FASCINATING FACTS: 15 Extraordinary Facts About Russia

The following “Extraordinary Facts About Russia” reveals why this is the one country on Earth that never fails to surprise us with its incredible antics. From blatant displays of domination, to bending the rules, to indescribable discoveries and inventions, Mother Russia has seems to have a wide variety of astonishing tricks up her sleeve. The list below documents fifteen unbelievable but true facts about Russia that are absolutely bewildering:

15. In Russia, there is a town named Verkhoyansk where 1,311 people live. This town has recorded a lowest temperature of −69.8 °C (−93.6 °F). It was also once attacked by a pack of 400 wolves

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There is a Russian town, Verkhoyansk, which has a population of 1,311 and average monthly temperature that ranges from −45.4 °C (−49.7 °F) in January to +16.5 °C (61.7 °F) in July. Also this town was attacked by a monstrous pack of 400 wolves in the year 2012. (Source)

14. In Russia, rich people can travel in “Ambulance Taxis” laden with high-end furniture and TV’s to beat city traffic. These rides cost more than $200 per hour

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In Russia, the wealthy can hire fake ambulances, known as “Ambulance taxis”, to avoid city traffic. These fake ambulances contain high-end sofas and flat-screen TV’s instead of medical equipment. The ambulance rides can cost as much as 6,000 roubles ($200) per hour. These exclusive and fraudulent services were exposed after one such vehicle fitted with a high-class interior was stopped for breaking traffic laws. (Source)

13. Russia’s most dangerous prisons have Caucasian Mountain Shepherd dogs as prison guards; These dogs are 6-feet tall with a weight of 200 lbs, and have the stopping power of a .45 caliber gun

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Some of the most maximum security Russian prisons use Caucasian Mountain Shepherd as guard dogs. They weigh up to 200 lbs, stand 6-feet tall and are said to have the stopping power of a .45 caliber handgun, according to a National Geographic documentary. These dogs have an uncanny ability of being able to distinguish between real threats and harmless interference, in addition to being known for their robustness, daring and alertness. These animals are deemed “extreme”, with explosive aggression. (Source)

12. A borehole was dug in 1989 by the Russian government that penetrated 40,230 feet into the Earth’s crust; This, by far, is the deepest borehole in the world, and it is known as “Kola Superdeep Borehole”

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In the 1970’s, the Russians began digging a hole through the Earth’s crust. The drilling was stopped at 40,230 feet in 1989 due to higher-than-expected temperature of the bedrock that was as much as 180 °C (356 °F) instead of expected 100 °C (212 °F). The project was closed down in late 2006 because of a lack of funding. All the drilling and research equipment was scrapped. The site has been abandoned since 2008. Today, the Kola Superdeep Borehole remains the deepest artificial point, as well as the deepest borehole on Earth. (Source)

11. In the 1990’s, first McDonald’s store was opened in Soviet Russia. The Russian workers had to be specially trained on how to smile for the customers.

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In the 1990’s McDonald’s opened its first store in Soviet Russia. and the Russian workers had to be taught how to smile and to be cheerful. It is widely known that Russians rarely smile as consistently smiling is deemed to be “insincere”, although a lot of businessmen in Russia have now proposed to adopt the “American” style of courtesy. (Source)

10. In Siberia, there is a 35 million year-old asteroid crater that was created in the 1970’s which contains diamonds. The diamonds’ combined weight is estimated to be “trillions of carats”, and are valued At $1 quadrillion.

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Russian scientists claim that in Siberia there are “trillions of carats” of diamonds buried underneath the crater formed by the asteroid Popigai Astroblem which fell to Earth in the 1970s. The crater stretches for 100 kilometers (60 miles). According to the scientists, those diamonds could satisfy the needs of the diamond market industry for the next 30,00 years, and are valued at $1 quadrillion. (Source)

9. There is a 15 year old Russian girl named Maryana Naumova who holds the record for the youngest girl in the world to bench 145 kg.

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Russian teenage girl, Maryana Naumova, is the youngest girl in the world, at the age of 15 years, to bench press 320 pounds (145 kgs). Earlier, at the 2013 Arnold Classic, Maryana, then a 13-year old, started with a 220-pound lift, then followed up with a lift of 230-pounds before successfully pressing an astounding 240-pounds. (Source)

8. 25% of Russian males die before they reach 55 years of age because of their intense addiction to Vodka. This was confirmed by a study that was conducted on the drinking habits of 151,000 Russian men

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In Russia, a research conducted on 151,000 Russian men and their drinking habits revealed that a quarter of the Russian male population that drinks more than three, half-liter bottles of vodka a week, die before reaching their mid-50s due to acute alcohol addiction. (Source)

7. There is a lake in Russia which is so radioactive that it can kill you within one hour of just standing near it. This lake was used to dump radioactive material in 1951.

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Lake Karachay in the southern Ural mountains in central Russia is considered as the most polluted place in the world. This lake was used as a dumping ground for radioactive material in 1951 and in 1990. Just standing on the shore for an hour would give you a radiation dose of 600 roentgen, more than enough to kill you. (Source)

6. A Russian woman named Valentina Vassilyeva holds the Guinness World Record of giving birth to th e most  babies: 69 infants.

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Valentina Vassilyeva (1707-1782) holds the Guinness World Record for giving birth to the most infants, a whopping 69 babies! These include 27 confirmed multiple births: six pairs of twins, seven sets of triplets and four sets of quadruplets. (Source)

5. Siberia experienced an orange snow in 2007. Scientists and researchers could not find a definitive reason for this, although some have speculated that it was due to industrial pollution

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In 2007, people living in the small village of Pudinskoye, Siberia witnessed orange snow falling from the sky. The snow color varied from red to yellow, but was mostly orange and had a pungent odor. According to the Russian environmentalists, the snow contained four times higher the normal quantities of iron, as well as various acids and nitrates. The scientists could not find the definitive source for the orange snow because the region was home to many polluting industries and it was hard to identify which one might have been responsible. (Source)

4. Teachers in Altai Republic town of central Russia were paid in vodka bottles instead of their 6-month salaries in 1998 because the government was carrying a lot of debt and could not afford to pay them their wages

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8,000 teachers in the Altai Republic in central Russia received fifteen bottles of vodka per person in 1998 because the government had impending debts. They were provided with the bottles of liquor as a replacement for their salaries because the government was not able to release the 40 million rubles ($2.5 million) that represented the six-months worth of wages owed the teachers. (Source)

3. Alcoholism is so severe in Russia that many doctors treat it by surgically implanting a capsule that produces an unbearable illness in the patient w it comes in contact with even a single drop of alcohol. The pain is similar in intensity to acute heroin withdrawal.

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In Russia, medical doctors have created a small capsule that induces insufferable pain after coming in contact with even a drop of alcohol in a person’s blood stream. The excruciating pain is thought to be similar in intensity to acute heroin withdrawal. (Source)

2. A “Military Disneyland” has been opened in Kubinka city, Russia in which the visitors to the park can drive military vehicles and use military weapons

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In Kubinka, Russia, a military Disneyland named Patriot Park, allows military grade weapon systems, arms, ammunition and tanks to be accessed by the public. Real military visual simulators are available for the public, assault rifles and machine-guns, in addition to the other military weapons, can be used by the visitors. As per the Russian President, Vladimir Putin, Patriot park will infuse a sense of patriotism and military valor in the youth. (Source)

1. There are 44 Russian cities that have been designated “closed cities” and do not allow any foreigners inside. About 1.5 million people live in these cities, and moving out requires special permission from the authorities.

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In Russia, there are a total of 44 cities that have been classified as “closed cities” as they do not allow access to any foreigners. These cities, inherited from Soviet Union, host important sites of the atomic, metallurgical, chemical and military industries. The concept of a “closed city” first appeared in the late 1940’s in USSR for the specific purpose of serving the interests of large industrial groups, the army, and major research institutions. These citites are called “ZATO” (Closed Administrative Territorial Entities), and they are surrounded by barbed wire besides being protected by armed guards. Also, moving out of these closed cities require special permission from the authorities in charge. (Source)

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