The Evil Apartment
six-storey apartment house arranged like
the letter pokoi on Sadovaya--Burgin and O'Connor, like every other
translator before them, delete this reference to the Russian letter P (pokoi).
Pyramidon--a pain reliever like aspirin. Aminopyrine, Pyramidon was available in Russia until recently.
Skhodnya--A suburb of Moscow to the north.
huge wax seal--The seal on the door usually meant someone had been arrested and his possessions were sealed for further investigation. Hence Styopa's concern about unnecessary conversations.
Voronezh--A large city in the South of Russia.