1. Russia is the largest country in the world.
  2. Russia occupies two parts of the world – Europe and Asia.
  3. The biggest freshwater lake in the world – Lake Baikal – is located in Russia (20% of the world’s fresh water).
  4. The highest peak of Europe is located in Russia – Mount Elbrus.
  5. The largest European river, Volga, is in Russia.
  6. Russia is home to the largest forest area on the planet.
  7. The world’s highest active volcano, Kluchevskaya Sopka (4750 m), is located on Kamchatka.
  8. Russia was the first socialist state in the world (1918).
  9. The Soviet Union, which was founded in 1922, included up to 15 countries in different years besides Russia.
  10. The Soviet Union disintegrated in 1991.
  11. Russia is the official legal successor of the Soviet Union.
  12. Russian language – one of the official languages of the UN.
  13. Russian is the 5th most spoken language in the world.
  14. Russia is a permanent member of the UN Security Council (together with the U.S., Britain, France and China).
  15. In Russia, woman suffrage was granted in 1906 (in the Grand Duchy of Finland) and in 1918 (throughout). For comparison, in the U.S. – only in 1920.
  16. Russia has right-hand traffic.
  17. Russia has the world’s longest railway – the Trans-Siberian Railway (9288 km).
  18. In Russia, more than 17% of electricity comes from renewable sources (water-power plants, geothermal stations, etc.).
  19. Russian chemist Dmitri Mendeleev created the Periodic Table of the Elements, which is still used by every chemist in the world.
  20. In 1957, Russia launched the world’s first satellite into space.
  21. In 1961 Yuri Gagarin became the first man to travel into space.
  22. The first woman in space was another Russian – Valentina Tereshkova (1963).
  23. Valentina Tereshkova is the only female to make a three-day trip into space alone.

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