Book recommendation to answer the question: Why did Communism fail in Russia? [more inside]
LateImperialRussianHistoryFilter: What penalties under the law might a Russian man or woman in 1890 face for adultery? [more inside]
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]
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]
Help my package not get lost in transliteration! How do I address (Roman or Cyrillic) a package to Moscow? [more inside]
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?
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]
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]
I'm looking for reporting/stories dealing with Russia right when the Soviet Union collapsed. [more inside]
My friend is planning on shaving her head before travelling for a year through Russia/China/Eastern Europe. Will she run into cultural difficulties because of this? [more inside]
Visasfilter: for which countries can I obtain a visa for while traveling, as opposed to in my own country? Difficulty: Canadian. [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]
Cheap vintage or antique stores in St. Petersburg/Moscow? [more inside]
This is probably a stumper... Calling all late-1980s Russians: do you remember a male pop star named Sasha who had a song named something like "Come dance with me" ? [more inside]
Help me feed my obsession with all things Russia. [more inside]
What are the best English-language books about life in the Siberian gulag at the end of the 1930s?
I'm in Moscow for the week. Where is the "Lower East Side" or "Williamsburg" of Moscow? [more inside]
Looking for non-depressing fiction about Russia (any time period). Is there an equivalent to Connie Willis's wonderful Blackout/All Clear? [more inside]
Trying to remember a spy thriller film from the early 80s. [more inside]
A recipe for authentic pirozhki dough? [more inside]
Bookfilter: I want to read books that are similar to "Saturn is almost invisible" by Vasily Ardamatsky. [more inside]
I take Clenil Modulite (Beclometasone dipropionate, a daily steroid) and Ventolin (Salbutamol, as needed) for my asthma, in inhaler form. I'm visiting Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam, China, Japan, Russia and Mongolia in the course of a backpacking trip starting next month. I want to take these medicines with me, but am finding it hard to find info about restricted drugs in these countries. Can you help? [more inside]
What to do / see during a business trip to Nizhny Novgorod (and briefly Moscow)? [more inside]
What is the best russian language school for english speakers in St. Petersburg? [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!
In Russia's recent past or present, have there been any anti-corruption government oversight committees that had any real power to penalize corrupt Russian politicians? [more inside]
How do Russians refer to the fall of communism, and the changes that followed? Before this they had lots of cool works like perestroika and glasnost. Do they have a word for that too?
What would be a ballpark cost to translate Solzhenitsyn's remaining two "Red Wheel" books into English? [more inside]
Where can I find historical GDP data for the old Soviet Union? [more inside]
History filter: can you point me to sources on the treatment of British POWs during the Crimean War? [more inside]
How long does it take to get a Russian tourist visa in New York City? [more inside]
Let's say Russia wanted to be rid of that pesky NATO alliance once and for all. For fiction purposes, how might they go about making this happen? All ideas welcome, no matter how implausible. [more inside]
Help me find a story about a kid who goes on a tour with his school to Russia, gets involved with some guys from the mafia, and ends up with the nickname "The Machine" [more inside]
What's with all the kissing in Dostoyevsky's The Idiot? [more inside]
What was originally in this Russian box?
Safety in Moscow, St. Petersburg, Irkutsk, as an Asian-American? [more inside]
Advice on shipping a gift from Russia? Or advice on buying a gift online in the U.S.? [more inside]
My wife and I are planning on visiting St Petersburg, Russia this summer. We are an interracial Canadian couple, Caucasian wife and South Asian husband. What can we expect in terms of racism and harassment? [more inside]
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?
Can anyone identify either the specific dome building in the background of first picture on this page or a similar type. [more inside]
Are there any good books about the Chechen war that also give some historical background on Russian relations with the Caucasus? [more inside]
I'm usually the dude that answers questions like this, but for the life of me, I can't remember the title of the film. It was early-mid 80's, possibly a TV Movie, where two "righteous dudes" are kidnapped and brought to this town that looks eerily like small town Kansas circa 1950. It turns out that this city is a training ground for Soviet sleeper agents, and the dudes were kidnapped to update the training program. In the end, the dudes lead an escape from the town back to America.
I'm applying to study abroad in Russia. Problem is, I'm torn between studying in Moscow or St. Petersburg. [more inside]
Can anyone suggest Russian equivalent of... [more inside]
Are there any decent books (in English) about Russian or European hockey? [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]
How destructive are current U.S. and Russian nuclear arsenals relative to their maximum levels? [more inside]