The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes was banned in the Soviet Union for its alleged “occultism”.
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.
Russia and USA are only 3.8km (2.3 miles) apart at the nearest point.
There is a language in the northwest of Russia called Teri Sami, which is on the brink of extinction, as only 2 people remain who speak it.
Russia has a vast diamond field containing “trillions of carats”, enough to supply global markets for another 3000 years. The field was discovered in the 1970s underneath 35 million year-old asteroid crater in Siberia.
Due to the intense mining, Russian city of Norilsk is one of the most polluted cities in the world. Locals are systematically complaining of breathing problems caused by the toxic environment. As if that was not enough, nine underground nuclear explosions for peaceful purposes, including research and mining exploration, were conducted by the Soviet regime. The cancer rates in that area are twice higher than anywhere in Russia.
Below the huge Moscow metro system, there is another secret system called Metro 2, closed off to the public and reportedly connects several giant bunkers and underground cities.
From 1929 to 1940, the Soviet Union introduced a 5-day week in a deliberate bid to eliminate religion.