100 Interesting facts about Russia
Russia is multinational and multicultural. Russia has got more than 100 nationalities — Russians, Ukrainians, Tatars, Jews, Bashkirs — it would take a separate page to list them all.
Mikhail Gorbachev was the first and only President of the USSR.
Russia gave birth to many great artists, scientists and writers: Dostoevsky, Chekhov, Tolstoy, Pushkin, Aivazovsky and Vasnetsov, Gogol and Turgenev, Lomonosov and Karamzin
Russia adopted equal rights before USA. In 1918, Russian women were granted suffrage. US has only granted the voting rights to women in 1920.
The Worker and the Kolkhoz Woman by Vera Mukhina is one of the most prominent statues to shape Moscow's landscape and was designed for the 1937 World's Fair in Paris.
The UNESCO World Heritage List includes 24 Russian heritage sites, natural and cultural properties, power points and famous historical sites.
Russia is also home to the world’s largest active volcano Klyuchevskaya Sopka, which has a height of 4,750 m (15,584 ft)
Russia is known as the «lungs of Europe» since it has the largest forest reserves in the world, and the amount of carbon dioxide absorbed by it is second only to the rainforests in the Amazon.
Many Russian people prefer to spend their holidays and free time in the summer houses outside the cities which are called «dacha».
Hospitality plays a significant role in the Russian mentality and character, once you make friends with Russian people you will surely value this unique feature of the so-called «Wide Russian soul».
Russian Volga is the longest river of Europe. The Volga River rises northwest of Moscow and extends southward some 3700 km through the whole central part of the country.
First artificial satellite of Earth was Russian. «Sputnik» (pronounced «Spoot-nik» not «Sput-nik») was launched on October 4, 1957 – the beginning of the Space Age.