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10 Things To Know About Russia

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Russia is an immensely huge and diverse country. Following are 10 things
you should know about this immense country.

russia, country, lenin, stalin, gorbachev, vodka, russian women, men,
baltic sea, peter the great

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Russia is an immensely huge and diverse country. Following are 10 things
you should know about this immense country.

10 Things To Know About Russia

The largest country in the world, Russia is a conundrum wrapped up in an
enigma, which has been shaken, twisted and stirred over the centuries.
There are so many contradictions in the country, that it is often hard to
say anything is absolute in Russia. Still, here are a few things that you
should know and might just surprise you.

1. Each year, the President of Russia has a press conference with
journalist held for two hours on live television. No other leader in the
world is required to do this nor does.

2. Founded in the 12th century, the Principality of Muscovy, was
dominated for over 200 years by the Mongols.

3. Under Peter the Great, 1682 to 1725, Russia was extended to the
Baltic Sea and the country was renamed the Russian Empire.

4. In 1917, The Communists under Vladimir Lenin seized power and formed
the USSR.

5. Following the death of Lenin, Iosef Stalin became the supreme ruler of
Russia. He killed more of his own citizens than the Nazis terminated in
World War II.

6. General Secretary Mikhail Gorbachev tried to put severe limits on the
amount of vodka sold in the country, but gave up after Russians started
brewing their own.

7. Russians beer contains varying degrees of vodka.

8. Russia has massive naturally resources including oil, diamonds,
natural gas, coal, gold and timber.
9. The population of Russia was estimated in 2005 to be 143,420,309. The
population is stagnating and the government now offers financial
incentives to couples that have children.

10. There are approximately 10 million more woman than men in Russia.

Two really understand Russia, one need only look at the flag of the
country. It is adorned with a two headed eagle, with one head looking to
the west and one to the east. Practically speaking, this is demonstrative
of Russia’s geography. Being so very large, the country is really many in
one. The areas found in the west such as Moscow and St. Petersburg look
to and are influenced by Europe. The areas in the Far East such as
Vladivostok have a much more Asian feel.

Anyway you slice it, Russia is an amazing country. If the opportunity
presents itself to take a trip to the country, you should snap it up.

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