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.
In this insane Russian dashcam video, an unidentified pedestrian demonstrated incredible survival instinct while avoiding being hit by a car.
In Russia, some rich people hire “ambulance taxis” to beat Moscow’s traffic jams.
The most polluted place on the planet is Lake Karachay, located near the Ural Mountains in Russia. In 1990, standing on the shore for 1 hour would give you a lethal radiation dose of 600 roentgen, more than enough to kill you.
When Vladimir the Great was trying to decide on the national religion of Russia in 987, he nearly chose Islam; however, after realizing that Muslims weren’t allowed to drink alcohol, he decided on Orthodox Christianity instead.
For centuries before refrigeration, Russians dropped live frogs into their milk to keep it from spoiling. Secretions from their skin inhibited the growth of bacteria.
Russian and NATO troops were very close to using force against each other in Kosovo, 1999. A NATO commander disobeyed the orders he was given, reportedly saying “I’m not going to start the Third World War for you” to his superior, who was later fired.
There is an official Russian spinoff of “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” called “It’s Always Sunny in Moscow” that focuses on the owners of a Moscow bar named Philadelphia.