Krista Miranda

By Krista Miranda

LifeBuzz Staff

Fascinating Facts You Never Knew About Russia.

Calling All Intellectuals

Calling All Intellectuals

ruchess.ru

Russians have been playing chess for centuries. Once the Soviets took over, state-sponsored chess schools were opened by the army to promote the game. During most of the USSR's reign, Soviet players dominated international tournaments. More than half of the world's top 20 chess players are from Russia!

Unless you have one of these, don't bother driving in Russia.

Fraud Alert

Fraud Alert

RussianDashcams2013 / YouTube

We've all seen crazy accidents that were caught on film by dashcams. What many people don't realize is that most of those videos were filmed by Russians. It's extremely common for people in Russia to stage car accidents to try to extort money, so in order to protect themselves from fraud, drivers started installing dashboard cameras.

Moscow's a good place to look for a rich man.

Where The Money's At

Where The Money's At

kremlin.ru

Hong Kong and New York are the cities with the most billionaires, but Moscow is pretty close, too. 73 billionaires, with a combined net worth of $297 billion, call Moscow home. Chairman of the Russian gas company Novatek, Leonid Mikhelson, is the richest man in Moscow. Others among the billionaire group include Vladimir Lisin and Mikhail Prokhorov.

Stay away from overhangs in Russia.

An Icy Death

An Icy Death

Lyudmila Izmaylova

Russian cities have a hazard that most cities would know absolutely nothing about: deadly icicles. Because the winters are so unbelievably cold, icicles tend to grow pretty big. Ones that form off of awnings, or gutters, become a huge safety concern for the public. Even though city officials use steam and lasers to remove them, accidents and some deaths occur.

Secrets hide all around Russia.

Hidden Away

Hidden Away

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While the Soviets were ruling, they closed down quite a few cities and denied access, and even knowledge of them, to citizens. The "closed cities" were used for research, industrial, and military purposes. Not only were they kept from the public, they weren't allowed on maps, either. Most of the cities are known about today, but not just anyone can walk in, especially not foreigners.

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