This is a page of links to various Russian sites, and may be divided into multiple pages as it grows. You will need to understand Russian or at least know the Cyrillic characters for most of them. If your computer does not display the Cyrillic letters properly, you need to 'Russify' it. Information on this can be found at SovInformBureau.
Search Engines: Obviously, any can be used, but Russian based ones will give more results from Russian sites. However, note that the excellent Google can be set for Russian searches by going to 'preferences'. Some good Russian search engines are:
of the best. Can be refined to search for many categories including ftp
search. MP3 search is good. Also provides free e-mail.
Music: These are some sites which have collections of MP3s and other general music information. I have to note here that the free availability of music on the net in Russia is slowing down. There are still collections to be found, but many of the biggest and best have either closed or become pay sites. This is apparently due to the activities of the copyright police being felt even in Russia. I shall try to add some new sites here soon, but most of those that were listed here are now defunct.
Rin.ru: This was one of
the best sites for MP3s with a big collection of both Russian and English
bands and it remains so, but is now a subscription site. It's not expensive,
though, and you may consider it worth the small outlay to gain access
to the music. It is not very easy to navigate, and has one of those awful
interfaces where you have to click again on a pop-up window to download.
But worth the effort for the rare stuff you will find.
General: Here are some sites where you can find Russian resources:
School of Slavonic and
East European Studies (University College London): I studied here
for a while. Lots of useful information.
Kazan - some sites based in Kazan:
Roses.ru: Lyonya (see Kazan
page) built this site. Send flowers to Russia here.