Obviously, roofing is a somewhat less than legal activity. Getting to the top of private buildings often means hiding out in dark, cramped, sometimes dangerous spaces long enough for the building to close up and security to look away. Then it's a mad dash for the roof. For some, even that's not thrilling enough. Ukrainian man "Mustang Wanted" takes it a step further by not merely defying death in his selfies, but spitting right in its eye.
The most unbelievable thing about this photo is him being physically able to fit balls that big into skinny jeans.
Modern Russia May All Be Manipulated By A Genre Author
There's a reason why modern Russia's reality is so much stranger than our fiction. His name is Vladislav Surkov.
He is 30 percent more Russian than the nearest competitor.
Sort of the Littlefinger of Russia, Surkov is called the Kremlin's "grey cardinal" and he operates Russia's political scene like an octopus puppeteer. In part, he oversees Russia's TV stations, where he is the self-proclaimed "author of the new Russian system." Dictating who should be attacked, who should be defended, the precise language that should be used to do so, and (of course) how to portray Putin's pecs in the best possible light. He's also funded and/or created numerous NGOs and organizations, from pro-Western to highly conservative, all with the aim of co-opting resistance to the regime and seeding widespread confusion.
Another of his notable inventions is the Nashi, a movement often compared to the Hitler Youth, who publicly burned "unpatriotic" works on Red Square. Ironically, a novel Surkov has all but admitted to writing might have wound up on that bonfire. Almost Zero, labeled "gangster fiction," was ostensibly written by Nathan Dubovitsky (Surkov's wife's name is Natalya Dubovitskaya), and follows a masterful PR man as he manipulates a crooked regional governor into greater and greater power. Other works by "Dubovitsky" include the short story "Without Sky," set in a dystopic future in which the entire planet is embroiled in World War Five. Less than a week after the story's publication Russia annexed Crimea.
If only they'd scheduled that bonfire a wee bit sooner.
It may all simply be a paranoid conspiracy theory, but the key players in the Crimean Crisis -- the Night Wolves, the Cossacks, and the puppet politicians -- were all pawns pushed into play by Surkov. Perhaps that's why Surkov was one of the few Russian senior officials slapped with sanctions banning them from the United States and the European Union after the conflict.
To which he replied, "It's a big honor for me. The only things that interest me in the U.S. are Tupac Shakur, Allen Ginsberg, and Jackson Pollock."
Wow. Sure, he's a terrifying political puppetmaster potentially responsible for untold human misery, but uh ... it kind of sounds like he could hang.
For more bizarre stuff about Russia, read 5 Unintentionally Hilarious Soviet Versions Of Good Ideas and 5 Shady Things The USSR Did That You Can't Even Exaggerate.
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