Facts About Russia You Never Knew

  • Russia is one million square miles larger than Pluto.
  • Verkoyansk, Russia has a population of 1,311 people and an average temperature of -50 degrees Fahrenheit. Livestock and horses in the town were attacked by a pack of 400 wolves in 2011. The sun currently rises at 2 p.m. and sets at 3:30 pm.
  • In exchange for Pepsi products, Russia gave Pepsi 17 submarines, a cruiser, a frigate, and a destroyer in 1990. At the time, it was the seventh largest submarine fleet in the world.
  • Lake Baikal in Siberia is the deepest lake in the world. It would take all the rivers of the world – Volga, Don, Dnepr and Yenisei, Ural and Ob, Ganges and Orinoko, Amazon and Thames, Seine and Oder – nearly one year to fill lake Baikal’s basin.
  • The legendary Trans-Siberian route goes through 8 time zones, traveling over 9,000 km from Moscow to Beijing.
  • The famous State Hermitage Museum offers free admission on the first Thursday of every month. Arrive early, as the lines can get extremely long. (Photo permits and tours of the Treasury Gallery are extra.)
  • Though Russia spans 11 time zones on a map, it only adheres to nine. On March 28, 2010, at 2 a.m., while much of Russia turned their clocks forward, Udmurt Republic, Samara Oblast, Kamchatka, and Chukotka regions neglected daylight savings at the government’s behest.
  • This year, Crimea skipped ahead two hours at 2 a.m. on March 30, syncing up with Moscow.
  • Kizhi Island in Russia’s Lake Onega is home to two extraordinary churches constructed in the 18th century. Built side-by-side, the 22-dome Church of the Transfiguration and the 9-dome Intercession Church were constructed entirely with interlocking wood, with no metal involved, not even a single nail. For more, click here. http://www.slate.com/blogs/atlas_obscura/2014/04/28/the_intricate_wooden_churches_of_kizhi_island.html

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