Yes, Ambassador McFaul uses this photo as his cover photo on Facebook. This is especially entertaining when one looks at the history of the Ambassador. For further proof, just go read old issues of The Exile (back when it was actually worth a read).
In regards to Mark Ames and Matt Taibbi (the founders of the paper). They never seemed to really love Russia. It seemed more like it was their very own playground where they didn’t have to grow up. No wonder both are now the very same people they once so loathed. In saying this, I would suggest their outstanding book, The Exile: Sex, Drugs, and Libel in the New Russia. They did some outstanding work exposing what was really going on in Russia in the 90s. And no, I don’t believe that Vladimir Putin chased them out of the country.