1. In the book and movie "The Hunt for Red October", a sharp turn made by a Russian submarine to look behind it with sonar.
2. By analogy, any quick, unexpected and radical change in direction, literally or metaphorically.
1. Dammit, she's pulling a Crazy Ivan! All stop!
2. Dammit, they're out of tickets. Crazy Ivan--let's go to the bar.
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