Trying to take on an entire country, in this case the largest one in the world, and do it justice is impossible. But I’ve included some highlights of Russia that I found fascinating. The most significant is that Russia has its roots in Viking culture. In the 800s AD, the Varangians established ‘Rus’. Varangian was the name given to the Vikings who settled in this area and eventually ruled as a warrior elite.

The blue cottage, pictured in the photo below, is called a dacha, a Russian seasonal or year-round second home.

This 13-minute video features the Top 10 Places to visit in Russia. It is a beautiful pictorial of the country. In contrast, this 3-minute video features a small village in Siberia and how the only source of income for its inhabitants is gathering nuts, mushrooms and berries from the local forest. This 8-minute video features a St. Petersburg restaurant. The chef shows how she prepares pickled cabbage with apples and cranberries. Note: the latter part begins a segment on pickling cucumbers but is cut off. Even so, I enjoyed this brief look at Russian cuisine.

FunFacts about Russia: (Source) (Source)  

  • Basic Information, quote: Russia, officially the Russian Federation, is a country in Eurasia. At 17,125,200 square kilometres (6,612,100 sq mi), Russia is the largest country in the world by area, covering more than one-eighth of the Earth’s inhabited land area, and the ninth most populous, with over 144 million people as of December 2017, excluding Crimea. About 77% of the population live in the western, European part of the country. (Source)
  • The name, Russia, comes from ‘Rus’, which was a Medieval state of East Slavs.
  • The population of Russia is over 140 million.
  • The capital of Russia is Moscow.
  • The largest cities in Russia are Moscow 12 million, St. Petersburg 1.5 million, Novosibirsk 1.4 million, Yekaterinburg 1.3 million and Nizhniy Novgorod 1.3 million.
  • Russia shares borders with 14 countries and has 11 time zones, plus maritime borders with Japan and the U.S.
  • Russia’s economy is the 8th largest in the world.
  • Russia has 12 active volcanoes.
  • In 2011, Russia became the world’s leading oil producer.
  • The Trans-Siberian Railway is the longest in the world and connects Moscow with the Russia Far East.
  • Early history, quote: The East Slavs emerged as a recognizable group in Europe between the 3rd and 8th centuries AD. Founded and ruled by a Varangian warrior elite and their descendants, the medieval state of Rus arose in the 9th century. In 988 it adopted Orthodox Christianity from the Byzantine Empire, beginning the synthesis of Byzantine and Slavic cultures that defined Russian culture for the next millennium. (Source) *Note: the Varangians were Vikings of Scandinavian origin.
  • The Mongols invaded in the 13 Century.
  • In the 14th Century, the Grand Duchy of Moscow began to assert its position in Russia. Grand Duke Ivan IV (the Terrible) was the first Tsar of Russia. Tsar means ‘Caesar’.
  • Under Peter the Great, Russia became an empire and leading world power.
  • The Russian Age of Enlightenment occurred in the 1700s when the government began to encourage the arts and sciences and the first university came into existence. Catherine the Great played an important role.
  • In December of 1991, Russia officially became the Russian Federation, leaving behind the Soviet Union.
  • The Russian Federation has a permanent seat on the U.N. Security Council.
  • Russia has the 5th largest military in the world.

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35 thoughts on “Russia

  1. Russia is so vast, it would be fun to travel from one end to the other to see the sights. The most I’ve seen is on TV when they had the Olympics.

  2. What a collection of pictures bring a small part of Russia into our lives. With all the negativity of the country in our news lately, it is brought to my attention that most of their population is like us, living their daily lives around family and friends. I found the carriages intriguing, they remind me of Cinderella.

    • Catedid,
      I couldn’t agree with you more. Most people are just regular folks caring for their families, trying to figure out how to earn a living, enjoying a favorite restaurant and occasionally taking in the sights in a different country.

      Buckeye Arizona USA

  3. Russia is one of the places in the world I’ve always wanted to be able to explore to my hearts content.. It would take me more than a week or two and would certainly help if I could speak Russian.

  4. Phenomenal beauty, phenomenal problems, just like us. I do appreciate how they have preserved a lot of their stunning historical places.

    • Debra,
      You are blessed! Of all the places I covered, I think St. Petersburg would be my first choice.

      Buckeye Arizona USA

  5. Beautful pictures! Love the history! It always calls to me. Thank you for showing us a little slice of this world and for letting us see your world!

  6. Love the photos. Have never been but know many who have and they loved the country but were very careful. Love the coach. NE Ohio

  7. Loved all the pictures and especially the lavender home-gorgeous. So many ancient buildings and love the coaches. So much to see but I’ll just be satisfied with pictures-I’d be too uneasy in that country. Thanks so much for all the info, videos and pictures. AZ

  8. I love the architecture. It’s so varied.

    The one place I would definitely visit is the Hermitage.

    I’ve seen a few documentaries about it, but being there in person has to be sublime.

  9. Those carriages are downright fairy tale!

    I have always admired their beautiful historical buildings.

    I have never been there.

    I have some matryoshka nesting dolls. One set is labeled USSR because it was made in the late 80s, and the other is labeled Russia because it was made in the past several years. The first I bought at Christmastime, the second came in a box subscription I was reviewing for a blogger.

    denise from maryland

  10. I think no matter your feeling about Russia you have to admit that they have some amazing architecture. I love the little blue house & the buildings with the onion tops are gorgeous. Every country has its good side and bad side and that goes for the people too. Hopefully one day we can get along. I had no idea there were so many art museums! 200 in the 1 city alone . I would like to visit one day. Thank you for the blog.

  11. I really like all the churches. The bridge is amazing and the twisted building unusual. The mountains and countryside is beautiful.

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