Why are Russianized family names more common in Central Asia than other parts of the former Soviet Union? [more inside]
Some months ago, I lost my iPod in Moscow whilst out there doing festival biz (I'm a Brit by residence). Incredibly, someone found it, the Apple security held, and I got an email from someone telling me they'd be happy to meet up and give it back. As the air fare is higher than the device cost, I thought going postal would be the best option, but I've drawn a blank - most of the delivery companies either want me to pay cash on the Russian side, or expect me to have a corporate account. [more inside]
Given the recent collapse in value of the ruble relative to the dollar, how can I buy things from Russia and have them sent back to the United States? I am especially interested in silver and silver snuffboxes. Are there any reputable English language websites folks would recommend?
For a coworker: I'm trying to track down a translated YA novel my co-worker remembered reading as a child in Russia. [more inside]
We're thinking of travelling to Tula for our honeymoon. How hard is it to travel in Russia these days, if you're not going to a usual travel destination? [more inside]
In Soviet Russia, Cucumber Eats YOU!: okay, I can't believe I'm using a question on this, but I've been driven mad by it for years: my dad claims that Russians eat cucumbers in a certain distinctly Russian manner, and that Yul Brynner once ate one that way in a film. Do they? Did he? [more inside]
I am visiting Russia in June - Moscow, St Petersburg and Magadan. What should I buy while I'm there? Which food items, clothing, booze or um anything-at-all are wonderful, affordable and hard to find elsewhere? [more inside]
What is the best russian language school for english speakers in St. Petersburg? [more inside]
What's with all the kissing in Dostoyevsky's The Idiot? [more inside]
What was originally in this Russian box?
Let's say I'm a Russian student in my mid-twenties. [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?
Anyone speak Russian? I'm looking for any inspiring Russian (English too) quotes that will make my crush feel good. [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]
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]
Proverb origins? Everyone knows the monkey, but the monkey knows no one. [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?
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.
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]
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]
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 would like to spend an academic year studying Russian in Russia. [more inside]
Can anyone help identify a Russian song of which I have only a very hazy drunken recollection? [more...] [more inside]
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]
Performances by Russian ballet companies in England? [more inside] [more inside]
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]