During the Cold War, so little information was available about the USSR’s government that Kremlinologists studied the order Soviet leaders appeared (or didn’t appear) during parades, and the timing and spacing between them, to see who was powerful and who had lost influence.
Before Chernobyl, the Soviets had another massive nuclear disaster that occurred on 29 September 1957 and contaminated over 20,000 square km. The area was turned into a preserve to cover up the accident. The CIA knew of the accident, but also covered it up in order to protect the fledgling US nuclear industry from hysteria.
A 20 year-old book titled “Foundations of Geopolitics” outlined Russian goals to annex Ukraine, separate the UK from the rest of Europe, and foment racial and isolationist groups in the U.S.
Rasputin was once a faith healer called upon to heal the Tsarevich of Russia, who was dying due to complications from hemophilia. Rasputin simply sent a telegram stating that the Tsarevich would not die. The Tsarevich recovered and Rasputin took the credit.
The USA and Russia have islands that are just 2.5 miles apart, and the water between them freezes over in the winter. So technically you can walk from the USA to Russia.
Russia will spend about $200,000 maintaining Vladimir Lenin’s corpse this year. Maintenance includes bathing the body in chemicals and occasionally replacing parts.
At one point during Russian special purpose forces training, the trainees are shot at the chest while wearing body armor to give them a taste of the real battlefield.
There is an unreleased experimental Russian film where nobody on set was allowed to admit they were part of a movie production. Everyone had to pretend they were living in the 50’s for three whole years. The entire set was even wired to reproduce the effect of living under the Soviet regime.
The Moscow Water Dog is a now-extinct breed of dog that was developed in the Soviet Union after WWII. They were bred to be water rescue dogs, but since they preferred biting drowning people to saving them, the breed was allowed to go extinct.
When a Russian jet crashed into a river, a captain of a 1898-built steam tugboat tied a rope around the cockpit window and towed the jet to shore with all passengers still inside.