Fascinating Facts You Never Knew About Russia.
Russia is the largest country in the world when it comes to landmass, and it has a rich history that reaches all the way back to the 9th century. Unfortunately, most of the world doesn't know much about Russia, unless you include stereotypes and nasty politics, of course. The following images give you a peek into the daily life of Russians, and you might just be surprised.
They Do It All
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Even though soccer is the most popular sport in Russia, the country has incredible athletes for every sport. If you're a fan of tennis you may have heard of Anna Kournikova and Maria Sharapova. Darya Klishina is known for her track and field abilities. Even their president, Vladimir Putin, is skilled in martial arts, trained in karate, sambo, and judo.
You've probably heard that Russians love their alcohol, well here's how they build up their tolerance.
Drinks For All
If you're ever in Russian, partying with friends, it would help you to remember to never have an empty glass, unless you want to get really drunk. In Russian culture, having an empty glass means that you're ready for another drink, and Russian hosts have no problem helping you out with that.
The fashion accessory is vital when you're in Russia.
Russian Winter Fashion
The most popular hat in Russia is the Ushanka. Unless it's extremely cold outside, most Russians take the ear flaps, which were meant to keep ears warm, and tie them behind their heads. Since the early 20th century, the Russian military has used Ushankas for their uniforms, but the new and improved Ushanka has opening in the ear flaps for headphones.
If your Russian friends seem a bit grumpy, you'll soon understand why.
Never Smile Without A Reason
There's a stereotype about Russians that they seem unfriendly or cold. This probably started because they don't smile a whole lot, but there's actually a reason behind it. A saying in Russia goes “Laughter for no reason is a sign of foolishness.” So unless they really mean it, they usually don't smile.
A Russian's strength should never be underestimated.
Russians Are Strong
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It's safe to say that Russians are really into powerlifting, bodybuilding, and wrestling. Especially since a lot of their athletes are decorated Olympians. But don't think that sport is all about the Russian men. The first under-18 woman ever to participate in professional powerlifting tournaments was Maryana Naumova. Julia Vins was only 15 when she became a bodybuilder, and now she's a huge star on social media.
Keep far away from this place if you go hiking in the mountains in Russia.
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