1. Avtonomka is a russian slang term for long swimming of a submarine without entering the port for resupply of fuel, water and food.
2. 'Royal baby' was Kazimir Malevich's appellation for his Black Square. He also hailed it as the first step in pure creation, before which any other paintings were naive deformities and copies of nature.
3. On the Spiritual in Art and Point and Line to Plane are books by Wassily Kandinsky.
4. Here the author makes a comparison with the hierarchy of prisoners in Russian prisons where blatnoys are the highest caste, as a rule, professional criminals hold power over the other prisoners, muzhiks are prisoners that often accidentally ended up in prison and are expected to return to normal life after serving their sentence. The latter did not have power over the other prisoners and did not collaborate with the prison authorities. The prison bitches are the lowest caste in the prison, subjected to real or symbolic rape in prison and various humiliating acts by other prisoners.