From Moscow’s bright lights to Siberia’s ancient tribes, the world’s biggest country is a glorious mishmash of modernism and traditionalism, yet the country often makes the news for all the wrong reasons.
This is incredibly unfortunate as Russia is home to an array of cultural delights and boasts a long and varied history that has inspired countless works of arts.
Here are 16 surprising facts about Russia you might not know.
15Russians are the world’s fourth-heaviest drinkers
While we are by no means encouraging stereotypes, it isn’t much of a surprise to know that Russians, according to information from the WHO, are the world’s fourth-heaviest drinkers!
What’s more, the country’s national drink, vodka, derives from the word “voda”, which means “water.” No wonder they can drink most people under the table.