Krista Miranda

By Krista Miranda

LifeBuzz Staff

Fascinating Facts You Never Knew About Russia.

The Killing Ground

The Killing Ground

Gizmodo

Lake Karachay, located in the southern Ural mountains, is the most polluted place in the whole world. Since the 1950s the land has been used as a dumping site for radioactive waste. Sadly, the radiation is so high now that you can die after standing near the shore for only an hour.

If you love the furry felines, this show was meant for you.

Furry Fun

Furry Fun

Julie Hrudova

We're willing to bet that you've never seen anything like the Moscow Cats Theater. But if you'd like to see over 150 cats climbing poles, rolling barrels, and walking tight-ropes, than this place is for you. The founders, the Kuklachyovs, are considered some of the most popular children's entertainers in Russia.

Going to Russia in September is a good time to meet happy couples.

Day For Making Babies

Day For Making Babies

Olga Saliy

Because of high death rates and low birth rates, Russia is going through a population decline. In 2005, the governor of Ulyanovsk declared September 12 the "Day of Conception." Couples are given a half-day off from work to "procreate." Since then, the June birth rates have been three times higher than any other month.

If you plan on becoming a journalist in Russia, then you better like Putin.

Not Exactly Free Press

Not Exactly Free Press

Antti Jauhiainen

President Putin is well known for his authoritarian ways and the little tolerance he has for critics. Ever since Putin took over, Russia has become the deadliest place for journalists. Many critics of the regime have gone missing or found dead. In 2006, the heinous murder of journalist Anna Politkovskaya made headlines all around the world.

If you have a fear of dogs the Russian subway is not a place for you.

Climb Aboard

Climb Aboard

Aart van Bezooyen

There are an extremely large amount of homeless dogs in Russia. The subway stations have become home to over 500 homeless dogs, especially in the winter. Some of the smarter ones have learned to use the subway system to go where they need to go. They tend to like the quieter cars better.

If you're a fan of games that require intellect, you might find some competition in Russia.

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