In 1908 the Russian Olympic team arrived at the Olympics in London 12 days late because it was still using the Julian calendar instead of the Gregorian calendar.
The Grand Duchess Anastasia Nikolaevna of Russia, at the age of 13, was one of the first known teenagers to take a mirror selfie.
The Imperial Russian Navy build a circular warship. Often called “the ugliest ship ever built” it fared poorly in open water and would spin out of control when it fired its guns.
When Vladimir the Great was trying to decide on the national religion of Russia in 987, he nearly chose Islam; however, after realizing that Muslims weren’t allowed to drink alcohol, he decided on Orthodox Christianity instead.
Nikita Khrushchev made a speech denouncing Stalin that was so shocking it caused heart attacks for some in attendance.
In 1933 Soviet Russia dumped 6200 people on an island in Siberia and left them to their fate. A month later 4000 of them were dead. “People were dying everywhere; they were killing each other…. On the island there was a guard named Kostia Venikov, a young fellow. He was courting a pretty girl who had been sent there. He protected her. One day he had to be away for a while, and he told one of his comrades, “Take care of her,” but with all the people there the comrade couldn’t do much…. People caught the girl, tied her to a poplar tree, cut off her breasts, her muscles, everything they could eat, everything, everything…. They were hungry, they had to eat. When Kostia came back, she was still alive. He tried to save her, but she had lost too much blood.“
Following the coronation of Russian Tsar Nicholas II, 1,389 people were killed in a stampede because people were afraid there would not be enough beer for the entire celebration.
Until 2011 in Russia anything under 10% alcohol was considered foodstuff and not alcoholic.
After Rasputin was murdered, a group of people dug up his remains & burned them. As the body was being burned, Rasputin appeared to sit up in the flames, terrifying onlookers. This effect can be attributed to the heat, which caused his tendons to shrink, forcing the body to bend at the waist. Heat contraction could not, however, explain the death threats and screaming.