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Unfiled September 19, 2002
 
The Banya on Masha Poryvaeva St.Moscow
By Edward Limonov Browse author
 
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The banya on Masha Poryvaeva St. was, I suppose, ordinary -- a building left over, perhaps, from old, pre-Revolutionary days. The old doors, swollen from the steam, the old split stove, the dirt. Twenty years later, people in Paris started inviting me to a nightclub called Bandush; Bandush became a fashionable place right after it opened on Sevastopol Boulevard. I met Roman Polansky there at the end of the 80's, I saw the young, rickety Vanessa Paradise sitting at the bar, I was introduced to Jacques Chaban-Delmance when he was, it seems, the head of the National Assembly. "Bandush" literally means "Banya-Shower" translated from French, which is where those words came from into Russian. The club was renovated from an old banya, which is how it got its name. The smart managers left a red stove and a part of the dried-out pool (they danced there). This original idea kept Bandush a cult club for quite a while. A miserable pack of rejects stood outside every night. And I remembered Anna Moiseyevna and that Moscow banya on Masha Poryvaeva St.

Edward Limonov, former eXile columnist, author of over 20 books and leader of the extremist National-Bolsheviks Party, is currently on trial in Saratov charged by the FSB with terrorism, attempting to raise an army to invade Kazakhstan and pocession of illegal weapons. He faces more than 20 years in prison if convicted. PEN International has condemned the trial.
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