1. 77%
  2. of Russia is made up of Siberia.
  3. Each Russian consumes 18 litres (4.8 US gal) of alcohol per year, doubling what experts consider dangerous.
  4. In Russia there are 9 million more Women than men.
  5. There are over
    500,000 alcohol-related deaths in Russia each year.
  6. In Russia
  7. it's now Illegal
  8. to tell kids
  9. Gay People Exist.
  10. A russian woman in the 1700s gave birth to 16 pairs of twins, 7 sets of triplets and 4 sets of quadruplets in just 40 years with the same man.
  11. In 1908 the Imperial Russian Olympic Team arrived in London 12 days too late for the games because they were not using the Gregorian calendar yet.
  12. The U.S. purchased Alaska from Russia for just US$7.2 million in 1867.
  13. Stalin didn't start learning Russian until he was 8. His mother tongue was Georgian.
  14. The oldest plant ever to be regenerated has been grown in Russia from 32,000-year-old seeds.
  15. Japan and Russia still
    haven't signed a peace treaty to end World War II due to the
    Kuril Islands dispute.
  16. Gorbachev recorded an album of Russian romantic ballads in 2009.
  17. Beer was not considered an alcoholic beverage in Russia until 2013.
  18. Foxes are domesticated like dogs by Russian scientists since 1959.
  19. There was a "Beard Tax" in Russia, during Peter the Great's Reign, paid by anyone who had a beard.
  20. There's a museum in Russia that hires cats to protect its artworks against rodents.
  21. The word “vodka” comes from the Russian word “voda” that means “water.
  22. Lake Karachay in Russia is the most radioactive and polluted lake in the world.
  23. 25% Russians die before reaching the age of 55, compared to just 1% in the U.S., and Vodka is to blame.
  24. It is a criminal offence to drive around in a dirty car in Russia.
  25. It is believed Russia has at least 15 secret cities with their names, and locations unknown.
  26. A third of all Russians believe the Sun revolves around the Earth.
  27. Wealthy Russians hire fake ambulances to beat Moscow's traffic.
  28. In Russia, during times of economic disparity or high inflation, teachers can be paid in Vodka.
  29. 20% of the world's unfrozen fresh water is in a single lake: Russia's Lake Baikal.
  30. The first Russian child to receive the vaccine against smallpox was called "Vaccinov," given a pension and observed all his life.
  31. The Russian mayor of Megion, west Siberia,
  32. banned excuses.
  33. Russia's notorious murderer Vladimir Nikolayev ate some of his victim's body, then gave the rest of the meat to a friend, whose wife served it to his family thinking it was a kangaroo.
  34. Apple Is Worth More Than The Entire Russian Stock Market.
  35. Russia has over 8400 nuclear weapons, more than any other country.
  36. In Canada, Mexico, India, Russia and Israel, bank notes have Braille-like markings on them for the blind.
  37. In 1600, a volcano eruption in Peru caused a famine that killed about 2 million people in Russia.
  38. Of all the countries that celebrate an independence day, 58 are independent of the UK, 26 of France, 21 of Russia and 21 of Spain.
  39. Homosexuality and abortion were decriminalised in Russia under Lenin's leadership.
  40. Stalin was fond of American cowboy movies.
  41. 56%
  42. of Russians regret the collapse of the Soviet Union, a 2016 survey found.
  43. The motto of Russia's nuclear strike missile force is: "After us, it is silence."
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