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Good Russian and Eastern European SF/F/Horror

I really love the sort of bleak/dark horror/fantasy/science fiction from Russia and Eastern Europe. I loved the Nightwatch series, loved Solaris, loved the Metro series. What else would I love from that part of the world?
posted by Ghostride The Whip on Jul 8, 2014 - 15 answers

Moscow on a very restrictive diet.

I'm travelling to Russia at the end of the week for 5 nights, staying with friends of friends in Moscow. Finding things to eat for me is difficult at the best of times. My main restriction: Totally gluten-free diet (i.e. no wheat, rye, barley or oats), and no xanthan gum or similar (i.e. no gluten-free breads). Additional restrictions which I can bend at variable levels of digestive cost: No dairy; No onion or other alliums; Low fibre (no beans or coconut). [more inside]
posted by ambrosen on Jul 6, 2014 - 5 answers

International routing...

I'm looking to purchase a router in the U.S. that will work in Russia. What do I need to buy? [more inside]
posted by aaanastasia on Jun 24, 2014 - 7 answers

Studying Russian Literature in France

What do modern-day students in France think of the use of French in Russian literature?
posted by slowlikemolasses on May 4, 2014 - 16 answers

What is the best UK-based mileage plan? Or do I need one?

I travel a lot to the US and I plan to travel to Russia a few times this summer. I used to have a good mileage plan in the US, but I'm not sure what the best one is for the UK. Alternatively, maybe it's cheaper just to always find the least expensive flights rather than being loyal to one group of airlines?
posted by stinker on Apr 29, 2014 - 4 answers

I want my European vacation more brutal!

My husband and I love pictures of old modern and brutalist weird architecture in Eastern Europe. We'd love to see it. But travel agents and tours focus on blue waters and quaint villages. Is there a "show me the concrete weirdness" travel option I'm missing for two people who don't like the traditional postcards, but both almost failed college Russian? [more inside]
posted by Gucky on Apr 18, 2014 - 10 answers

Kishinev's Country in 1904

When I was young, I was told that my maternal grandparents were from Russia. I had my grandfather's birth certificate translated by a friend, and found that he was born in Kishinev in 1904. Currently Kishinev is in Moldova, but my reading has uncovered a ping pong game of ownership regarding Bessarabia and the surrounding areas during that time frame. Perhaps I'm being dense, but I can't quite make out what country Kishinev was a part of in 1904. Any help would be appreciated.
posted by blurker on Apr 13, 2014 - 6 answers

Why does Russia want Crimea?

Beyond affinity with Crimea's Russian-speaking majority, what does Russia stand to gain, strategically speaking, from control in the region? Succinct explanation or links to good explanatory articles are much appreciated. [more inside]
posted by killdevil on Mar 3, 2014 - 20 answers

Are the Ukraine protestors really right wing?

I'm looking for some in depth analysis of the Ukraine protest movement. Specifically, the degree to which the nationalist right wing are involved and where they fit into the new government. [more inside]
posted by MuffinMan on Mar 3, 2014 - 5 answers

Real propaganda?

Defense Against Enemy Propaganda, a 1956 film intended for US troops, contains a couple of clips of Soviet propaganda with voiceovers in English. Are they genuine Soviet films? Where did they come from? [more inside]
posted by cincinnatus c on Nov 18, 2013 - 2 answers

Molnija Mainspring Hunt

I have a Molnija watch with a busted mainspring (picture of front). I've taken it to my local watch repairman and he couldn't find a replacement through whatever channels he had, but maybe RussianWatchFilter knows more? [more inside]
posted by 23 on Oct 16, 2013 - 4 answers

Rules for hosting Olympics public-viewing events in local bars?

When the Olympics come around, often bars will host viewing events. Are there official rules for how to make this happen? Can any bar with a TV host network viewing or stream from online? Can the bar or organizer publicize it as an Olympics viewing event? Can the organizers broadcast the games and overlay their own commentary? [more inside]
posted by fallacy of the beard on Sep 1, 2013 - 5 answers

Why would China and Russia veto a security council resolution on Syria?

Like most people, I've been reading a lot of commentary on the situation in Syria the last couple of days, and what the options are for the US and Western Europe. One thing that consistently comes up is that even if the US or somebody else were to invade for humanitarian reasons, that invasion would be illegal because there hasn't been a security council resolution authorizing it. And there's not going to be a security council resolution, because both China and Russia would veto it. But I haven't seen a clear explanation why. [more inside]
posted by gkhan on Aug 29, 2013 - 18 answers

What science fiction books from the 1980s don't assume the Soviet Union?

I'm re-reading Eon by Greg Bear which is starts set in the near future (around 2000) from when it was published. The US and the USSR are of course still very antagonistic. This made me wonder: is there much science fiction published in the 1980s where the author doesn't assume the Soviet Union still exists (or alternately, it still exists but the US and it are not antagonistic)? [more inside]
posted by R343L on Aug 22, 2013 - 7 answers

Lactose Intolerant In Russia

Help! I will be heading to Russia soon and I am lactose intolerant. What can or should I eat and what should I not eat? I will be located in Petersburg and I will not have access to a kitchen while I'm staying there. I do not speak the language.
posted by anonymous on Jul 26, 2013 - 8 answers

Should people work to end sister city relationships with Russia?

What is the value in pushing non-Russian cities to drop their sister/twin relationships with Russian cities to protest the anti-gay laws and attitudes in Russia? This article from Radio Free Europe offers a summery of the issue, "Sister Cities Ramp Up Russia Boycott Over Antigay Law". [more inside]
posted by andoatnp on Jul 25, 2013 - 14 answers

URGENT advice needed re: rabies inoculation in Russia.

Hi there, My girlfriend was bitten by a cat earlier today in Eastern Russia. Obviously this is a rabies risk area and so she needs to get a rabies inoculation. According to her, when she went to the hospital she was told that if she has the inoculation course she will essentially be incapacitated - unable to swim, go in the sun, or even walk vigorously. Was something lost in translation or is this complete nonsense? I can't find anything online to suggest that these kind of side effects exist for any rabies shots? Please help! Thanks.
posted by FuckingAwesome on Jul 7, 2013 - 17 answers

Renewing My Russian Domain Name

I have a russian (.ru) domain name I registered through nic.ru. Since the last time I paid they changed their payment processor and none of my credit cards work with the new one. I've talked to them, they've talked to the processor, I've talked to my card companies, but I can't pay them. Do you pay for Russian domains or make credit card payments to Russia? How can I renew this domain? [more inside]
posted by 23 on Jul 5, 2013 - 2 answers

From Lake Geneva to the Finland Station

Looking for popular music with lyrics mentioning the Soviet Union. [more inside]
posted by Chrysostom on Jul 1, 2013 - 21 answers

Rules for Russian visa: going someplace else

I have applied for a Russian visa, naming hotels in Moscow and St. Petersburg. Now I might want to visit Nizhny Novgorod, but since it's quite a bit away from Moscow, I'd take a hotel there for a night. Am I allowed to do that? Or would I have had to put it on the visa application, and without it I risk serious trouble?
posted by 2uo on May 7, 2013 - 10 answers

What to do with a few hours in Moscow?

Hey, I'm going (with a group) to Moscow from this Wednesday to Friday. Thing is, I get there in the evening and leave early Friday, and so I really only have Wednesday night, maybe three hours Thursday afternoon, and then Thursday night. (I guess I also have very early Thursday and Friday mornings, although seems unlikely I'd really be up for anything.) Anything that I absolutely need to see/do/eat in those windows? I'm interested in mostly arts/cultural/architectural/food/drinks things, but I'm not sure what I can fit into those spaces in the day/night. Thanks. [more inside]
posted by Busoni on Mar 25, 2013 - 4 answers

What are these shapes?

What is the geologic origin of these strange, very large shapes in Russia? [more inside]
posted by dunkadunc on Mar 21, 2013 - 6 answers

Are there any good movies about the Cold War from the Russian viewpoint?

I've been watching some great Cold War movies like Thirteen Days. The aesthetics are terrific and the tension spectacular. I'm wondering, though, whether there are any films that show the conflict from the Russian perspective? I would especially like to watch (or perhaps read?) accounts by true believers who felt they were defending the people from capitalist imperialism.
posted by jefficator on Feb 24, 2013 - 14 answers

In Russia, Travel somethings You!

We're thinking of travelling to Tula for our honeymoon. How hard is it to travel in Russia these days, if you're not going to a usual travel destination? [more inside]
posted by small_ruminant on Feb 23, 2013 - 3 answers

Russian tourist visa--health insurance

Traveling to Russia-what kind of medical/health insurance is it that is required for a visa? How can I get it? [more inside]
posted by greta simone on Feb 3, 2013 - 6 answers

Russia and the Color Yellow

What does the Russian mind associate with the color yellow?  [more inside]
posted by slowlikemolasses on Jan 27, 2013 - 9 answers

Late 19th Century Russian Magazines

Why does Andrey Yefimitch, in Chekhov's *Ward No. 6*, read the last pages of The Doctor first? [more inside]
posted by slowlikemolasses on Jan 19, 2013 - 5 answers

Cold War - U.S. invades Russia

Did the United States ever have a plan to invade Russia or any part of the Soviet Union? [more inside]
posted by mousepad on Jan 8, 2013 - 23 answers

Russian female bonding vs. American female bonding

How do Russian female friendships differ from American female friendships? [more inside]
posted by akka on Jan 7, 2013 - 9 answers

Russian travel prep

I'm traveling to Moscow (and likely St. Petersburg as well)! Tell me all your best resources, materials, and hacks! [more inside]
posted by greta simone on Dec 18, 2012 - 12 answers

our company recommendations for Russia (St. Petersburg/Moscow)?

Tour company recommendations for Russia (St. Petersburg/Moscow)? [more inside]
posted by Sweetie Darling on Dec 17, 2012 - 3 answers

44th Mongolian Cavalry

The last Cavalry Charge. That's how I remember it, but I can't find it anywhere anymore. In the winter of 1941 a troop of cavalry attacked a German armored column. They were not successful. [more inside]
posted by mule98J on Dec 11, 2012 - 10 answers

In Soviet Russia, Cucumber Eats YOU!

In Soviet Russia, Cucumber Eats YOU!: okay, I can't believe I'm using a question on this, but I've been driven mad by it for years: my dad claims that Russians eat cucumbers in a certain distinctly Russian manner, and that Yul Brynner once ate one that way in a film. Do they? Did he? [more inside]
posted by julthumbscrew on Dec 6, 2012 - 15 answers

Why did the Soviet military retain the traditional Officer/Enlisted class binary rather than instituting some other hierarchichal structure?

Russian History: Why did the Soviet military retain the traditional (western) Officer/Enlisted class binary rather than instituting some other hierarchichal structure? How did they ideologically justify maintaining two distinct and separate classes, one subordinate to the other, in an army putatively fighting for a classless society? [more inside]
posted by jjjjjjjijjjjjjj on Nov 2, 2012 - 11 answers

Can somebody help me track down the source claiming Leonid Kantorovich was responsible for safety on the Road of Life during the Siege of Leningrad?

Can somebody help me track down the source claiming Leonid Kantorovich was responsible for the safety of evacuees on the Road of Life during the Siege of Leningrad? [more inside]
posted by onalark on Sep 29, 2012 - 7 answers

Electronics in St. Petersburg, Russia

I messed up my travel packing, and I now need to buy a charger for a Canon S95 camera battery in St. Petersburg, Russia. Is there any place where I could get one for a reasonable price? I'm staying downtown.
posted by Jakey on Sep 10, 2012 - 4 answers

Smörgåsbord

Where to eat in Helsinki, St. Petersburg, and Moscow? [more inside]
posted by socks are for puppets on Aug 29, 2012 - 5 answers

Other stories that could tie in to Pussy Riot

Contemporary Russian punk, protest, artistic, and musical climates in re: Pussy Riot detainment. [more inside]
posted by mermaidcafe on Aug 4, 2012 - 3 answers

St. Petersburg hotel tips

Heading to St. Petersburg, Russia in September. Let me in on your top tips for places to stay and things to do. [more inside]
posted by Jakey on Jul 10, 2012 - 4 answers

A couple of days outside of Moscow

Where should I go for a couple of days outside of Moscow with my young son? [more inside]
posted by spbmp on Jun 13, 2012 - 7 answers

Petersburg and Moscow - how are they so expensive?

Petersburg and Moscow - how are they so expensive? [more inside]
posted by pdq on Jun 10, 2012 - 5 answers

What should I bring back from Russia?

I am visiting Russia in June - Moscow, St Petersburg and Magadan. What should I buy while I'm there? Which food items, clothing, booze or um anything-at-all are wonderful, affordable and hard to find elsewhere? [more inside]
posted by Marquis on Apr 30, 2012 - 12 answers

What went wrong with Russian Communism?

Book recommendation to answer the question: Why did Communism fail in Russia? [more inside]
posted by jay.eye.elle.elle. on Apr 9, 2012 - 20 answers

From Russia with [illicit] love

LateImperialRussianHistoryFilter: What penalties under the law might a Russian man or woman in 1890 face for adultery? [more inside]
posted by Pallas Athena on Feb 15, 2012 - 4 answers

Hats in Chicago

Long shot: Is there anywhere in Chicago or its transit-accessible suburbs where I can buy, in person, a decent-quality Russian ushanka (ear-flap hat)? [more inside]
posted by enn on Jan 21, 2012 - 7 answers

There's no way Zara and H&M have wiped out the entire shopping industry

Where do all the "normal" people shop in Moscow? The only places that I've found are glitzy marble malls with Western brands and inflated prices... looking for not just clothing, but (open) markets to wander around selling random day to day items, crafts, etc. Also, not necessarily with a purpose to shop but to also just immerse with local day to day living. I've been scouring the internet to find markets where local people shop, but it seems like there was a huge crackdown last year by the government and now everything's been closed. [more inside]
posted by peachtree on Jan 20, 2012 - 7 answers

Lost in Transiliteration

Help my package not get lost in transliteration! How do I address (Roman or Cyrillic) a package to Moscow? [more inside]
posted by bad grammar on Jan 8, 2012 - 7 answers

An ill wind

Are there any mythological creatures or figures in Russian folklore that are particularly associated with storms, wind or bad weather? Are there any particular stories that expand on what Wikipedia has to say?
posted by Artw on Dec 21, 2011 - 6 answers

Zombie computer?

Apparently my laptop is a zombie. Do I need to do something about this? Complication: I'm in middle-of-nowhere Russia until next fall. [more inside]
posted by toesock on Nov 11, 2011 - 12 answers

Clueless Consultant

Becoming a Consultant: After being an employee of a major consumer goods company for over six years, and climbing up the ladder very quickly, I am leaving my job to be with my fiance halfway around the world. I have a job offer to do the same as I was before, except as a consultant. What's the difference between being a consultant and a regular company full time employee? [more inside]
posted by peachtree on Oct 13, 2011 - 7 answers

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