26 facts about Russia

11.Russia is the leading exporter of oil and natural gas.
The export of oil accounts for more than 60%. The network of all Russian gas and oil pipelines could encircle the globe six times.
12.About 17 million Russians live in a state of extreme poverty.
13.Beer was not considered an alcoholic beverage until 2013.
14.About 40 thousand people die of alcohol poisoning in Russia every year.
15.The value of the Russian stock index is less than the value of Apple stock.
16.There are 12 active volcanoes in Russia.
The largest and most active stratovolcano in Eurasia is Klyuchevskaya Sopka. Its height rises to 4,750 meters. It is also the highest mountain on the Kamchatka Peninsula.
17.St. Petersburg is called the Cultural Capital of Russia.
It houses about 2.000 libraries, 221 museums, 80 theaters, 100 concert halls, 45 art galleries, 62 cinemas, and 80 nightclubs.
18.St. Petersburg changed its name three times.
First, it was known as Petrograd (1914 – 1924) and later as Leningrad (1924 – 1991). Since 1991 it has been known as St. Petersburg.
19.Russian forests are called the lungs of Europe.
They cover about 60% of the country’s land area and are second only to the Amazon forest in size and capacity to absorb carbon.
20.Russians celebrate the New Year twice.
The first New Year is celebrated on January 1, and the second, the Orthodox New Year, on January 14.
26 facts about Russia

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