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17 Mind-Blowing Facts About Russia

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Russia has the same surface area as Pluto.

Russia's pipelines could loop around Earth more than six times.

Russia accounts for half the global stockpile of highly enriched uranium (HEU).

Russia's population has fallen by 6.6 million since 1993. That's the equivalent of Massachusetts.

The Adler–Krasnaya Polyana road would have cost less to build if it was paved entirely with foie gras.

Russia's natural gas reserves are equivalent to about 13.2 billion Olympic size swimming pools.

Russia has nine contiguous time zones, more than any other country.Russia has 87 billion barrels of proven oil reserves; enough to last it another 75 years.

Nine million commuters are said to ride the Moscow Metro every day. That's more than London and New York combined.

Russia's homicide rate is twice as bad as America's.

Russians drink nearly twice as many shots a week as Americans. (Stay thirsty, my friend?)

Standing on the shore of Russia's Lake Karachay would give you 600 roentgen of radiation, enough to kill a human.

Russia's 20 richest people have a combined net worth of over $227 billion, which is larger than Pakistan's GDP.

On average, Russians drink six times as much tea per person per year as Americans. 

Russia's Lake Baikal holds one-fifth of the world's fresh water.

Fifty-six journalists have been killed in Russia since 1992, and 64% of those were murdered.Russia sold Alaska to the U.S. for $7.2 million in 1868.

I wonder how much $7.2 million in 1868 is worth in today dollars.

All of these numbers were even higher when they were the Soviet Union.

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