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10 Facts You Didn't Know About Russia

Posted by Lindsay Hall on 11/14/14 1:11 PM


Most people would think of traditional matryoshka dolls, Russian borscht and winter coats that go down to your ankles but that's not all ILP Russia volunteers  experience in this country.

Want to get more Russia in your life? How about being one of the lucky volunteers living in Moscow? Or another Russian city?

You can live there for a semester if you come teach English in Russia with ILP! We'll make this really easy —here's the application. 

Know that you know you'll be traveling and volunteering in Europe for a semester, you should know these 10 obscure Russian facts (to use for Instagram captions, of course): 

1. Russia is bigger than Pluto

Who would have thought that a country could be bigger than a planet?? (or what was once considered a planet.) If you want to get technical, Russia is 1 million square miles bigger!

2. In Russia, there are 9 million more women than men. 

Nicely done, ladies! 

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3. Russia and America are less than 4 kilometers apart at the nearest point.

Don't believe me? Look it up!

4. Beer was not considered an alcoholic beverage until 2013.

Gotta love Russia, right?

5. There use to be a beard tax for anyone sporting a beard.

No shave November probably did not exist back then. 

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6. It is a criminal offense to drive around in a dirty car.

Go to a car wash or go to jail? Your choice.

7. It is believed that Russia has 15 secret cities with their names and locations unknown ... 

Who's down for a scavenger hunt? 

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8. Wealthy Russians hire fake ambulances to beat the traffic.

You gotta do what you gotta do, right? 

9. Russians believe if girls sit on the bare ground, concrete or a rock, she will be unable to bare children. 

Just don't even try it. You will get yelled at.

10. Russians believe that whistling indoors will cause all their money to fly out the window.

Meaning, if you whistle indoors, you are dooming them to poverty. 

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Want to see more on Russia (like the best souvenirs in Moscow or how to make authentic Blini?) Come apply to come teach English abroad with International Language Programs! We send college-aged volunteers abroad to places like Russia to make a difference and get some traveling in. 

Get more info right here: 

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