Vardan Kushnir, This Is Your Life!

Vardan Kushnir, Russia’s spam king. He sent out over 25 million emails a day, finally ending in an open battle with Russia’s Deputy Minister of Communications in which the Deputy Minister had to concede defeat.

He spent his days fine tuning his spam system; his nights boozing, snorting coke and attending orgies. While decadently shooting money up his nose and down his hose, he refused to pay his employees, handing them Scientology pamphlets to ‘calm themselves’ when they complained. Meanwhile, he would openly flaunt expensive silk scarves, and brag to his underlings of his previous night’s adventures with a mother-daughter sex team.

Then, last July, his mother came home to Kushnir’s apartment to find him in a pool of blood, bludgeoned to death. Russia’s papers were unsympathetic: “THE SPAMMER HAD IT COMING.” The crime remains unsolved; the police are not forthcoming about their investigations.

The Sleazy Life and Nasty Death of Russia’s Spam King [Wired]

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  1. Paul D says:

    Let’s bring back the ascot. Nothin’ says “trying too hard to be classy” like an ascot.

    Who’s with me?

  2. “Then, last July, his mother came home to Kushnir’s apartment to find him in a pool of blood, bludgeoned to death.”

    That’s my favorite part of this story.

  3. bambino says:

    Why hasn’t a movie been made about this yet? Or am I just not aware of it?

  4. Papercutninja says:

    Every time a spammer dies, an angel gets its wings.

  5. Morton Fox says:

    Looks like someone took the Usenet Death Penalty a bit too literally.

  6. BigTDog says:

    How come he’s a spam king and not a spam czar?