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[soc.culture.russian] SCR and Cyrillization FAQ: part 4/4 (miscellaneous info)


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This part of SOC.CULTURE.RUSSIAN.FAQ
   answers the questions:
   - Where can one buy/order Russian books and magazines in the United States?
   - How to get visas to/from Russia?
   - How can I get in touch with the Russian Consulate in the US?
   - What phone company can one use to call to Russia?
   - What is the cheapest way to fly to Russia?
   - What is the FUN way of flying IN Russia?
   - How to obtain information about Moscow University courses, etc?
   - Are there any Russian newspapers/magazines available on Internet/WWW?
   - What are the places on WWW to look for information on Russian music?
   - What literature in Russian is available on WWW?
   - Where can I find recipes of Russian quisine?
   - What is the current situation with parliamentary and presidential
     elections in Russia?
   - How are things going in Russian football?
   - What is the state of role-playing gaming in Russia?


4.1 ORDERING RUSSIAN BOOKS AND MAGAZINES

Russian Bookstore:

Victor Kamkin, Inc.
4956 Boilng Brook Parkway,
Rockville, Maryland 20852

E-MAIL: kamkin@sovusa.com

This company also has stores in NYC and on the West Coast.

MIP Company (best known for publishing the secret journal
allegedly written by Pushkin in 1836-1837)

URL: http://www.mipco.com

4.2 VISA INFORMATION

Information on the visa regime, requirements, etc. can
be found at the WWW site maintained by Simon Hawkin
<cema@cs.umd.edu>, URL

URL: http://www.cs.umd.edu/~cema/russia.html


4.3 RUSSIAN CONSULATE IN WASHINGTON

 Embassy of the Russian Federation
 Consular Division
 1825 Phelps Place NW
 Washington, DC 20008
 Tel. (202) 939-8907, 8913, 8918
 Fax  (202) 483-7579

There are other Russian Consulates in the US. New York, San Francisco.

4.4 PHONE COMPANY RATES ON CALLS TO RUSSIA

There's a price war between AT&T, Sprint and MCI going on right now,
with the consumer being the obvious winner. The rates on calls to
Russia are steadily dropping and are now in most cases less than a dollar
per minute. The optimal choice of a company depends very much on
the amount of time you spend on the phone, frequency and duration
of the calls, number of people you call and so on. El-cheapo companies
like Cyberlink often advertise better rates the big ones, but usually
with some nasty strings attached (like monthly service charges, no
refund for disconnects and so on).

4.5. CHEAPEST RATES ON FLYING TO RUSSIA

Rates vary greatly from company to company, and the best are offered
usually by small travel agencies operated by former denizens of the
Soviet Union. To find these, browse through the ads in your local
"Russian newspaper."

One of such agencies can be reached at 1-800-375-3639 (BEMEX),
another at 1-202-789-2255 (EurAm Tours).

An agency offering sales of airplane tickets to Russia and other
services is now on the WWW, URL

URL: http://www.users.interport.net/~lana/ambertours/

Finally, for travel between Australia and Russia check

URL: http://www.magna.com.au/~gatrav

4.6 THE FUN WAY OF FLYING _IN_ RUSSIA

The material below was written by Ro Nagey <ronagey@design-design.com>.

"If you've ever dreamed of being a Top Gun, flying a MiG-29 at Mach 2 in
Moscow, I suggest this interesting site:

URL: http://www.mig29.com/mig29/

Fly With Us!, Inc. offers its customers the incredible opportunity to take
the controls of a high-performance supersonic jet in Moscow. Among the
possibilities, we let clients take the controls of HIND helicopters,and
jets such as the SU-29, Su-30,MiG-25, MiG-31 along with a number of other
aircraft.

A member of the Flight Research Institute is your co-pilot. They are the
very best pilots in Russia today.

While in Moscow, many packages let you stay in a world-class hotel, have a
guide and driver at your disposal, and visit private air and space museums."

4.7. MOSCOW UNIVERSITY

Check the URL

URL: http://www.rector.msu.su/

Not exactly what one would expect from Moscow University WWW
server, but still something...

4.8. RUSSIAN ELECTRONIC NEWSPAPERS/E-ZINES

On WWW, check URLs

URL: http://gaim.unh.edu/csrc/gaim/siberia/siberia.html
URL: http://www.io.org/~balex

URL: http://www.glasnet.ru/ng/index.html
(Nezavisimaya Gazeta)
URL: http://koi.www.online.ru/mlists/izvestia/izvestia-izvestia/
(Izvestia) - looks like this link is no longer free :(
URL: http://koi.www.online.ru/mlists/expchronicle/chronicle-weekly/
(Ekspress-Khronika)


4.9 RUSSIAN MUSIC ON WWW

This home page contains some information on many Russian
artists, including Okudjawa, GrEbenschikov and Malinin.
Ptooey! Anyway, here's the URL:

URL: http://mars.uthscsa.edu/Russia/Music/

The MIT collection of Russian Song lyrics (and not only
lyrics) features stuff by Vizbor, IWasi, Kim, Kinchev,
Auktyon... It is definitely a place to look at. Check
the URL

URL: http://anxiety-closet.mit.edu:8001/activities/russian-club/catalog.html

Lyle Neff's <lneff@ucs.indiana.edu> home page contains very
interesting materials on Russian classical music, in particular,
on Cui, Rimsky-Korsakov and Prokofiev, and links to other places,
including Shostakovich and Schnittke pages. The URL is

URL: http://copper.ucs.indiana.edu/~lneff/russmus/russmus.html

Yuri Naumov's home page (those who know, need no clue, those who don't,
don't deserve a clue):

URL: http://www.interport.net/~yuriblus/

4.10 RUSSIAN LITERATURE ON WWW

A good starting point is Simon Hawkin's page - URL

URL: http://www.cs.umd.edu/~cema/russia.html

An excellent collection of prose, poetry, Russian
news on line and so on is presented at

URL: http://iaiwww.uni-muenster.de/cgi-bin/simplex/lat/lit.html
(use Netscape 2 or other frame-capable browser)

Hilarious net-generated KOI8 poetry and parodies
of Pavel Afanasiev are at

URL: http://www.best.com:80/~mif/

The Mit'ki group prose, poetry and art are at Egor Alekseyev's
page

URL: http://www-personal.umich.edu/~yegor/mitki/

Vladimir Smirnov's collection of lyrics of M.Scherbakov is at

URL: http://128.100.80.13/vladimir/scherbakov/

Other worthwhile places (among many) are:

URL: http://sunsite.oit.unc.edu/sergei/Literature/Literature.html
(Naoumov's collection)
URL: http://www.online.ru/sp/eel/russian/
(Eugene Peskin's selection of Russian classics: Esenin, Pushkin, Turgenev,
 Chekhov)
URL: http://polyglot.lss.wisc.edu/lss/staff/stephy/Pushkin.html
(Stephany Gould's Pushkin Page)
URL: http://www.cs.umn.edu/`safonov/brodsky/
(Alex Safonov's Brodsky homepage - KOI8, English, translit.)
URL: http://www.maths.nott.ac.uk/personal/pmyjaw/
(a nice F.M. Dostoevsky page in Britain)

More will be added soon.

4.11 RUSSIAN COOKBOOK

It's somewhere on the definitely noteworthy Eastern Siberia
homepage... Or isn't it?


4.12 PARLIAMENTARY AND PRESIDENTIAL ELECTIONS IN RUSSIA

Dmitri Gusev has done a very nice job in setting up and
maintaining the following HTML documents:

Russian Presidential Elections-96, URL

URL: http://www.cs.indiana.edu/hyplan/dmiguse/Russian/elections.html

Portraits of Russian and Soviet political leaders, URL

URL: http://www.cs.indiana.edu/hyplan/dmiguse/Russian/gallery.html

More election information (KOI8) can be found at the URL

URL: http://www.fe.msk.ru/elect/ewelcome.html


4.13 RUSSIAN FOOTBALL (I mean FOOTBALL, not some American thing)

Thanks to Oxana Smirnova, Russian football fans now can enjoy
the national championship and the Cup updates and even participate
in polls to determine the best player at URL

URL: http://www.quark.lu.se/~oxana/football.html

4.14 ROLE-PLAYING GAMES IN RUSSIA

Check it out!
URL: http://members.aol.com/mirdain/golden/mainrus.html

That's it for now, folks.

Feel free to quote this FAQ, provided that you DO mention the
source of the quote.

And, of course, all additions and suggestions welcome.

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