I met this picture on Youtube. There are Cyrillic letters, which doesn't fit into any Cyrillic language I've seen. First, I thought it is just random letters combinations, but then I noticed that, applying some imagination, I can see English words there, like "SOVIET", "UNION", "CITIES", if I replace:

"Ф" -> "O"
"Э" -> "E"
"Ц" -> "U"
"И" -> "N"

But still, I can't read most of the words, starting from "ЯЭ" and "ТФЦЯ". Can someone help me to read all the words on this picture?
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    $\begingroup$ How is this a puzzle? $\endgroup$
    – Rubio
    Jan 23, 2017 at 9:32
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    $\begingroup$ I read everything naturally on my first try, is there a catch? $\endgroup$ Jan 23, 2017 at 9:34
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    $\begingroup$ There's no puzzle. It's a (very) straightforward exercise in reading. The part you missed, maybe, is the words "to make them unreadable" - this is perfectly readable without any particular effort, as the substitutions trivially resemble the letters they replace; this isn't a cipher, it's a "cute" Cyrillicization of letters in English words to give a Russian feel to an otherwise pedestrian ad for some band reunion tour. There's no puzzle here. $\endgroup$
    – Rubio
    Jan 23, 2017 at 9:37
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    $\begingroup$ I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because there is no puzzle here. $\endgroup$
    – Rubio
    Jan 23, 2017 at 9:38
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    $\begingroup$ It's actually harder to read if you do know the Cyrillic alphabet. $\endgroup$
    – Glorfindel
    Jan 23, 2017 at 9:47

2 Answers 2


Continuing on the answer of J.A.K.:

Soviet (re)union tour
10 cities
no classes
one worldwide revolution

We see dates:

25/10 Leningrad 31/10 Moscow 2/11 Kiev 4/11 Minsk 5/11 Warsaw 6/11 Instanbul 7/11 Berlin 11/11 Paris 13/11 London 19/11 Washington DC

In the picture of the country we see:

This machine
Conquers fascists

And in the setlist we see:

Opium for the masses
Capitalist excess
Bourgeoisie misery
October dreams
Rise of the proletariat
Hammer and sickle time
Continuous Revolution
End of History

Ending with the note:

Wait 4 months in line for tickets now!


This isn't really a puzzle, letters are substituted for their cyrillic lookalikes.

Soviet (re)union tour

10 cities

no classes

one worldwide revolution

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    $\begingroup$ Well, it is a puzzle. Just a very easy one. Unless there is a catch. $\endgroup$ Jan 23, 2017 at 9:35

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