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Russian government oversight boards

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]
posted by egeanin on Dec 9, 2010 - 3 answers

What word do Russians use to describe the fall of communism?

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?
posted by deeper red on Nov 30, 2010 - 5 answers

Cost to translate the last two Red Wheel books

What would be a ballpark cost to translate Solzhenitsyn's remaining two "Red Wheel" books into English? [more inside]
posted by TheManChild2000 on Nov 5, 2010 - 7 answers

In Soviet Russia, data finds you!

Where can I find historical GDP data for the old Soviet Union? [more inside]
posted by moorooka on Sep 18, 2010 - 3 answers

Treatment of British POWs during the Crimean War?

History filter: can you point me to sources on the treatment of British POWs during the Crimean War? [more inside]
posted by artemisia on Sep 15, 2010 - 5 answers

Leningrad no more.

How long does it take to get a Russian tourist visa in New York City? [more inside]
posted by jardinier on Sep 11, 2010 - 2 answers

"Just say NO to NATO?"

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]
posted by np312 on Aug 31, 2010 - 25 answers

Help find a story about a kid who gets called "The Machine" by the Russian Mafia

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]
posted by farmersckn on Aug 11, 2010 - 5 answers

Kissing an Idiot

What's with all the kissing in Dostoyevsky's The Idiot? [more inside]
posted by holterbarbour on Jul 25, 2010 - 8 answers

Are these Russian decongestants?

What was originally in this Russian box?
posted by cropshy on Jul 16, 2010 - 9 answers

Traveling alone in Russia as an East Asian?

Safety in Moscow, St. Petersburg, Irkutsk, as an Asian-American? [more inside]
posted by suedehead on Jul 13, 2010 - 13 answers

Shipping Nightmare

Advice on shipping a gift from Russia? Or advice on buying a gift online in the U.S.? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 16, 2010 - 7 answers

What can tourists of colour expect in St. Petersburg?

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]
posted by sid on Jun 6, 2010 - 7 answers

Could somebody listen to Russia, for a moment?

Does anyone have a shortwave radio, or something that could pick up an AM station in Russia? [more inside]
posted by Bathtub Bobsled on Jun 5, 2010 - 9 answers

Help me help my friend in DC.

A Russian friend of mine may be in a dangerous situation in Washington, DC. [more inside]
posted by fake on May 19, 2010 - 243 answers

A question about the Russian soccer league

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?
posted by Monkeymoo on May 18, 2010 - 3 answers

Just give me a home, in a great circle dome Where stresses and strains are at ease.

Can anyone identify either the specific dome building in the background of first picture on this page or a similar type. [more inside]
posted by Mitheral on Apr 24, 2010 - 4 answers

Good book about the Chechen war?

Are there any good books about the Chechen war that also give some historical background on Russian relations with the Caucasus? [more inside]
posted by falameufilho on Apr 13, 2010 - 4 answers

I am usually the dude that answers these questions. Today I am not this dude.

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.
posted by Oktober on Feb 9, 2010 - 2 answers

Moscow or St. Petersburg?

I'm applying to study abroad in Russia. Problem is, I'm torn between studying in Moscow or St. Petersburg. [more inside]
posted by myelin sheath on Feb 7, 2010 - 14 answers

Russian equivalent of US stores

Can anyone suggest Russian equivalent of... [more inside]
posted by caelumluna on Jan 18, 2010 - 7 answers

Books about Russian hockey?

Are there any decent books (in English) about Russian or European hockey? [more inside]
posted by GalaxieFiveHundred on Jan 6, 2010 - 2 answers

Music for a zakuski gathering?

I am hosting a zakuski gathering soon, and I need music! I already have much Slavic Soul Party and Gogol Bordello. [more inside]
posted by everichon on Dec 14, 2009 - 14 answers

How destructive are current U.S. and Russian nuclear arsenals relative to their maximum levels?

How destructive are current U.S. and Russian nuclear arsenals relative to their maximum levels? [more inside]
posted by Joe Beese on Sep 26, 2009 - 8 answers

Let's say I'm a Russian student in my mid-twenties.

Let's say I'm a Russian student in my mid-twenties. [more inside]
posted by klue on Aug 28, 2009 - 14 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

travel to dagestan issues

US citizen wanting to travel to dagestan. What are the hurdles and problems I will face? [more inside]
posted by saraindc on Aug 9, 2009 - 6 answers

Day Trip to Russia?

Kaliningrad, Russia - is it worth visiting & how do I get there? [more inside]
posted by brittanyq on Jul 10, 2009 - 10 answers

Mystery Booze

What is this bottle of Russian liquor? And where can I get some in the US? [more inside]
posted by j.edwards on Jul 9, 2009 - 6 answers

Do you remember the Glasnost Bowl?

Did they really get the bright idea to host a college football game in Soviet Russia, and then have to cancel it because they couldn't sell enough vacation packages? The Wikipedia entry about the Glasnost Bowl has a bunch of outdated angelfire pages as its sources. The 1989 New York Times article that mentions it doesn't treat it as very interesting. I think it would make a publishable journal article if it's real and am looking for more info.
posted by srs on Jul 4, 2009 - 1 answer

Never fight a land war in Asia

What are some good examples of failing to learn from history? [more inside]
posted by Hargrimm on Jul 1, 2009 - 36 answers

How can you dial 911 in russia?

Quick question. Can you dial 911 in Russia? If not, what is the emergency number ? Is it a police/fire/or ambulance response ? Or do you just call an individual police number. Any info, please let me know.
posted by clawtros on May 8, 2009 - 4 answers

Better Know a Conflict

Wanted: Your favorite books and articles on the Soviet army's time in Afghanistan. [more inside]
posted by EatTheWeak on Apr 2, 2009 - 12 answers

What does гомули mean?

On the 21st of March I had a large increase of page views on my blog. The keyword was гомули which Babelfish translates from the Russian as gomuli. [more inside]
posted by tellurian on Mar 22, 2009 - 10 answers

An optimistic novel for an indoctrinated nihilist?

What is a classic, perhaps philosophical, novel about individual freedom to choose? So that no matter how desperate the situation you find yourself in, you always have choices about what to do, how to feel and how to think about your situation. [more inside]
posted by zaebiz on Mar 10, 2009 - 23 answers

Russian brides via the internet - do they work?

I have a friend whose friends are Russian brides who got married via an internet site. I'm wondering how long these types of marriages tend to last and what they are like. Are there any blogs or research about experiences of these kinds of relationships?
posted by vizsla on Jan 13, 2009 - 19 answers

To Russia, with love

A 48-hour layover end of January.
My first time in Russia. [more inside]
posted by ruelle on Jan 7, 2009 - 10 answers

Every Which Way But A Language I Don't Speak

Russian-speakers: I have a question about a YouTube video, dubbed into Russian. The video stars Clint Eastwood, Clyde, Momma and a bag of Oreo cookies. [more inside]
posted by jason's_planet on Dec 29, 2008 - 4 answers

I want to Climb Europes Highest Mountain how do I get to Russia

I want to Climb Europes Highest Mountain need to find a cheap flight into or near Russia/Georgia. [more inside]
posted by complience on Nov 19, 2008 - 2 answers

After the war

I'm looking for suggestions on good reading material concerning post-cold war international relations between Russia and the United States(1992 - Georgian Civil War). Any ideas? [more inside]
posted by Breo on Nov 18, 2008 - 0 answers

Looking for films and books on Agitprop

Looking for recommendations on films (documentary or dramatic) or books (nonficiton or novel) about Agitprop or Agitprop Theater, specifically as it was practiced in Boshevist Russia/USSR. [more inside]
posted by brain cloud on Nov 15, 2008 - 1 answer

The quest for Russian molasses

Меласса в Москве? [more inside]
posted by Emperor SnooKloze on Nov 12, 2008 - 8 answers

How do you get a permit to visit the Altai Republic in Russia?

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.
posted by madcow20 on Sep 30, 2008 - 3 answers

Looking for quotes

Anyone speak Russian? I'm looking for any inspiring Russian (English too) quotes that will make my crush feel good. [more inside]
posted by Student of Man on Sep 21, 2008 - 2 answers

Whither the Stenbergs?

Where can one get prints/reproductions of Russian Constructivist film posters in Los Angeles?
posted by mykescipark on Sep 16, 2008 - 1 answer

I already know about Russian dressing

What's good to eat at Russian-immigrant grocery stores and bakeries? [more inside]
posted by Bookhouse on Sep 2, 2008 - 10 answers

Live Blogging the Next Cold War

Is anyone Twittering or live-blogging the ongoing conflict between Russia and Georgia? [more inside]
posted by theRussian on Aug 11, 2008 - 5 answers

Green polka dot chicken pox cure!

Help me figure out what was the green stuff, "zelionka," that was used on me as a kid when I had the Chicken Pox in Russia! [more inside]
posted by KateHasQuestions on Jul 24, 2008 - 8 answers

awesome present for an awesome kid?

What present should my mother get for her 13/14 year old nephew? Complications within. [more inside]
posted by mustcatchmooseandsquirrel on Jul 15, 2008 - 11 answers

Cramming Russian on the Trans-Siberian

I'll be taking the Trans-Siberian from Beijing to Moscow, leaving next Saturday. I'd like to spend my five days on the train doing a cram course and learning as much basic Russian as I can. I already know the alphabet, and some very basic phrases (ie. "where is the metro?"). Are there any good online courses I can print out and take with me? [more inside]
posted by pcameron on Jul 7, 2008 - 2 answers

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