Top 10 Russia facts Selected as the most interesting among Russia related questions in Russia quiz What spectacular achievement of young Stalin boosted his career among Bolsheviks?Bank robbery. Before the Russian Revolution, Communist paramilitaries were often raising money through robberies and ransom kidnappings. Particularly notable was the 1907 Tiflis bank robbery, in which Stalin participated (playing minor role). The robbery resulted in 40 deaths and the theft of 341,000 rubles (equivalent to around US $3.4 million today).Created by: Luca Biaggicrime facts » What is the maximum depth of permafrost?1500 m. In areas of harsh winters the depth of the permafrost can be as much as 1,493 m (4,898 ft) in the northern Lena and Yana River basins. The overlying active layer that seasonally thaws is just 0.6–4 m (2.0–13 ft) thick.Created by: Kasiasoil facts » This kind of tilted forest is a common sight in subarctic taiga. What is this phenomenon caused by?The soil. The permafrost prevents trees from developing deep root system. Climate variations or forest fires can thaw the upper extents of the permafrost, creating a ground slump called thermokarst.Created by: Kasiatrees facts » What was the Russian beard token used for?Proof of tax payment. In 1705, Emperor Peter I of Russia instituted a beard tax to modernize the society of Russia following European models. Those who paid the tax were required to carry a "beard token" with them all the time.Created by: Kasiacoins facts » Which lake is the oldest in the world?Lake Baikal is the deepest and the oldest lake, at least 25 million years old. It was formed as an ancient rift valley. Due its age, size and isolation, it hosts about 1000 endemic species of plants and animals (which can be found nowhere else in the world).Created by: globalquiz.orggeography of Russia facts » This double peaked volcano is the highest mountain of a certain country. Which one?Russia. Two characteristic peaks of Mt Elbrus have two volcano craters. The eastern peak has an enormous crater 250m in diameter. Created by: MarcusXalpinism facts » What kind of resources brought Russian colonists to Alaska?Sea otters. Alaska was colonized by Russian fur traders. Rather than hunting by themselves, the Russians forced the Aleuts to do the work for them. Many of Aleuts had been removed from their home islands and sent as far south as California to hunt sea otter.Created by: globalquiz.orgAlaska facts » What nationality was Stalin?Georgian. Stalin's original Georgian name was "Ioseb Besarionis dze Jughashvili". The surname means son of Juga, and is derived from Georgian djuga, meaning "steel". This later became the root of his adopted name "Stalin", from the Russian word for "steel".Created by: globalquiz.orgcommunism facts » The double-headed eagle serves as the Russian coat-of-arms. Where did it come from?It was taken over from the Byzantine Empire. After the fall of Constantinople in 1453, Moscow claimed succession to the legacy of the Eastern Roman Empire. Ivan III married Sophia Palaiologina, the niece of the last Byzantine emperor Constantine XI, and made the Byzantine double-headed eagle his own, and eventually Russian, coat-of-arms. In Byzantine heraldry, the heads represent the Emperor having authority over both secular and religious matters.Created by: stigByzantine Empire facts » Where is the Baikonur Cosmodrome?In Kazakhstan. Baikonur Cosmodrome is located in the center of Kazakhstan on the right bank of the Syr Darya river. Both the space launch facility and the neighboring city of Baikonur are rented and administered by the Russian Federation.Created by: globalquiz.orgKazakhstan facts » Play Russia quiz and see all the questions.