100 Interesting facts about Russia
The father of modern American television was Russian electronic engineer and inventor, Vladimir Zvorykin, who emigrated to the United States in 1919.
In January16, 1820, Russian expedition led by Thaddeus Bellingshausen and Mikhail Lazarev discovered Antarctica.
Russian chemist, Dmitrii Mendeleev, created the periodic table of elements by arranging them according to scientific laws. The whole world uses this periodic table.
The most famous computer game –Tetris – was created by Russian programmer Alexei Pazhitnov in 1985. The game, first available in the Soviet Union, appeared in the West in 1986.
Russia has some of the best art institutions in the world, like Bolshoi Theater and Pushkin Art Gallery in Moscow, and Mariinsky Theater and the Hermitage in St. Petersburg
The administrative divisions in Russia include 21 autonomous republics, 49 oblasts or provinces, 6 territories (kray), 10 autonomous regions (okrug) and 1 autonomous oblast
For Russians, Ural is a jewellery box with precious stones, because more than 200 minerals and precious stones are in the depths of these mountains (asbestos, rock crystals, malachite, beryl, jasper, zircon, gold)
The world’s largest bell, the Tsar Kolokol bell, can be found at the Kremlin. The bell was made in 1735 and cracked soon afterwards. It has never been rung. It is 6.14m high and weighs 223 tons!
Moscow metro is the fastest means of transport, trains are scheduled for every 90 seconds in a rush hour
There are about 176 operating fountains (including 40 huge fountains) and 5 cascades in Peterhof, located in the suburbs of St.Petersburg
About 100 festivals and competitions of different trends of culture and art including 50 international ones are held every year in St. Petersburg
Russia is the second biggest oil exporter in the world