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Category Split could use some help![edit]

cross-posted to Wikipedia talk:WikiProject Russia and Wikipedia talk:WikiProject Soviet Union.

Hello all, There were a few categories that came up at Categories for discussion. According to the desicon reached here, the following cats are supposed to be split:

This discussion closed a month ago, and as you can see, there is still some work to be done. I don't feel that I know enough to help with this split, so I'm reaching out. :) If anyone can spare a few moments to help get this done, it would be appreciated. Спасибо! Avicennasis @ 18:54, 1 Adar II 5771 / 7 March 2011 (UTC)

Kaliningrad Oblast[edit]

There is currently an argument at Talk:Kaliningrad Oblast#Foundation date as to when Kaliningrad Oblast is established. I postulate that the oblast was established in April 1946 and given its present name in July 1946. An anonymous editor interprets the April date as the date the territory of the oblast "joined the USSR" (whatever that means), and that the oblast was actually established in July. The source in the article does not support that point of view, and neither does the Charter of Kaliningrad Oblast (a link to which I posted on the talk page). Additional input would be appreciated, as the anon is obviously not going to stop with the reverts to restore his/her opinion.—Ëzhiki (Igels Hérissonovich Ïzhakoff-Amursky) • (yo?); April 27, 2011; 14:43 (UTC)

OK, never mind. Hopefully this is now resolved.—Ëzhiki (Igels Hérissonovich Ïzhakoff-Amursky) • (yo?); April 27, 2011; 15:45 (UTC)

Romanization of Russian guidelines[edit]

A discussion is currently underway about the fate of the romanization of Russian guideline, which is one of the main guidelines in the scope of this WikiProject. The former WP:RUS guideline has been split into WP:ROMRUS (romanization) and WP:NCRUS (naming conventions), but there are several finer points on both pages that are still under debate. There are several threads open on both talk pages and additional input will be very welcome.—Ëzhiki (Igels Hérissonovich Ïzhakoff-Amursky) • (yo?); July 1, 2011; 15:15 (UTC)

Romanization of Russian guideline, cont'd[edit]

A straw poll is currently being conducted at Wikipedia talk:Romanization of Russian#Closing straw poll regarding the future fate of the romanization of Russian guideline. The administrator handling the closure would like to determine whether the page needs further work, can be marked as WikiProject Style Advice right away, or should be sent for further consideration by the community to mark it as a full guideline. Your opinion on this matter would be greatly appreciated. There is also a comment section should you be inclined to elaborate on your selection. Thanks.—Ëzhiki (Igels Hérissonovich Ïzhakoff-Amursky) • (yo?); September 9, 2011; 13:47 (UTC)

Project guidelines[edit]

As a result of the recent discussion on my talk page, I've created a draft to hold the WikiProject Russia-related guidelines at Wikipedia:Manual of Style/Russia-related articles. Note that at this point the guidelines are meant to be descriptive, not prescriptive; i.e., they describe the current state of the matters and require making no changes to bring existing articles in compliance. Please feel free to add other descriptive guidelines from other areas to that page. Any prescriptive measures one would like to suggest should be suggested through the appropriate policy channels, of course.—Ëzhiki (Igels Hérissonovich Ïzhakoff-Amursky) • (yo?); December 13, 2012; 15:10 (UTC)


I am planning to soon update {{Infobox Russian district}} to include two new fields (to hold the counts of the administrative divisions other than selsoviets) and to more clearly separate the sections on the administrative and municipal divisions from the counts of inhabited localities. If anyone has any other suggestions (or nagging concerns) about that template, now would be a good time to comment. Thanks in advance.—Ëzhiki (Igels Hérissonovich Ïzhakoff-Amursky) • (yo?); March 8, 2013; 13:59 (UTC)

AFC needs help with assessing a draft[edit]

Please help assess a draft about a Russian author Draft:Sergei Varshavsky that has been submitted to AFC. Most of the cited sources are in Russian so please check them to evaluate the notability of this writer. Roger (Dodger67) (talk) 13:10, 24 June 2014 (UTC)

It seems to me that sources are reliable and some of them independent, and the article meets WP:N.--Ymblanter (talk) 04:37, 25 June 2014 (UTC)

Recategorization of Category:Cities and towns in Russia[edit]

@Paradoctor: has removed Category:Cities in Asia and Category:Cities in Europe from Category:Cities and towns in Russia, and then added his newly-created Category:Cities in Eurasia (which so far has no other content at present). Those most familiar with this subject should determine whether this is appropriate or useful. For context, please see this discussion initiated by the same editor, which is not about Russia per se, but rather high-level concepts of how to implement categories (which is what drove this particular recategorization). postdlf (talk) 19:41, 1 July 2014 (UTC)

I don't believe it's generally a good idea to create categories which only contain one entry, but if more entries can be added to this newly created Category:Cities in Eurasia (perhaps both Category:Cities in Asia and Category:Cities in Europe should be there as well?), I don't see any problems as far as this WikiProject goes. It's just another possible way to categorize things. It's not much of an improvement, but it's not a harmful change either, and since the maintenance overhead due to this change is minimal, there's little reason to revert it. Cheers,—Ëzhiki (Igels Hérissonovich Ïzhakoff-Amursky) • (yo?); July 1, 2014; 20:03 (UTC)
@Postdlf: Wrong venue. Participants of this project are of course welcome, but this is not a project-related issue. The only relevant fact about Russia is not disputed, namely that Russia's territory covers parts of both Europe and and Asia. Starting a thread there as of now: Category talk:Cities and towns in Russia#Continental categories. Paradoctor (talk) 21:02, 1 July 2014 (UTC)
  • Comment. I agree with Ezhiki here that it's not much of an improvement. So far, in none of the multiple discussions has a user agreed with Paradoctor's position on this, so I've reversed the changes for now. The previous set-up appears to me to reflect the past consensus, and I see no sign that it has changed. Good Ol’factory (talk) 21:47, 1 July 2014 (UTC)

Useful link[edit]

There is a huge biography on the Tolmachevy Sisters, who represented Russia at the Eurovision Song Contest 2014, here. Jonas Vinther (talk) 23:59, 3 July 2014 (UTC)

Wikipedia talk:Articles for creation/Aleks Tarn[edit]

Dear Russia experts: This BLP has many references, but they are not in English. Do these references contain significant reliable information about Mr. Tarn? If so, can someone who can read them place some of them as citations to verify the notability of this subject? —Anne Delong (talk) 16:10, 7 July 2014 (UTC)

Yes, some of them are reliable source, and besides the guy is the 2007 finalist of the Russian Booker Prize, which makes him notable anyway. The style is not appropriate.--Ymblanter (talk) 16:17, 7 July 2014 (UTC)
Thanks for taking time to look this over, Ymblanter. I have rewritten some of it and removed the quotes, which seemed specially chosen rather than representative. Is it better now? There are quite a few reviews, but I can't place them as citations because the English description doesn't say which book is being reviewed in which publication. —Anne Delong (talk) 04:30, 8 July 2014 (UTC)


Hello. There is a user (talk) who only posts to one page, Template talk:WikiProject Internet, and all of their posts are predominantly in Cyrillic script, with a few English words in Latin script. But certain words keep coming up, like "казино" (seven times), "онлайн" (five times) and "интернет" (three times), and these make me think that they are trying to promote an online internet casino. Other words that have come up three or more times are: "автоматы", "бесплатно" "играть", "игровые" but I don't know what those might mean. Of course, it might not be Russian: I don't know much Russian beyond Восток (East), Союз (Union) and Теннис (Tennis).

Please can anybody help me to find out what this person wants, and if it is not within Wikipedia's aims, discourage them from continuing with these posts. --Redrose64 (talk) 15:56, 22 July 2014 (UTC)

Yeah, that's a typical spammer. I've blocked the IP for a month for spamming. Thanks!—Ëzhiki (Igels Hérissonovich Ïzhakoff-Amursky) • (yo?); July 22, 2014; 16:32 (UTC)
Face-smile.svg Thank you --Redrose64 (talk) 18:44, 22 July 2014 (UTC)

Early Romanovs[edit]

What's going on with Pyotr I's grandfather, father, and son? We follow two different pairs of naming conventions with Michael I of Russia, Alexis of Russia, and Alexei Petrovich, Tsarevich of Russia. On one hand, we have an Alexis and an Alexei, while on the other hand we have Michael I (not Michael) and Alexis (not Alexis I). I'm about to make a three-way move proposal at Talk:Alexis of Russia and would appreciate your input. Nyttend (talk) 17:24, 23 July 2014 (UTC)

Yup, it's a mess. Every few years someone takes a jab at these and other royalty and never finishes the job, which is how we ended up with this hodgepodge. One move proposal (even a three-way one) isn't going to help much, I'm afraid. The problem needs to be looked at holistically, but, as with many other tasks, there is a dearth of volunteers and little agreement regarding which direction to go.—Ëzhiki (Igels Hérissonovich Ïzhakoff-Amursky) • (yo?); July 23, 2014; 18:11 (UTC)

Grin and Chukovsky are kicked off Vital Articles list as "obscure Russian writers.[edit]

See Wikipedia_talk:Vital_articles/Expanded#Writers for decision.

See Wikipedia_talk:Vital_articles/Expanded#Alexander Grin and Korney Chukovsky for my opposition to the decision. Please interfere. -No.Altenmann >t 02:18, 28 July 2014 (UTC)

Languages in censuses and Race and ethnicity in censuses[edit]

Pleas add information about this country to this articles. --Kaiyr (talk) 03:52, 29 July 2014 (UTC)


Could someone take a look at this? I also think the entire Civil War article needs more (secondary) sources. (talk) 08:01, 31 July 2014 (UTC)