I inked this mostly with a paintbrush and an inkwell. I loved it, but if you guys have any hints on how to get it to wind up more of a flat solid dark black and less pale and streaky, leave a comment.
So, I was talking to a Russian historian who studies Soviet history -- and grew up during a lot of it*, pretty cool guy to talk to -- and he mentioned the Brezhnev-era "Soviet nobility" (the Nomenklatura) could (and did) do things like going into crowded restaurants, flashing just part of their ID cards, and immediately getting a table. Shades of Slava. Both he and Chekhov would have been part of the Nomenklatura in the Soviet Union, but they didn't really throw their weight around a lot for personal benefit. Iaroslav probably splurged on his parents to make up for being such a pain to raise, but hey.
*he cleverly dodged the draft during the Soviet-Afghan War, for example -- good for him