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    Post  Morpheus Eberhardt Sat Oct 18, 2014 7:43 am

    There has been an item of "news", that has recently been making the rounds here, about an advertisement in Moscow with breast shots that have caused 500 traffic accidents.

    Can somebody from Russia tell us if this is true or not?
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    Post  Mike E Mon Oct 20, 2014 7:22 am

    Morpheus Eberhardt wrote:There has been an item of "news", that has recently been making the rounds here, about an advertisement in Moscow with breast shots that have caused 500 traffic accidents.

    Can somebody from Russia tell us if this is true or not?
    No doubt that they caused a couple accidents, but 500+? - They probably counted general accidents in the surrounding area of the truck-side advertisements (30 trucks!), which would explain the unreal number suggested by the media. Having 30 of those inaccurate reports and that number becomes realistic, in a false way...
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    Post  Regular Tue Oct 21, 2014 10:55 pm

    500+? Maybe through whole day in Moscow district Very Happy Sounds like bad journalism. 
    When they put massive led commercial screen in main street next to my house we got 7 accidents through same day. And 1 was fatal. It was new thing there. Next to busy junction. When it got dark it was uncalibrated and too bright.. I can see boobs having similar effect Very Happy
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    Post  Walther von Oldenburg Sat Nov 28, 2015 10:40 am

    Dear Russian members - could you share your experiences about what was life like in Russia in years 1992-1999? the time universally considered the worst period in history of Russian Federation.
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    Post  Guest Sun Nov 29, 2015 4:44 am

    Walther von Oldenburg wrote:Dear Russian members - could you share your experiences about what was life like in Russia in years 1992-1999? the time universally considered the worst period in history of Russian Federation.
    Not exactly qualified to post here but I do have some input.

    Well, given the short timeframe the RF it should be considered the darkest time period.

    Some of my earliest memories were back in those times. Didn't understand things like I do now but I can say things were not good, I knew that much. Still hear horrible stories of some of the things that occurred to people during those times from my parents and relatives. I would love to hear more from others here too.
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    Post  higurashihougi Mon Sep 26, 2016 5:00 am

    Small question: what is NGO Officers of Russia ?

    https://rbth.com/news/2016/09/25/russian-ngo-blocks-entrance-to-jock-sturges-exhibition-in-moscow_633043

    The Officers of Russia non-governmental organization has blocked entrance to the exhibition of the U.S. photographer Jock Sturges in Moscow in a protest against promoting his works, the organization’s head, and chair of the Public Chamber’s defense commission, Anton Tsvetkov said on Sep. 25.

    Social networks and the media wrote Sturges’ works picturing nude adolescents are pornographic. Russia’s high-ranking legislator Elena Mizulina said the exhibition should be closed at once.

    f considered in Russia, the works by Jock Sturges could be qualified as crime.

    "Right, he could have become famous by good pictures, but remember, this man used to participate in crimes. And he likewise was brought to responsibility also in the United States, though later on was justified. But that is under their legislation, and under our legislation taking pictures of nude children and exposing them is not allowed," he said.

    https://www.rt.com/news/360588-sturges-exhibition-moscow-controversy/?utm_source=browser&utm_medium=aplication_chrome&utm_campaign=chrome

    An exhibition by US photographer Jock Sturges, best known for his works featuring teenage nudity, has been shut down in Moscow after some protesters blocked the venue and accused the artist of shooting child pornography.

    Camouflaged men, representing the NGO Officers of Russia, turned up at the Lumiere Brothers Center for Photography on Sunday afternoon. They blocked the entrance to the building, saying they were going to evaluate the contents of the exhibition for “pedophilic” contents.

    After negotiations with the activists, the Lumiere Brothers Center decided to close the controversial exhibition.
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    Post  nomadski Sat Jan 21, 2017 12:51 pm


    I have a question for Russian film industry . Why Russia not make films for export market ? Just look at RT . How well it is doing . Like a breath of fresh air . Someone once said Russia lost big time to Hollywood . The only Russian film I saw was the one about that space planet brain . The one about good versus evil. And another about love story in Baku fishermen pick up a sailor . Chinese made film about flying daggers . India made films about love story singing . And Hollywood made gangster films . Even Iran made film with universal appeal to world market . Don't Russians know there is money to be made in film ? They are in good position to make film for international market . With universal appeal . The language problem is easy . Just for every scene . Two takes . One English . One Russian . One for export . One domestic . Or make it easy for dubbing . I am tired of Hollywood . State joint venture with private sector to start up . Make Moscowood film . Make Russia known to world also .


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    Post  Svyatoslavich Sat Jan 21, 2017 3:36 pm

    nomadski wrote:
    I have a question for Russian film industry . Why Russia not make films for export market ? Just look at RT . How well it is doing . Like a breath of fresh air . Someone once said Russia lost big time to Hollywood . The only Russian film I saw was the one about that space planet brain . The one about good versus evil. And another about love story in Baku fishermen pick up a sailor . Chinese made film about flying daggers . India made films about love story singing . And Hollywood made gangster films . Even Iran made film with universal appeal to world market . Don't Russians know there is money to be made in film ? They are in good position to make film for international market . With universal appeal . The language problem is easy . Just for every scene . Two takes . One English . One Russian . One for export . One domestic . Or make it easy for dubbing . I am tired of Hollywood . State joint venture with private sector to start up . Make Moscowood film . Make Russia known to world also .


    Some Russian movies had important international display, many from Timur Bekmambetov (his Night Watch/Day Watch series. He also worked out of Russia, with his Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter). He is not exactly my style, but then just to show that some Russian movies are shown abroad.
    Also, here in Argentina (which is not exactly a country close to Russia, be geographically or culturally) I could watch on cable TV "22 Minuty", the film about the rescue of the kidnapped ship "Moskovski Universitet" by Somalian pirates. Once in a while I find Russian movies in cable here.
    Then, Russia and the former Soviet countries is a big market, and most Russian movies are thought for it. If you look around, you can find Russian movies with subtitles. This is what I do. And I find much more interesting then expecting Russians to make movies for export, which then would most likely be copies of Hollywood movies: as Bekmambetov do.
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    Post  nomadski Sun Jan 22, 2017 7:24 pm

    Hello SVY,

    Thanks for your reply . Good to know . What you said . About alternate cinema . Subtitles . And satellite or cable TV . I can not afford cable or satellite TV. Where I live there is no alternate cinema . I have no money to buy dvd . I get free broadcast . Using old fashioned TV arieal . Digital TV signal . I have a twenty year old TV . Most films I see are American Hollywood . I like them a little . But get tired of them also . Predictable . Nothing new . Sometimes the odd intellectual swedish film comes up . But again subtitles . And no exciting shooting or barbarism . I am sadly hooked on junk . And have modest means . And so are a large portion of the planet's population . Starving people in concentration camp of WWII . Were given food . But they were not used to it and died . Russia broadcasts news from RT . I watch this . But for entertainment , I am forced to watch Rambo . Where he kills all the Russians and Germans and Iranian and Muslims ....I need a film called Rambofski . Where he kills some yanks and some terrorists and builds a hospital in the end .......made for TV. Good quality but not high budget . Sold to TV companies for TV broadcast . Or on RT . For evening entertainment .
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    Post  Svyatoslavich Mon Jan 23, 2017 2:26 am

    Mosfilm (Russia's biggest studio) has its own channel in Youtube:
    https://www.youtube.com/user/mosfilm
    Many complete films (mostly from the Soviet era) can be watched for free. Many with subtitles. Better than nothing. Some are classics still widely watched in Russia today, like "The White Sun of the Desert", highly recommeded:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lPOwblHNOnQ&list=PL4dWJMOQ_a1TPLZbU-K3ic_HODgNTppT9&index=17
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    Post  Svyatoslavich Mon Jan 23, 2017 2:27 am

    They also have a quite recent (from 2012) and excellent war movie (I already watched it) in Youtube, "White Tiger":
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qiGDJ5-dXaI&list=PL4dWJMOQ_a1TPLZbU-K3ic_HODgNTppT9&index=25
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    Post  Firebird Tue Jan 24, 2017 6:36 pm

    nomadski wrote:
    I have a question for Russian film industry . Why Russia not make films for export market ? Just look at RT . How well it is doing . Like a breath of fresh air . Someone once said Russia lost big time to Hollywood . The only Russian film I saw was the one about that space planet brain . The one about good versus evil. And another about love story in Baku fishermen pick up a sailor . Chinese made film about flying daggers . India made films about love story singing . And Hollywood made gangster films . Even Iran made film with universal appeal to world market . Don't Russians know there is money to be made in film ? They are in good position to make film for international market . With universal appeal . The language problem is easy . Just for every scene . Two takes . One English . One Russian . One for export . One domestic . Or make it easy for dubbing . I am tired of Hollywood . State joint venture with private sector to start up . Make Moscowood film . Make Russia known to world also .



    Thats a really good post. I'm British born, but of Russian descent on one half of my family. So Ru-English productions would really interest me, and I'm sure vast numbers of others.

    If a programme is REALLY good, it can work with subtitles. I'm thinking KIngdom, the German series. And Gomorrah, the Italian mafia one. Also Matrioshki, the Belgian one. All appeared on British TV.

    But yes, dual takes would be terrific.

    I'd tried to find Londongrad, the Russian series filmed in... (duh!) London. But I can't find it on the Net. Perhaps VKontakte will have it.

    I'm really bored of Hollywood. They might speak English, but the culture is just alien. We watch US films only because we're "forced" to. The British film industry (outside of hideous Victorian dramas etc) is really small, much like the TV industry in some areas.

    Over the next couple of years, I'm considering scaling back the business I'm currently in.
    My idea is to write film/TV scripts (I've already got some stuff part  finished). Russia has so many interesting places to film, and its history would really work well. And also, Russia and Europe DO have links, so it would work, plotwise and in terms of getting people interested.

    The last big budget US film I watched had British actors but after 20mins I thought "why the fuck am I watching all this again, America is an alien world, I can't identify with it in this film". So I switched over channels.
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    Post  nomadski Thu Feb 09, 2017 6:57 pm

    I have a question for sukhoi company of Russia . Iran tried to buy Boeing and Airbus passenger planes . But there seems to be problems there . Iran also considered buying sukhoi passenger jet . But Iranians said there were problems with tail section of plane? And they just decided to lease them instead for evaluation purposes . Can Russian aviation with such illustrious history make a plane with working tail ? Tail does not contain soup or bananas . Only possible cause is simple hydraulics .

    If problem is not the plane tail . Can someone provide info on this . And reliability . In this case the problem is on Iranian official making political problem . I want to know . I support sukhoi company . For civil aviation . Because Iran also wants to buy fighters from Sukhoi . Much better than Boeing . That produce fighters . That Iran has to fight one day .

    Thanks .
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    Post  Svyatoslavich Thu Feb 09, 2017 10:41 pm

    Have no idea what you are talking about, never heard of any problem with tail section of Sukhoi SuperJet. Anyway, selling this aircraft to Iran would be complicated, as it has a lot of Western (US, European) components, which would be subject to sanctions. But soon perhaps Russia could offer the MS-21, which will have a 100% Made in Russia version since the start.
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    Post  nomadski Fri Feb 10, 2017 12:47 pm


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    Thanks for your reply . As I also suspected , that tail section would have very little that could go wrong with it anyways . To my mind this is a problem on Iranian side . But Russians can provide evidence of reliability to Iranian politicians . So no official can make accusation and trouble . Hope new all Russian made plane becomes available soon . I think both countries can form joint venture company of shared capital including China and India in building competitor aircraft to break western monopoly in important market .
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    Post  andalusia Fri Jul 12, 2019 11:17 am

    I know the Russian empire had Alaska but I think the long distance away from the rest of the country means they couldn't protect it military. What if Russia kept Alaska do you guys think the USSR or Russian Empire could have protected it from the US during the Russian Revolution in 1917 or during or after World War II? I think it would have been difficult. These two articles do a good job of explaining the situation.

    https://history.howstuffworks.com/american-history/why-didnt-russia-sell-alaska-to-canada.htm

    https://brainly.com/question/8492629

    https://sputniknews.com/politics/201507311025262334/
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    Post  kvs Sat Jan 02, 2021 6:37 pm

    My family has experienced disruption in sending money to relatives in Russia living on pensions. This is a new thing as Western Union
    and MoneyGram worked before without problems. Now there is a systematic screwup in the name or some other excuse. Multiple
    attempts fail to go through. Has anyone else experienced this?

    There is already drivel being spewed inside Russia that this is some Russian government attempt to muscle in on the action.
    I call BS on this, since this sort of tactic was never used before. If the Russian government wanted to deploy its own
    money transfer outlets it would do that first before messing up existing transfers. It looks a lot like another dirty trick
    by the west to sow discontent inside Russia.



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    Post  miketheterrible Sat Jan 02, 2021 6:58 pm

    kvs wrote:My family has experienced disruption in sending money to relatives in Russia living on pensions.   This is a new thing as Western Union
    and MoneyGram worked before without problems.   Now there is a systematic screwup in the name or some other excuse.   Multiple
    attempts fail to go through.  Has anyone else experienced this?

    There is already drivel being spewed inside Russia that this is some Russian government attempt to muscle in on the action.
    I call BS on this, since this sort of tactic was never used before.   If the Russian government wanted to deploy its own
    money transfer outlets it would do that first before messing up existing transfers.   It looks a lot like another dirty trick
    by the west to sow discontent inside Russia.




    yeah, that notion always made me laugh "The government is doing it". OK, so first would be "prove it" and then second would be "So uh, why would they if they have no other alternative?"

    You never get an answer from such morons.

    I guarantee it is due to sanctions and many banks being sanctioned that these money transfer companies cannot work around.
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    Post  kvs Sat Jan 02, 2021 7:14 pm

    It is something new and neither of the western money transfer outfits I mentioned stopped taking money for transfers.
    If it was official sanctions pressure, then they would stop the service. Instead it looks like we have dirty tricks "sanctions".
    America and its pals are getting desperate and will be trying to throw everything they can to bring Russia down.


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    Post  miketheterrible Sat Jan 02, 2021 10:45 pm

    kvs wrote:It is something new and neither of the western money transfer outfits I mentioned stopped taking money for transfers.
    If it was official sanctions pressure, then they would stop the service.   Instead it looks like we have dirty tricks "sanctions".
    America and its pals are getting desperate and will be trying to throw everything they can to bring Russia down.



    Well, Russia is on the bottom of hte totem poll when it comes to money coming from outside of the country.

    This could be just various issues in contact between the banks and these companies. Stuff like this happens. I had issues when sending money to India so I wouldn't think too much into this.
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    Post  GarryB Mon Jan 04, 2021 1:54 pm

    They didn't blame Russian hackers?

    How inconsistent... bad propaganda.... Twisted Evil
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    Post  Scorpius Sat Jan 23, 2021 1:03 pm

    Walther von Oldenburg wrote:Dear Russian members - could you share your experiences about what was life like in Russia in years 1992-1999? the time universally considered the worst period in history of Russian Federation.
    After so many years, but I can answer: it was totally fucked up. Total unemployment and poverty, tens of millions of people were on the verge of survival. We will never know the real statistics, but Russia's losses from supermortality during this period are estimated at about 15 million citizens. Add to that the drop in the birth rate. Add to this hunger and the lack of proper medical care for a long period of time. Imagine that you can only get to the nearest dentist twice a week by walking about 10 kilometers - but you don't have the money to pay him. Bread from the store appears on your table every few months. You only eat what you've grown yourself. Potatoes and cabbage form the basis of the diet all year round. Once a month or so, you can afford to cook one of the rabbits you raise. You can kill a pig once a year or so. Only people who are well-off by the standards of the village can afford to have a cow - its maintenance is too expensive. Any money you have comes after you sell part of the crop in the fall. Have you ever worked 6,000 square meters of land by hand? You need to dig it up, loosen it, plant vegetables in it, then water them, weed them, treat them from pests, then, if you are lucky, dig up the kubni in the fall, collect the fruits. Sort them out, dry them, and prepare them for storage (you don't want all the food available to you to rot in the middle of winter, do you?). Divide them into three parts: for food, for seeds, and for sale (if you have any surplus left). Then you have to sell what you can sell - and do it as well as possible. Then you will have the money to buy a f of sunflower oil, a couple of bags of flour and a bag of sugar. Okay, in the summer, you can also stock up on more food-collecting nuts, berries and mushrooms and making them canned food for the winter. In the fall, you need to buy firewood or coal in order to heat your house, this also goes to what you received from the sale of the crop. And that's basically all the money was enough for. But you need money - you can't survive without money, because you need clothes, tools, and a lot of little things like shampoos, soap, toothpaste, and other hygiene products that don't grow on trees. So you start making moonshine. Moonshine is a universal currency. For a couple of bottles, you can arrange with a local forester to prepare a couple of cubic meters of firewood in the forest. Or exchange moonshine for a few bags of grain, which you will feed chickens, pigs, rabbits. Or just sell moonshine, getting for this sale some insignificant money that you will spend on buying something you need. But that's never enough to get you over the poverty line. And all this is true for a rural area of residence. In the city, you need even more money, which you can only get through criminal means - after all, in a legal job, you do not receive a salary for six months, and the salary itself is only enough to buy a couple of blocks of cigarettes.
    Accordingly - in the country it turns out the wildest rampant crime. If you were beaten and robbed in the city, and then you had to walk 50-60 kilometers in the winter to your home-consider yourself just lucky (this is a real case that happened to my father in 1996). In a village with a population of about 2,000 people, I remember at least a few cases of murder. One of the most horrifying cases was when a woman was strangled in order to take from her purse about 150 rubles (somewhere 20 or 30 dollars at that rate). Thefts, beatings during a robbery - this was not considered anything serious at all.
    The contrast was especially monstrous because the USSR was a fairly developed state. And in just under 5 years, it has turned into something resembling Somalia.
    At this time, Western countries were shouting with delight that democracy had finally come to the Russians.

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    Post  GarryB Sun Jan 24, 2021 2:48 am

    To be clear I do not like that Russia went through this... the end of the cold war was supposed to be a good thing for Russia, they were supposed to be welcomed into the international community and treated with respect... none of which happened of course... surprise surprise... Sad
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    Garry can you unlock the Navalny thread please?

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