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Four or five lifetimes of memories.

I just inherited literally a large garbage bag of wartime government documents, newspaper cutouts, photos and other memorabilia from Russia and Ukraine ca. 1910-1970. What do I do with the stuff I don't want, and also how do I fumigate it? [more inside]
posted by griphus on Jul 21, 2014 - 14 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

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

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

RUSSIA

Help me feed my obsession with all things Russia. [more inside]
posted by triggerfinger on Jun 1, 2011 - 27 answers

Books on the Siberian gulag, ca 1939?

What are the best English-language books about life in the Siberian gulag at the end of the 1930s?
posted by Marquis on May 25, 2011 - 10 answers

Back in the USSR

Trying to remember a spy thriller film from the early 80s. [more inside]
posted by fearfulsymmetry on Mar 24, 2011 - 7 answers

Interviews, Research & Archiving, oh my!

I'm preparing for a massive personal archiving/interviewing trip with my grandparents and need advice regarding many aspects of the project. [more inside]
posted by ikahime on Aug 18, 2009 - 8 answers

Russian politics primer?

Help me teach myself about the current political and social climate in Russia. [more inside]
posted by ellenaim on Mar 21, 2008 - 12 answers

Is it common for US Americans to incorrectly assume that Russian is only spoken in Russia

Is it common for Americans to incorrectly assume that Russian is only spoken in Russia but forget that it is also a common language in the former Soviet states? [more inside]
posted by gregb1007 on Oct 18, 2006 - 37 answers

How did Russia replace the USSR on the UN Security Council?

The UN Charter still lists "the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics" as one of the permanent Security Council members. How was it decided that Russia alone would replace the USSR, and not some representative of all the ex-USSR nations? Was there a vote? Cause I can't find it.
posted by Pretty_Generic on Jan 20, 2005 - 6 answers

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