russia

A People’s History of the ‘Slav Squat’

Probably without you noticing it, you’ve acquired this stereotype of a young Russian man. He favors Adidas tracksuits, newsboy hats and pointed leather shoes. He…

The Only Escape for Chechen Men Is MMA Glory

In a small gym under a railway tunnel in Grozny, Chechnya, 18-year-old Muhammad Kualev has spent the past six months practicing assorted holds and striking…

Why the Fuck is Putin Bathing in Deer Blood?

In this week’s “Only in Russia” news: President Vladimir Putin is reportedly bathing in blood extracted from the severed antlers of maral deer. It’s not just…

The Source of Russia’s Notorious Hatred for Gay People

In Russia, the “Gay Lobby” is seen as a social contagion — highly infectious and spreading fast. “Society believes we can multiply,” says Evgeny Osin, a professor…