This juicy ‘Meat’ issue is the 13th incarnation of the magazine, and even the B.East seems to have fallen under the evil auspices of that unlucky number. What was supposed to have taken six months dragged on for much longer as things didn’t just go pear-shaped—they went bear-shaped. Read more…
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It’s fitting that in these times of protest in Russia, the country’s sole entrant in the documentary section at Berlin’s prestigious Berlinale Film Festival was Zavtra (Tomorrow) about the controversial art group, Voina, or War. Though most famous for drawing a giant phallus on a drawbridge in St. Petersburg facing the offices of the former KGB, that provocation is just one among many beasty performances. Director Andrey Gryazey’s fast-paced documentary, which was shot for just $2,000, shows them tipping over police cars as protest against the oppressive regime, driving cars with green buckets over the roof to mock the ‘flashing green lights’ of VIP vehicles, and indulging in various other acts of provocation and vandalism.
Though some of the footage is staged, it’s impossible to tell the difference between those and the documentary material. Supposedly, the group were wary of cooperating with the director, and only agreed when he promote the group’s YouTube video clips through the film, thus creating a new platform for communication.
What’s particularly interesting about Voina and their raw, anti-establishment tactics is the surprising endorsement that they have received from the Putin regime that they attack. They were awarded a $15,000 prize by the Russian Culture of Ministry for the best art work of 2010. Despite protests by radical Russian youth movement, Nashi, Putin regime’s embrace of Voina is a sign that times are changing. The Kremlin would rather embrace political dissent in these times than be seen as being intolerant and out of step with the times. For that move, Putin might have the last laugh.
The team at B.East Magazine, while busy preparing the upcoming Meat issue, have just launched Kievtonite, a provocative nightlife engine for Kiev, one of Eastern Europe’s naughtiest cities. With its hyper Moscow vibes, sophisticated nightlife, glamorous women, and easygoing natives, the city has an irresistible pull. Kievtonite is a raffish take on the city’s phenomenal nightlife, bringing a nekkid perspective to a city that’s on the edges of the European hype cycle. Locals and visitors alike can also book tables at nightclubs through our site. And soon you’ll also be able to shoot AK-47s, launch grenades, and visit Chernobyl through the site. Sounds beasty? Check it out on Kievtonite