25 Insane Things You Might Not Know About Russia

Posted by , Updated on November 27, 2022

With the crisis in Ukraine recently, Russia has been in the news quite a bit. As Winston Churchill once said though, Russia is “a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma”. Read on to find out 25 insane things you didn’t know about Russia!



Rich people in Moscow buy ambulances and use them to drive around because the traffic is so bad

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Russian McDonald's carry the McShrimp, something that allegedly cannot be found anywhere else

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Russia's surface area is bigger than Pluto's surface area

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It spans 9 contiguous time zones which is more than any other country

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Roughly 9 million people ride the Moscow metro every day. That is more than New York and London combined

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Everyone thinks America has a high homicide rate (4.7 per 100,000), but Russia's is twice as high (9.7 per 100,000)

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On average Russians drink 6.3 shots of liquor per week while Americans drink 3.3

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Russians also consume about 6 times as much tea as Americans

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Lake Baikal holds one fifth of the world's fresh water

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64% of journalist deaths in Russia since 1992 have been murders

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Russia is actually rated the 5th deadliest country on Earth to be a journalist

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In 1867 Russia sold Alaska to the United States for less than 2 cents an acre

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Siberia accounts for 77% of the country

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At the nearest point, Russia and the United States are less than 4 km apart

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There are over half a million alcohol related deaths in Russia every year

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World War II has actually not completely ended yet. Due to a dispute over the Kuril Islands, Russia and Japan still haven't signed a peace treaty and therefore they remain at war

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During Peter the Great's reign there was a beard tax which anyone with a beard had to pay

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25% of Russian men die before reaching the age of 55 compared with only 1% in the United States.

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Officials believe this is related to Vodka consumption. The average Russian consumes 18 liters of alcohol annually which is over two times what experts consider dangerous.

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Driving around with a dirty car is a criminal offense

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It is believed that Russia has at least 15 "secret cities" with unknown names and locations

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During times of high inflation or economic recession, people are sometimes paid in Vodka

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The mayor of a city called Megion in Siberia actually banned excuses

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Russia has 8400 nuclear warheads which is more than any other nation

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Apple is worth more than the entire Russian stock market

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