During the siege of the city during WWII, music performances were broadcast over the city of Leningrad 24/7 to bolster the civilians’ spirits. At rare times, when music wasn’t broadcast, a metronome was placed before the radio microphone to assure the people that the resistance was ongoing.
There are 1,311 people who live in Verkhoyansk, Russia, a town with an average temperature of -45C (-50F) in January. In 2012, the town was attacked by a pack of 400 wolves.
A three year old Russian girl survived 11 days in Siberian taiga forest by drinking from a creek and eating berries while being protected by her dog which went to get help after nine days and returned with rescuers.
Joseph R. Beyrle is thought to be the only American soldier to have served with both the United States Army and the Soviet Army in World War II. His son John Beyrle served as the United States Ambassador to Russia 2008-2012.
If you’re flying aboard a spaceflight leaving from Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, you’ll be ordered to pee on the back-right tire of a bus. It’s tradition.
In 1978 Soviet Geologists found a family of six surviving in the middle of Siberia who hadn’t seen another human since 1936.
When US imposed sanctions against Russia’s space program the Russian Deputy Prime Minister tweeted “After reviewing the sanctions against our space industry, I suggest that the United States deliver their astronauts to the ISS using a trampoline.”
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.