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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
PYCCKO! To my Russian friends! What does this pin say, and what does it mean?
posted by joelf
on Jun 13, 2006 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
Help me not miss the coolest parts of St. Petersburg. (Russia, not Florida.) [more inside]
posted by joshjs
on Dec 18, 2005 -
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 -
In 2003 HBO made a documentary about the Chechen separatists taking over a Russian theater... [more inside]
posted by 517
on Jul 11, 2005 -
Questions about learning Russian and SIT-TESOL/CELTA certification... [more inside]
posted by fake
on Jun 27, 2005 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -