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]
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]
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]
Help me teach myself about the current political and social climate in Russia. [more inside]
Traveling CIS / Central Asia via train: romantic silk route journey or hell on an iron horse? [more inside]
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.
Need cell phone advice for a trip to russia. [more inside]
Are there any popular Russian Christmas beers? Also, can you translate the label that's linked inside?
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]
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?
Proverb origins? Everyone knows the monkey, but the monkey knows no one. [more inside]
I'm trying to find current information on crime in Moscow and St. Petersburg. [more inside]
Are there any movies that match the campiness of Red Dawn from Russia? [more inside]
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]
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?
If Russia gets to claim the North Pole as its own based on geological origins, shouldn't India automatically get Antarctica? [more inside]
How is life in Russia these days? Is it really as bad as some of the sources I've come across suggest? [more inside]
How do I send and receive SMS messages on the Internet or with my Sprint mobile to Russia and Kazakhstan? [more inside]
Why is Russia so expensive? [more inside]
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.
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]
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.
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]
Why was US currency difficult to use and exchange in Novosibirsk, Russia? [more inside]
In about a year, my father, brother and myself will be traveling to Russia, and I have a few questions. [more inside]
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!
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]
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]
Help me understand the connection between "Traumerei" and Russia. [more inside]
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]
Can anyone identify this (possibly) Russian pin? [more inside]
I'm heading to Moscow soon. What is the best way to see the city properly during a few days stop-over? [more inside]
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]
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]
A russian James Bond? [more inside]
Are any of the old Soviet poster designers still working? [more inside]
While cleaning up my grandmother's attic, I came across a Russian medal which I'd like to know more about. [more inside]
What should I read in Russian and where can I get it? [more inside]
PYCCKO! To my Russian friends! What does this pin say, and what does it mean? [more inside]
TravelFilter: Tips/recommendations for Kaliningrad? [more inside]
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]?)
I adore the white and red jackets Team Russia has been wearing at the Olympics, how could I get one for me? [more inside]
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?
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?
I'm moving to Russia, and I'm looking for fast internet - [more inside]
Help me not miss the coolest parts of St. Petersburg. (Russia, not Florida.) [more inside]
Name that Russian (Soviet) Sculptor, please. [more inside]
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]