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Category:Hero Cities of the Soviet Union has been nominated for discussion[edit]

Category:Hero Cities of the Soviet Union, which is within the scope of this WikiProject, has been nominated for deletion. A discussion is taking place to see if it abides with the categorization guidelines. If you would like to participate in the discussion, you are invited to add your comments at the category's entry on the categories for discussion page.—Ëzhiki (Igels Hérissonovich Ïzhakoff-Amursky) • (yo?); May 6, 2016; 12:47 (UTC)

Positions on Jerusalem[edit]

I added the WikiProject's template to the talk page of Positions on Jerusalem but it was removed. I think that it's on the scope of the project because it has a section on the position of Russia. Do you think that it should be re-added?

WikiProject collaboration notice from the Portals WikiProject[edit]

The reason I am contacting you is because there are one or more portals that fall under this subject, and the Portals WikiProject is currently undertaking a major drive to automate portals that may affect them.

Portals are being redesigned.

The new design features are being applied to existing portals.

At present, we are gearing up for a maintenance pass of portals in which the introduction section will be upgraded to no longer need a subpage. In place of static copied and pasted excerpts will be self-updating excerpts displayed through selective transclusion, using the template {{Transclude lead excerpt}}.

The discussion about this can be found here.

Maintainers of specific portals are encouraged to sign up as project members here, noting the portals they maintain, so that those portals are skipped by the maintenance pass. Currently, we are interested in upgrading neglected and abandoned portals. There will be opportunity for maintained portals to opt-in later, or the portal maintainers can handle upgrading (the portals they maintain) personally at any time.


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Thank you.    — The Transhumanist   07:54, 30 May 2018 (UTC)


I've been working on Ivan the Terrible and His Son Ivan, a painting in the news recently due to vandalism. Quite naturally most sources are Russian, and even the French language version of the article uses predominantly Russian sources. Any additions would be welcome, but I have what I hope is a simple question: is Vaaju a reliable source? I have found this article which may be useful but I'm reluctant to use it as a source until I'm sure that it's any good. Regards, violet/riga [talk] 20:14, 1 June 2018 (UTC)

Draft:Kazakh 1-st Civil War[edit]

This draft is liable to be deleted for lack of editing activity. Should it be moved to mainspace? Anyone want to help improve it? Calliopejen1 (talk) 03:35, 4 June 2018 (UTC)

I will have a look, thanks for the notification.--Ymblanter (talk) 14:35, 4 June 2018 (UTC)

Want to add info to a an article, but don't know how thus I don't want to mess it up![edit]

I wanted to add some context to the "two finger" vs "three finger" thing on the "Raskolniki"/ Old Believers article, but I don't know how to edit WIki pages. I have some genuine material for this, and this point is entirely missing from the article. Can somebody help me edit that article? I really want to set the record straight! thank you Sveta — Preceding unsigned comment added by SV1005 (talkcontribs) 06:14, 6 July 2018 (UTC)

Grand Duchesss Anastasia Article[edit]


There's a dispute about Anastasia's nickname "shvybzik" on Talk:Grand Duchess Anastasia Nikolaevna of Russia. A source claims that is a German colloquialism. My understanding is that the word is Russian for something like "imp." I was wondering if any of you Russian experts might be able to help on the issue, or at least explain how this word that does not exist in German can be a German colloquialism. Thanks!--Ermenrich (talk) 17:38, 17 July 2018 (UTC)

I do not think this word exists in Russian. I am a native Russian speaker.--Ymblanter (talk) 22:45, 17 July 2018 (UTC)
My wife (also native speaker) knew the word, though she says it obviously isn't Russian originally. It's obviously not a German word though, which is the alternative claim.--Ermenrich (talk) 23:47, 17 July 2018 (UTC)

The territory of....[edit]

.....Cumania plays a big role in Russian ethnicity, Russian cossack traditions and of many ethnic groups in Volga, Ural and Mos(k)calina regions. It reached till the Ural. Lot's of the vast Russian territory is still unexplored. Cumania-- (talk) 04:30, 19 July 2018 (UTC)

Moskovskiy Komsomolets or Moskovskij Komsomolets[edit]

A discussion regarding the English transliteration of this newspaper's name is currently active at Talk:Moskovskiy Komsomolets#Requested move 14 July 2018.    Roman Spinner (talkcontribs) 02:35, 25 July 2018 (UTC)

Cyrillic advice merge[edit]

FYI: Pointer to relevant discussion elsewhere.

Please see Wikipedia talk:Manual of Style#Merge the Cyrillic advice to one guideline
 — SMcCandlish ¢ 😼  07:03, 29 July 2018 (UTC)

Draft:Nikolay Antipov[edit]

Draft:Nikolay Antipov was on the verge of G13 deletion, but the man is obviously notable. It looks like a machine translation of ru:Антипов, Николай Кириллович. Can anyone help with copyediting and adding a few sources? Thanks! Sam Sailor 19:36, 1 August 2018 (UTC)

I can do it but only I am back to normal regime in two weeks (and hopefully will not forget)--Ymblanter (talk) 09:40, 2 August 2018 (UTC)

Move discussion, Talk:MR-443 Grach[edit]

There are some sources in Russian being presented at Talk:MR-443 Grach in support of a move to MP-443 Grach; this move would also cause other page titles to change. Would it be possible for someone to verify the reliability of the sources being cited? I don't think any of the administrators who normally close discussions at Wikipedia:Requested moves are fluent in Russian. Dekimasuよ! 17:55, 7 August 2018 (UTC)

I will have a lok next week if still needed at that point.--Ymblanter (talk) 05:46, 8 August 2018 (UTC)

Tsarevna Anna Mikhailovna of Russia[edit]

There's a discussion at Talk:Tsarevna Anna Mikhailovna of Russia#Requested move 1 August 2018 at which I'd appreciate input. TIA Andrewa (talk) 19:11, 8 August 2018 (UTC)

Error in Russian & English article for the Gaysky district in Orenburg Oblast[edit]

There is something wrong on these pages:

It is not clear where this area belongs to:

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This picture (,_within_Orenburg_Oblast.png) and this picture ( say that the "tongue area" on the top right of the raion (including the settlement Mirny, Ми́рный) belong to the raion; but the linked GPS coordinates at the top of the page ( say that the "tongue area" (including the settlement Mirny, Ми́рный) does NOT belong to the Gaysky raion. To which raion does the Mirny settlement in the Orenburg region belong? C-Kobold (talk) 15:46, 15 August 2018 (UTC)

I am not exactly sure what is going on, but there is no city of Mirny in Orenburg Oblast. There are two rural localities with this name, one belongs to Alexandrovsky District, another one to the city of Orsk.--Ymblanter (talk) 16:07, 15 August 2018 (UTC)
@C-Kobold:, Indeed, Yandex Maps state that the settlement of Mirny you mention belongs to the city of Orsk.--Ymblanter (talk) 16:12, 15 August 2018 (UTC)
Thanks for the quick answer, research and explanation! When I have some time (tomorrow maybe), I will correct the two pictures. C-Kobold (talk) 18:25, 15 August 2018 (UTC)
Thanks. This map can help to understand the borders.--Ymblanter (talk) 18:37, 15 August 2018 (UTC)