Nadezhda Durova (1783-1866), daughter of a Russian Army Officer, disguised herself as a man, serving in a Cavalry Regiment during the Napoleonic Wars. She was the first recorded Female Officer in the Russian army, and was awarded the Cross of St George for bravery under fire.
Russia removed Saturday and Sunday from the calendar for 11 years to create a “continuous working week” from 1929 to 1940.
So instead of everyone having Saturday off, some people had Mondays off, others had Tuesdays off, others Wednesday, etc.
So your “Weekend” came at different points of the week so the factories didn’t stop. In theory, from a purely output perspective, it’s brilliant. But then you have to remember the radical notion that people are humans and these humans have lives and loved ones, so if you didn’t get the rest day on the same day as your partner you might not ever really get to spend time with them.
In 1908 the Russian Olympic team arrived at the Olympics in London 12 days late because it was still using the Julian calendar instead of the Gregorian calendar.
The Grand Duchess Anastasia Nikolaevna of Russia, at the age of 13, was one of the first known teenagers to take a mirror selfie.
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.
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.
Nikita Khrushchev made a speech denouncing Stalin that was so shocking it caused heart attacks for some in attendance.
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.“
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.
Until 2011 in Russia anything under 10% alcohol was considered foodstuff and not alcoholic.