In Soviet Russia, due to strict censorship of music, there was a black market for Beatles records that had been etched onto used x-ray film. Some would sell for an entire month’s salary. The records earned the name “music on the bones.”
Because the Russians did such a great job embalming Lenin, the Vietnamese flew Ho Chi Minh’s corpse to Russia once a year for a “refresh.”
There is a radio frequency emanating from Russia that has been broadcasting a “buzzer” like sound since 1982. No one knows where exactly it is coming from or what it means. Also periodically a voice reads orders, names, and numbers.
Since 1991 the percentage of Russia’s population that does not identify with any religion has dropped from 61% to 18%.
The CIA secretly pumped funds into abstract-expressionists, such as Jackson Pollock and Mark Rothko, in an attempt to make popular American freedom and expression art in contrast to rigid Soviet art. As a testament to how insanely effective this was, only just a couple weeks ago Russia’s deputy prime minister laughed US sanctions off, saying he only appreciated 3 things about the US: Tupac, Ginsberg, Pollock.
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.“
Vladimir Putin released his own DVD: “Learn judo with Vladimir Putin”.
There are coffee houses in Russia where food and drink are free but you pay for time.
In Russia, squirrels have been known to hunt dogs.
According to a 2011 poll, 32% of Russians believe that the sun orbits the earth.
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.
1,311 people live in Verkhoyansk, Russia. A town with an avg. temp of -45 °C (-50 °F) in January that was also attacked by a pack of 400 wolves last year. The sun currently rises at 2pm and sets at 3:30pm.
Russians have a word “Zapoi” to describe several days of continuous drunkenness during which one withdraws from society.
There’s a twins-only military unit in Russia.