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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

Re: the streets of St. Pete's...

Help me not miss the coolest parts of St. Petersburg. (Russia, not Florida.) [more inside]
posted by joshjs on Dec 18, 2005 - 14 answers

Name that Russian (Soviet) Sculptor, please.

Name that Russian (Soviet) Sculptor, please. [more inside]
posted by cardboard on Nov 20, 2005 - 3 answers

Who is "Messer Fur Frau Muller"?

I stumbled upon this amazing Russian electronic rock group but I can't even pronounce their name! Can anyone help me figure out who these guys are? (It'll probably help if you have a cyrillic font installed!) [more inside]
posted by shanevsevil on Nov 14, 2005 - 10 answers

Russian in Russia

I would like to spend an academic year studying Russian in Russia. [more inside]
posted by speranza on Oct 19, 2005 - 5 answers

Writing to folks in Russia

How do I find a postal code for St. Petersburg, Russia? [more inside]
posted by ORthey on Aug 9, 2005 - 5 answers

Getting an HBO documentary without getting HBO.

In 2003 HBO made a documentary about the Chechen separatists taking over a Russian theater... [more inside]
posted by 517 on Jul 11, 2005 - 4 answers

About Russia and English as a Second Language?

Questions about learning Russian and SIT-TESOL/CELTA certification... [more inside]
posted by fake on Jun 27, 2005 - 5 answers

Life under the Midnight Sun

I'm looking for good media resources (especially books) on the lands of the midnight sun (and ?daytime darkness?). Works that cover sociology, culture, work habits, sleep habits and other interesting aspects and adaptations of people living in such conditions.
posted by daksya on Jun 13, 2005 - 7 answers

How did Russia replace the USSR on the UN Security Council?

The UN Charter still lists "the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics" as one of the permanent Security Council members. How was it decided that Russia alone would replace the USSR, and not some representative of all the ex-USSR nations? Was there a vote? Cause I can't find it.
posted by Pretty_Generic on Jan 20, 2005 - 6 answers

Name this book: whales and dolphins talking with humans.

On the "I can't remember what book this was..." kick, I've been trying to find a book from years ago that was so bad that it was phenomenal. It was sci-fi that began with the premise that whales and dolphins could speak human languages. We discovered this when a dolphin being trained for the Russian military finally broke and began speaking to humans as it feared for its life (I think). The book then goes on to silly detail about different cetaceans and how they talk (Blue whales being stupid and inarticulate, orcas talking in something resembling old english saying "Ye of the lande" and such - yes, the extra e was added in on some of those words). The whole thing comes to a head as we attempt to make contact with giant Jovian Space Whales and to do so construct our own gigantic robotic space whale with the brain of a blue whale.

I know this sounds like a crack-trip, but I REALLY want to find this book so that I can give it to a fellow marine ecologist as a gift for christmas. It's the funniest thing EVER.
posted by jearbear on Dec 13, 2004 - 16 answers

US Playstation games USSR

Is there a difference between US and European playstation games? I want to get games for my nephew and brother-in-law who live in Moscow but my sister says that games bought here (the US) will not play there. I have googled and asked at a bunch of stores and have gotten many different answers. Has anyone here had any experiences with this? [more inside]
posted by GrumpyMonkey on Dec 1, 2004 - 6 answers

"If you don't live, you won't have to die" Russian song identification

Can anyone help identify a Russian song of which I have only a very hazy drunken recollection? [more...] [more inside]
posted by gravelshoes on Aug 25, 2004 - 6 answers

Russian magazines available still?

Anyone ever hear of < ctacb>> Magazine? This was publisher Stas Namin's eponymous magazine on Russian life and culture; a gorgeous monthly (printed in Russian) that I used to get through the local Barnes & Noble. They suddenly dropped it with no explanation. I'm curious: did it go out of business? Is there any other US outlets? I'd love to subscribe. [more inside]
posted by RavinDave on Jul 18, 2004 - 5 answers

Will a DVD released in Russia play on a region-free player?

How to find a DVD that will be playable on a region-free player if it's only been released in Russia? [This is the root menu; there is more inside] [more inside]
posted by amandaudoff on May 12, 2004 - 7 answers

Is it legal to download and use Russian .mp3s from outside of Russia?

There are several Russian mp3 download companies selling tracks for silly cheap prices. It looks like they are acting legally due to a loopholein Russian law. Does anyone know if this makes it legal to download and use their tracks outside of Russia?
posted by twine42 on May 5, 2004 - 20 answers

Russian ballet companies in England

Performances by Russian ballet companies in England? [more inside] [more inside]
posted by sueinnyc on Mar 20, 2004 - 2 answers

Name This Singer

A few years ago someone gave me a tape of a gravelly voiced Russian folk singer who sounds a lot like Tom Waits. I believe he's fairly well known. Does anyone know who it might be? [more inside]
posted by mert on Mar 7, 2004 - 6 answers

What music plays at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Moscow?

At monument to the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Moscow (near the Kremlin), there is a piece of music that is played continuously. Does anyone know the name and composer of that piece?
posted by goddam on Dec 15, 2003 - 2 answers

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