In other "translation" news, Reddit is definitely not the place to go looking for help when seeking to understand a culture new to one.
Lastly, courageous dedication translates across cultures: A frantic appeal has been made directly to the Russian government to save Europe's largest fruit and berry seed bank from real estate developers. The Pavlovsk Experiment Station is the largest European field genebank for fruits and berries, and is part of the N.I. Vavilov Research Institute of Plant Industry, where Russian scientists famously starved to death rather than eat the seeds under their protection during the 900-day siege of Leningrad during World War II. [Emphasis mine because, dear God, they starved themselves rather than surrender their seeds! And before anyone gets upset thinking that the scientists might have saved themselves and others with those seeds, I'm given to understand that that wasn't so; the scientists might have sustained themselves, but the seeds weren't plentiful enough to have helped others. In any case, I never learned about the Pavlovsk Experiment Station scientists in history class, and I think that's a damn shame.]