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]
Let's say I'm a Russian student in my mid-twenties. [more inside]
I'm preparing for a massive personal archiving/interviewing trip with my grandparents and need advice regarding many aspects of the project. [more inside]
US citizen wanting to travel to dagestan. What are the hurdles and problems I will face? [more inside]
Kaliningrad, Russia - is it worth visiting & how do I get there? [more inside]
What is this bottle of Russian liquor? And where can I get some in the US? [more inside]
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.
What are some good examples of failing to learn from history? [more inside]
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.
Wanted: Your favorite books and articles on the Soviet army's time in Afghanistan. [more inside]
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]
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]
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?
A 48-hour layover end of January.
My first time in Russia. [more inside]
A 48-hour layover end of January.
My first time in Russia. [more inside]
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]
I want to Climb Europes Highest Mountain need to find a cheap flight into or near Russia/Georgia. [more inside]
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]
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]
Меласса в Москве? [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.
Anyone speak Russian? I'm looking for any inspiring Russian (English too) quotes that will make my crush feel good. [more inside]
Where can one get prints/reproductions of Russian Constructivist film posters in Los Angeles?
What's good to eat at Russian-immigrant grocery stores and bakeries? [more inside]
Is anyone Twittering or live-blogging the ongoing conflict between Russia and Georgia? [more inside]
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]
What present should my mother get for her 13/14 year old nephew? Complications within. [more inside]
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]