User talk:Michael Romanov

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Welcome!

Hello Michael Romanov, and welcome to Wikipedia! Thank you for your contributions. I hope you like the place and decide to stay. Here are a few good links for newcomers:

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Peafowl[edit]

Hi. I'm new around here. The communication system around here doest sucketh mightily. I don't know if I'm supposed to reply on my page or your page. I put something here are your page, but now I deleted it and put it on the Talk:Peafowl page --Barticus88 28 September 2006 (UTC)

Chernavsky[edit]

Hi Michael. Thanks a lot for your help --GC 12:29, 19 April 2007 (UTC)

You are very welcome. :) Смотрю, Вы уже достаточно прилично ориентируетесь в Википедии — как английской, так и русской. Good luck! —Michael Romanov 01:13, 20 April 2007 (UTC)

Thank you for including some external links. If some more can be found I may withdraw the nomination. GDonato (talk) 19:32, 22 April 2007 (UTC)

Thanks a lot for your attention. I added one more external link and the Russian interwiki. Also, the categories have been corrected. Hope this will improve the article. More improvements will be done later. -Michael Romanov 20:47, 22 April 2007 (UTC)

Про Батыра[edit]

Я вас категорически приветствую. В русской вики вы спрятались от кого-то, так я сюда скину -- для вашего внимания. Не обижайтесь на Алексея, если он вас чем-то обидел не желая этого -- мы не всегда понимаем друг-друга смотря в глаза, а тут безэмоциональная переписка. Был бы у вас ICQ или е-mail указан, он бы давно с вами уже связался, тем более что вы работаете там же, где работала и Марина.)

По статье "Слон Батыр"; в старом тексте было указано как и почему возникли неточности в СМИ -- в новой редакции этого нет, но есть ссылки на те источники, которые вновь могут вызвать замешательство и конфликты с правками -- при сравнении информации, и, соответственно -- дальнейшее недоверие этому или иным источникам. Во время интервью "газетчикам" текст не записывался на магнитофон (их в то время у "журналистов" небыло) и статья писалась по памяти несколько позже. После интервью с Е.Белоусовой искажены её слова. Когда Е.Белоусова услышала голос с просьбой "попоить слона" и затем Батыр "попросил пить", журналистами написано как прямая речь животного, без уточнения конкретной фразы и слов, которые произносил Батыр. А фраза "вы поили слона" -- вообще из области фантастики. В статье "Парламентской газеты" 2002 года описаны события 1980 года, по памяти. Батыр никогда не говорил "буду" и "ещё", но произносил "да" и "дай". С.Пилюк вообще многого не говорила из того, что написано в прессе журналистами от её имени. А в первой публикации 1979 г., в газете "Индустриальная Караганда" корректорами добавлено "африканский житель", чего небыло написано в переданном мной тексте. Уже потом, после скандала и требования опровержений, статьи были переопубликованы в редакции Н.Рыжковой. Те же ошибки совершаутся и современными правками статей о фактах, "корректорам" неизвестных.

Слово "дурак" слоном было воспроизведено через 10 дней. Это к попытке научения его новым словам. Матерился он очень редко, но метко. Единожды, Батыр "послал" съёмочную группу редакции детско-молодёжный программ областного телевидения во главе с режиссёром и редактором, которые пытались записать его речь, но после мучительного ожидания (в течении часа) и после того как аппаратура была собрана, а съёмочная группа собиралась уходить, слон и послал их на "3 советские буквы". Восторг и ажиотаж были неописуемы. Камеры заработали вновь, но Батыр, как "партизан на допросе" -- как ни в чём не бывало прогуливался по вольеру и выпрашивая лакомства, отвлекался на посторонних. В тот день съёмка не увенчалась успехом.

Занятия со слоном были временно приостановлены по причине отсутствия исследователя, а после его возвращения было поздно. С приходом нового директора увеличилась коллекция зоопарка. У Батыра не стало персонального смотрителя -- со слоном перестали заниматься индивидуально и никто уже не разговаривал, поддерживая просьбы и его позывы пообщаться с людьми. Вода текла постоянно и ему уже небыло необходимости просить пить. Какой-то период он пытался говорить, а потом переходил на трубные позывные и лишь жалобно расхваливал себя, произнося своё имя, воды и хороший.

Никто не писал о том, что слон произносил слова именно в "ультразвуковом диапазоне". В тот период времени небыло возможности измерить частоту! Писалось, что "частенько слон произносил слова очень тихо, на уровне звука, издаваемого бытовыми или персональными ультразвуковыми приборами от москитов, или на уровне "писка" комаров". В это время слон стоял спокойно, головой в угол вольера и задом к посетителям, с опущенным (свисающим) хоботом и лишь его конец с пальцевидным отростком продолжал манипулировать, зажимая "нос" и сдерживая выдыхаемый воздух. Это было что-то странное и очень тихое -- между шёпотом и писком, но слышимое в непосредственной близости от слона: не далее полутора -- максимум, двух метров. При записи "речи" слона в указанном звуковом диапазоне, сопутствовала неудача: подойти ближе метра не представлялось возможным (да и слон отвлекался), а далеше этого расстояния -- звук сливался с шумами помещения и не улавливался даже человеческим слухом.

Необходимо заметить, что как и человек имеет своеобразный акцент при говоре на неродном языке, так и слон говорил со своеобразным звуковым тембром. Частота звуковой вибрации соответствовала мужскому голосу -- басу. Расшифровку голоса слона Батыра делали уже в МГУ на тех, старых допотопных приборах, которые были в то время.

Современные исследования продемонстрировали, что с возростом слух человека притерпевает изменения и после 40 лет многие частоты перестаёт отчётливо слышать или различать среди других звуков, по принципу чего одной из телефонных компаний был предложен звуковой сигнал телефона для детей с определённой звуковой частотой, не различимой взрослыми.

Говорить о простом звукоподражании не совсем верно. Слон именно просил воды, когда хотел пить; говорил "дай", когда выпрашивал что-либо и протягивания хобота не помогало; "выкрикивал" с озорством "ой-ой-ой", после того как нагадил в чистой клетке и добавил "плохой"; такт "раз-два-три" "наговаривал" пританцовывая; "Батыр" и "Батыр хороший" -- разгуливая и с интонацией нахваливания себя; произносил "я" только по отношению к себе и никогда к прохожим или сотрудникам; "посылал на хуй" только при случае и вовремя; начал звать "ба-ба" после того, как за ним стала ухаживать пожилая женщина, но не себя... Он не бубнил как попугай "Кто там?" при стуке по дереву. Писк, свист, лай, скрежет и трубные звуки -- не речь, и воспроизводились периодически.

А то, что нет публикаций в роснаучных журналах -- скажите "спасибо" серьёзным представителям МГУ. Ещё профессору К.Фабри были переданы первые записи и материалы, а потом и другим сотрудникам. А Дроздов только плечами пожал, когда у него дома завели тему о слоне. (Если бы не "несерьёзные учёные", как упомянули некоторые "журналюги", то и того, что есть сейчас, небыло бы).

"Пожар и стресс" (пр. Силаевой) -- не при делах и к слону не имеет совершенно никакого отношения. Его небыло в горевшем зимнем помещении.

"Вёдра водки и коньяка" (пр. СМИ) -- пьяный бред и вымысел журналистов. Зимой и только в сильные морозы, Батыру давали "Когор" -- лёгкое красное виноградное вино в подогретом виде, которое дают даже детям при простуде.

На момент привоза Батыра в Карагандинский зоопарк, "тесной" (пр. СМИ) его клетка не была. Загон, состоящий из двух отделений, был построен по проекту и рекомендационным нормам того времени (как и студия или однокомнатная квартира для человека). Но (к сожалению) времена меняются, а "нормы" остаются прежними. Со временем слон вырос и ему был выстроен большой летний загон на новой территории. Слоны растут постоянно (в отличие от человека) и проход между помещением и вольером стал маленьким. Однако, говорить о том, что слон сломал бивень из-за маленьких размеров клетки -- не верно. И в природе слоны часто ломают бивни.

По поводу же "звукоподражания" и "речи", а также доверия или недоверия феномену -- очень жаль, что многие до сих пор подгоняют общепринятые и общеизвестные понятия заблуждений старой формации к новым открытиям и явно-существующим фактам.

Более 25 лет тому назад требовали "повторяемости в науке", для того что бы поверить своим собственным ушам, а теперь будем ждать ещё лет 50, что бы принять факт того, что животные-таки разумны и могут научиться говорить с человеком осознанно. Всё зависит от учителя и ученика: ребёнок среди волков по-волчьи воет, а слон (или горилла) среди людей, с ними же и разговаривает.


Ps: Для цепляющихся за слова русского языка необходимо заметить, что "писк" комаров -- ультразвуковые колебания, издаваемый крыльями насекомого во время полёта.

  • Хотелось бы видеть здесь больше настоящих учёный, а не учителей, заимствующих знания из старых учебников. (lol)
В ссылках приведены примеры ультрозвуковых приборов против москитов. И хотя некоторые этот звук не слышат (по утверждению в статье, со ссылкой на герцы) -- звук, скажу я вам, жутко отвратительные и некоторым, чувствительным лицам, очень действует на нервную систему. —Preceding unsigned comment added by 24.168.39.49 (talk) 22:27, 30 September 2007 (UTC)

From User talk:EugeneZelenko[edit]

I am on in Oceanside due to my dad being stationed on Pendleton, but we managed to escape the fires without much damage. I go to San Marcos daily so I can attend classes at Palomar College. I do plan on going to Escondidio a lot; I was there yesterday to go to Rally's burger. User:Zscout370 (Return Fire) 00:38, 10 November 2007 (UTC)

Are you Belorussian? Sorry if this is too sensitive... --Michael Romanov 01:23, 10 November 2007 (UTC)
I am not Belarusian (and no, it is not too sensitive to ask). I just like working on Belarusian topics and I have had dinner with the diaspora while watching Lavon Volski of NRM play the guitar in Long Beach earlier this year. User:Zscout370 (Return Fire) 02:12, 10 November 2007 (UTC)
Sorry, I just thought that you have some East European roots because you indicate some Belorussian and Russian skills in your Babel templates. Unfortunately, I don't know contemporary Belorussian performers but I value old good Pesnyary. --Michael Romanov 06:17, 10 November 2007 (UTC)
I just like learning about Belarus and Russia, and picked up some of the language along the way. I used the babel templates to show that I can read and understand the language, but barely can speak it. And sadly, I have no Belarusian or Russian blood in me. User:Zscout370 (Return Fire) 06:25, 10 November 2007 (UTC)
Oh, I admire your language skills and interest in Belarus and Russia. That is fairly rare, I think, here. Good luck for your learning. --Michael Romanov 07:36, 10 November 2007 (UTC)
Spasibo. User:Zscout370 (Return Fire) 07:42, 10 November 2007 (UTC)

Merchant submarine[edit]

Hmmm, at first I thought you were a vandal. But it seems your damage to the article was unintentional. Fixed now. Ingolfson 13:58, 30 November 2007 (UTC)

Yes, sorry, that was absolutely unintentional. I guess that was my kid or my cockatiel messing around my keyboard. :) Fixed "shipping". Thanks. --Michael Romanov 18:51, 30 November 2007 (UTC)

Image licence[edit]

Are you sure about the PD licence that you put on this Iraq aerogram image? I left a post on the commons stamp public domain page about this. Cheers ww2censor (talk) 18:16, 12 December 2007 (UTC)

Agh! You have already been there and answered the question quite well. Thanks ww2censor (talk) 18:20, 12 December 2007 (UTC)
Yes, I did not realize that {{PD-old}} is inappropriate because of a 100 pma copyright term. But {{PD-because}} seems correct. --Michael Romanov (talk) 18:29, 12 December 2007 (UTC)

Tax Stamp[edit]

Hello!

Just wondering...why did you remove the "bg:Бандерол" link from the "tax Stamp" article? a Banderol is a tax stamp in Bulgarian - it's what gets put on cigarettes and bottles etc... Although Russian words Фискальная марка and Бандероль - and you also have Гербовая марка - all seem to translate into English as "Revenue/Tax stamp", in Bulgarian, "Бандерол" (for fags/booze, anyway) is the English "tax stamp". (and the english word "banderole" is completely different). returned the link - looking forward to your thoughts on the matter, you can answer here if you want. Ta! 62.176.111.68 (talk) 11:29, 20 June 2008 (UTC)

ps. due to this double meaning of the word, we could put a double language link on some articles, like you've done on the Bulgarian article. —Preceding unsigned comment added by 62.176.111.68 (talk) 11:35, 20 June 2008 (UTC)

pps...wow...i've only just seen how many interlanguage links you've moved around (and especially how many you've erased from the BG article) - i have to ask you - are you 110% sure that you know what you've done? are you 110% sure that in none of these languages there is not a double meaning of these words that overlaps/covers both topics (eg. like the fact that in Eng "tax stamp" covers all these topics)? By removing the links, if you are wrong, then you're messing up quite a bit of other peoples' work - please consider this and return all of the changes you are not sure about (by all means, in the BG article for example, leave both the old ones and your new additions...but please return the old ones for now) - i won't touch any of your edits for now, since you know what you've done, so it's up to you to try and fix it - as for the BG link in the English article - you weren't right to remove it, hence why i've returned it. Thanx again, and waiting for your reply. Nic. 62.176.111.68 (talk) 12:03, 20 June 2008 (UTC)

Dear Nic, I am very sorry if I made you be worrying or upset. If you are марколюбител (a philatelist), I hope you should know philatelic terms. According to what is written for bg:Бандерол, this Bulgarian term is a 110% :) equivalent of the Russian ru:Акцизная марка and the English Excise Stamp (which is also a little bit described in en:Revenue stamp#Tobacco and Alcohol). Now, bg:Бандерол=ru:Акцизная марка=Excise Stamp is a single subcategory of a more general and upper class of non-postage stamps, or adhesive labels, called en:Revenue stamps in English and ru:Фискальная марка in Russian. In addition to excise stamps, this upper class of revenue stamps includes a big variety of other stamps "issued by various countries, counties, cities & municipalities to pay for various taxes and fees" [1]. Some of them are mentioned in the en:Revenue stamp article. More can be found here and here. And a more detailed classification of various revenue stamps is given in the Russian ru:Фискальная марка article. I am sorry to say this but you are perhaps not quite right saying that Russian words "Бандероль - and you also have Гербовая марка - all seem to translate into English as "Revenue/Tax stamp"". ru:Гербовая марка is just one single subcategory of revenue stamps (see ru:Фискальная марка#Классификация). As for ru:Бандероль, it currently means a type of postal item, or mail, something between a letter and a parcel, that may contain shipped books, magazines and other printed matter, and is similar to a German term de:Päckchen. However, in the past the ru:Бандероль meant a 'paper roll or wrap' used for shipping small items and was derived from a French word 'banderole', that is, 'bande'(=band) + 'role' (=roll). Anyway, the ru:Бандероль is used for postal needs only and never for revenue or taxes. So, hope these explanations would be helpful to you. Let me know if you have any further questions or doubts, and I will be happy to address them. Looking forward to hearing from you. Yours faithfully, --Michael Romanov (talk) 10:52, 21 June 2008 (UTC)
Wow...you seem to know your stuff! I hope my tone in the firt note i wrote you didn't make you think i was angry (re-reading it now, it sounds harsher than i was planning!). Thanks for all the extra info, by the way, it's useful once and i'll read it carefully.
All i meant with my original note was that since in some languages the word covers more topics than in others (and hence since there are more words for the different types of government stamp in some languages than in other languages), that it's better if we still have the links present - even if they don't cover the topic precisely - rather than removing them - after all, in the explanations in each article it becomes clear what the precise common points of each type of stamp are. Am I making sense (i seem to have got into my complex mode again)...? :-)
And, if you're sure of the links you removed from some of the articles, then that's cool. You could perhaps at least create a couple of stub-articles/disambiguation pages for some of the types of stamp in some of the languages that you'r sure about - what i'm thinking is to have, for example, "Revenue Stamp" link to a new page in BG or in Russian called "Aktsizni Marki" in which it is explained that "governments issue tax stamps for various things" and then have a list with links to the relevant ones, eg. "tobacco & alcohol - banderol"; "Documents - Fiskalna Marka", etc. Since i'm not registered (...long story), parhaps you could do this for a couple of the languages and at least cross-reference the correct links to each other...? You definitely know what you're talking about. (Though I'm pretty good on all the info and legal aspects of tobacco and alcohol stamps, for example, i have close to no idea on any other types - if you want, do the disambiguation page in Russian and i'll do you a translation in BG, and we'll ask some other users to translate it into other languages.) What do you think? Nic. 62.176.111.68 (talk) 19:02, 22 June 2008 (UTC)
Dear Nic, I am afraid to say this but unfortunately it seems to me that I am perhaps missing the essence of your proposal. A single subcategory article ru:Акцизная марка and its Bulgarian equivalent bg:Бандерол cannot be linked directly to the upper class category article en:Revenue stamp. They should be linked to the appropriate subcategory article Excise Stamp (which is currently a section in en:Excise, but can be and should be singled out as a separate article en:Excise Stamps). For the upper class article en:Revenue stamp, we already have the Russian ru:Фискальная марка article. My point is that we cannot link everything with everything, i.e. subcategory articles with upper class articles. All we can do is to link subcategory articles with the appropriate subcategory articles (e.g., bg:Бандерол with ru:Акцизная марка and Excise Stamp) and upper class articles with the appropriate upper class articles (e.g., en:Revenue stamp with ru:Фискальная марка). In my humble opinion, there is likely no convincing need to create disambiguation pages in Russian for separate subtypes of revenue stamps, because we are already creating full-length articles for these subtypes (see blue links for them in their list in ru:Фискальная марка#Классификация and ru:Кредитная марка#Классификация). If I am desperate in explaining these philatelic term issues, I would suggest you to contact members of the English WikiProject Philately for further clarification and resolution by referring to this discussion. With all my respect, --Michael Romanov (talk) 06:52, 23 June 2008 (UTC)
That's fine - if you're sure of the cross-reference links you are proposing/making, i am sure it will be fine. I ismply hope you agree with me that interlanguage links don't get removed - ie. that just because "Excise stamp" covers a larger topic area than Bulgarian "banderol" does not mean that the link to "banderol" should get removed from the english article.
About my disambiguation page proposal, i agreed with you all along, but perhaps i didn't explain myself too well (and i hadn't noticed the Klassifikatsiya section in the Fiskalnaya Marka article) - what i meant was that if in some language there isnt a word which covers the full range of topics for "Revenue stamp", that we should create a disambiguation page for that language - but in Russian this seems to be OK. (i'm not sure for Bulgarian - like i said, i'm mainly good on tobacco-alcohol stamps). But you cleary know what you are doing, so i'll leave it to you :-) just one more thing - like i said before - if there are types of stamps that you know exist in Bulgarian (or other languages) but the articles dont yet exist, perhaps you could create the relevant article with cross-referenced links? (eg. there is no bulgarian article linking to Russian "Fiskalnaya Marka"...i would imagine it should be "Fiskalna Marka", but i don't want to create this page as i might be wrong.) Thanks! Nic. 62.176.111.68 (talk) 12:53, 24 June 2008 (UTC)
Many thanks, Nic, for your kind reply. Now I hope I understand you clearer. But for pursuing such an inter-language project for revenue stamps, I doubt I have enough capacities, multilingual skills and precious time to do this alone. :) This might be a task for a collaboration between various national Wikipedias. Anyway, I appreciate your interested involvement in discussing these issues and bringing them to my attention. Let's hope that in the future we will see more and more international interest, participation and collaboration to address these issues. With kindest regards, --Michael Romanov (talk) 20:50, 24 June 2008 (UTC)
Cool! Thanks - will continue to collaborate! nic 62.176.111.68 (talk) 10:53, 25 June 2008 (UTC)

Orloff[edit]

To be frank, I stridently object to any such change concerning the Orloff breed. Wikipedia rests solely on verifiability per the available source material (not the word of individual experts) and all the English language books from this century do not say that the breed is Russian. Percy may not be a scientist, but she isn't the central source to assert a Persian origin for the breed. Her book is simply the only one available in full on the web, which is why I linked it. The newer and much more reliable book written by Carol Ekarius (a respected author on poultry and livestock in the U.S.) even more strongly asserts that the breed was only popularized in Russia. Ekarius worked with the American Livestock Breeds Conservancy and the SPPA in writing her work on poultry breeds, and it very clearly states that the Orloff was not developed in Russia. In terms of Wikipedia policy, unless you can find multiple published sources that contradict what the sources already used in the article have say, then any such change is totally inapppropriate. VanTucky 01:17, 25 June 2008 (UTC)

Dear Steven, many, many, many thanks for your interested, amiable, polite, friendly, benevolent and rich in content response. I am afraid to call in question your strong, authoritative and grounded opinion. I am obliged to obey you as an Administrator of the English Wikipedia. Wishing you the best of success in everything,
Yours very faithfully, --Michael Romanov (talk) 06:55, 25 June 2008 (UTC)
Actually, you're not obliged to obey me at all. That's just my opinion, and when it comes to content you are welcome to do as you please. We do need to work on building a consensus, but your voice is just as important as mine. VanTucky 18:00, 25 June 2008 (UTC)

Stamps of Turkey[edit]

Hello Michael Romanov. I see you are translating the Postage stamps and postal history of Turkey article, which I have worked on, into Russian. Fantastic! Keep up the good work. Ecphora (talk) 04:09, 25 September 2008 (UTC)

Thanks a lot for welcoming and encouraging the Russian translation of the article! Actually, the article's primary translator is User:Leonid Dzhepko, a prominent member of the Russian Wikipedia Philately Project. My part is to add some additional info and do cosmetic improvements. If you noticed, we experience a big problem with the images in this article because most of them have not been uploaded at Commons. Is there any chance you can do this for the benefits of all other language Wikipedia projects? I greatly appreciate your contribution and cooperation. Sincerely, --Michael Romanov (talk) 09:08, 25 September 2008 (UTC)
I posted a reply on Commons as to the copyright status of Turkish stamps. See here.
I also uploaded a few of the images to Commons, but they don't appear in the Russian article. I don't know why. Several other images now appear in the article. Maybe those were uploaded to Wikipedia Russia; I don't know. Ecphora (talk) 03:44, 26 September 2008 (UTC)
The images you uploaded are now seen in the Russian article (there could be some server delay). But five others still lack including Image:Turkey J61.jpg, Image:Turkey 348.jpg, Image:Turkey237.jpg, Image:Turkey 289.jpg, Image:Anatolia 44.jpg and Image:Turkey 607.jpg. And that was Leonid who uploaded some of the images to Commons (not to Russian Wikipedia), I mean those that you saw in the Russian article. Thank you very much for your cooperation. Sincerely, --Michael Romanov (talk) 23:22, 26 September 2008 (UTC)
I have uploaded some more to Commons. They do not show up immediately in the Russian article. The four in the gallery showed up later. I discovered that if I edit that article by substituting "Image:Turkey J61.jpg" for "Изображение:Turkey J61.jpg" they show immediately. I hope I'm not causing a problem.Ecphora (talk) 23:46, 26 September 2008 (UTC)
Thanks a lot! Everything works fine now. I appreciate so much your cooperation with the Russian project. --Michael Romanov (talk) 01:26, 27 September 2008 (UTC)

Philately WikiProject[edit]

Welcome to the Philately WikiProject. Hopefully you have a good time, start many new articles and can contribute lots to the existing ones as we need that. we really need more knowledgeable people to improve the project's articles. Cheers ww2censor (talk) 00:53, 28 November 2008 (UTC)

Unsourced categories[edit]

Nuvola apps important.svg Please do not add unsourced categories, as you did to Paul McCartney and Torsten Amft. Every category must have a statement in the article with a reliable source that confirms the validity of the category. Ward3001 (talk) 02:17, 28 January 2009 (UTC)

As for Torsten Amft, I adopted a category from the French article, and it looks like there was an erroneous translation of a German word "Marken" that invoked a wrong categorization by one of French editors. My apologies, --Michael Romanov (talk) 05:25, 28 January 2009 (UTC)

Unsourced speculation[edit]

McCartney seems to be the first major rock star in the world who is also known as a stamp designer.:
Information.svg Please do not add content without citing reliable sources, as you did to Paul McCartney. Before making potentially controversial edits, it is recommended that you discuss them first on the article's talk page. If you are familiar with Wikipedia:Citing sources please take this opportunity to add references to the article. Thank you. Ward3001 (talk) 03:10, 28 January 2009 (UTC)

I quote the same BBC News article: "He is thought to be the first major rock star in the world to design a series of postage stamps". Is it OK now? --Michael Romanov (talk) 03:13, 28 January 2009 (UTC)

Czesław Słania[edit]

I have been looking for a good image of Czesław Słania to enhance his en wiki article but the only decent quality I can find is ru:Файл:Slania-arnback.jpg, however I can't read the Russian copyright info and the link does not connect to an actual image location. Can you assist in letting me know what the licence status is? Cheers ww2censor (talk) 19:02, 29 January 2009 (UTC)

The image was taken from a Posten web site (see 2005-03-21 at the bottom of the page): [2]. The image is copyrighted, and we use it by applying Template:Non-free fair use in. Let me know if there is anything else I can assist for you. Best regards, --Michael Romanov (talk) 19:25, 29 January 2009 (UTC)
That was quick! I now see a link and the image. Maybe I will also upload it to the en wiki as a fair-use image too. Thanks ww2censor (talk)
I downloaded this image and added it to the Czeslaw Slania article. ww2censor (talk) 00:03, 7 March 2009 (UTC)
Great! I am at your service, if you need anything else. All the best, --Michael Romanov (talk) 00:30, 7 March 2009 (UTC)

Philatelic categories & interwiki links[edit]

Where are you finding all these interwiki links for the philatelic articles? I'm not sure I agree with all your re-categorisation especially without any discussion, but most look ok. If I disagree I may change them, so if you need to talk about any, please do so. Well done. ww2censor (talk) 00:03, 7 March 2009 (UTC)

No problem. I am sure that some of terms and categories are difficult to interpret in English or other foreign languages in one way. For example, I just talked to one Norwegian admin (from nn Wiki) who denied the existence of the "philately" term in nn, although it's present in no Wiki. So, please feel free to correct me. Cheers, --Michael Romanov (talk) 00:27, 7 March 2009 (UTC)

Postage stamps and postal history of Azerbaijan[edit]

Please expand this from Russian wikipedia!! We want to see this in English!! Dr. Blofeld White cat 18:05, 5 August 2009 (UTC)

Thank you for your appreciation of the article! Sorry, I have to inform you that there is currently a debate in Russian Wikipedia whether the format and content of the articles named Postage stamps and postal history of X is appropriate. The opponents say that you cannot combine in one article two topics Postage stamps of X and Postal history of X. So, depending on the outcome of this debate, the content of the Russian article ru:Почтовые марки и история почты Азербайджана could be changed. Actually, the article has been already changed by renaming to ru:Почтовые марки Азербайджана and removing all information about the postal history of Azerbaijan. Regards, --Michael Romanov (talk) 20:26, 6 August 2009 (UTC)
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Soviet Postage stamps[edit]

Have several dozen photo images of stamp issues from the former Soviet Union and am wondering if they are in the public domain since the U.S.S.R. is no longer a national entity. I need to know which upload procedure is required so I can display these images in a philatelic article. Had no luck finding the correct selections at Wiki'commons. The image of the Soviet stamp on the Soviet space exploration history on Soviet stamps page has on its description page info' regarding 'no copyright' per 'Civil Code, Russian Federation, etc. Need to know how this info' is included in the upload procedure. GWillHickers (talk) 18:47, 22 July 2010 (UTC)

According to the Russia's legislature, the Soviet stamps are covered by the Russia's laws and are in PD. You can use the PD license template {{PD-RU-exempt}} (see Commons:Commons:Stamps/Public domain templates). So, when uploading the files, use that template and categories like [[Category:Stamps of the Soviet Union, year]] as well as one or more appropriate topical categories. This is an example of the correct file description, licensing and categorization for the Commons:File:1961 2560.jpg:
== Summary ==
{{Information
|Description= {{en|Stamp of the Soviet Union, Yuri Gagarin first man in space. CPA #2560.}}
{{ru|Почтовая марка СССР №2560 ЦФА}}                             
|Source=Electronic Catalogue "World of Stamps" (Russia) / Электронный каталог "Марки страны" (Россия)
|Author=Post of the Soviet Union, designer I. Levin / Почта СССР, зудожник И. Левин
|Date=1961
|Permission=
|other_versions= 
}}
 
{{PD-RU-exempt}} 

[[Category:Stamps of the Soviet Union, 1971]]
[[Category:Yuri Gagarin on stamps]]
Cheers, --Michael Romanov (talk) 19:23, 22 July 2010 (UTC)
Thank you Michael, that was just what I was looking for. The Commons:Commons:Stamps/Public domain templates page was a great help also. Have an assortment of 'space stamps' from various countries. Here are a couple examples. Space-Station - Space-Station2 I am not very familiar with the subjects but thought they could be used on the Soviet space exploration history on Soviet stamps page. Again, much thanks. GWillHickers (talk) 03:37, 24 July 2010 (UTC)
I am sorry but this stamp is not Soviet. All Soviet stamps have one the same inscription "ПОЧТА СССР". That one does not have it. Instead, it says "НР БЪЛГАРИЯ". If you search for it on Commons or Wikipedia, you can find that this is "People's Republic of Bulgaria". If you have some philatelic books, they normally contain a reference guide how to identify a country by its name on a stamp. Some of cyrillic stamp names are listed here. Also, please do not duplicate categories. If you added [[Category:Stamps of the Soviet Union]], there is no need to add the upper most [[Category:Stamps]], that is against the Wikpedia and Commons rules. Moreover, the Soviet stamps should be categorized by year, like [[Category:Stamps of the Soviet Union, 1971]], as shown above in the example you deleted. It's also desirable to add a topical category, and I don't see you follow how to fill in fields in the above Information template. Cheers, --Michael Romanov (talk) 04:38, 24 July 2010 (UTC)
By the way, stamps of Bulgaria and their images are copyrighted if its designer died less than 70 years ago. I am pretty sure that your latest upload of a Bulgaria stamp image will be deleted on Commons. Sorry for explaining you some of the basic Commons and Wikipedia rules. Regards, --Michael Romanov (talk) 04:58, 24 July 2010 (UTC)
These images were gathered while I was in the middle of another project and in my haste I wrongly ID'd and named a stamp image that had CCCP depicted on the space vessels. Here are some others, just uploaded that perhaps can be of use on the new Soviet space exploration history on Soviet stamps page. I am not very familiar with the later Soviet space missions or stamps. GWillHickers (talk) 20:17, 24 July 2010 (UTC)
I don't get how you place the PD license template {{PD-RU-exempt}} inside the Information template. The former must be added separately. Most of your Soviet uploads are already available in the commons:Category:Space exploration on stamps (including subcategories) that contains hundreds and hundreds of various stamps. And I don't think an assortment of stamps could be of any value for articles if there are the same separate images available on Commons. Sorry for bothering you with critical notes. Best wishes, --Michael Romanov (talk) 23:49, 24 July 2010 (UTC)

King George V[edit]

See note about King George V on Admirals discussion page. -- GWillHickers (talk) 18:55, 20 August 2010 (UTC)

Cite Web[edit]

Hi Michael, you have a response to your cite web message. GWillHickers (talk) 08:06, 27 August 2010 (UTC)


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M. of R.[edit]

Just revert it back to the original page, i'm busy at the moment but i'll give you the source for it later, okay? --TIAYN (talk) 06:37, 26 September 2010 (UTC)

Please check your sources before making a railway administration from a post office, okay? --Michael Romanov (talk) 06:39, 26 September 2010 (UTC)
And read explanations here. --Michael Romanov (talk) 06:45, 26 September 2010 (UTC)
You're right, I screwed up, I looked at my source... For some reason i managed to mix it up with the Ministry of Communication (Soviet Union).. The content of the article should be merged into this one. Sorry, I literally fucked up.. But don't delete the Ministry of Railways (Soviet Union) article, i'll create it. --TIAYN (talk) 08:15, 26 September 2010 (UTC)
No problem. I am glad you figured that out. There might have been a problem with the right translation from Russian into English, I am a native Russian speaking person and often see that, I support your idea to create an article about the Ministry of Railways. Best regards, --Michael Romanov (talk) 12:31, 26 September 2010 (UTC)
I am going to create two separate articles, People's Commissariat for Posts and Telegraphs and Ministry of Communications (Soviet Union), similarly to two separate articles on Russian WP, ru:Народный комиссариат почт и телеграфов СССР and ru:Министерство связи СССР. There is plenty of information for both articles. --Michael Romanov (talk) 12:48, 26 September 2010 (UTC)
There is info, but its not enough info. to make neither of them GA, B or C-class articles... My advise it that it would be best to keep together. To leave two start-class articles won't resolve the problems + the Russians have plenty of sources of the subject, but these sources are on Russian however, which can make things hard --TIAYN (talk) 13:51, 26 September 2010 (UTC)
This is from WP:Disambig: "Disambiguation in Wikipedia is the process of resolving the conflicts that arise when a single term is ambiguous, and so may refer to more than one topic which Wikipedia covers. For example, the word "Mercury" can refer to an element, a planet, a Roman god, and many other things." No one who finds the Ministry of Communications (Soviet Union) are looking for another Communications ministry. If there had been a real page titled, and not a disambig, titled Ministry of COmmunications i would have been useful to use it. But since Ministry of Communications don't redirect to Ministry of Communications (Soviet Union) there is no need for it. --TIAYN (talk) 14:31, 28 September 2010 (UTC)
Ministry of Communications is not a redirect, it's a disambiguation page and has a different function. BTW, Ministry of Communications (Soviet Union) is actually listed on that disambiguation page. --Michael Romanov (talk) 14:37, 28 September 2010 (UTC)
Yes, I know, thats my point. If it doesn't redirect to the page it is redundant. When people write "Ministry of Communications of the USSR", they are not looking for other "Ministries of Communications", but the USSR's Communication ministry. Therefor having a disamib link there is redundant. All this is written in the WP:Disambig policy. You might as well follow it because it official policy.
Great job on the ministry article.. If you keep on the good work on the Soviet government agencies I'll be sure to give a barnstar. Good work :D --TIAYN (talk) 14:43, 28 September 2010 (UTC)

Ministry of Finance of the USSR[edit]

Because you seem to have access to more images than me, can i ask you a question? Does there exist a logo or a stamp for the Ministry of Finance of the USSR (like the one on the Ministry of Communications (Soviet Union) page)? --TIAYN (talk) 22:07, 28 September 2010 (UTC)

Good question. But the answer is perhaps 'no'. I guess the Ministry of Communications (Soviet Union) (as well as Ministry of Railways (Soviet Union)) is just an exception. All other Soviet ministries did not have any specific emblems or logos, except Coat of arms of the Soviet Union, which was used universally at that time for all government bodies. --Michael Romanov (talk) 01:10, 29 September 2010 (UTC)
"All ministries used the Soviet coat of arms" - you understood this literally. :) I would leave the coat of arms but delete that note. Otherwise, we would need to provide a reliable source to support this statement. :) --Michael Romanov (talk) 18:33, 29 September 2010 (UTC)
Okay, I'll remove it... Question, I've been looking through some of my books, and web pages to find information about the position of the First Deputy Minister of Finance of the USSR, and not finding any information on the topic in English. Seeing that you understand Russian fluently, I'm wondering if you could try finding some useful information regarding this office.. If so thanks :) --TIAYN (talk) 19:19, 29 September 2010 (UTC)
Well, I found the names of few persons who had that post. Is this what you need? --Michael Romanov (talk) 19:54, 29 September 2010 (UTC) One of them is the famous Valentin Pavlov, for instance. He was First Deputy Minister of Finance in 1986 to 1989. --Michael Romanov (talk) 20:01, 29 September 2010 (UTC)
Well a list would be nice, but what i asked for was what function did the office have.. The Deputy was among the top members of the Ministry of Finance so it would be nice to have some information on its functions, and what kind-of-power or duties the First Deputy Minister had... As of a list, that would be really hard to create, seeing that there is so little information about the topic. I know i'm asking for a lot, but thanks for helping me out on this one :) --TIAYN (talk) 20:05, 29 September 2010 (UTC)
I guess at this point, one would be able to make that list. As for the office itself, it was described in the internal ministry regulations, which I doubt can be located now because they were internal office documents for the restricted (by the officials) use only. --Michael Romanov (talk) 21:57, 29 September 2010 (UTC)
I added some info for the First Deputy Minister available in Russian Wikipedia and few other sources. --Michael Romanov (talk) 03:13, 30 September 2010 (UTC)
I wrote that the First Deputy was "second-in-command", however, thanks for your help, I really appreciated it :D --TIAYN (talk) 05:51, 30 September 2010 (UTC)
If you ever need any help, just ask. --TIAYN (talk) 05:52, 30 September 2010 (UTC)
Thank you. --Michael Romanov (talk) 17:05, 30 September 2010 (UTC)
Seeing that you have access to many Russian sources, which I don't have... I've been working on the Arseny Zverev page lately, a Minister of Finance, and I've been having problems finding sources on the web and in my books. I wonder if you would have more luck finding information on this guy than me, if so tell me! --TIAYN (talk) 10:41, 2 October 2010 (UTC)
The Russian article provides such sources, but the links are dead. However, these are the right links:
Source [12] which you added on the Ministry of Finance (Soviet Union) is broken, can you please find another source confirming the information which that source [12] does on the article. The article is currently being reviewed for WP:GA, seeing that you did half of the work it is as much your GA as it is mine. Thanks. --TIAYN (talk) 18:56, 8 October 2010 (UTC)
Yes check.svg Done. Thanks for the WP:GA nomination. :) --Michael Romanov (talk) 19:16, 8 October 2010 (UTC)

The article Ministry of Finance (Soviet Union) you co-nominated as a good article has passed Symbol support vote.svg; see Talk:Ministry of Finance (Soviet Union) for eventual comments about the article. It has been nice to work with you, hope we can work on another article together. Well done! --TIAYN (talk) 22:37, 8 October 2010 (UTC)

Спасибо! :) That is so non-expectable. In Russian Wikipedia, the good article criteria are much stricter, and I doubt this one would ever be a good one there. :) --Michael Romanov (talk) 03:42, 9 October 2010 (UTC)
Probably true, the GA criteria varies from each national wikipedia, an example is the Norwegian one were an article bearing no references, no sources, no external links can become a GA or even an FA. Its nice to hear that one wikipedia is actually reviewing properly. I want to ask you two questions:
Thanks for your time. ;) --TIAYN (talk) 16:17, 9 October 2010 (UTC)
Well, I don't have time now to help with historical articles. Moreover, I do consider my priority within WP:PHIL topics. And, sorry, I am against the merger as we discussed this issue earlier. Nevertheless, I appreciate your cooperation. --Michael Romanov (talk) 04:51, 10 October 2010 (UTC)
Okay :), I'm finished with the article. It is now in decent shape, I am now working on the Ministry of Justice of the USSR! --TIAYN (talk) 17:45, 13 October 2010 (UTC)

People's Commissariat for Post and Telegraph[edit]

nice work Decora (talk) 22:04, 12 October 2010 (UTC)

Thank you. However, I would disagree if a merger like one above discussed happens to this article as well to all other articles describing People's Commissariats, see, for instance, this one. --Michael Romanov (talk) 00:47, 13 October 2010 (UTC)
If you don't want to help me and Harrypotter to come up with a conclusion, and just want to taddle at me fine, but you are not helping yourself... --TIAYN (talk) 04:23, 15 October 2010 (UTC)
Sorry, I don't want to offend you or anybody else. I just let everyone know my position on Commissariats vs. Ministries mergers and redirects. My suggestion is that there is a need of a broader discussion of this issue and you cannot make decisions on these articles on your own. Best regards, --Michael Romanov (talk) 15:04, 15 October 2010 (UTC)
I've started a discussion on the USSR and Russia wikiprojects, we will just have to wait until someone comments. But as you see with this, Template:Departments of the USSR, I doubt we can create People's Commissariat articles and ministry articles, seeing that I am pretty sure that most of them are note even notable to have their own article. --TIAYN (talk) 15:58, 15 October 2010 (UTC)
This is your personal opinion that contradicts with the history of the USSR. Thank you for notifying me. I might say my thoughts on those talk pages. --Michael Romanov (talk) 16:20, 15 October 2010 (UTC)
Its not a personal opinion, its fact, for what I see. Second, it is your personal opinion which say that there should be two articles, when the Soviet law says very clearly that it was "transformed", meaning your opinion is a personal opinion. We can go on and discuss this for a long time, without ever coming to a conclusion. Please, don't write on the WP's talk page until another user, new to this discussion comments, if you do it, it is worthless and won't solve it. So lets wait for another "new" user, okay? --TIAYN (talk) 16:30, 15 October 2010 (UTC)

Help![edit]

Seeing that you are a Russian and all, how do you correctly translate the Russian term "Эпоха пышных похорон" to English? I'm having no luck finding a proper translation of the title.. Could you translate it for me? --TIAYN (talk) 17:55, 20 November 2010 (UTC)

You can use either Era of magnificent funeral or Epoch of pompous funeral. Cheers, --Michael Romanov (talk) 18:04, 20 November 2010 (UTC)
He seems interesting enough (Ivan Dubasov), the only problem is that, just as with the era of magnificient funerals, there seems to be very few english-written material on him + I'm still on the learning stage in Russian, and when i say learning stage, I mean at the very beginning.. However, thanks for the note, he seems interesting enough! :)
Second, who was his predecessor and successor as Chief Artist of Goznak? --TIAYN (talk) 17:50, 29 November 2010 (UTC)
Good question. I have to do some search for that. --Michael Romanov (talk) 18:33, 29 November 2010 (UTC)
OK. His successor as Chief Artist of Goznak was Pomansky. More later, --Michael Romanov (talk) 21:07, 29 November 2010 (UTC)
Thanks, Pomansky what (firstname)? — Preceding unsigned comment added by Trust Is All You Need (talkcontribs) 14:43, 30 November 2010
His name was Sergei Akimovich Pomansky (Сергей Акимович Поманский). As for the Dubasov's predecessor, I think I need to contact the current Goznak administration for historical details. --Michael Romanov (talk) 16:49, 30 November 2010 (UTC)
Thanks... you don't need to contact the Goznak if you do not wish, and there is really no need. However, if you ever do, you might as well ask for all the Goznak Chief Artist. I doubt that the majority of these Chief Artist are any notable, but a list would be. Anyhow, thanks for your help! --TIAYN (talk) 17:21, 30 November 2010 (UTC)
Sorry, I have not got any response from Goznak. Probably, they ignored my request. Regards, --Michael Romanov (talk) 20:03, 17 December 2010 (UTC)

The wife of Podgorny's and the wife of Shvernik[edit]

Seeing that you are Russian and all, it's probably much easier for you to find this than me. Anyhow, could you do me a favour? If so, could you find the names of Nikolai Podgorny's and Nikolai Shvernik's wife for me? I've tried anything, but the little Russian i can doesn't seem to be helping on this one. --TIAYN (talk) 18:29, 17 December 2010 (UTC)

NO probelm:
  • Natalya Nikolayevna Podgornaya (1908-1995) - Наталья Николаевна Подгорная [3]
  • Mariya Fedorovna Shvernik (maiden name Ulazovskaya) - Мария Фёдоровна Шверник (Улазовская) [4]
Cheers, --Michael Romanov (talk) 19:56, 17 December 2010 (UTC)
Thanks! :) --TIAYN (talk) 22:16, 17 December 2010 (UTC)

Chairmens of the Supreme Soviet[edit]

I have another question for you, I've been trying to track down the Chairmens of the Supreme Soviet of the USSR, e.g. the Chairman of the parliament and not the chairman of the presidium, and i'm not finding anything on English sources. Seeing that all Soviet Republics had a chairman of the Supreme Soviet, such as the List of Chairmen of the Supreme Soviet of the Estonian Soviet Socialist Republic, did the Supreme Soviet have one too? If so who were the chairmens? --TIAYN (talk) 11:41, 22 January 2011 (UTC)

This position was introduced only in 1989, and there were only two Chairmens, Gorbachev and Lukyanov, as can be seen in Supreme Soviet of the Soviet Union#Chairmen of the Supreme Soviet of the USSR (1989–1991). Cheers, --Michael Romanov (talk) 13:39, 22 January 2011 (UTC)
That I know, but I'm talking about another office pre-Gorbachev which existed in the Soviet Republics, such as, for instance Estonian SSR. The post of Chairman of the Supreme Soviet as heads of state was also introduced in Estonia, but again, i'm talking about a pre-Gorbachev office. --TIAYN (talk) 14:50, 22 January 2011 (UTC)
As I told you, the office was introduced only in 1989. There was no such All-Union office before Gorbachev, while the Soviet Republics might have had own Chairman offices. --Michael Romanov (talk) 19:19, 22 January 2011 (UTC)
Hey again.. Do you by any chance have a clue who the Chairmens of the Committee on Foreign Affairs of the Supreme Soviet were? I'm looking specifically the predecessor and successor to Mikhail Suslov in this post, but if you other people too, I'd greatly appreciate it. --TIAYN (talk) 18:10, 16 February 2011 (UTC)
I am not sure if I can provide you with the full sequence of the predecessors and successors. This is what I found:
Committee on Foreign Affairs of the Soviet of the Union
Committee on Foreign Affairs of the Soviet of Nationalities

--Michael Romanov (talk) 19:01, 16 February 2011 (UTC)

How would I survive without you on Wiki? :p Anyhow, thanks again! :) --TIAYN (talk) 19:06, 16 February 2011 (UTC)
You are welcome. :) I also added Andrianov and Ligachev (see above). --Michael Romanov (talk) 19:23, 16 February 2011 (UTC)
Thanks! :) Keep them coming! :p --TIAYN (talk) 19:45, 16 February 2011 (UTC)

First Deputy Chairman of the Council of People's Commissars[edit]

As always I have another question for you; did the post of First Deputy Chairman of the Council of People's Commissars exist between 1935–1941? From 1935 to 1941 Valerian Kuibyshev held the post, and Nikolai Voznesensky and Vyacheslav Molotov held the post from 1941. So again, what happened between 1935–1941? --TIAYN (talk) 22:27, 5 March 2011 (UTC)

I don't see anybody on this post between 1935 and 1941 in the Russian article. And I have not found any other information. Perhaps, the post was temporarily abolished. That is my suggestion. --Michael Romanov (talk) 22:50, 5 March 2011 (UTC)

Executive Officer[edit]

Okay, fine, that's what I thought. Another question, what does this correctly translate to; "Управляющие делами Совета Министров СССР". Is it "Managing Director" or "Executive Director" and I'm unable to find any english refs for this office would you mind finding out what office actually did? If so thanks! --TIAYN (talk) 12:23, 6 March 2011 (UTC)
I would say that this is "Executive Officer". Here is their list: Совет Министров СССР#Управляющие делами Совета Министров СССР. According to the USSR Law on the Council of Ministers of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics dated 05.07.1978, the Executive Officer was a co-signer of decrees and resolutions issued by the Council of Ministers (Article 31) and the head of the USSR Government Apparatus, the latter being included in the Council of Ministers (Article 32). This law is mentioned in 1977 Soviet Constitution#Amendment process (see the red link), here and here but I am unable to find its full English translation. --Michael Romanov (talk) 16:04, 6 March 2011 (UTC)
It's okay, now I know what I'm suppose to look for at least! :) Anyhow thanks, I greatly appreciate it. My last question for the day, was the Cabinet of Ministers equivalent named "Управляющий Делами Кабинета Министров СССР" (translate: Executive Officer of the Cabinet of Ministers) to? Another question, those there exist a Law of the Cabinet of Ministers of the USSR? --TIAYN (talk) 16:57, 6 March 2011 (UTC)
And can you translate this? All I get is somekind of muddle, and Google Translate is not helping me! Here:

Аппарат Совета Министров СССР Аппаратом Правительства СССР, осуществляющим подготовку вопросов для рассмотрения в Совете Министров СССР и обеспечивающим систематическую проверку исполнения решений Партии и Правительства, является Управление Делами Совета Министров СССР, состоящее из отделов и иных структурных подразделений.

And here:

Аппарат Правительства СССР возглавляет Управляющий Делами Совета Министров СССР, который в установленном порядке включается в состав Совета Министров СССР.

--TIAYN (talk) 17:18, 6 March 2011 (UTC)
Because the Cabinet of Ministers of the USSR was formed on the base of the Council of Ministers, the Executive Officer of the Cabinet is similar to the Executive Officer of the Council. There is the USSR Law on the Cabinet of Ministers of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics dated 20.03.1991 and signed by Gorbachev. According to it, the Executive Officer was a Minister of the USSR and member of the Cabinet of Ministers Presidium (Article 26), a co-signer of decrees and resolutions issued by the Cabinet of Ministers (Article 31) and the head of the Cabinet of Ministers Apparatus (Article 32). I try to translate two law excerpts:

USSR Council of Ministers Apparatus
The USSR Government Apparatus that deals with preparation of the issues under consideration by the USSR Council of Ministers and secures systematic checkups of the decrees of the Party and Government is the Executive Office of the USSR Council of Ministers, which consists of departments and other structural units.

And here:

The USSR Government Apparatus is headed by the Executive Officer of the USSR Council of Ministers who, in accordance with the established order, is included in the members of the USSR Council of Ministers.

Cheers, --Michael Romanov (talk) 19:00, 6 March 2011 (UTC)
Thanks, because of you the Executive Officer of the Soviet Union is actually a decent article. Again thanks a lot; the article would have been stub-material without your help. Regards. --TIAYN (talk) 20:05, 6 March 2011 (UTC)

Nikolai Ryzhkov[edit]

I have some questions; is Ryzhkov a member of the Communist Party of the Russian Federation (CRPF)? If so, was he a former member of the Federal Assembly of the State Duma? If he was elected, and represented Belgorod Oblast who did he succeed, and who succeeded him in office? In the last election how many votes did he win, what's the percentage of that vote? I have plenty of more questions but these are hard enough. Regards --TIAYN (talk) 19:18, 28 March 2011 (UTC)

I was unable to find that he is a CPRF member. He used to head the so-called People's Patriotic Union of Russia (ru:Народно-патриотический союз России) in 1996—1998, but this organization does not practically exist after 2004. Also, I did not find anything about his predecessor as a Belgorod Oblast Representative in the Federal Assembly of Russia. Moreover, please take note that this is not a single post. Normally, an Oblast is represented in the Federal Assembly of Russia with more than one person. The Federal Assembly of Russia site lists 10 people who have been Belgorod Oblast Representatives for various terms and years (М.И. Бесхмельницын, Г.Г. Голиков, А.Н. Дондуков, А.Я. Зеликов, В.Н. Мошкович, А.Ф. Пономарев, С.Н. Попельнюхов, Н.И. Рыжков, Е.С. Савченко, Ю.И. Селиверстов). Ryzhkov was assigned to this post on September 17, 2003, and his term will end in June 2012 (according to his Federal Assembly of Russia web page). --Michael Romanov (talk) 13:59, 30 March 2011 (UTC)
Okay, thanks. I'm guessing he's not a member of the CPRF which makes sense, seeing that they hate the Gorbachev Regime. Anyhow, Is Ryzhkov a member of any party now or is he independent? --TIAYN (talk) 15:43, 30 March 2011 (UTC)
His party membership is not indicated anywhere. So, I guess that he quited the People's Patriotic Union of Russia at some point after 1998. And whether he joined any other party, it's unknown. The People's Patriotic Union of Russia was organized to combine the left parties including the CPRF. But there was a serious conflict between the People's Patriotic Union of Russia and CPRF in 2002-2004, as described in ru:Народно-патриотический союз России. Therefore, I doubt Ryzhkov could join the CPRF after that. --Michael Romanov (talk) 19:51, 30 March 2011 (UTC)
I guess that means he is independent. Anyhow, thanks again! :) --TIAYN (talk) 17:11, 31 March 2011 (UTC)
You are welcome. --Michael Romanov (talk) 20:35, 31 March 2011 (UTC)

Yelizaveta Alexandrovna Suslova[edit]

Hey yet again; Can you help translate this text for me... You don't need to translate the whole text, but only the part about Suslov's wife... And you don't need to translate it but give a short summary of her life. --TIAYN (talk) 06:17, 2 April 2011 (UTC)

Here it is:

Yelizaveta Alexandrovna Suslova (1903-1972) was the wife of Mikhail Andreyevich Suslov. She was Director of the Moscow Institute for Stomatology. In her life, she badly suffered from internal diseases, especially diabetes in a severe form, but ignored recommendations of her physicians. Once, Bernard Lown, M.D. was requested to see her in the Kremlin Hospital. It was one of the first cases when a famous foreign doctor was invited to visit the Kremlin Hospital. Mikhail Suslov expressed his gratitude for the Lown's help by passing the guest his book with his own autograph, but avoided to meet Lawn in person because Lawn was a representative of an "imperialistic" country. Yelizaveta Suslova was fictionally shown in a novel by Ivan Shevtsov (ru:Шевцов, Иван Михайлович), Nabat (Alarm), as a Director of a medical institution, Yelizaveta Ilyinichna, who was the wife of a major Soviet politician, Miron Andreyevich Serov, and patronized Zionists.

Cheers, --Michael Romanov (talk) 18:12, 2 April 2011 (UTC)
Thank you very much once again Romanov. ;) --TIAYN (talk) 17:59, 3 April 2011 (UTC)
You are welcome. --Michael Romanov (talk) 11:28, 4 April 2011 (UTC)

Silayev government[edit]

What's the difference between this government organ and this one? It may just be me who doesn't understand the language, but I'm really confused...... --TIAYN (talk) 14:03, 4 April 2011 (UTC)

It's basically the same organ. The Committee for Operative Management of People's Economics of the USSR (ru:Комитет по оперативному управлению народным хозяйством СССР) existed after 1991 Soviet coup d'état attempt, between August 24 and December 19, 1991, and the Inter-Republican Economic Committee of the USSR (ru:Межреспубликанский экономический комитет СССР) co-existed with it and operated between September 5 and November 14, 1991. The latter was then renamed to the Inter-Republican Economic Committee of the USSR and was active between November 14 and December 26, 1991. --Michael Romanov (talk) 15:31, 4 April 2011 (UTC)
But the Russian article mentions that Ivan Silayev was Chairman of the Committee for Operative Management of People's Economics of the USSR from 24 August - 19 December 1991; it doesn't say it was dissolved... why is that, is that an error on the Russian wiki's behalf? --TIAYN (talk) 17:18, 4 April 2011 (UTC)
Yes, it's a little complicated and you are right there were two organs, both having been headed by Silayev. I corrected the succession history of those organs as seen above. Overall, Silayev was in charge of both offices all the way from August 24 to December 26, 1991. --Michael Romanov (talk) 19:51, 4 April 2011 (UTC)
Okay, thanks, I understand. :) --TIAYN (talk) 18:23, 5 April 2011 (UTC)

Lev Voronin[edit]

What's Lev Voronin's middle name in English; Лев Алексеевич Воронин? --TIAYN (talk) 19:02, 7 April 2011 (UTC)

Must be Alekseyevich. See Alekseyevich. --Michael Romanov (talk) 19:23, 7 April 2011 (UTC)
Thanks! :) --TIAYN (talk) 19:31, 7 April 2011 (UTC)

Discussion at Wikipedia:Requests for comment/Gwillhickers[edit]

You are invited to join the discussion at Wikipedia:Requests for comment/Gwillhickers. A discussion is going on there about that editor. Coemgenus 15:19, 12 June 2011 (UTC) (Using {{pls}})

Pardon my message on you page. I see you made a comment to the page for Gwillhickers. Since you wrote it on the talk page, the administration will not consider it at all. The main page is the appropriate place [11]. The specific section where you can add your material is this [12]. You could just cut and paste it there, sign it and that should suffice.
Since you said you agreed with some of the other writers, there is a separate section to certify it, and that is here [13]. You've already done the difficult job of organising it and adding links; a simple correction to the page will ensure that your complaints are taken seriously.Ebanony (talk) 04:31, 14 June 2011 (UTC)

Stamp catalog numbers[edit]

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