7. Former Planet Pluto Is Smaller Than Russia
There used to be a planet called Pluto once. Well, no longer! It's still a fairly large mass of object out in space, though, but it is not as big as Russia! Okay, this ex planet is actually smaller than one of the countries of our world.
Russia, measured by land mass, is the biggest nation on Earth, reaching 17,098,322 square kilometers. That's pretty big! By contrast, Pluto is only 16,647,940 square kilometers. That implies that Russia is more than 400,000 square kilometers larger than the solar system's 10th largest mass. Awesome, huh?
8. There Are At Least 15 'Secret Cities' In Russia
Russia is speculated to have at least 42 secret cities; there are several of such across the world. No one really knows the names of these cities or where they are located; they are officially confidential and kept as a secret by the Russia government.
Visiting these cities are not allowed and you won’t find them on the maps either, a large number of these cities were previous places of chemical, metallurgy, and military industry and are called ZATO which means closed administrative-territorial entities. Try not to venture to these places.
9. Russians Love Their Athletics
If you need to talk about a country with a very rich history of competing in sports, most especially winter sports, look no further, Russia is that country. The most popular sport in Russia will have to be soccer. Some favorite sports also include Ice Hockey, tennis and athletics.
A large number of Russian athletics have become regular household names from professional tennis players like Anna Kournikova and Maria Sharapova who are now established international superstars to long jumper Darya Klishina and Ice Hockey player Sergei Fedprov.
10. The Walruses With The Heart Of Ice
Despite the cold climate, Russia has many famous beaches. Besides the fortress of Peter and Paul in St. Petersburg, there is a beach that is famous not only in the summer but also in the winter.
In the winter, Russians who have placed their trust in the therapeutic effects of freezing water throng to this beach. These Russians are commonly known as "walruses "— these animals that can be found in the Arctic and have the ability to slow down their heartbeat in order to withstand freezing water temperature degrees.
11. And The Beauty Pageant Winner Is…
The beauty contest called “Miss Russia” is known to showcase some of the most beautiful faces to the world; this contest has been running since 1992 with the winner ending up representing her country in both Miss World and Miss Universe.
But that’s not all there is to these Russian beauty queens, past winners have included a retired police officer, a power engineer, a global economic student and a cybernetic systems student and several ballroom dancers.
12. Quite A Number Of Cosmonauts Have Supposedly Been Lost
The story of the 150’s race to the moon which happened between Russia and the USA and the Cold War is known to many. Russia had quite a number of successes which spans across the first manned flight in 1961 with Yuri Gagarin and Sputnik in 1959.
Lots of sacrifices to reach the moon was made by both sides but there are also rumors flying around that suggests that Russia might have covered up lots of death that occurred during flights testing and accidents during launches. These people were called by a name: the lost cosmonauts. Their records have mostly been wiped off.