There are probably a lot of things that come to mind when this amazing country pops into your head, including its huge size, communism, cosmonauts, the cold war, and most stereotypical Hollywood villains. So many different aspects have a part to play, and while some people may still think Russia is a country like any other, they couldn't be more wrong. From the crazy laws to the intense amounts of alcohol they consume each year, Russia is a very different place. Strict rules may have been set because of dictatorship, but that doesn't stop the people from having a good time.
There are so many little facts about this country that make it stand out from the rest, but probably the craziest are those that seem devastating to people who are used to having an established norm in their country. For example, Russia is extremely strict when it comes to being openly homosexual, while the United States is highly tolerant. But Russia has been strict on these types of things for a very long time, making it possible for certain facts to come to the surface. Here are fifteen of the most devastating facts about Russia that you probably were unaware of.
15 Extreme Alcohol Consumption
14 Huge Death Counts
13 Gays Are Outlawed
12 Japan and Russia Hate Each Other
11 Beer Isn't Popular
10 Taxes On Beards
9 A Quarter Of Deaths Due To Vodka
8 Driving A Dirty Car Is Illegal
7 There Are Secret Cities
6 The Sun Revolves Around The Earth?
5 The Rich Beat Traffic With Ambulances
4 Teachers Paid With Vodka
3 Excuses Are Banned
2 Enormous Nuke Arsenal
1 Volcano Famine
Active volcanoes can be a very destructive power. They force people out of their homes, fill the air with dense ash, and even take the lives of hundreds, sometimes thousands at a time. Normally, volcanoes do these things to the people in the general area. However, when a volcano named Huaynaputina erupted in Peru in 1600, it affected weather patterns that caused widespread famine, even killing around 2 million people in Russia. Russia certainly is the last place that one would think would be affected by a volcano, but sadly, the events did play out, killing so many.
Sources: FactSlides, TheTab, Wikipedia, BBC
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