On a trip to England in 1698, Peter the Great loved the taste of stout beers, but was unable to take any back with him to Russia before it spoiled. To mitigate this, London brewers added more hops and alcohol to their stouts thus creating a new beer style, the Russian Imperial Stout.
Cosmonaut Sergei Krikalev was in space when the Soviet Union was dissolved. He went up a Soviet citizen and returned a Russian citizen.
All US astronauts are required to learn Russian as part of their extensive training, and have to be able to run the ISS using Russian-language training manuals if necessary.
The Tsar Bomba, the single most physically powerful device ever used, had a mushroom cloud over 7 times the height of Everest. The shockwave circled the earth 3 times and caused windowpanes to be partially broken at distances of 900 km (560 mi). The original design was twice as large.
Russia is opening a “Military Disneyland” that will allow guests to shoot military grade weapons and try out various military simulators.
When McDonald’s set up its first restaurant in Soviet Russia, it had to teach workers how to smile and pretend to be cheerful. The Russian language has a unique proverb that is absent from other languages, “A smile without a reason is a sign of idiocy.”
A youth subculture from the late 1940s until the early 1960s in the Soviet Union used to dress like Americans in order to express their apolitical views, neutral or negative attitudes toward Soviet morality.
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.