This paper discusses the specific problems and issues involved in studying information technologies in Eastern Europe and the USSR in the more general context of cross-cultural information technology (IT) research. The results reported are based on eight years of research into international information technologies by the Mosaic Group at the University of Arizona. The problems of doing this kind of work, where field and empirical studies are often impractical, are examined. Four analytical techniques, supported by a computer-based research environment, are advanced as means to solve these problems.