s eyes, the ugliest men in Europe. And yet… even the Russian men don’t want expat women. Which leaves—exactly no one wanting expat women. That’s right: no one.

Just a couple weeks ago I was at a coffee shop when a tall Russian woman walked in. She was just barely cute, and could stand to lose a couple pounds, but she had on a sexy red dress and four inch high heels. Her makeup and hair were immaculately done, and it was only two in the afternoon. Even though there were hotter American girls in the coffee shop along with her, she made them invisible and almost worthless. She was the only girl that entire day that I’d work for in order to lay, and it was no surprise that the American man who came out to meet her (internet date, I suppose) couldn’t contain his excitement. He wore a cheesy grin as if to say, “I don’t believe my luck!” Hell, I felt lucky just to witness her, like a zoologist catching two endangered animals mating in the wild without having to use binoculars.

American women have been raised to believe that traditional qualities of femininity—appearing as though you are trying to please the man by caking on makeup, wearing tight short skirts that show off your legs, speaking in a high voice, giggling, and deferring to his desires—as well as characteristics usually used to describe sluts—high heels, heavy perfume, sleeping with a man on the first night without demanding he use a condom—are not only atavistic and repugnant but, ultimately, unsuccessful tactics in the competition for Mr. Right.

Ames and Taibbi paint a portrait of Russia being the last known wild west, where death or dismemberment is a real concern. I know things have changed since the book was published in 2000, but as long as I avoid uber-rich Moscow, I think I can capture some of what they experienced over a decade ago. The fact that they make a place like Brazil seem like Disneyland on family fun day means I have no choice but to visit, sooner than later. I highly recommend The Exile, one of those rare books that makes me want to be a part of the story. After you read the book, check out theVanity Fair exposé that acts as the epilogue.

101 Comments

  1. jackgoesforth December 6, 2010 at 9:50 am

    After reading the Vanity Fair profile on the eXile I immediately got this book, and you’re right, it made a huge impact.

    jackgoesforth’s last blog post: Punch Drunk # 36.

  2. Fauk December 6, 2010 at 10:07 am

    So are you going to be learning Russian then?

  3. Solo December 6, 2010 at 10:23 am

    I agree with Jesse especially C and D. Chicks from Finland and the Ukraine are hotter!

    Solo’s last blog post: Usher’s Disaster PT 1.

  4. Bernie December 6, 2010 at 11:26 am

    Wow – that video is eye-opening. Makes Russia seem no better than your average third world country.

    No wonder most of the best boxers are now from Russia. If they lose, the scenes in the video are what they have to go back to.

    BY the way, what’s up with that guy just lying in the middle of the road with people barely noticing him? Drunk? Murder victim?

  5. Anonymous December 6, 2010 at 12:00 pm

    Mark Ames is a fucking idiot hardcore Socialist. He thinks everyone should have as shitty a life as himself because he hasn’t been able to amount to anything beyond a being Paki’s foot-lackey.

    IF he could put as much effort into his own success as he does into convincing people they need to pay 95% tax rates, he might have a life.

    Im no libertarian, but he tells his readers to SPIT on anybody who says anything to advocate self-determination. Let me be, Ames. I’m not fuckig sharing my money with you, because I earned it.

    In a subtle way he promotes class-war among those who want Marxism and those who don’t. Every time I read one of his articles, I thank the stars that his fucking idiotic collectivist folllowers are generally not the type who are armed to the teeth. Most of the heavily-armed people are the ones who don’t want a centralized government dictating every aspect of their lives. So when the shit hits the fan, Ames and his followers can FUCKING TRY to out-gun us.

    Good luck with that Ames…

  6. The G Manifesto December 6, 2010 at 12:13 pm

    Roosh,

    That’s crazy, I just bought The Exile on Saturday (along with 10 others.)

    Jesse Charger,

    What you have heard is American propaganda.

    The only one I would agree with is:

    e) it’s cold as hell

    Bernie,

    “No wonder most of the best boxers are now from Russia.”

    I would argue that the Philippines, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Thailand, Argentina and the USA are still putting out better boxers:

    Manny Pacquiao
    Floyd Mayweather Jr
    Sergio Gabriel Martínez
    Juan Manuel Márquez
    Nonito Donaire
    Pongsaklek Wonjongkam
    Fernando Montiel
    Timothy Bradley
    Juan Manuel López
    Miguel Cotto
    Andre Berto

    – MPM

    The G Manifesto’s last blog post: Ricardo Mayorga MMA Update and Classic Fight With Felix Trinidad.

  7. Jack Frost December 6, 2010 at 2:08 pm

    “Any affluent or even middle-class American who renounces the good life of sushi delivery and 50-channel cable television to relocate permanently to some third-world hole usually has to be motivated by a highly destructive personality defect. Either that, or something about home creates psychological demons that in turn create the urge for radical escape”

    This was the passage that really resonated with me. Roosh, do you think that captures your personality? Also, any concerns on your skin color giving you problems if you go over there?

    The book sounds pretty fucking awesome and Im bumping it up to next read status. Thanks for the blog and reccomendation.

    Jack Frost’s last blog post: Crabs In a Bucket.

  8. Anonymous December 6, 2010 at 2:25 pm

    “Also, any concerns on your skin color giving you problems if you go over there?”

    Well, Roosh said he wanted a place that was somewhat dangerous, so I guess he will get his wish.

    Realistically, I don’t think he will face too many problems as long as he has the least bit of street smarts. He traveled throughout South America, so I imagine he isn’t a complete fool when it comes to staying safe.

    However, if anyone starts saying stuff to you late at night, especially if it is young guys with shaved heads or short hair cuts, just run, Roosh.

  9. Timothy December 6, 2010 at 2:49 pm

    http://www.slate.com/id/2276071/

    I just came across this article a couple of days ago about how infidelity is now viewed in Russia.

    I’m going to recommend this book to an aquaintance of mine who’s thinking about pursuing a job opportunity in Russia, and maybe even finding a wife over there.

  10. anon December 6, 2010 at 3:32 pm

    the guys, mark ames, 44 yrs old, is banging a 27 yr old hottie named anatasia

  11. GERTRUDE December 6, 2010 at 3:34 pm

    MARK AMES AND MATT TAIBBI.

    Why are liberals always like this? Same with jack kerouac and neal cassady.

    With all due respect, i will like to read a story like this from a conservative. I like it better.

    Just saying

  12. GOOD POINT December 6, 2010 at 3:39 pm

    YOU ONLY SEE LIBERAL MEN DO THESE KIND OF THINGS. From neal cassady to matt taibi to rooshv to Gmanifesto.
    Conservatives are wusses

  13. hydrogonian December 6, 2010 at 3:48 pm

    http://www.rooshvforum.com/thread-1667.html?highlight=exile

    yeah baby

    whenever I need an escape, I reread “sex drugs and libel”. One of the best books I’ve ever read, as Roosh can now attest to.

    Also, its worthy to note where Ames and Taibbi now are after they essentially got booted from Russia by Putins government:

    Ames now heads the pack at http://exiledonline.com/, and frequently appears on MSNBC, I beleive. He wrote for Playboy for a while.

    Taibbi, as Roosh mentioned, began working for Rolling Stone. Subsequently, he came out with a now infamous expose skewering Goldman Sachs.

    Taibbi’s new book “Griftopia” is supposed to be incredible, as the best book out now which surgically breaks down what the real nature of the USA economy is in the aftermath of the dot com boom and bust, the oil fiasco of the Bush years, and the current crisis and bailouts.

    But to earn your respect of these guys first, go read Exile: Sex, Drugs and Libel in the New Russia.

  14. Timothy December 6, 2010 at 3:59 pm

    It’s hilarious how folks want to make this political. How people vote has nothing to do with their desire for drugs, pussy and other forms of debauchery. It’s just that conservatives love to publicly preach against it, while attempting to keep their skeletons buried. This is shit that MEN do, period.

  15. fourblindmonkeys December 6, 2010 at 4:08 pm

    I’d take a Russian girl over an American girl any day of the week. What really surprised was that Russian chicks had more honor, if they said they were going to do something they would follow up. Hell I didn’t take one girl seriously when she said after she gets home from work after 12AM that she would give me a call back. An American girl won’t call you at all, and let’s even mention the flakiness. I laugh every time a girl sends me a text that she is flaking. Then several hours later they send a bunch of texts trying to explain their reasoning because I didn’t respond at all. Honey you can explain all that to some chump that’s actually going to take you seriously. HAHAHA

    fourblindmonkeys’s last blog post: Some things I learned from CR( Crazy Russian).

  16. Anonymous December 6, 2010 at 4:10 pm

    “It’s hilarious how folks want to make this political. How people vote has nothing to do with their desire for drugs, pussy and other forms of debauchery. It’s just that conservatives love to publicly preach against it, while attempting to keep their skeletons buried. This is shit that MEN do, period.”

    Wrong. It is political. A lot of religious conservatives are against sex, drugs and rock n’ roll.

    You have to be somewhat of a liberal to enjoy that stuff.

    Still, being a family man has its benefits: you leave behind lots of kids who will pass on your genes and wisdom.

  17. Paul December 6, 2010 at 4:26 pm

    Timothy, i get your point, kinda.

    but these crazy, balls-to-the-wall stories are generally adventures by liberals. Right now, i am trying to think of conservatives with these kinds of experiences. None. Drawing a blank. Roissy doesnt engage in the kind of risky travels that ROOSHV does. That is just a fact.

  18. Angelica December 6, 2010 at 4:28 pm

    Dont tell me MYSTERY is conservative. Not a chance. Style isnt either.

  19. Anonymous December 6, 2010 at 4:32 pm

    “Roissy doesnt engage in the kind of risky travels that ROOSHV does. That is just a fact.”

    I don’t even think Roissy goes out much anymore. He used to write about hitting the town with Roosh and VK, but he hasn’t written about that in a long time.

    Roissy is chump.

    If he is going to go the whole “conservative white nationalist” route, then at least he should get married and start a family.

    At least then it would give some credence to his right-wing rants.

  20. fourblindmonkeys December 6, 2010 at 5:14 pm

    What’s this liberal and conservative crap. What the hell does it have to do with what you do with your life. Get a fucking life. This reminds me of people who post on Twitter whenever they take a dump.

    I don’t need to hear which side you voted for every time you make a big decision in your life.

    fourblindmonkeys’s last blog post: The American Dream.

  21. Anonymous December 6, 2010 at 5:21 pm

    “He used to write about hitting the town with Roosh and VK, but he hasn’t written about that in a long time. ”

    Roissy lives in New York now…if you read between the lines of his posts you’d realize that

    But word on the white supremacy thing, his writing is sitll pretty interesting, but sometimes i wonder if he’s losing it

  22. james December 6, 2010 at 5:22 pm

    i traveled through ukraine last year, visiting seven cities and walking all over the place in every city- including the bad neighborhoods. i only saw a couple of places that looked like that video, and ukraine is a much poorer country than russia.

  23. hydrogonian December 6, 2010 at 5:32 pm

    For all of you that don’t get it, and it amazes me that you don’t , that video is pure satire. Fictional. Made up. Staged. Designed for entertainment purposes, with an element of truth(ie:satire).

    The filmmakers put as many Russian stereotypes as they could into 15 seconds.

  24. Angelica December 6, 2010 at 5:45 pm

    “But word on the white supremacy thing, his writing is sitll pretty interesting, but sometimes i wonder if he’s losing it”

    maybe the STD

  25. Angelica December 6, 2010 at 5:47 pm

    “But word on the white supremacy thing, his writing is sitll pretty interesting, but sometimes i wonder if he’s losing it”

    maybe the STD is getting to his brain. syphillis and aids attack the brain as npart of disease progression.

  26. Timothy December 6, 2010 at 6:14 pm

    You guys missed the point. Religious conservatives and rightwingers SPEAK OUT against these things, while behind closed doors they’re even worse (hookers, gay sex, etc.). A few televangelists have gotten busted over the past 20 years or so. J. Edgar Hoover, renowned for his files on suspected homosexuals, blacks, etc. was a cross-dresser. Other anti-gay conservatives have been found to be in the closet. In the 70s I believe, there was a sex scandal on the Hill involving Republican lawmakers and Capital pages…that’s right – young men. It’s true…a conservative probably won’t write a book about his adventures. He’ll publicly criticize someone else’s book about their adventures, while keeping his own in the closet.

    1. Kram September 13, 2015 at 12:17 am

      The scandal with the congressional pages involved uber gay democrat Gerry Studds (yes that is his name). When reprimanded by other members of congress he literally turned his back on them. He has since died.

  27. Anonymous December 6, 2010 at 6:56 pm

    Timothy,

    Ok. So conservatives are hypocrites who shouldn’t be listened to? Got it.

  28. Mike December 6, 2010 at 7:17 pm

    GERTRUDE: They’re not liberals, you illiterate fuck wad. Not everyone who opposes the oligopoly is a liberal. If you must typecast them, consider them populists.

  29. Anonymous December 6, 2010 at 7:54 pm

    roissy isn’t written by one person anymore.. farming it out to less-talented ghosts writing redundant columns.

  30. Anonymous December 6, 2010 at 7:55 pm

    oh and The Exile is one of the best life/travel memoirs I’ve ever read.

  31. Q man December 6, 2010 at 8:04 pm

    Question:

    Is Ames “The War Nerd”?

    1. Vendetta February 7, 2016 at 4:30 pm

      John Dolan is.

  32. Q man December 6, 2010 at 8:08 pm

    “roissy isn’t written by one person anymore.. farming it out to less-talented ghosts writing redundant columns.”

    Who are the ghost writers though?

    Long time blog fanboys? Multiple personalities of Roissy? Communist spies?

  33. hydrogonian December 6, 2010 at 8:10 pm

    For the record, the exile trashes liberals as much as they trash conservatives. They correctly interpret the political system based on class distinctions, and not the meaningless liberal/conservative distinction that most illiterate fuck wads (thx Mike) think this country revolves around.

  34. ML December 6, 2010 at 10:31 pm

    “But word on the white supremacy thing”

    The word used by Anon 21 was nationalist, not supremacist. You have re-framed the ideology here imputed to Roissy to mock, mislead and demonize, conforming to media stereotype. And this is what pushes brilliant men like Roissy into white nationalism.

  35. Anonymous December 7, 2010 at 12:41 am

    Timothy obviously you haven’t noticed that most of them were fake or liars. None were conservative. You seem to be taking the liberal perveted concept of ”Conservatives are hypocrites!”. That’s so old man. You seriously believe people like Glenn Beck, Lady Gaga, Katy Perry and Sarah Palin are conservatives? They are a bunch of fools trying to trick people to get richer. Or love attention and want to be celebrities. Reminds me all of the scams in evangelical Christianity. Money, money, money. And publicity too.

  36. Anonymous December 7, 2010 at 1:35 am

    Hey man,
    I’m from the lair in Tokyo. Would be cool if you wanted to do a talk or something.

    shoot me an email if you would be interested.

  37. Jinx December 7, 2010 at 2:25 am

    “And this is what pushes brilliant men like Roissy into white nationalism.”

    Hahhaha. ML. i guess ROISSY is a victim! lol! oh my sides! poor roissy!

    he cant help but getting pushed into something!

  38. Jinx December 7, 2010 at 2:45 am

    MIKE AND HYRDOGONIAN.

    if you read the works of matt bai or mark ames, they dont write for conservative publications. their works have a strong liberal bent. you definitely cant even begin to picture them working for FOX NEWS. Jack keroauc is a total liberal. same with neal cassady. same with Hunter s. thompson. Or you want to argue that Hunter is not a liberal? same with charles palachnuick or TOM WOLFE. same with rooshv, same with the g manifesto(he voted democrat this election, check his blog).

    It is just what it is.

  39. Off Man December 7, 2010 at 2:48 am

    Jesus christ was a liberal: redistribute the wealth, a strong multiculturalist(christianity for all- equality in the kingdom of god–very much against the jews orthodoxy of the time), helping the poor and the helpless, taxation, etc.

    In fact, julius ceasar was a liberal. Look at his radical liberal changes to the roman hierarchy.

    Most(not all) of the interesting human character in history are liberals.

    Deal with it.

  40. Off Man December 7, 2010 at 2:56 am

    Ok, i will drive the nail into the coffin.

    Great characters in human history.

    Jesus christ – liberal
    Socrates – liberal
    Plato – liberal
    Aristotle- liberal
    All the greeks intellectual are raging, homo liberals.
    Siddharta Guatama, founder of Buddhism – Liberal
    Hinduism- liberal
    Zoroaster – liberal
    Chairman Mao – liberal
    stalin- liberal
    hitler – conservative
    mussolini – conservative
    All the russian writers with the exception of ayn rand – liberals
    Every great american journalists – liberal.(unless you think glenn beck/fox news is great journalism)
    The greatest american presidents(lincoln, fdr, roosevelt, johnson, kennedy, washington, jefferson) are all liberals.
    Every great trouble maker in latin america, from che guevera to fidel castro – liberal.
    Sigmund freud – liberal
    karl marx – liberal
    charles darwin – liberal

    BY FAR, LIBERALS OUTLCASS CONSERVATIVES. completely.

  41. Ubermind December 7, 2010 at 7:45 am

    Most of you soft western people would not be ready for Russia. You would run back home to America crying.

    Running game on russian women is not imitating a popstar, like on american ones. You have to be tough. Real tough. She must know you can kill. You might have to.

    Are you ready to:
    -Get your teeth punched out by guys in black leather anoraks, for any attempt to peacock and wear other color than black or gray?
    -Get left by your women for not hitting her?
    -Piss in toilets without water and heating in -10 to -20 degrees of Celsius?
    -Get drunk of vodka on regular basis or insulted for being disrespectful and ostracized from all male social groups?
    -Be hated and cheated for being a citizen of the only superpower that overshadows Russia.
    -Be ridiculed for not understanding Russian specific humor, that you will NEVER understand, because unlike yours it is actually funny.
    -Be ridiculed for not knowing cultural references from soviet times, that you will NEVER be able to comprehend.
    -Be prepared to found your hard-polished game speaking skills be trumphed by an 15 years old thuggy street bastard, because in English you have only 2 manly words: FUCK and SHIT. Russians have exactly 16489 words that have the same or superior gravity and can be used to put you down like mud in a single eloquent sentence, by a three year old.
    -learn that as a westerner you are not being seen as a human being but as a walking wallet.

    Than welcome to Russia!

  42. Q man December 7, 2010 at 8:44 am

    Ubermind,

    Fuck Russia.

    It is a worthless country full of drunks, skinheads and cheap whores.

  43. hydrogonian December 7, 2010 at 10:33 am

    Jinx,

    Your still confused and hung up in the binary world of conservatives vs liberals. This is a common perspective that many people, no matter how cogently it is explained to them, never seem to be able to escape. If you view the world as such, you don’t understand the perspective of the Exile writers.

    If you REALLY read into their years of archives, as well as really anything they write, they don’t side with the Democratic or Liberal parties as they exist in any country. Sure, many of their views happen to coincide with liberal views. But they will, and frequently do, also skewer liberals. Correctly, they see the world in terms of the CLASS war. Anyone who votes outside of their self interest is a brainwashed fool that really is fucking up the world for everyone else. Rich people SHOULD vote in their self interest. Poor people SHOULD vote in their self interest. The trick that politicians have played on us is getting poor people to vote against their self interest. This has been happening for so long that the system has progressed to operate in ways that now resemble a Kleptocracy (see Taibbi’s book). Whatever the agenda of conservatives or liberals, the exile writes to defend the middle class and the poor moistly, no matter what the individual political affiliations of the middle class and the poor are. And they tend to do so with a level of journalism and analysis not found in many other places.

  44. hydrogonian December 7, 2010 at 10:38 am

    Ubermond,

    Unfortunately, the posturing and superiority complex comes off as insecure. But North Americans are used to that treatment from non-North Americans. So, knock yourself out. Ironically, anyone who has read the book that this article recommends fully gets the perspective that you give, only with much more balance. Plenty of North Americans have gone to live and thrive in Russia for years. Some of the better writers of the experience being Ames, Taibbi, and English Teacher X.

  45. gozarian December 7, 2010 at 10:44 am

    Off Man-

    Although I agree with your general rant, a number of great Russian writers were NOT liberal. Dostoevsky and Pushkin were conservative Russian-orthodox christians (although they were very anti-western europe).

    Uberman-

    “The Russian women want uber-manly men who can kill” troupe is one of the most over-exaggerated things I’ve heard around here. I lost my V to a very attractive girl in moscow at age 17. At 5’7′ and 125 pounds, I wasn’t a threat to hurt anyone. She simply thought I looked much better than the average Russian guy. Sometimes, that’s all there is to it.

    As for Roissy, he’s had a white nationalist bent since day one. The only difference now is that his comments page has descended into utter insanity.

  46. james December 7, 2010 at 10:50 am

    Does that roissy dude have a book coming out?

  47. Anonymous December 7, 2010 at 10:52 am

    “I know things have changed since the book was published in 2000, but as long as I avoid uber-rich Moscow, I think I can capture some of what they experienced over a decade ago.”

    I had similar goals when I first moved to EE 4 years ago. My formative years were spent religiously reading the exile.ru, waiting for each new issue to be published. I’ve been to a few former USSR republics (but never russia itself), and I’ve yet to experience anything quite like Ames and co described. The tales of the long time expats make me envious as much of the wild-west atmosphere has since dissipated.

    The girls are still as gorgeous though..

  48. jim December 7, 2010 at 11:03 am

    You guys all sound like hipsters trying to recreate some so called authentic experiences of great writers/artists.

    Thugs, getting killed, having no water, etc. Why don’t you save the airfare and just go to your local ghetto. Sounds pretty much the same (minus the hot girls of course).

  49. hydrogonian December 7, 2010 at 11:38 am

    “I know things have changed since the book was published in 2000, but as long as I avoid uber-rich Moscow, I think I can capture some of what they experienced over a decade ago.”

    “I had similar goals when I first moved to EE 4 years ago. My formative years were spent religiously reading the exile.ru, waiting for each new issue to be published. I’ve been to a few former USSR republics (but never russia itself), and I’ve yet to experience anything quite like Ames and co described. The tales of the long time expats make me envious as much of the wild-west atmosphere has since dissipated.

    The girls are still as gorgeous though..”

    Yeah, if you read English Teacher X, he did years of teaching in the provinces, starting from around the late 90’s. He said its nothing what it used to be like, with every little town becoming a sanitized version of itself due to capitalism. Complete with the demasculinization of men. (Although if the men aren’t given a better means of production to keep up, I don’t see that trend toward euro-hipster wussified men continuing.) However, you can still likely find that oldshool essence. It takes decades of culture commodification for that to be washed out, I would think.

    There’s nothing wrong with searching for authentic experiences when inauthenticity leaves you dead inside. Some guys are sick of everything being for sale. Although, Ubermind was right to say that many guys wouldnt like what that meant in terms of culture, even though he was wrong to encapsulate all western men together in his generalization.

  50. Anonymous December 7, 2010 at 12:15 pm

    Off Man,

    You say Thomas Jefferson is a Liberal? Wow, bravo. Read again what it means to be conservative. One quick hint, Bush/Cheney are not conservatives. Hitler was a not a conservative, he had the government intervene in every aspect of German life. Freud was a FUCKING joke. Marx was a joke. My guess is that you have not ever read any of their work. I’ve had the opportunity to study Freud back in college and read the communist manifesto in its entirety. Those were my die-hard liberal days. Marx and Freud are idiots.

    Mao killed 50 million of his own people. Many more starved to death. Some great historical character.

    Here’s a little thought experiment: name an invention. Was it made in the USA? Probably. Almost every piece of technology in the world was either invented in the USA or is based on American technology.

    Why is that? Are Americans inherently smarter than other people? Nope. Think about it, there’s another reason why the USA dominates the world and you at meat 3 times per day.

    There is no final nail in the coffin. If you are American, you are under the age of 25. I know this because you seem to be unable to process a coherent thought.

  51. Anonymous December 7, 2010 at 12:20 pm

    I’ve never read The Exile, but Ames does have a website called Exiled Online.

    The guys a hard-core socialist and he’s on more than a few people’s lists.

    When the shit hits the fan he had better hope he’s not hanging around Victorville. More than a few people are going to be flicking lead boogers at him, and all those pics of him practicing with a handgun in the desert won’t mean shit.

  52. Timothy December 7, 2010 at 12:23 pm

    Anonymous…I don’t know what your issue is with me. We’re not even disagreeing. My whole point is that some conservatives are hypocrites. Read the whole thread for better understanding of the point. And I NEVER suggested who you should or shouldn’t listen to. Now you’re sulking. I do suggest that when any of us DO listen to one of these blowhards going off about something, take note of who it’s coming from. And that’s not true of just conservatives – that’s anyone that’s running their mouths about someone else’s behavior. When you point the finger at someone, 10 more are pointing back at you.

    @46 hydrogonian, you summed up the American political process beautifully. I work with a self-proclaimed conservative who seems to see any and every subject through a liberal v. conservative lens, instead of simply informing himself on facts before blurting out an opinion. If I know what your answer is going to be before I ask a question or make a point, you ARE in fact a brainwashed fool.

  53. Q man December 7, 2010 at 12:53 pm

    Here is a warning that the US State Dept. has about traveling in Russia:

    CRIME: Racial and ethnic minorities continue to be victims of unprovoked, violent harassment throughout the Russian Federation. The U.S. Embassy and Consulates General continue to receive reports of U.S. citizens, often members of minority groups, victimized in violent attacks by “skinheads” or other extremists. Be cautious in areas frequented by these types and wherever large crowds have gathered. U.S. citizens most at risk are those of African, South Asian, or East Asian descent, or those who, because of their complexion, are perceived to be from the Caucasus region or the Middle East. These U.S. citizens are also at risk for harassment by police authorities.

  54. hydrogonian December 7, 2010 at 12:54 pm

    I still maintain that the real conflict always has been and always will be one of class, but for those of you who will always view the world in terms of political affiliation only, then at least have the correct perspective as far as that is concerned. In every country there are 4 possible political quadrants, not two. Even if there are only two parties. The conflict that arises from this lack of perspective also leads to a lot of confusion and senseless arguing. Read this site in its entirety, and take the test to see where you stand, to get up to speed:

    http://www.politicalcompass.org/analysis2

  55. Timothy December 7, 2010 at 1:34 pm

    I agree to an extent hydrogonian, but in America (and other countries too) class is often tied to skin color. There is often a separation between light and dark. In America poverty is often associated with people of color (because your odds of being born into or living in poverty are greater if you are non-white), but there is a MASSIVE class of poor whites that, at least publicly, isn’t acknowledged.

    I agree that there are at least 2 quadrants within each party, though one of the quantrants has a greater voice and influence. We’re conditioned to the two party view, thus making it extremely difficult for a true third party to grow and be a legitimate factor.

  56. The G Manifesto December 7, 2010 at 1:46 pm

    hydrogonian,

    Excellent comment:

    “they see the world in terms of the CLASS war. Anyone who votes outside of their self interest is a brainwashed fool that really is fucking up the world for everyone else. Rich people SHOULD vote in their self interest. Poor people SHOULD vote in their self interest. The trick that politicians have played on us is getting poor people to vote against their self interest. This has been happening for so long that the system has progressed to operate in ways that now resemble a Kleptocracy (see Taibbi’s book).”

    I couldn’t have said it better myself.

    – MPM

    The G Manifesto’s last blog post: Mo Money Mo Problems Lyrics Translation for The Non Hip Hop Heads.

  57. Mike December 7, 2010 at 2:06 pm

    hydrogonian gets it. The people throwing around liberal or conservative labels should re-read the comment.

    The Bailouts, e.g., started under Bush and were expanded under Obama.

    Were the Bailouts liberal or conservative? Or is that question completely fucking moronic?

    Wall Street fucks you in the ass with the equal help of liberals and conservatives. Much of what necessitated bailouts started under Clinton’s economic team.

    Watch less CNBC/FoxNews and start reading and thinking.

  58. Jinx December 7, 2010 at 2:17 pm

    Hydrogonian,

    On further reflection, i think you are right. thanks.

  59. straightken December 7, 2010 at 4:18 pm

    stalin and mao were power-hungry elitists, i.e. right wing.

    but the correct word for most of the people on your list would be progressive, not liberal.

    in most of the world “liberal” is related to “right-wing” economics. it’s a symptom of the average american’s brain-damage that they can’t sort these ideas out for themselves (like asking themselves why most of the world NEEDS to live in dire poverty when there are technological solutions for it) and instead needs to resort to PR labels for everything.

  60. hydrogonian December 7, 2010 at 4:44 pm

    @Timothy: I agree with you on all points.

    However, I think its very misleading to believe that there are “two quadrants within each party”. Each quadrant is so far removed from the other, politically, so as to have to be considered a separate political philosophy altogether. For instance, you wouldn’t consider Ghandi and Stalin as having similar political ideologies, yet they both fall in quadrants on the left. One is Authoritarian and the other Libertarian. As a matter of fact, right and left wingers who are libertarian have much more in common then either does with the right/left wing associated authoritarian politicians. Similarly, left and right wing authoritarian politicians have much more in common with one another than they do with any libertarians on the right or the left.

    This is another illustration of how viewing politics in terms of the “right and left” causes the country to run in circles, fruitlessly chasing its tail and never reaching the goals of the populace. Its because people believe in the illusion of the right and left. Furthermore, check out the 2008 election quadrant on my previously linked to site. All of the politicians fall somewhere in the authoritarian right quadrant. That means that the USA essentially had slightly different candidate versions embodying the overall philosophy of one political party.

    The modern political process, throughout the western world really, is based on illusion and misdirection.

  61. hydrogonian December 7, 2010 at 5:40 pm

    man..I didn’t mean to get into an in depth discussion here. But just to finish up, and inform a little better as to what the quadrants mean. You can fall anywhere in each quadrant, meaning that you could be extreme in one quadrant, on the line between two quadrants, or close to absolute center between all four.

    The quadrants come from mixing whether or not you believe in personal freedom or restriction, and whether or not you believe in economic freedom or restriction/redistribution. Left denotes the belief in economic restriction/redistribution and right denotes the belief in economic lack of restriction. Authoritarian denotes the belief in restriction on personal freedom, and libertarian denotes lack of restriction of personal freedom. Therefore you can be left authoritarian, right authoritarian, left libertarian, or right libertarian. People get confused when they say they are “right wing” and support right wing candidates, yet believe in personal freedom. There are very few right wing candidates that are not authoritarian and therefore not interested in restricting personal freedom. Similarly, most people that say that they are “left wing” are not 2nd quadrant left wing, like Stalin, but rather libertarian left wing. But the conversation gets confused when their detractors start thinking that left wing politics leads to Stalinism. If people were more aware, we would be able to put candidates in office that more accurately reflect our beliefs, whatever they are.

    But, in general:

    1st Quadrant: You believe in economic unrestriction but believe restrictions on personal freedom. Examples: George W. Bush, Nicolas Sarkozy, Margaret Thatcher, Hitler (on the line between Quadrants 1 and 2, but in quadrant 1), Barack Obama, Sarah Palin, John McCain, The Canadian Liberal and Conservative Parties

    2nd quadrant: You believe in both economic restrictions as well as restrictions on personal freedoms. Examples: Stalin, Robert Mugabe,Pope Benedict XVI, Mamoud Abbas.

    3rd Quadrant: You believe in absolute personal unrestriction as well as absolute economic unrestriction. Because, by definition, this means a very small government when practiced in the extreme, few politicians currently fall into this category, and few governments in history have been in this category.
    Examples: Milton Friedman, Michael Badnarick, the governments of Sweden, Denmark, the Netherlands, and Finland (all just barely).

    4th Quadrant: You believe in economic restrictions but believe in personal freedom. Examples: Ralph Nader, Ghandi, The Australian Green Party, Nelson Mandela, the Dalai Lama, Dennis Kucinich, Walt Brown, David Cobb, The Canadian New Democratic Party and Bloc Quebecois.

  62. hydrogonian December 7, 2010 at 5:49 pm

    I fucked up. Switch the definitions for Quadrants 3 and 4. So 3 is 4 and 4 is 3.

    1st = Right Authoritarian
    2nd = Left Authoritarian
    3rd = Left Libertarian
    4th = Right Libertarian

  63. Harmonica December 7, 2010 at 6:30 pm

    What’s full of shit and unable to talk without suit spewing out?

    The lefty fags on this thread.

    Do you guys think that your utopia, pro-immigrant, anti-intelligence jerk offs will change the fact that the worldwide lefties have doomed western civilization.

    Russia will live on because Russia is smart enough to known when to put on the iron fist. You fags won’t even make it a day when the real depression hits.

  64. Anonymous December 7, 2010 at 7:13 pm

    “Russia will live on because Russia is smart enough to known when to put on the iron fist. You fags won’t even make it a day when the real depression hits.”

    Mr. Cuntcervative, Russia is getting a lot of immigration from “darker people”, it won’t be Russia for long.

  65. JM December 7, 2010 at 8:07 pm

    “but these crazy, balls-to-the-wall stories are generally adventures by liberals. Right now, i am trying to think of conservatives with these kinds of experiences. None. Drawing a blank. ”

    The founders, and many of the main writers of Vice magazine–notably and most visibly Gavin mcinnes– are politically conservative. Don’t get any more debaucherous than those folks.

  66. KoolMoeDee December 7, 2010 at 8:41 pm

    Been to Vladivostok on two different port visits.

    Your guy mentions a club where you will get laid “even if you don’t want to”. Bought back memories of trying to go back to the ship, bunch of girls outside the main gate, go with two of them to the bar across the street. Start slow dancing, and then start trying to kiss her neck and by her ears. I guess that set her off because she literally raped my mouth with her tongue. Only got better.

    Fast forward to the last night. Go into this African themed bar. Only dudes in there were working at the bar and one Russian lady that would knock out NY Giants linebackers at a table with her girlfriends. The rest of the clientele were nice looking Russian women. We sat down and were trying to play it cool. One table had two Armenian looking girls and the other had three classic blonds, MILF types. Play it cool because we don’t want to try to kick game to one table and maybe lose the other. No matter the blonds solved the problem for us. A song they liked started and they just grabbed us to go dance. Ended up back back at one of their houses.

    Russia is a trip. Lots of big dudes that either love you and give you those cheek kisses but when they drink they get mad easy. Have to learn to be cool and maybe drink more than you are used to. When a table full of big ass dudes are being cool with you but also alluding to the fact that they are involved in some shady business one tends not to turn down all the vodka they want to buy you…….

    Go there but be sure you have some friends. The women are out of this world and a whole style of class to their own.

  67. KoolMoeDee December 7, 2010 at 8:42 pm

    Just saw this: “but these crazy, balls-to-the-wall stories are generally adventures by liberals. Right now, i am trying to think of conservatives with these kinds of experiences. None. Drawing a blank. ”

    I guess I’m conservative and have a ton of sea stories that you would never believe….probably won’t believe my Vladivostok one until you go there yourself…

  68. Mark December 7, 2010 at 9:33 pm

    I remember when I was in Berlin, a friend of mine emailed me trying to convince me to fly to meet him in St. Petersburg. He said something similar to this:

    “The food sucks and the service is terrible. The weather’s horrible. The people are rude and smell bad. There’s nothing to do other than drink. And nobody speaks English well. But the average woman here is twice as sexual and ten times hotter than they are in Germany. Let me know when you’re landing.”

    Haha.. I didn’t go.

    Russia is still high on my “to visit” list though.

    Mark’s last blog post: Listening to Women.

  69. Anonymous December 7, 2010 at 10:54 pm

    > Here’s a little thought experiment: name an invention.
    > Was it made in the USA? Probably. Almost every piece of technology in the world was either invented in the USA or is based on American technology.

    Hmm, lets see. Most significant inventions of the last 100-150 years or so.

    * Computer – Invented by an Brit in England – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_Babbage

    * Television – Invented by a Brit in Scotland. First demonstrated in London – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Logie_Baird

    * Telephone – Invented by a Brit – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alexander_Graham_Bell

    * World wide web – Inveted by a Brit in a swiss lab – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tim_Berners-Lee

    The only world changing invention of the last 100-150 years I can think of that is american was done by this guy.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/J._Robert_Oppenheimer

    And Americans wonder why people get angry when they take credit for shit they did not invent.

    Oh yeah, thats right. I forgot, Al Gore inventented the internet.

  70. Anonymous December 7, 2010 at 10:56 pm

    > Why is that? Are Americans inherently smarter than other people? Nope.

    Clearly not

  71. Lumiere December 7, 2010 at 11:04 pm

    That’s too funny

    There is no question that those are the top 5 world changing inventions of the last 100-150 years.

    1. Television
    2. Telephone
    3. Computer
    4. WWW
    5. A-bomb

    Try it out as a game with your friends.

    4 out 5 invented by a Brit.

    1 out of 5 invented by an American. Guess which one?

  72. hydrogonian December 7, 2010 at 11:16 pm

    ahem..

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Timeline_of_United_States_inventions

    But just be aware that the only people who like to have these dick measuring contests are EVERYONE ELSE from everywhere else and the lowest common denominators from the USA.

    So, be aware of who you choose to react to and associate with, as this choice reflects on you. As for the rest of us, we sit back and listen in amusement at how pissed you get, for no reason other than the gibberish from some retards. Your country has retards too, right? Of course it does. They’re everywhere. You don’t see us arguing with them, though, over the accuracy of what they know and do not know. It would be beneath us, and would be akin to arguing with foreigner children. Also, we wouldn’t generalize your entire country based on their yammering, be so dense to think that they represent your country, nor would we not realize that it wasn’t coming from retards.

    Come up to where the normal people interact. Its nice up here.

  73. Lumiere December 7, 2010 at 11:22 pm

    America invents plenty of stuff both good and bad (I will never forgive you guys for giving the world 2 and a half men and Friends and making Charlie Sheen rich and famous)

    However I am talking about world changing inventions.

    Looking at that list I am seeing things like :

    1921 Wirephoto

    1921 Flowchart

    1921 Adhesive bandage

    1922 Water skiing

    All useful inventions but not quite up there with the WWWW and the a-bomb.

  74. Lumiere December 7, 2010 at 11:23 pm

    BTW this is not about a dick measuring contest.

    Its about not taking credit for shit you did not invent.

  75. hydrogonian December 7, 2010 at 11:36 pm

    you should search through all three lists a little more.

    also, you guys invented TV, which I don’t see as a good thing, especially in terms of the effect that its had on world government and politics. And, really, in terms of life in general. But if you want to complain about two and a half men, then it wouldn’t exist without the TV;-)

    What is going to compare to the WWWW? Congrats.

    But you could get into all sorts of medical technology, including specific vaccines, and other various technologies that you would never think about that has certainly been world changing. World changing certainly doesn’t end with what people only perceive as being important, based on their daily interaction with it. There is a lot of technology that people take for granted in this world.

  76. hydrogonian December 7, 2010 at 11:42 pm

    BTW, Like I said, who the fuck is taking credit? Your interacting with idiots and I have to take time to respond to it. As an American, I’m sick of your (the non-USA community’s) inability to differentiate between who is worth interacting with and responding to and who isn’t. I’m sick of getting dragged down to the basement level of intellectual discourse. Taking credit. Give me a fucking break. The facts are always verifiable. If the facts state that you invented something, then why would you ever try and interact with some fucktard that said that you didn’t? Get over it and get on with it.

  77. Jersey December 7, 2010 at 11:52 pm

    You do realize that the http is a protocol that runs on top of the internet, which was invented by Americans. And that while Berners-Lee invented hyperlinking, the graphical browser was invented by Marc Andreesen, an American. And that’s what actually made the WWW take off.

    1. Roosh December 8, 2010 at 12:17 am

      I totally expected the discussion to take this direction.

  78. Lumiere December 8, 2010 at 12:10 am

    Yeah there is a lot of important med stuff happening in the states especially in the area of biotech

    Nothing yet that has been more world changing than penecillin

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alexander_Fleming

    Yes, yet another Brit. Scottish dude.

    Shame about the way politics in the US interfers with stem cell research which potentially is far more world changing than even penecillin.

    TV certainly is a positive invention over all. I choose not to own one now because I prefer interative media and the internet.

    Prior to the internet however, TV was the only way to enjoy sports for impossible-to-get-a-ticket events, get access to news quickly and see life changing documtaries and once in a lifetime TV moments

    Think the Beatles appearance on Ed Sullivan which lifted the spirit of an entire country deep in the funk of the JFK assination.

    Why you sent us The Jonas Brothers and Miley Cyrus in return I don’t know. We really don’t deserve such punishment.

    We apologise for Wham. However we can plead celmency since George Michael is actually Greek.

  79. Lumiere December 8, 2010 at 12:26 am

    Jersey, yeah the work done on tcp/ip and arpanet was key

    I did say that Berners Lee invented the inernet. He didn’t. He invented the www.

  80. hydrogonian December 8, 2010 at 10:32 am

    “Yeah there is a lot of important med stuff happening in the states especially in the area of biotech

    Nothing yet that has been more world changing than penecillin

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alexander_Fleming

    Yes, yet another Brit. Scottish dude.

    Shame about the way politics in the US interfers with stem cell research which potentially is far more world changing than even penecillin.

    TV certainly is a positive invention over all. I choose not to own one now because I prefer interative media and the internet.

    Prior to the internet however, TV was the only way to enjoy sports for impossible-to-get-a-ticket events, get access to news quickly and see life changing documtaries and once in a lifetime TV moments

    Think the Beatles appearance on Ed Sullivan which lifted the spirit of an entire country deep in the funk of the JFK assination.

    Why you sent us The Jonas Brothers and Miley Cyrus in return I don’t know. We really don’t deserve such punishment.

    We apologise for Wham. However we can plead celmency since George Michael is actually Greek.”

    christ…

  81. hydrogonian December 8, 2010 at 10:34 am

    nevermind

  82. hydrogonian December 8, 2010 at 11:46 am

    oh, and don’t let our politics stop you geniuses from pushing forward advances in stem cell research. I’m sure it would have been you guys anyway, making the big advances. You have laboratories, right? Get on it.

  83. chic noir December 8, 2010 at 11:06 pm

    damn, I’m so adding this book to my list. I could never do drugs but i’m facinated by people who do.

    Of course Russia is better off now, but I decided that I must (eventually) visit a country where “even the policewomen are hot

    :thumbup:

    well a former miss universe was a police officer before she got the crown. google miss Oxana Fedorova, one of the best looking women in the world in my book.

    do men like it when women wear a lot of perfume? I love perfume but not a lot of it. I wear four squirts.

  84. Shaman December 10, 2010 at 10:33 pm

    Fuck, I gotta learn Russian now. Oh well, been meaning to anyway.

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  86. Anon December 14, 2010 at 2:36 pm

    I lived in Moscow for two years and married a Russian woman and brought her back to the US. The Slate article that was linked is very accurate. Infidelity is expected especially if a man is successful. My wife’s uncle the first time i met him told me the next time I visited he would arrange to have some girls at their banya for our entertainment. I cannot recommend Russia enough to young men who want to have an adventure. (The closest any American can come to being a rockstar without years of practice is to visit a provincial town in Russia.) If you don’t like the cold weather go to the Dominican Republic. The girls down their are almost as horny as the Russian girls.

    The most important thing to remember is that American women are the worst in the world. Spoiled, impossible to please, psychotic. Get a passport now!

  87. Anonymous December 16, 2010 at 6:32 am

    hydrogonian – doctors have just experimented and found a cure for HIV using adult stem cells. No joke. certain restrictions aren´t so bad after all (it forces scientists to find more creative and possibly efficient methods for one). Everyday I´m turning more and more into a traditionalist thanks to Lawrence Auster and other sources. hopefully after the USA crashes (the dollar is practically dead) secession will occur. If not that then some other form of seperation. One country for liberals (or those whom lean liberal in their worldview) and the other country for conservatives (or those whom lean conservative in their worldview). You love multiculturalism, equality, affirmative action, relativism, progress (aka destruction of the West), entitlement/victim/human rights/civil rights/extra rights, individualism/autonomy and so forth? Go to the liberal country. If not then the conservative one. Cheers.

  88. Fuck the media December 22, 2010 at 3:23 pm

    I dont believe a fucking word from the mouths of Taibbi or Ames, fake articles, fake books, fake adventures, fake life experiences. fuck them.

  89. Eugenius December 26, 2010 at 12:05 am

    Roosh, I know I am late to this party…..but here is the real deal:

    The video has to be a fake I haven’t seen or heard of places like these, though a small village in some shit town is a possibility(very funny)…

    My recommendations to have a good time in Russia:

    -brush up on the language (including some slang)
    -depending on where in Russia you end up there so many things to see..culturally it will put US to shame (I would say the cultural/historical attractions are unlike anywhere else in the world)
    -learn how to fight (just in case)
    -eat real russian food (its really delicious – ask me for recommendations) dont eat at kfc and mcd’s and shit places like that
    -easiest place to meet girls is at karaoke bars (learn some russian or american songs, you’ll thank me later)
    -go to banyas (ask me for details)
    -everything is funner there, even things like bowling, pool which are pretty lame here (you’ll understand when you see it)
    -if you party, then party hard……dont do it half ass, or conservatively……your circle of friends who respect you expand tremendously
    -learn how to toast (something thoughtful)…….its much respected, and it will allow you to make friends and become easily accepted instantly
    -learn how to drink; always drink vodka chilled (not like here), always eat food after you drink
    -visit major cities outside of Moscow and St Petersburg……cheaper and less stock up girls, but ask me before you do (country is huge and one wrong city will set you back for days)
    -Make friends, once you do they will go out of their way to help you or make sure you have good time
    -there is a lot of alcohol poisoning there, due to bad/fake vodka….make sure you know what you are drinking
    -be polite but direct with girls (like offering drinks, or simply showing interest directly), many wont understand witty comments as pickup
    -many of them do speak english, so use it…they want to practice
    -practice bullshitting in various situations, especially pickup…….its absolutely normal to make them believe you are some famous author or artist or business man…..thats what game is about there

    –Now that I think about it…….there are so many more things, that I’d better tell you in person

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  94. Mosby February 10, 2015 at 6:49 pm

    Very fond memories of the Exile when I worked there. And yea, it was real and wide open. I remember the day in 2001 when they got raided / closed for the umpteenth time. Then Tatum got whacked. It was nuts.

    Best quote, “Russia is a savage land that eats is children. ” At the time it was very true. While generation of girls just chewed to bits.

    (In the 90s it was even worse. At one point we were having 5 or so car bombs a day. It was off the chain.)