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25 30 Curious Facts About Russia

30 Curious Facts About Russia

Posted on December 4, 2014 by team


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Some of these facts are widely known but we think they worth another mention here, in this post.

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1. Russia is the only country of the world washed by twelve seas.

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2. The Ural mountains dividing Russia into European and Asian parts are the most ancient mountains in the world.

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3. The distance from Moscow to Chicago is shorter than the one from Chicago to Rio Janeiro.

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4. Saint Petersburg is the northernmost city of the world with a population of over one million people.

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5. The area of Siberia is 9.7343 million square kilometers, which occupies 9% of all dry land.

6. Russia has never had slavery. The period of feudal dependence and serfdom in Russia was shorter than in England, for example, and other majority countries of Europe. Russian serfdom law was much softer.

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7. On January 16, 1820 the Russian expedition of Thaddeus Bellingshausen and Mikhail Lazarev discovered the Antarctic continent.

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8. The most popular computer game “Tetris” was created by a Russian programmer Alexey Pazhitnov in 1985. It gained popularity in the USSR too, and later, in 1986 in the west.

9. Ivan the Terrible was not a tyrant, he ruled the country very softly for those times. With the similar size (at that time) of Europe and Russia, for all years of his rule, Ivan the Terrible executed 100 times fewer people than his European colleagues for the same period – 3-4 thousand people against 300-400 thousand people.

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10. Waiting intervals in the Moscow subway are shorter than in any other subway of the world. In rush hours, people have to wait for another train for a maximum of 90 seconds. Some trains are rather unusual like, for example, the “Akvarel” (“Watercolors”) train that represents a mobile art exhibition.

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25 Responses to “30 Curious Facts About Russia”

  1. Alain says:

    Mostly interessing, with one small mistake : The Urals (300 million years) are not the oldest mountains in the world. The Caledonian orogeny is (much) older (now, Scotland, Scandinavia and Appalaches – at least 420 million years). The Armorican mountains (in French Britanny – 330 million years) are also quite older (although MUCH smaller – but that’s normal, because of erosion. Even Vosges are (partly) older, up to 400 million years for their oldest parts.

    I am pretty sure you can find old mountains like these elsewhere in the world. I know Europe, but less the rest of the world. And these kind of mountains are, often, barely hills now. But older than Ural whatsoever…

    • prp says:

      Yeah, and they also had labor camps, gulags etc. in Russian Empire and ZSRR. Majority of prisoners were there because of political and bullshit reasons. They built roads, dig in mines etc. in extremely harsch conditions. They didn’t need slavery when they had that…

  2. Alain says:

    10 : almost true. The line 14 in Paris metro has a 60-second interval in rush hours. But (there is a but) it is automatic. So waiting intervals in the Moscow subway are shorter than in any other non-automatic subways of the world…

  3. OERNii says:

    It’s very refreshing to see Russia’s nice side for once. Beautiful shots and info.

  4. Spv says:

    @Alain: 90sec is the max interval at Rush hour, it happens train almost follow each other at 30sec intervals. And considering the their speed vs Paris metro, this is quite an achievment!

    • Alain says:

      The Moscow metro is indeed huge. It is fast (I have dug a bit : lowest interval is 35 seconds for Moscow, and indeed 60 seconds for Paris, which makes Moscow’s faster in rush hour). But I wouldn’t compare it with Paris metro (especially lines 1 and 14).

      In fact, the best metro in the world would have Moscow stations and Paris lines 1 and 14 trains :)

    • Tutan Camon says:

      In Romania the metro trains is non stop!!!!Is like an conveyor belt!!!!!!What a 90 seconds????Nonstop is the better!!!!

  5. Otis R. Needleman says:

    31. Russia is a great country, with many great people, but has a fool for a president.

    • SSSR says:

      He is no longer called a president,his terms are too long for that name.He wants to keep his expensive lavish lifestyle while staying in control of the largest country on Earth!

  6. Erik says:

    So many beautiful places . Thank you

  7. A. Ladin says:

    Some of the points are just slightly untrue, but nr. 17 is utter crap.

  8. welp says:

    Light bulb: Thomas Edison, Sir Joseph Wilson Swan, Sir Hiram Stevens Maxim
    Television: Philo Farnsworth, Charles Francis Jenkins
    Electronic Microscope: Ernst Ruska, Max Knoll
    Helicopter: Paul Cornu, Igor Sikorsky
    Bomber: Gianni Caproni
    Video recorder: Charles Ginsburg
    Caterpillar tractor: Benjamin Holt
    Color photography: Louis Lumière, Auguste Lumière, James Clerk Maxwell, Thomas Sutton
    Gasoline engine: Lemuel Wellman Wright, Jean Joseph Etienne Lenoir
    Harvesting machine: Charles Withington
    Gun: in China, Tang Dynasty (9th century)
    Electric welding: Sir Humphrey Davy, Nikolai Benardos, Stanisław Olszewski
    Syntetic ruber: Gustave Bouchardat, Sergei Vasiljevich Lebedev, Ivan Ostromislensky
    Chrcoal mask: John Stenhouse
    Radio: Hans Christian Ørsted, Heinrich Rudolf Hertz, Guglielmo Marconi
    Turbodrill: Matvei Kapelyushnikov
    Projector: Ibn al-Haytham, Johannes de Fontana
    Automatic telephone station: Tivadar Puskás
    Element periodic table: Dmitri Mendeleev
    Electric submarine: Isaac Peral
    Heat engine: complicated history, no certain known inventors
    Detergents: complicated history, no certain known inventors
    Heart anf lung machine: John Heysham Gibbon
    Mortar: unknown, first used by Fatih Sultan Mehmed
    Electric engine: Allessandro Volta, Moritz Jacobi
    Backpack: Dick Kelty

  9. Mister Twister says:

    28% of the population does not drink? Russia never had slavery? Born and raised, and I’m not buying those two “facts”.

  10. Mister Twister says:

    Also, would love to visit some of the “better”, “more civilized” cities of Russia, but sadly that will most likely never happen.

  11. SSSR says:

    Russia embraces some English,it is in their alphabet and on their vehicle license plates-RUS.

  12. somejoe says:

    #17 left out every thing else made by man. :)

  13. SSSR says:

    So Mr.Benz and the other guy did not invent the gasoline engine in Germany?

  14. Akskl says:

    Stalin’ propaganda after WWII started to brainwash everybody in f.USSR that almost all inventions were first invented by Russians.

  15. Ano says:

    Now Russia is following the footsteps of China.

  16. M says:

    Russians invent a hand watch too – at the US ebassy’s trash.

  17. dd says:

    always fun russia

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