36 Interesting Facts About Russia

Covering more than one eighth land of the Earth, Russia is the biggest country of the world. Authors (Tolstoy, Dostoyevsky and Pushkin), Traditional Food (Borscht, Blini, stroganoff, Black Bread), Architectural wonders (Saint Basil’s Cathedral, Moscow Kremlin, Winter Palace, Hermitage Museum) reminds of just one name: RUSSIA!
Also, back in 1939, Winston Churchill famously remarked that Russia was “a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma.” Quite positively, this still holds true for some people.

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Let’s have a deeper look at the country founded by Viking Rurik in 862:

1. Vodka Rules

vodkas-standingWhat if you get to know you are going to be paid in vodka at the end of the month? Well, in Russia, during times of economic disparity or high inflation, teachers can be paid in Vodka. 
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2. Anything Under 10%

tumblr_lxkx4sh1wX1qevh8bo1_500Yes, 10% is the line drawn for anything to be a foodstuff and not alcoholic.
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3. Who’s The Biggest of Them All?

tumblr_myiytz1cG51qe87fgo4_1280We know that Russia is the biggest country. But did we also know that it’s bigger than PLUTO?????!!
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4. “Closed Cities”

tumblr_o1iys5gICp1qz6f9yo2_1280Russia is suspected to be a home to 15 secret cities. Besides their names and location currently unknown, they appear on no maps, no road signs will direct you to them too. Unsurprisingly, visits from foreigners are strictly prohibited as well.
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5. Tattoo Game Strong

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stalinIn Soviet Russia, prisoners used to get tattoos of Lenin & Stalin, since guards were ordered not to shoot at any image of the national leaders.
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6. Sold Like Hotcakes (Not)

Russia sold Alaska to USA for just $7.2 million which, about $2.5 million less than what Real Madrid paid for Cristiano Ronaldo!!

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7. Food Hunting

Moscow-Train-Dog-1There are stray dogs in the city of Moscow, that ride the subways on the same schedule each day to find food.
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8. Killer Lake

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lakeLake Karachay, sometimes spelled Karachai or Karachaj, is a small lake in the southern Ural Mountains in central Russia, which is so radioactive that it can kill anyone in about 30 minutes of standing near it.
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9. Closest As Ever

alaskaAt their closet point, Alaska in USA is just 2 miles away from Russia.
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10. Alley Cat

hermitage3The State Hermitage Museum in Russia has a team of cats that protects the artwork against rodents. These cats even have a passport with a photo. (whhaaatt??) Also, if you spent 2 minutes looking at each exhibit in the Hermitage, it would take you 6 years to see everything. That’s quite a labor.

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11. No Words for… Well, Words

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whatttThere is no literal translation for words like “fun” and “privacy” in Russian language.
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12. McBiggest

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The biggest McDonalds is in Moscow, seating about 700 people at a time. Also, Russia is the only place where you can have a McShrimp!
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13. In Lieu of

borschtRecently, many restaurants in Russia have started listing “Borscht” as “Beet Root Soup” because “borscht” is Ukrainian.
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14. New Year

Traditions-of-Russian-New-YearEven thought, maximum people of Russia are Christians, New Year is a more popular festival than Christmas. In fact, they celebrate it twice.
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15. 🙂

missing-tooth-smiley

Russians do not put eyes on the smiley- It is always ))))) or (((( but never 🙂 or 🙁 . Wow!
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16. Most Beautiful Subway

subwayMoscow has the most beautiful subway station and also, it is the fourth deepest station in the world.
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17. A Good Man Is Hard To Find

106957963You heard me! There are 9 million more Russian women than men.
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18.  Cheers To … Liver?

tumblr_o3b1l8CHao1uhs7xyo1_500“There are over 500,000 alcohol-related deaths in Russia every year.” An average Russian drinks about 4.8 gallons of alcohol per year which two times what doctor think is dangerous for you and four times more than an average American Cheers.

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19. Bridging the Distances

bridge

St. Petersburg has more bridges than in Venice. About 3 times more.

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20. Meat-y Gelatin

holodec-iz-svini-1280x640 An extremely popular Russian meal called “kholodets,” is comprised of meat suspended in salty gelatin.

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21.  Too Late to Play

In 1908, the Russian Olympic Team arrived 12 days late since it was still following the Julian calendar.

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22.  If it’s Not Pickled, It’s Not Good Enough

9148893902_5058f79d4dYou can find a pickled version of almost every vegetable in Russia. That’s wickedly impressive.

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23.  Vodka is Water!

IMG_3310Vodka is derived from the word “Voda”, which is Russian for “Water”.

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24.  World’s Least Friendly Country

russianchildrenRussia is voted for the title since the children at schools are taught not to smile in school. Furthermore, people do not smile at the passer by(s). (It is considered rude!)  

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25.  Late? Hire An Ambulance!

maxresdefaultIt is quite a fact that many wealthy Russians hire an ambulance in case of a hefty traffic.

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26.  Not Americans’ Cup of Tea

teaA Russian drinks about 3.051 pounds of tea annually, compared with 0.503 pounds in the U.S.

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27.  Most Time Zones

time-zone-map-russiaRussia used to have 11 time zones but it cut that down to nine in 2010. “The less fractional division of the country will enable us to resolve a number of transport and communications issues, will increase its manageability and strengthen the position of Russia as an important chain in the world’s global infrastructure,” President Dmitry Medvedev.

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28. Where Is The Sun?

russia-frost_1557413iThere exists a town in Russia with an average temperature of -50 degrees Fahrenheit, and a current sunrise time of 2pm and a sunset time of 3.30pm.

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29. Astori-shing!

Гостиница Астория и памятник Николаю первому. Санкт-Петербург.The Astoria hotel in St. Petersburg is where Hitler planned to hold a huge celebratory banquet once he’d conquered the city.
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30. Sweeper’s Colony

subbotnik2Subbotnik is the day when Russian residents volunteer to sweep up and tidy the streets of their city. It started after the revolution but happens till the date.
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31. More Rules

0a7ef0bd8162761f82118b8134044872Giving flowers to the people can be a delicate point of etiquette in Russia. You should always make sure to give them the odd numbers, unless going to a funeral, where even numbers are the rule.
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32. Love Locked Down

17bf5101ff6f4eddae405f92953e910dPadlock trees can be spotted in Moscow where couples prove their love to each other.
Source: telegraph.co.uk, Image: loveinmoscow.com

33. Notorious Policemen

C2F79BD0-0AF0-4DB2-9CD4-9CC244FC04FD_w640_r1_sAlthough things are improving, Russian police are still notorious for asking the foreigners for “paperwork infringements”. So be careful in Russia and carry your documents with you (ALL THE TIME!).
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34. Banned

airport-ban_3022778bFew Western leaders are not welcome in at least one airport duty free shop in Russia.
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35. Lesser Known Places

english-tourist-on-beachAround 10,000 British tourists visit Russia each year, and over 90 per cent of them go only to Moscow and/or St Petersburg.
Source: telegraph.co.uk, Image: britishtravellers.co.uk

36. Plain Beef Fat for Dinner?

saloSalo is a distant cousin of bacon. It consists of slabs of fat with or without skin. Salo is normally kept in the fridge and eaten raw. Describing its taste is tricky – essentially, you are literally eating pure fat. It’s salty and has a very subtle yet somehow rich flavor. The combination of thin chilled salo slices, pieces of rye bread and ice cold vodka is unbeatable.
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