afaik Mark's Vokrug Sveta docs ended up being sold to RT by whatever the production company was called (hopefully not the one owned by Simonyan's husband - interesting little racket the two had going on there, kinda like Luzhkov and his wife) . At least one of them used to be on RT's youtube or RT docs site but most western/anglophone ISPs have blacklisted all things RT.

Anyway failing that here's edited footage of the Mark's boar house 40th birthday party where for some reason they foisted prune juice vodka cocktails on guests.


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Jan 1, 2023Liked by Yasha Levine, Evgenia

Happy New Year Russians!

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Jan 2, 2023Liked by Yasha Levine

I laughed out loud when I saw the title and accompanying picture.

Wonderful episode, and Happy New Year.

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Jan 7, 2023·edited Jan 7, 2023

I spooked myself listening to Mark say at around 47:40 "...scary in that you could just..." [pause]

I said "disappear"


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Great interview.

Black Metal Nation was the first Ames piece I discovered, during the evil early Bush years. A little later I found all the eXiles. It was like hearing the Sex Pistols for the first time -- at last, again, someone was reporting the way it really was, and treating the powers the way they deserved to be treated. It shouldn't be a surprise -- but it always is -- that they will try to crush anyone that writes the wrong story in the wrong tone. It was great when you migrated to NSFW and then to your present venues so we could support you all directly. Keep getting wise with them, and wising us up.

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You referenced another time you discussed the “No information without organization,” which Podcast/Writing was that?

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