I have time to read and I would like to learn about recent and current political and social events in Russia. So where is a good place to start learning about recent Russian history? Books, films, anything. (Influenced by this Meta post).
I'm travelling to Moscow for two weeks in mid-September. Apart from the touristy space monument and Museum of Cosmonautics, what else can a space travel geek see/do/buy in Moscow? [more inside]
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]
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.
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]
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]
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]
Where should I go for a couple of days outside of Moscow with my young son? [more inside]
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]
I'm looking for reporting/stories dealing with Russia right when the Soviet Union collapsed. [more inside]
Can I rely on Russian post or any courier service to deliver a small gift to just outside of Moscow? [more inside]
What is the name of this film? [more inside]
Help me feed my obsession with all things Russia. [more inside]
Trying to remember a spy thriller film from the early 80s. [more inside]
Bookfilter: I want to read books that are similar to "Saturn is almost invisible" by Vasily Ardamatsky. [more inside]
I need to mail some important documents from the US to Russia via a method that is trackable. The cheapest price I can find is $28.95 via USPS. Does anyone know of a less expensive method that includes tracking information? These are just paper documents, not a package. Thanks!
What would be a ballpark cost to translate Solzhenitsyn's remaining two "Red Wheel" books into English? [more inside]
History filter: can you point me to sources on the treatment of British POWs during the Crimean War? [more inside]
What's with all the kissing in Dostoyevsky's The Idiot? [more inside]
What was originally in this Russian box?
Does anyone have a shortwave radio, or something that could pick up an AM station in Russia? [more inside]
A Russian friend of mine may be in a dangerous situation in Washington, DC. [more inside]
What happens in Russia to the soccer league when the national team qualify for tournaments? I know the league runs throughout the summer, but does it continue despite the World Cup/European Cup, even if Russia qualify?
I'm applying to study abroad in Russia. Problem is, I'm torn between studying in Moscow or St. Petersburg. [more inside]
I am hosting a zakuski gathering soon, and I need music! I already have much Slavic Soul Party and Gogol Bordello. [more inside]
US citizen wanting to travel to dagestan. What are the hurdles and problems I will face? [more inside]
Me and my gf want to visit the Altai Republic in Russia. However a friend of ours wanted to visit the place, but weren't allowed to enter because he didn't have a permit. So where does one get a permit to enter the Altai Republic and why is it necessary to get one? I mean, a tourist-visa should be able to give you access to most of the country as long as the cities you want to visit is stated on the visa.
Traveling CIS / Central Asia via train: romantic silk route journey or hell on an iron horse? [more inside]
Are any of the old Soviet poster designers still working? [more inside]