Vlad's Daily Gloat
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"VOOD YOU LIKE TO MAKE A DEPOSIT, AMERICAN BOY?"
Last week, Britain's Barclay's Bank paid $745 million to buy Russia's Expobank. Why would one of the world's top banks pay nearly a billion dollars for a Russian bank with just over $100 million in assets?
We've found out why. Below we're publishing Expobank's gift calendar for its clients (read: Barclay's), featuring its hottest employees ranging in age from 20 to 32. Among the models are its chief economist for VIP clients Anna Pogodina (Miss March) and her boss Yulia Kovyneva (Miss April). Miss February, Evgenia Trusilova, a sales manager, is placed on a page with the slogan, "We work according to your personal needs." Indeed.
Barclay's, a British bank, took one look at the English women it was stuck with, then took a look at the Expobank calendar, and decided, "We're buying that Russian bank, we don't care what it costs!"
According to a press release passed on to The eXile, the calendar project was personally overseen by Expobank's chairman, and the girls were all photographed by his wife, Elena Boksa. A bank representative explained, "We wanted to make a nice surprise for our clients. We wanted them to know that the people working with them are not only specialists but also beautiful women. Expobank tries to discover something unusual and creative in everyone."
"Fast, quality, tasteful": Miss January's Maria Guterman, top manager of accounts in the clients' dept
"We work on an individual basis": Miss February's Evgenia Trusilova, manager for franchise sales
"A large selection of products": Miss March's Anna Pogodina, chief economist in the VIP clients' dept.
"We work 24 hours a day": Miss April's Yulia Kovyneva, head of the VIP clients' dept.
"We'll fulfill any desire": Miss May's Tatyana Frolkina, economist in the mortgage dept.
"We're with you at work and at rest": Miss June's Tatyana Yakubovich, adviser to the chairman of the board
"We'll take care of you and your loved ones": Miss July's Yuliana Babenko, economist in the VIP clients' dept.
"Investors' Paradise": Miss August's Inna Zhuravleva, manager of client accounts
"Always fresh decisions": Miss September's Svetlana Kataeva, secretary to the Board of Directors
"Hot offers always on-hand": Miss October's Yulia Vdovina, specialist for amazing skull shines
"Easily seduced": Ekaterina Baskakova, specialist in the "rusty trombone" dept.
"Working with us you'll always get a good blumpkin!" Olga Ulyanova, secretary
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Scanning Moscow’s Traffic Cops
We’re happy to introduce a new column in which we publish Moscow’s raw radio communications, courtesy of a Russian amateur radio enthusiast. This issue, eXile readers are given a peek into the secret conversations of Moscow’s traffic police, the notorious "GAIshniki."
Eleven Years of Threats: The eXile's Incredible Journey
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Russia's freedom-loving free market martyr Mikhail Khodorkovsky answers some of this week's letters, and he's got nothing but praise for President Medvedev.
Clubbing Adventures Through Time
eXile club reviewer Babooshka takes a trip through time with the ghost of Moscow clubbing past, present and future, and true to form, gets laid in the process.
The Fortnight Spin
Jared comes out with yet another roundup of upcoming bardak sessions.
Richard Gere tackles this week's letters. Now reformed, he fights for gerbil rights all around the world.
13 Toxic Talents: Hollywood’s Worst Polluters
Everybody complains about celebrities, but nobody does anything about them. People, it’s time to stop fretting about whether we’re a celebrity-obsessed culture—we are, we have been, we’re going to be—and instead take practical steps to clean up the celebrity-obsessed culture we’ve got...