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Feature Story November 25, 2003
The eXile introduces… amateur Whore-R Stories!
By Travis Jones Browse author
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I found out about Camcontacts last year from a girl in Piter who had posted a personal ad on These girls are attractive but not particularly better looking than other Russian girls their age; in other words, just because they are "porn stars" in a sense doesn't mean they have any more luck than other girls in real life. Go to and you'll always run into the telltale curtains hanging in the background. These sites only make money when you pay by the minute for live nude chat. That's pretty pointless for anyone who's actually in Russia, as a fifteen minute session can cost you as much as a venture with a whore from

I first met Anna two weeks ago on Camcontacts. She was a fair-skinned, 22-year old bleached blonde who moved to the golden ring city of Kostroma to escape the husband she left in Kirov; her three-year-old daughter lives with her. She attended a local "technological university" and works some hours at a factory that makes processed meat, in addition to her chatroom income. Anna won't tell me how much she makes, but the average chatroom girl working on her own makes about $800 a month. Studio girls make half this or less. Since most people in Kostroma Oblast make less than $200 a month, chatroom girls are well-paid by local standards. The hours can be long; Anna usually works for 12 hours a day or more; but most of these hours consist of waiting for someone to come in to watch her take off her clothes and finger herself for a few minutes.

I invited myself out to Kostroma to visit Anna. She was very happy with this and selected a "hearts" motif for her yahoo pager background. I'd never seen the city, which is about a seven-hour train trip from Moscow. According to the only information available in English at, the only train to the city of 280,000 leaves slightly before midnight, although there are regular busses. I found several hotels in the city: a "Guest House" that offers doubles for 50 dollars a night or 5 dollars an hour, an old Intourist place for 500 rubles a day that Anna seemed to like, and a boat-hotel for 300 rubles a night which she claims is frequented by the city's prostitutes.

That Saturday evening I took the train to Kostroma. Platzkart is 12 dollars or so each way whereas Kupe is about 18. The train went via Yaroslavl; the two cities are about 80 km apart from each other but not connected by a major highway. I wanted to spend a few hours in Yaroslavl, a city I'd never seen, so I took the second class car as far as Yaroslavl and spent a few hours at a divey local discotheque called "Partizan," where I was rescued from some thugs by an English major at the university and her friends. The Armenian taxi driver informed me that the local whores ran at about 500 rubles apiece. I went platzkart to Kostroma from there. The scene out the window was run-down izbas and the occasional factory. The single-family houses struck me, probably because I hadn't left Moscow since June.

Anna and I played e-mail tag while I wandered around town after checking in at the Kostroma Hotel. This hotel, which wasn't listed on the city site, has several types of rooms, including suites, first, and third class. First class rooms are $16 a night for a single with a bath, shower, tv and phone. Third class rooms are $10, but you have to share a bathroom. The hotel was out of first class rooms so I opted for the $10 room.

Kostroma looked better than I'd expected, more European than most Russian cities. It's run-down like most of Russia but lacks the spiritually barren pressed-concrete architecture that characterizes many Russian cities. It was once one of the principal Commercial cities along the Volga and is as old as Moscow. It has a central open-air market and kremlin that are both several hundred years old. Perhaps most amazing about the city is that it has so many good, inexpensive restaurants, including an 'Art Cafe' where the only art on the wall consists of pictures of (clothed) young women. Most of the food is standard Russian fare, although there are two decent Pizzerias and an English restaurant called Camelot. The pizza at the pizzeria doesn't have any tomato paste, but unlike most french fries in Moscow it comes with a bottle of ketchup, spelled 'katsoop' on the menu. I guess this serves as a proxy for the tomato paste.

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