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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

Help me remember this movie...

I'm trying to remember what the title of this movie was. I think it was made in the 1960's or 1970's in the U.S. I remember watching it on TV on the Sunday Matinee show in the 1980's. The plot involved this millionaire who wanted to attack the Soviet Union, he had a small force which was to attack Russia by driving trucks across the polar ice cap. All I can remember was that in the end of the film his plan is thwarted by the Soviets, who send planes to bomb the ice, and the trucks sink to the bottom of the ocean. Any ideas?
posted by smoothvirus on Jun 27, 2008 - 3 answers

Russian Kids. Do they bite?

Does anyone have any experience or second-hand knowledge of volunteering with Cross Cultural Solutions? [more inside]
posted by KoobieKitten on Jun 7, 2008 - 1 answer

Russia trip

A friend and I are planning a trip to Russia this summer to visit a friend who has been working there for a couple years. My first question: Will this make getting a tourist visa more difficult (given we will not be staying in a hotel)? Secondly: We'd like to travel to a couple of other countries while we're there, but we're at a bit of a loss as to where... [more inside]
posted by scribbler on May 14, 2008 - 8 answers

CEEMEA news sources?

Best/accurate/easy to access sources of Central & Eastern Europe and Middle East / Africa (CEEMEA) news? Global newspapers or local? Which are best? [more inside]
posted by keasby on Apr 16, 2008 - 7 answers

Please tell me everything you know about the Russian Mafia

I'm craving detailed information about the Russian Mafia/Eurasian Gangs that operate in Russia and abroad. I would appreciate any information no matter how small or large. [more inside]
posted by carefulmonkey on Apr 1, 2008 - 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

Tashkent, here I come! *THWACK*

Traveling CIS / Central Asia via train: romantic silk route journey or hell on an iron horse? [more inside]
posted by electronslave on Mar 19, 2008 - 7 answers

Advice for westbound trans-siberian trip (from Beijing) in April/ May?

I am trying to plan a 4 week trip back westbound on the Trans Siberian railway. I'm planning to travel through China via Shanghai from Osaka and then take the trans Siberian from Beijing. I'd love some advice on where I should stop over (I'm thinking maybe Mongolia, Irkutsk, Moscow and a stop in Eastern Europe) and what I should try and see and do in these places on my way back to London. Also, I'm on a budget of about $2000 is this enough?. I am arranging it all myself so any general advice/ experience would be very much appreciated.
posted by aikidoka on Mar 11, 2008 - 5 answers

Need cell phone advice for a trip to russia.

Need cell phone advice for a trip to russia. [more inside]
posted by the ghost of Ken Lay on Jan 24, 2008 - 5 answers

Do Russians drink beer for Christmas?

Are there any popular Russian Christmas beers? Also, can you translate the label that's linked inside?
posted by sixpack on Nov 26, 2007 - 5 answers

Getting Russians to Listen

In the context of advertising and marketing in Russia, who are the opinion leaders and influencers for the 18 to 35 year old demographic? [more inside]
posted by PoopyDoop on Nov 26, 2007 - 9 answers

Mir

in '97 or so I saw a documentary about the crew that was stranded aboard MIR when the big political change in Russia occurred around 1990. It was titled something like 'Man out of time,' may have been made by a Czech director, and had as its' central thesis the idea that the guy who was stuck up there while the Soviet Union became Russia was a time traveler. What the hell is the exact name of this flick?
posted by mwhybark on Nov 18, 2007 - 6 answers

Everyone knows the monkey, but the monkey knows no one.

Proverb origins? Everyone knows the monkey, but the monkey knows no one. [more inside]
posted by Anything on Nov 3, 2007 - 6 answers

Crime in Moscow?

I'm trying to find current information on crime in Moscow and St. Petersburg. [more inside]
posted by kjars on Oct 12, 2007 - 2 answers

Red Dawn Russian Style

Are there any movies that match the campiness of Red Dawn from Russia? [more inside]
posted by occidental on Sep 27, 2007 - 8 answers

Looking for a book set in the Wild East

I have this book craving but I really don't know where to start, I just know what I want: urban, cold and miserable - and its set in Russia ( or some Eastern European State ). [more inside]
posted by mrgreyisyelling on Sep 13, 2007 - 33 answers

Please help me re-learn Russian!

I need to review Russian badly (up to the speaking/writing/listening level of a minor in Russian). I have a semester (two is doable but pushing it) to devote to this. I need some kind of structured process to go about this--while I have textbooks and some materials from years ago it's not enough. Does anyone have any suggestions for other good tutorials? Syllabi? Quick-review websites?
posted by schroedinger on Sep 6, 2007 - 9 answers

India's Antarctica

If Russia gets to claim the North Pole as its own based on geological origins, shouldn't India automatically get Antarctica? [more inside]
posted by riffola on Aug 3, 2007 - 20 answers

Russia: is it really that bad?

How is life in Russia these days? Is it really as bad as some of the sources I've come across suggest? [more inside]
posted by StrikeTheViol on Jul 24, 2007 - 19 answers

How can I send/receive SMS messages from Russia/Kazakhstan (+7)?

How do I send and receive SMS messages on the Internet or with my Sprint mobile to Russia and Kazakhstan? [more inside]
posted by vkxmai on Jul 9, 2007 - 9 answers

Who were these masked kids?

Can you provide context for a gas masked army of children? [more inside]
posted by zamboni on Jun 29, 2007 - 16 answers

From Russia with cash

Why is Russia so expensive? [more inside]
posted by mateuslee on Jun 18, 2007 - 11 answers

Kvas recipe?

Does anyone know a good (but fairly simple) recipe for Kvas, the delicious Russian soft drink made from bread? I tried some the other day and I'm addicted. I'm drinking gallons of it.
posted by vizsla on Jun 11, 2007 - 11 answers

Will I get denied entry to the US for having visited a Communist country?

HomelandSecurityFilter: If you have visas/stamps in your passport from Communist or former Communist nations, can this prejudice your entry into the US? [more inside]
posted by SpacemanRed on May 29, 2007 - 12 answers

Is it really that risky to take a GPS unit to Russia?

This travel advisory from the State Department website, dated 1998, states that the use of GPS units is highly regulated in Russia and that it is risky to bring one unless it is fully documented. Now, GPS units are a lot more common today than they were in 1998. Do I really have to worry about this? I am planning a multi-country trip and I could mail myself the GPS ahead of time to my post-Russia destination if I had to. I am an amateur photographer and I use the unit to tag the location of photos I have taken.
posted by matildaben on May 11, 2007 - 9 answers

Books on Russian/French history in the 1800s?

I'm looking for some books on European history during the 1800s. I'm specifically interested in Russia from the Decemberists to the 1917 revolution, and the French student revolution of 1848. [more inside]
posted by pombe on Apr 26, 2007 - 8 answers

Why was US currency not wanted in Novosibirsk, Russia?

Why was US currency difficult to use and exchange in Novosibirsk, Russia? [more inside]
posted by tippiedog on Apr 26, 2007 - 30 answers

From the Ruler of the East to St. Peter's town.

In about a year, my father, brother and myself will be traveling to Russia, and I have a few questions. [more inside]
posted by vernondalhart on Mar 9, 2007 - 5 answers

Soviet True-Believers?

I am looking for books written by True-Believers in the old Soviet Union (published in English). I'm doing some research regarding the former Soviet Union and, obviously, there are dozens, if not hundreds, of books reviling the former Soviet Union. I have found only one defending the USSR and its system: the memoirs of Yegor Ligachev. Can anybody help with books written from a pro-USSR viewpoint (since the fall)? Many thanks in advance!
posted by Gerard Sorme on Jan 9, 2007 - 11 answers

Will I get deported?

I'm scheduled to fly to Moscow on Saturday for work. No, I don't have a letter of invitation or a visa yet. How stupid would it be to just go on a tourist visa? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 8, 2007 - 13 answers

St Petersberg for dummies

What do you do when you're in St Petersberg (Russia) for a month with no understanding of the language and no local contacts? [more inside]
posted by Silentgoldfish on Jan 2, 2007 - 13 answers

Traumerei and Russian History

Help me understand the connection between "Traumerei" and Russia. [more inside]
posted by ducksauce on Dec 22, 2006 - 7 answers

Russian History in Book Form: A Quest for a Gift

Can you help me find a book which traverses Russian history from, well, as far back as possible up to the Russian Revolution of 1917? [more inside]
posted by The Great Big Mulp on Dec 17, 2006 - 10 answers

Russian Pin Puzzler

Can anyone identify this (possibly) Russian pin? [more inside]
posted by mikepop on Nov 2, 2006 - 8 answers

Help make sure I don't become a Snarfodoxcicle.

I'm heading to Moscow soon. What is the best way to see the city properly during a few days stop-over? [more inside]
posted by snarfodox on Oct 30, 2006 - 6 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

Avoiding trouble in Russia?

How safe is travelling around Russia by yourself if you don't speak Russian? What's the protocol for bribing? I'm thinking of visitting Moscow, St Petersburg, Tomsk, Novosobirsk. I do have friends in Tomsk. [more inside]
posted by vizsla on Oct 8, 2006 - 10 answers

Meanwhile, back in communist Hollywood

A russian James Bond? [more inside]
posted by soundofsuburbia on Oct 3, 2006 - 4 answers

Where did all the propagandists go?

Are any of the old Soviet poster designers still working? [more inside]
posted by brundlefly on Sep 29, 2006 - 5 answers

Kate the Great on a Plate - Please Evaluate

While cleaning up my grandmother's attic, I came across a Russian medal which I'd like to know more about. [more inside]
posted by alexei on Sep 4, 2006 - 9 answers

reading in Russian

What should I read in Russian and where can I get it? [more inside]
posted by mustcatchmooseandsquirrel on Jul 15, 2006 - 11 answers

Can you read a Russian word for me?

PYCCKO! To my Russian friends! What does this pin say, and what does it mean? [more inside]
posted by joelf on Jun 13, 2006 - 9 answers

Travel tips for Kaliningrad?

TravelFilter: Tips/recommendations for Kaliningrad? [more inside]
posted by huskerdont on Jun 7, 2006 - 6 answers

Is alltunes safe?

Is alltunes safe? [more inside]
posted by fixedgear on Mar 31, 2006 - 25 answers

The Wild East

What was life like in Siberia circa the mid-1820s? Specifically, what was life like for Decemberists who were exiled there? I have heard that it was like the Wild West, only much colder. Are there any good books on this? I've found a couple of websites referenced, but, well, I don't speak Russian. Academic history papers are also appreciated. Any good authors, novels, histories, authorities would be a help. (As a corrolary— was there a concerted exploration and surveying movement in that area at the same time? What would it have been like to be on the frontier? How would it have been different from the American frontier of a similar time [which would have been around Ohio and Michigan]?)
posted by klangklangston on Mar 10, 2006 - 11 answers

Team Russia Olympic wear

I adore the white and red jackets Team Russia has been wearing at the Olympics, how could I get one for me? [more inside]
posted by nelleish on Feb 24, 2006 - 8 answers

Mendel without Malthus, comrade

I want to know more about the history of Russian biology--especially in the period from Darwin to Lysenko (roughly 75 years). I don't know any Russian, so the source has to be in English. Anyone know anything that would fit this description?
posted by onetreehill on Feb 20, 2006 - 2 answers

Giant sausages full of what?

In this photo, does anybody know what these bicycle riders are transporting in the giant sausages? Does the Russian caption (which I don't read) explain it?
posted by MonkeySaltedNuts on Jan 24, 2006 - 14 answers

Fast internet in Russia?

I'm moving to Russia, and I'm looking for fast internet - [more inside]
posted by fake on Jan 2, 2006 - 3 answers

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