Russia: 30 Startling Facts You Didn’t Know (Part 2)

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We really amazed you with our first set of seven startling facts that you didn’t know about Russia, and now we have finally returned with part two! There is so much more to learn about this astounding and unique country, and our list offers the best of the best facts that you never knew! Don’t forget to check back for our coming articles, parts three and four, to see the remaining 16 startling facts that you didn’t know about Russia!

Number Twenty-Three: Need for Speed

Here in America, many of us dream of having our own personal emergency vehicles to avoid rush hour. However, on the busy streets of Moscow, this dream has become a reality for an elite few. The richest citizens of the area often purchase their own ambulances for this purpose.

Number Twenty-Two: Russia Bans the Beatles

While the country was under the control of the Soviet Union, the distribution of any of The Beatles albums was legally prohibited. This resulted in some imaginative medical students burning the tracks onto out-of-date X-rays.

Number Twenty-One: No Credit for Ukraine

Borscht is a delicious Russian classic dish, otherwise known as beetroot soup. Despite the traditional reputation of the recipe, many restaurants have begun referring to the dish simply as “beetroot soup” rather than “borscht,” in respect of the word’s Ukrainian origin.

Number Twenty: Take a Moment

In the way of odd daily traditions, Russia sure has a few doozies. For example, a large percentage of the population insists on taking a few moments of silence to bid themselves good luck before a long journey.

Number Nineteen: What Happens When You Whistle

Another superstition of the Russian population, many people frown upon those who tend to whistle indoors. This is the result of an urban legend that states “if you whistle in the house, then all of the money will fly out of the window”.

Number Eighteen: Alcohol Over Religion

As far back as 988 A.D., a man by the name of Prince Vladimir the Great ruled over medieval Russia, then known simply as Kievan Rus’. Originally, the majority of the land had Pagan roots. However, in 988, Vladimir converted the land to Christianity. The official religion of Rus’ was originally planned to be Islam until old Vlad found out that the religion prohibited alcohol consumption. It is claimed that he chose Christianity over Islam primarily because “the joy of Rus is in drinking”.

Number Seventeen: Party People

Clearly, drinking and partying is certainly a pastime of these joyous people. Despite the country’s Christian roots, the land celebrates most for the coming of New Year’s Eve. They don’t even give gifts on Christmas; they wait until New Years. Don’t forget to check back for our coming articles, parts three and four, to see the remaining 16 startling facts that you didn’t know about Russia!

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