A young girl with a round face and blue eyes sits in her room in front of a screen. Behind her are an LED lamp that spells the word “Girls” and a small make-up table. Her expression betrays how nervous she is. Taking a deep breath, she clicks the mouse and, looking into the webcam, says: “My name is Katya Adushkina, I’m a 15-year-old vlogger, I also enjoy music and dancing. But like all schoolchildren worldwide, I’m also concerned about environmental issues…” It’s a clip from Vladimir Putin’s annual “Direct Line” Q&A with the Russian public. For five years previous to getting the chance to probe the president about waste sorting, Adushkina made vlogs, uploaded various videos, and collected about 10 million followers on YouTube and Instagram. The popular Russian social network VKontakte counts numerous fake pages pretending to be her, since Katya is a role model for millions of Russian girls aged 10-15. But … [Read more...] about Who are the idols of Russian youth?
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Clearly-marked movie prop fake euro notes have been used to pay for purchases in southern Finland, according to a warning issued by the Häme Police Department on Monday. Häme central police station is located in the city of Lahti, about 100 km northeast of Helsinki.The bills in question are 20- and 50-euro notes and clearly labeled with the text: "This is not legal it is used for motion props only." Despite the disclaimer on the bogus bills, police said the notes in question had been successfully been used as a form of payment.Story continues after photo.Lahti caseHäme police said that a young man from Lahti was recently caught trying to pay a hotel bill with a counterfeit 200-euro note. Police said the man had another eight similar fake euro bills in his possession, which were marked with Russian text that read: "This is not real money."According to police, the suspect said he had purchased the bills from an online store which police refused to identify. The man is … [Read more...] about Fake movie prop euro notes in circulation, Finnish police warn
1. Arkady Tsaregradtsev is a pioneer of Russian drifting. Having seen it for the first time in 2004 in a video from Japan, the Russian driver won the world championship in the sport’s spiritual homeland. 2. Arkady got into motorsport at the age of 19. “The first Fast&Furious movie was released in 2001, all about drag racing. After that, I got behind the wheel of a VAZ 2107 I’d bought from some Armenians. The car roof was painted with black spray paint, and there was a crucifix carved in the rear window with tinted glass.” 3. Today, Arkday laughs at his younger self and the illegal races he arranged with friends. “I was a fashion freak with a manbag and Adidas sneakers. We blocked off the street and went drag racing.” 4. It would be another three years before Arkady tried his hand at drifting, although “sideways driving” would be a better description. “I started sliding a bit in 2004 in a Subaru Forester Turbo. … [Read more...] about Meet the Russian drifter who beat the Japanese at their own game
NBC’s San Diego affiliate has published the results of an investigation revealing that “the owners of a San Diego based pornographic website accused of coercing women into performing in sex videos had ties to shell companies charged with laundering billions of dollars for a Mexican drug cartel and trafficking illegal weapons.”In a separate story, the NBC station reported “A San Diego based company is accused of making millions of dollars by coercing young women into having sex on camera.“For many of the women, including some who spoke to NBC 7 Investigates, their experience ended with thoughts of suicide, humiliation, and isolation from family and friends.“Nearly two dozen women say what started with a response to a modeling ad on Craigslist ended with videos of them having sex posted to some of the most popular porn websites in the world, according to a lawsuit filed against the company.”Additional investigation into the corporate records … [Read more...] about SCANDAL-RIDDEN PORN SITE TIED TO VANUATU
Ever since our newfound Russian Federation collided with the Western world some 30 years ago, the cross-cultural exchange exploded at such a crazy pace that we’re still dealing with the consequences. One of the most enduring ones is the association of Russian women with something easily available, cheap or otherwise lacking dignity. A simple Google search reveals dozens of travel blogs dedicated to how “easy” women are in a particular country. Russia towers over all others. Then there are the Eastern-European mail-order brides - women seeking a better life outside the former Soviet Union. Ask Google if “Russian women are easy” and it gives you countless search results. The same thing happens when you scroll through an article on the subject: the panel on the right gives you a Google context ad in Russian: “Meet women seeking sponsorship.” The woman in the photo is immaculate – perfect makeup and hair, curvy body and a Burberry coat … [Read more...] about OPINION: Are Russian women ‘easy’?