There was a Russian film tradition based on the American Western, but it took place in the uncivilized Asian regions of the USSR in the early 1900’s. They featured gunslinging, outlaws, horseback riding. Instead of having Indian characters, the films featured native peoples from Central Asia.
Tchaikovsky held his head with his left hand while conducting, because he feared his head would fall off.
When the Soviet Union were occupying Afghanistan there was an Afghan Cosmonaut who became a Hero of the Soviet Union.
Devyatayev was a soviet pilot who was captured by the Nazis in 1944 and managed to steal a German airplane from a heavily guarded Nazi military base. On his return to the USSR his plane was shot at, and was then labeled as a spy because his story was so unbelievable.
A Russian spy infiltrated The Manhattan Project, and drastically sped up Russia’s development of nuclear arms.
The USSR built, and Russia still maintains, a doomsday device capable of bypassing all standard protocols to launch their entire nuclear arsenal.
A Russian sect believes that Vladimir Putin is the reincarnation of Saint Paul.
Eighty percent of Soviet males born in 1923 didn’t survive WWII.
Of the 1,385 Russian satellites currently in orbit, only 96 are operational.