User talk:Alex Bakharev

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You removed my edits and reinstated the snarky tabloid style I had removed. Why did you do this ? It's borderline vandalism. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Office worm (talkcontribs) 22:26, 9 October 2015 (UTC)

Yulia Lipnitskaya[edit]

Доброго времени суток! В руВики появился один фанат Юлии Липницкой, который вставляет в статью о ней ложную информации. Поскольку IP у него статический, то заблокирован он был на пару недель. Поскольку он наследил и в вашем разделе, просьба присмотреть за указанной статьёй, да заодно и за статьёй об Аделине Сотниковой (Adelina Sotnikova). Обсуждение действий анонима здесь.--Torin (talk) 04:04, 10 March 2015 (UTC)

  • Thanks for the info. I have added both articles to my watchlist and gave a stern warning to the IP-editor. If he continue to add incorrect information (knowing that it is incorrect) then he or she will be blocked Alex Bakharev (talk) 04:23, 10 March 2015 (UTC)

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Do you think the COI tag on this article is still warranted? Seems maybe enough work's been done to remove it. Swliv (talk) 18:25, 8 April 2015 (UTC)

  • I removed the tag. Many people reviewed the article since his edits.

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Сделайте оформление, пожалуйста--Androctonus (talk) 19:42, 21 April 2015 (UTC)

  • Это я – Many baks--Androctonus (talk) 19:43, 21 April 2015 (UTC)
    • Hi, Mani/Androctonus. I think the article is good enough as it is. Alex Bakharev (talk) 02:53, 22 April 2015 (UTC)
    • Хорошо. Поприветствуйте меня на моей СО, пожалуйста (никто так приветствие не оставил)--Станислав Савченко (talk) 21:03, 31 May 2015 (UTC)
      • Well, have a plate of cookies. Good luck with editing enwiki Alex Bakharev (talk) 21:25, 31 May 2015 (UTC)

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Hello Alex Bakharev, I'm unsure if AlexNewArtBot is still generating feed. If it still is, I'm trying to create Wikipedia:Africa-related regional notice board/New articles/Ghana with no luck. Best Regards.—M@sssly 00:17, 26 April 2015 (UTC)

Many thanks, it works just fine. I would like to learn more about how this works; the rules - I realize they are a list of cities in Ghana, if I can improve them. If you wouldn't mind pointing me to the right place. Many thanks once again for your help.—M@sssly 23:14, 10 May 2015 (UTC)

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Victor Skumin[edit]

Hi Alex. The article Victor Skumin has not yet received a rating on the project's quality scale. Help me please. Leništudent 07:18, 10 May 2015 (UTC)

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Apologies, but User:Dispenser/Reflinks doesn't cope well with Cyrilic article titles. Martinevans123 (talk)

No problems whatsoever, thanks for fixing the other references in this article Alex Bakharev (talk) 23:10, 3 June 2015 (UTC)

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Nasha Russia[edit]

Vandalism. Вандализм какой-то.--Станислав Савченко (talk) 01:32, 21 June 2015 (UTC)

  • I have not seen the show (not an avid TV-viewer). Can you fix the problems or explain them on the talk page? Alex Bakharev (talk) 07:15, 21 June 2015 (UTC)

Please don't[edit]

Rush to put in sources for citations like the van der Waals equation. Citations that go in:

  • (1) should be solid, reputable, even esteemed secondary sources—graduate and better undergraduate physical chemistry text books like PW Atkins, journal review articles, and monograph review chapters, etc.
  • (2) The citations should be entered fully and completely, so another does not have to come in after you, to add missing citation elements.
  • (3) Critically, when sourcing an article post hoc, the content needs to be checked against the source, very carefully. (As a Prof, I rarely find that the content can remain precisely the same, when adding a source that is not the actual source from which the material was originally drawn.)

This is all wikipedia policy, available by going to the standard science citation, see WP:SCICITE, but it is also good research practice, and standard academic training to write about science.

Note, the quickly found web coverage that you added—like Khan academy, or even self-published professor or student course information webpages—are not good or even acceptable science sources. (The Nobel page is fine, but it needs to be a complete citation, and, per point (3), it needs to be the source of the very quote appearing. (In your haste to add sources, and make the article appear to be without need of tagging, did you locate the quote at the page you cited?)

Bottom line, take your time, and do it right. Anyone can do a slap up, quick, freshman college effort. A good effort takes time, care, thought. If I have worked on an article, there is often a new "Further reading" section with possible good sources added (see here, Physical_organic_chemistry#Further_reading). Otherwise, you can always go to the ACS Journals site, see here [2], or with Google books, see here [3].

Good luck, cheers, but please slow down. The improvements you made—as a professor, I have to say—still need improving. Le Prof (User:Leprof_7272) (talk) 13:39, 25 June 2015 (UTC)

Actually, since most readers of wikipedia are undergraduates, high school students or amateurs linking to online educational sources makes a lot of sense for this subject. I would suggest to use serious academic publications only for the topics not covered by educational resources. Alex Bakharev (talk) 01:47, 26 June 2015 (UTC)
P.S., I have had many esteemed friends in my subject departments at your university, and mine was "up the street" (up LSD/Sheridan Rd) from you, and have worked with many esteemed countrymen of yours, in particular, crystallographers. With regard, Le Prof (talk) 13:42, 25 June 2015 (UTC)
It was many years since I worked for UIUC and I forgot the campus geography. Still Sheridan Rd. Champaign IL looks to far from the place there I worked. Many people confuse me with this guy, he is not me, I am actually that guy Alex Bakharev (talk) 01:41, 26 June 2015 (UTC)

Here is an example of what must change when unsourced text is reviewed against sources[edit]

M. Alex, here is an example of edits to the "Validity" section at the van der Waals equation article, prompted by my wishing to complete an incomplete citation.

I found the Terrell Hill source that was cited, identified a modern reprint, and read the corresponding pages (p. 280 -> pp. 286-289). I completed the reference, so that the information cited can now be found at an online at a book site with a "Look inside" feature.

However, in reviewing the material, I also found that the original writer:

  • did not draw all information from this source (so some [citation needed] tags have to remain), and
  • did not accurately convey the cited authors views.

Specifically, Hill makes clear statements as the the value of the equation, and this material was added to the paragraph, and cited. At the same time, the text's information that was more critical was retained, in part in quote form, the rest in close paraphrase. To finish the session, I also sourced another statement, that the theory was of use pedagogically, and added three text book examples.

Here is the "diff", so you can compare before and after: [4].

This is the sort of work that needs to be done in this article, in my opinion. My tagging is not drive-by; the problems of this article are exhaustive—it needs being gone over sentence by unsourced sentence—and simply adding self-published sources at various points will not make it a good article. Again, in this one professional's opinion. Le Prof (talk) 15:36, 25 June 2015 (UTC)

  • I have only make a brief look on your edits, but they look constructive, continue your good work. If possible concentrate not on pasting scary templates but on actual improvement of the article. Since va nDer Waals equation is a subject of a typical freshman physics or even high school physics course many things can be considered public knowledge. It is important to identify and remove things that actually incorrect and reference those that are unusual and not public knowledge. If we put a lot of citation tags on public knowledge facts we can loose our focus. Still go ahead the way it is easier to you to work on the article Alex Bakharev (talk) 01:24, 26 June 2015 (UTC)

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Признаться, плохо понимаю, почему его никто до сих пор не закрыл, с учётом того, что факт обхода не одного десятка бессрочных, имхо, вполне очевиден. Странное место англовики.... OneLittleMouse (talk) 15:27, 26 June 2015 (UTC)

  • А смысл? Вреда от этогй учетной записи пока нету - в статьи не лезет, ноет что-то про то, что руссклих людей обижают - и все. IP у него динамический, чтобы его остановить надо перекрыть кучу вымпелкомовских адресов. Могут быть невинные жертвы. Пока от него большого вреда нет - пусть себе живет... Alex Bakharev (talk) 23:09, 26 June 2015 (UTC)

why block?[edit]

Trophy.png why block?
why u will block me ? tell me what did i do plz? Ahmed omar (official) (talk) 23:55, 26 June 2015 (UTC)
I have blocked you for numerous addition of false information. E.g. By this edit you stated that Saaed Orokzai won Golden_Eagle_Award as Best Director for Shout In The Mist. It is incorrect. The 2002 award went to Aleksandr Rogozhkin for The Cuckoo check [5]. Saaed Orokzai never won this award. It is not the first time you introduce false information about this actor. Alex Bakharev (talk) 00:38, 27 June 2015 (UTC)


Это реальная оценка ситуации. Эффективно? Не смешите. Голод, разруха, перебои с водой и электричеством, сумасшедшие цены, жизнь под обстрелами алкашей из ДНР\ЛНР.. Ну, если как в россии, то может и эффективно. Сами съездите туда и узнаете. Если вернетесь потом живым. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Agypten (talkcontribs) 08:34, 3 July 2015 (UTC)

Я где-то утверждал, что сейчас в Донецке хорошо? Тем не менее наша цель - не исправить мировое зло, а представить объективную информацию, подкрепленную авторитетными независмыми источниками. Это немного труднее, но полезнее. Alex Bakharev (talk) 09:09, 3 July 2015 (UTC)

А если объективно, тогда стоит избегать таких вот выражений "and effectively administered." . Где это effectively? Вам по телевизору рассказали пропагандисты из RT, LifeNews и прочих или вы реально видели объективный анализ? Свой анализ я строю на кучу разных снятых роликов обычными людьми; рассказами тех, кто там живет. Из этого и строится объективная картина, а не из СМИ, неважно от куда. Так что уберите это слово, т.к. вы не можете судить от том, effectively administered сейчас Донецк. Это не объективный взгляд на события. P.S. Помните Беслан? Кричали все росс сми, что это террористы подорвали спортзал с заложниками. А как оно вышло? Что фсб само подорвало людей внутри. Вот так вот. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Agypten (talkcontribs) 05:55, 5 July 2015 (UTC)
effectively (comparative more effectively, superlative most effectively)
  1. In an efficient or effective manner; with powerful effect.  [quotations ▼]
  2. Essentially, in effect, for all practical purposes.  [quotations ▼]
It is obviously used in the second meaning. Whatever international and Ukrainian law say about the matter the city is currently for all practical purposes managed by DNR Alex Bakharev (talk) 06:14, 5 July 2015 (UTC)

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... I don't "share any obsession" with anybody, especially with that Marek guy: he came to me first, he made accusations first, he started following me around reverting my edits and putting little digs in the comment parts first. Don't take my word for it, check out his comments when he reverts edits, you will read stuff along the lines of "this is so stupid", "this is not even an article", "your opinion is noted", "this is not even English", etc... Not everybody feels like taking the digs of what appears to be some college kid. Anyway, all the "investigations" are over and I feel I have wasted enough time on this. Over and out, --Mondschein English (talk) 18:27, 10 July 2015 (UTC)

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Protection Level for Kievan Rus' Article[edit]

Hello, you recently added a protection level to the article Kievan Rus' with the reason "persistent addition of unsourced or poorly sourced content". However, the only recent additions were an image from Commons at the following address:

English: Coat of arms of the Kievan Rus 10th-11th c. Русский: Эмблема Киевской Руси 10-11 ст. Українська: Емблема Київської Русі 10-11 ст.

As you can see in the link, the image that was added as well as its description are clearly referenced by simply clicking on the image itself. Therefore, your reason given for adding a protection level, "persistent addition of unsourced or poorly sourced content", is clearly incorrect as all content added was clearly referenced. This image is the appropriate image for the article Kievan Rus'.

In addition, you also made some changes which re-order Russia to appear before Ukraine in multiple places in the article. This would be strange to users, as Kiev is in Ukraine and not Russia. Although Muscovy subsequently renamed itself to Russia in the 18th century in order to adopt the history of Kievan Rus', and Ukraine later renamed itself from Ruthenia to Ukraine, Russia should not appear before Ukraine simply because the current name of Muscovy is similar to Rus', especially given the circumstances of the name change. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 17:42, 20 July 2015 (UTC)

  • Yep, as the description on commons clearly state, the image is the own work of "Alex Tora or Alex K in Ukranian and Japanese wiki" based on some website link from Kiev Politechny Institute. The website states that tridents were often found on Kiev Rus coins, buildings, pottery etc. It does not say that the trident was the official coat of arms of Kiev Rus (Western concept of the coat of arms seems to be foreign in medieval Eastern Europe), nor about the colours (Blue-Yellow Ukrainian colours were adopted in the early 18th century), nor of the specific design. Sorry but we cannot represent Alex Tora's invention as the historical coat of arms Alex Bakharev (talk) 11:25, 25 July 2015 (UTC)

Cold Summer of 1953[edit]

Доброго времени суток, уважаемый коллега!

Пишу вам по-русски, т.к. у вас указано, что именно этот язык для вас родной). Большое вам спасибо, что вы редактировали страницу "Холодное лето пятьдесят третьего..." в англовики! Но если вы обратили внимание, то текст самой статьи тоже нуждается в улучшении. Я пишу статью на русском, потом перевожу гуглем, а один из наших коллег по вики корректно переводит. Насколько я понял, вы отлично владеете английским языком. Могу ли я попросить вас подредактировать текст этой странички? Заранее вам благодарен!

Ulugbeck1 (talk) 06:39, 21 July 2015 (UTC)

Попросить то, вы, конечно, можете. И подредактировать попробую, хотя, если честно, особого интереса к этому фильму у меня нет. Alex Bakharev (talk) 11:28, 25 July 2015 (UTC)

Оценил ваше чувство юмора, коллега))) "Особого интереса" нет, но на странице фильма правками зачем-то занимались... Прошу извинить за беспокойство. С наилучшими пожеланиями!

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Moscow: Taxi[edit]

Hi Alex, Could you please help, since I am new on Wikipedia. (I am Digital Marketing student learning how Wikipedia is working.) You have declined my update of Taxi section of article about Moscow for "unreferenced and not very encyclopedic" reason, despite two references I have provided. I have read about Wikipedia information sources requirements. As far as I understand, my sources are reputable, reliable and provided by federal/national RosBusinessConsulting media agency. It couldn't be encyclopedic because it is too fresh to be encyclopedic. But it will never flash back. World is changing very quickly now. Should we wait few years providing false information and impression about Moscow? Please, have a look again at my amendments. If you'll decline again please, tell me what's wrong.

  • Sorry, my mistake. Your edit was good - I have restored it. I mistakenly decided that your entry is the unreferenced senetnces below. Alex Bakharev (talk) 10:43, 25 July 2015 (UTC)

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Russia indefinite protection[edit]

Alex, how long is the indefinite protection of Russia going to last? I don't see enough recent edit warring to justify Wikipedia's equivalent of a "nuclear option" in this case. Valenciano (talk) 08:44, 9 August 2015 (UTC)

  • Sorry, the article is semiprotected until 14 August. I think it is reasonable. The article is also indefinitely move protected that I think is reasonable, such high traffic article should be moved only by filling WP:RM request Alex Bakharev (talk) 09:01, 9 August 2015 (UTC)
    • Sorry, mu bad. The article is fully protected until 14th August or until User:Iryna Harpy and User:Viet-hoian1 would settle their editorial differences on the talk page. Whateve comes first Alex Bakharev (talk) 09:09, 9 August 2015 (UTC)
      • The move protect is fine. But given that neither of those editors have shown willingness to engage in a discussion on the talk page, I believe the protection should be lifted. A content dispute involving only two editors doesn't seem sufficient to stop virtually everyone editing such a high profile page. Valenciano (talk) 09:14, 9 August 2015 (UTC)
        • OK, I have unprotected the article but if they start edit warring again we would have to block, that will be pity as both are quite useful editors Alex Bakharev (talk) 09:26, 9 August 2015 (UTC)
          • Thanks, Alex. I will keep an eye on the article as well. Valenciano (talk) 09:37, 9 August 2015 (UTC)

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Have a look at all the users edits. It's sad to see how Wikipedia is used as a political tool deleting users valuable work etc. Sorry if this is written the wrong place. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Godvad (talkcontribs) 01:43, 27 August 2015 (UTC)

  • Well, nothing is deleted, all changes to the articles are saved to its history and they are almost never removed from there. It only needs a few second to restore any additions if a consensus formed that some changes improve the article. Please argue your case on the talk pages of the articles, not by making personal attacks on contributors. Read WP:BRD essay for the best practices of collaborative work Alex Bakharev (talk) 02:17, 27 August 2015 (UTC)

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Hi Alex Bakharev,

I'm planning of doing an investigation into edits (and editors) from the country Ghana. I want to find out if AlexNewArtBot can generate a list of registered users that have made edits to a Wikipedia articles' category from a particular Geo-location within a time range? E.g. List of accounts that have made edits from Ghana, on Ghana-related articles, in the year 2014. If not, is there any tool u can recommend to me? Thanks—M@sssly 22:29, 13 September 2015 (UTC)

  • I do not think this is correct use of the tool. AlexNewArtBot is intended to help in patrolling new articles, that often do not have correct categories, links, etc. Because it is trying to classify articles based on their content, not categories it gives significant number of false negative and false positive. I think for established articles a tool based categories, e.g. the content of all categories that are progeny of Category:Ghana should be much more accurate. Alex Bakharev (talk) 22:57, 13 September 2015 (UTC)
Okay Since I'm still looking around if any such tool comes to mind kindly do let me know. Thanks—M@sssly 23:34, 13 September 2015 (UTC)

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Volhynia and Eastern Galicia tragedy, or Volhynia tragedy[edit]

Hi! very unencyclopedic speak some lies, as some Polish researchers, false information on which the article is based. Read POV of Ukrainian researchers too for understandind difference.--Бучач-Львів (talk) 11:28, 22 September 2015 (UTC)

  • I would start with entering referenced facts balancing Polish bias rather than trying to rewrite the lead. Lead is supposed to summarize the article as it stands now the lead is a correct summary of the article content. Alex Bakharev (talk) 11:39, 22 September 2015 (UTC)

Yulia Tymoshenko.Decision of the European Court of Human Rights[edit]

The decision of the European court confirmed the link.There are also links about Russian aggression in Ukraine.In the judgment of the European Court says that Tymoshenko was a political prisoner.Regarding the Russian aggression, Tymoshenko's even created his battalion, which was fighting in the East of Ukraine.Please do not remove this important information.--Gal777 (talk) 05:33, 23 September 2015 (UTC)

Please check my answers on the article's talk page Alex Bakharev (talk) 05:56, 23 September 2015 (UTC)

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9/11 Article[edit]

Alex - you cannot put the credibility of a CBS News Report over the procedings of a scientific conference held at a university. This is the information about the scientific conference (taken from the published book information). Please stop reversing an entirely reasonable edit backed by completely credible peer-review sources.

Book Information 9/11 Toronto Hearings

"Over the four days of the Toronto Hearings, noted authors and scientific experts presented the best evidence gathered in the previous decade to a panel of distinguished individuals whose opinion on the strength of the evidence should carry considerable weight in the public sphere. The four panelists were: Ferdinando Imposimato, former Senior Judge and Honorary President of the Supreme Court of Italy; Herbert Jenkins, Professor Emeritus of Psychology at McMaster University, educated at Oberlin College and Harvard University; Richard Lee, Professor Emeritus of Anthropology at the University of Toronto and Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, previously positions at Harvard, Rutgers and Columbia University; and David Johnson, Professor Emeritus of Urban and Regional Planning at the University of Tennessee and former President of the U.S. Fulbright Association, educated at Yale and Cornell. Much of the evidence these panelists heard and questioned during the Toronto Hearings is presented in the opening chapters of this report. Following the evidence, each panelist has presented his findings, conclusions and recommendations based on the evidence." — Comment added by Roryridleyduff (talk • contribs) 18:17, 29 September 2015 (UTC) — Preceding unsigned comment added by Roryridleyduff (talkcontribs)

  • I put credibility to people like Zdeněk Bažant who did post-mortem analysis of the collapsed towers. I do not trust self-published publications of a "scientific conference" chaired by Anthropology Professors. Because of the great public interest in September 11 attack I am quite sure that if anything worth noting would have come down from this "conference" it will be all over respectable newspapers and peer-reviewed scientific publications. Alex Bakharev (talk) 19:05, 29 September 2015 (UTC)


Hello Alex, I see that your bot AlexNewArt has patrolled article Marja Vallila; Content has been added to the page since. Is the bot going to run through again? (sorry if this is a silly question, am at a loss here) ±--DDupard (talk) 10:46, 30 September 2015 (UTC)

  • Hi, DDupard. The bot is used only for patrolling new articles. It scans them once and in a few days it will remove all the links to the article from its pages. BTW, patrolling of new articles nowadays is done by InceptionBot written by User:Bamyers99. It supersedes my AlexNewArtBot but still using my old infrastructure and some ideas. The new bot works much more reliably than mine (that was my first experiment with Perl programming). I may be unaware of some small details of the new bot's implementation. Alex Bakharev (talk) 13:25, 30 September 2015 (UTC)
  • @DDupard: I assume you are referring to What links here. The article will stay on the lists for about 14 days. --Bamyers99 (talk) 14:02, 30 September 2015 (UTC)
  • Ah, O.k Bamyers99, and Alex Bakharev, thanks you both for the answers --DDupard (talk) 14:31, 30 September 2015 (UTC)


Thanks for making Maïakovski's reference to his favorite book by Marx clearer. --Pierre (talk) 14:12, 1 October 2015 (UTC)

  • Well, even Soviet-times compulsory studies of Marxism-Leninism yield sometimes something good. Thanks for the kind words. Alex Bakharev (talk) 07:09, 3 October 2015 (UTC)

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Yulia Tymoshenko‎ ref fixes[edit]

Sorry, didn't notice you were an admin, or I would have just said "go ahead and fix them". If the changes I made aren't correct/sufficient, please do correct them. DMacks (talk) 04:22, 4 October 2015 (UTC)

  • Thanks for your edits, it is always better then a completely independent admin makes changes to a protected article. I do not have much interest (and for that matter knowledge) about Tymoshenko, but over the years of trying to moderate discussions there I probably invested in the article to much to be count as completely independent. Thanks for your help. Alex Bakharev (talk) 04:51, 4 October 2015 (UTC)

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Hi Alex, I think indefinite protection might be a bit much (I assume you meant full rather than template?) especially since it's only one user doing it. I think warning and blocking is probably a better solution. Callanecc (talkcontribslogs) 23:37, 6 October 2015 (UTC)

  • To be honest, I do not see much use of editing a talk page of a permabanned user with no write access to his own page rather than attract some sort of grave dance. As a way to communicate with him/her the talk page is not the best way as they probably would not read it anyway. On the other hand, during his short period of activity ADI has managed to make quite a number of enemies, and I would be very reluctant to block people just for "Say you so" and similar replies. You are right, template editors were an error on my part, I am not sure it is worth to fix (and enlarge the block log), I do not expect many template editors rushing to edit ADI's talkpage. Alex Bakharev (talk) 23:57, 6 October 2015 (UTC)
    • Yeah that's a good point. I meant more, a warning like "don't do that" rather than blocking straight away. I still reckon it's worth fixing the TE protection though, there are some who feel pretty strongly (not I) about it only being used for templates and modules as it says in prot policy. Callanecc (talkcontribslogs) 00:19, 7 October 2015 (UTC)
      • Removed template editors, as you suggested. Alex Bakharev (talk) 00:44, 7 October 2015 (UTC)

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Hi Alex, I'm sorry to bother you on this matter. One month ago you thanked for my updates on Robert Conquest and The Harvest of Sorrow. Since then I made more larger updates arriving to this final revision [6], meanwhile a NPOV dispute as been put through, with the main purpose to delete most of my edits (which were all backed by reliable sources) with different excuses. Now these sections [7][8][9][10] has been completely deleted, while others have been deleted in part, with the final excuse of "no consensus", along with accusations of NPOV, unsourced edits (which was never the case), tendentious editing (even after rewriting them in a more neutral tone), copyvio, that were finally revealed to not apply. I hope you can help me with some advise, it would be really appreciated. Thanks and have a nice day -- Flushout1999 (talk) 09:13, 21 October 2015 (UTC)

I saw you did a lot of work to the articles. I have not yet reviewed them all, most of it looks seems to be a greast improvement, some appeared to me as biased against Conquest, but that was the first impression that might be incorrect. I have a lot of respect to Conquest's works for their criticism of Stalinism and Leninism, but unfortunately I am not an expert in his biography. Wikipedia works the way that somebody not necessary needs to be an expert to contribute to discussions but being an expert certainly helps Alex Bakharev (talk) 09:50, 21 October 2015 (UTC)

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A question[edit]

Hello Alex Bakharev!

I have a question. My Russian ain't that top notch these days I can self-admit, but I feel like someone is playing with us. I couldn't find it in his given "link", but perhaps you can? According this certain user (who's willing to war about it) this piece of information "should confirm" this content he added in front of it; "Some cession treaties were signed by individual Azeri khans, such as Ibrahim Khalil Khan (Treaty of Kurakchay), Huseyngulu Khan who ceded Baku Khanate and Mustafa Khan who ceded Shirvan Khanate." I think he's frauding with us, as I couldn't find anything in it that stipulated that this happened. Funnily enough (and much to the pain of such nationalists), I did find this information;

"Semenov YI National policy in imperial Russia. Civilised outskirts (Finland, Poland, the Baltic states, Bessarabia, Ukraine, the Caucasus, Central Asia - Caucasus as a whole. "The treaty of eternal peace and friendship signed between the Emperor of Russia and the Persian state in the Russian camp in the town of Gulistan in the river Zeyva, through appointed to both sides and of confirmed mutual agreement. (...) The treaty was concluded between His Majesty the Emperor of Russia and His Majesty the Shah of Persia. - For the peace between Russia and Persia. Regarding the policy to revise the Transcaucasian region, orders are given to Senator E.I Mechnikov, to transform the management system in the South Caucasus and the colonization of the region (between 1830 - January 20, 1831)."

Am I correct with both my findings here? Regarding the unsourced addition of that material an this quote I added here above? I had Suvorov on my watchlist, and saw that you edited it not that long ago, so I wondered whether you could help me out with this one. I hope this wasn't too much asked from you, btw. :-) Bests - LouisAragon (talk) 02:55, 6 November 2015 (UTC)

  • Hi, User:LouisAragon. You are certainly right with the second finding. Regarding the first, the user might be acting in good faith (I am not sure what statement they were trying to prove by the reference). The link is a table of content and a download link that after registration allows to download a word file with a collection of 19th century Russian official documents (compiled by Semenov Y I). The section Б. Восточное Закавказье (Eastern Transcaucasia) that starts on page 195 of the word document) is related to the modern Azerbaijan. There are a number of documents of granting individual khans Russian citizenship, some rank within the Empire and/or gifts and thanking them for giving their khanates to the tsars, there are a number of documents from individual khans swearing allegiance to Russia and renouncing allegiance to Persia. One document mentions an agreement between the khan and Russian general Tsitsianov:
№ 81. Грамота императора Александра I 21 мая 1805 года о принятии Селим-хана Шакинского в подданство России
Божиею поспешествующею милостью мы, Александр Первый, император и самодержец всероссийский, московский, киевский... и проч., и проч.. Нам любезно-верноподданному шакинской земли владельцу Селим-хану наша императорская милость и благоволение. Снисходя на прошение Ваше, изъявленное нашему генералу от инфантерии, кавказскому инспектору и главно-управляющему Грузией князю Цицианову, вступить в вечное подданство Российской империи, и видя нелицемерные знаки сего желания, равно как и преданности Вашей к высокому нашему престолу в заключенных Вами с помянутым генералом от инфантерии и князем Цициановым условиях, утверждаем и признаем Вас,, нашего любезно-верноподданного, владетелем ханства Шакинского под верховным покровительством, державой и защитой Российской империи, приемля Вас и дом Ваш и всех шакинской земли жителей в число наших верноподданных, обещая Вам и преемникам Вашим нашу императорскую милость и благоволение. Приняв за благо все статьи постановления, заключенного по взаимному согласию Вашему с нашим генералом от инфантерии князем Цициановым мая 21-го дня 1805 г., каковое слово от слова при сей жалованной нашей грамоте прилагается, утверждаем оное во всей силе нашим императорским словом на вечные времена ненарушимо за нас и преемников наших. Для славы дома Вашего и в память нашей императорской милости к Вам и законным преемникам Вашим, шакинским ханам, жалуем Вам знамя с гербом Российской империи и саблю, которые повелеваем хранить в доме Вашем наследственно и при каждой перемене нового преемника испрашивать высочайшего утверждения в звании хана Шакинского нашими императорскими грамотами, которые, равно как и сия, по неизреченному милосердию нашему будут к Вам всемилостивейше посылаемы. За сим поручая Вам управлять шакинским народом с кротостью и правосудием, пребываем [уверены], что Вы и наследники Ваши как в преданности Вашей к нашему [престолу], так и в точном выполнении Ваших обязанностей пребудете непоколебимы. [ ] и в залог монаршей нашей к Вам и народу шакинскому милости дана сия императорская наша грамота за собственноручным нашим подписанием и с приложением государственной печати в престольном нашем граде Святого Петра июля 10-го дня в лето от Рождества Христова тысяча восемьсот пятое и царствования нашего в пятое.
Князь Адам Чарторыский
Печатается по изданию: Под стягом России. Сборник архивных документов. М., 1992. С.288-289.

I guess that on top with the treaty with Persian Pasha, the Tsar and his government negotiated with individual khans sometimes ending up with a formal agreements, sometimes with an informal agreements that the khan would swear allegiance to Russia and in exchange would get some position within the Empire and/or gifts. Obviously those negotiations would only make sense if Persia would not be able to stop the power transfer. The last but not least the documents related to the khans are of 1805 and the Treaty of Gulistan is signed in 1813. There events are 8 years apart. Alex Bakharev (talk)

@Alex Bakharev:, thanks alot for your prompt response! Would you thus agree with me that adding such information to a general country's overview article (Azerbaijan) would be WP:UNDUE as well as clear (at least partial) source manipulation? These treaties would indeed as you correctly say, only viable if Persia would not be able to stop them, however, unfortunately they were still at war until 1813, and Persia did not ratify any of these treaties while the borders constantly changed. I wanted to assume GF firstly as well, but then I realised the user who added this stuff simply wanted to make it seem as if what is modern-day Azerbaijan got "independance" from Persia earlier than 1813, which is nonsensical in his particular way of describing the story. It can be added, with better sources, to articles such as Treaty of Kurekchay etc, but simply not there. Alex, perhaps you can, if you have time, post a comment about it here? Me and another user already clearly stated that it should be removed (note also that the user who decided to add it to the article has a history of making such "related" edits, as I demonstrated down below the talk page with a diff) but perhaps your new comment can decisively end it as it would be three well-established argumentations vs 1 not well established one. After all, its a GA article, thus I believe the effort is worth it. Bests and thanks again. - LouisAragon (talk) 21:51, 6 November 2015 (UTC)
Alex, you won't be able to? No problem if you can't, but I'd like to know if so, whenever you have time to reply :-) - LouisAragon (talk) 20:14, 19 November 2015 (UTC)

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  • After some thought I deleted the image and provided an el with her works. After the second thought I do not think the PD reasons were valid. Alex Bakharev (talk) 02:53, 13 November 2015 (UTC)


Vasily Likhachev Is it really -ev or rather -ov?Xx236 (talk) 07:13, 13 November 2015 (UTC)

Any page has its own version Likhachyov.Xx236 (talk) 07:15, 13 November 2015 (UTC)
According to WP:RUS if there is an established English name (e.g the guy published in English under a consistent name or lived in an English-speaking country under the same name, etc.) then this name should be used, otherwise Likhachyov. I have moved Vasily Likhachev I have patrolled recently to the yoficated name, lets hope he does not have an established English name. I think e/yo issue is not that important if we have redirects for the other versions of the name. BTW there is also the problem with Vasily vs Vassily vs Vasiliy, etc. Alex Bakharev (talk) 07:26, 13 November 2015 (UTC)

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