What books give a sense of what daily life was like in the USSR? [more inside]
During the Cold War, did Communist countries produce informational films for internal consumption about civil defense or survival in case of nuclear attack, like Duck and Cover or Protect and Survive? What about India and Pakistan? If so, are they available to view anywhere?
Defense Against Enemy Propaganda, a 1956 film intended for US troops, contains a couple of clips of Soviet propaganda with voiceovers in English. Are they genuine Soviet films? Where did they come from? [more inside]
Looking for popular music with lyrics mentioning the Soviet Union. [more inside]
Did the United States ever have a plan to invade Russia or any part of the Soviet Union? [more inside]
Does anyone remember a big pink-, blue-, and white-striped shopping bag popular in developing countries in the '80s/'90s? It felt like waxed straw, or something Tyvek-y. It had handles, and was often big enough to cover a whole suitcase. [more inside]
Help me feed my obsession with all things Russia. [more inside]
In the book A People's Tragedy, there was a very slight mention of early economic structures that appeared in Russia before the enforced collectivization. This structure was centered on local levels, around rural-urban cooperation. Farms outside city limits would send in food, and the city would send out necessary industrial goods. [more inside]
On September 4, 1974 the bodies of 6 Soviet sailors were recovered by the US Navy while clandestinely surveying the wreckage of submarine K-129. In 1992 CIA director Robert Gates "...as a gesture of intent, a symbol of a new era... carried with [him, on a state visit with Boris Yeltsin] the Soviet naval flag that had shrouded the coffins... [and] a videotape of their burial at sea, complete with prayers for the dead and the Soviet national anthem—-a dignified and respectful service even at the height of the Cold War." Where/how can I watch this videotape?
How destructive are current U.S. and Russian nuclear arsenals relative to their maximum levels? [more inside]
How do lawyers work in newly formed (or reformed) countries with new political systems, like Eastern Europe after the USSR, or Iraq or Timor-Leste today? [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!
A russian James Bond? [more inside]
In Soviet Union, $noun $verbs you! What is the origin of this meme? It's everywhere online. Searching google and mefi/askmefi havn't helped... someone must know!
I'm looking for nonfiction accounts of daily civilian life in the former Soviet Union / Eastern Bloc nations. Please recommend some titles. Thanks!
Is this photograph of Mathias Rust's plane faked? [more inside]