Soviet Union Country Quiz

Can you guess these facts about the former country of the USSR?
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Last updated: September 29, 2020
First submittedMarch 23, 2017
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First leader of the Soviet Union
Vladimir Lenin
Only political party
Communist Party
Soviet version of an astronaut
Cosmonaut
Soviet version of the CIA
KGB
Official state newspaper
Pravda
Soviet address meaning
"fellow citizen"
Comrade
Name for the Soviet army
Red Army
Most important export
Oil
Satellite launched in 1957
Sputnik 1
Nuclear plant that melted
down in 1986
Chernobyl
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First person to orbit the Earth
Yuri Gagarin
Person who ruled the USSR from
the 1920s until 1953
Joseph Stalin
Native language of the above
Georgian
Country invaded in 1979
Afghanistan
Innermost ruling committee
Politburo
Term for a Soviet prison camp
Gulag
Countries invaded in 1939
Finland
Poland
Military alliance similar to NATO
Warsaw Pact
Last leader of the Soviet Union
Mikhail Gorbachev
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Level 79
Mar 23, 2017
Very interesting quiz
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Level 73
Mar 23, 2017
So when attempting to use Gulag for one of my own quizzes, I discovered that GULAG is actually not the name of a Soviet prison camp, but rather the acronym for the government bureau that ran their prison camps. I've been using the word wrong for years. And so has Jetpunk.
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Level ∞
Mar 24, 2017
The quiz is correct. The acronym GULAG has been adapted into the word gulag, meaning prison camp:

https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/gulag

In other news, I'd highly recommend the book Gulag: A History by Anne Applebaum.

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Level 84
Mar 27, 2017
I'll second Quizmaster's recommendation. An impressive book, if a bit depressing at times.
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Level 60
Sep 22, 2017
I'd recommend a far better book written by an insider: "The Gulag Archipelago" by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
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Level 76
Feb 16, 2020
Having read both, they both have their merits. Applebaum has far more resources at her disposal and is more academic, Solzhenitsyn is more literary and emotive.
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Level 51
Feb 10, 2021
Another good one is "A World Apart: The Journal of a Gulag Survivor" by Gustav Herling
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Level 82
Mar 23, 2017
In fact, the army was the Red Army from 1917 to 1946, then became the Soviet Army until 1991.
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Level 75
Apr 24, 2017
Should have accepted just "Yuri" or "Gagarin". Also, it's so weird I can forget KGB...
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Level 56
Jun 17, 2020
Yup. Justa as typing "George" works for the first US president. :-)
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Level 65
Aug 15, 2017
Should mention the Baltic states they invaded.
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Level 70
Aug 15, 2017
Seconded.
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Level 71
Aug 17, 2017
Soviet invasion of the Baltic states occurred in 1940. The clue mentioned 1939.
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Level 49
Mar 19, 2018
those were later. 1939 was teh Winter War and they were sided with the Nazis at that time.. a weird arrangement, but its what happened.
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Level 64
Aug 15, 2017
I think CPSU should be added at least as a type-in, even better would be using CPSU as the correct answer and Communist as type-in. Like Nazi Party, Communist Party wasn't the actual name of the party.
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Level 56
Jun 18, 2020
I highly doubt that the real official name was in english though. So it wold have to be "KHCC" (not acually H, but that cyrillic character I don't have on my keyboard). And before you start to argue, in your own example of the nazi party, I'm sure you ment "NSDAP," which is in german, only an insane person would ment "NSGWP," as it would have been in english.
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Level 25
Feb 14, 2021
Well, the difference is that the abbreviation NSDAP neither in academic nor colloquial contexts gets translated (even though colloquially probably Nazi Party is used more often).

Meanwhile it is standard procedure to translate the names of Communist parties and use their abbreviations such as the CPSU, CPC (or CCP) and so on. The same is even true for other languages, e.g. in German the CCP is abbreviated KPCh and the CPSU is usually written as KPDSU.

Again, it's mostly Germany where this is not the case, since the Socialist Unity Party usually also just is abbreviated SED like in Germany.

As you mentioned, КПСС or KPSS would be of course in principle even ''more correct'', but since nobody would write that I think the answer should be simply CPSU.

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Level 70
Aug 15, 2017
I tried to spell "tavaritch" instead of "comrade"...
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Level 68
Aug 16, 2017
"tovarish" worked for me
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Level 81
Aug 15, 2017
The most important export was revolution!
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Level 79
Aug 15, 2017
My first guess for 'most important export' was 'vodka'...
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Level 49
Mar 19, 2018
I guessed weapons, I was about to type in T-34s but.. LOL and then I was like Vodka, oh wait I know! lol
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Level 74
Aug 15, 2017
i'm pleasantly surprised the comments have been a trump-free zone! (sorry for ending that streak, though). :)
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Level 55
Aug 16, 2017
Time for a law comparable to Godwin's Law.
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Level 43
Aug 16, 2017
90%, not bad I guess.
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Level 42
Aug 18, 2017
Could you include petroleum as an answer for exports - that's the official term.
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Level 55
Aug 19, 2017
Nice quiz otherwise, but I dare to disagree with Finland being invaded in 1939. Or at least it sounds a bit misleading as it was more of a tried invasion than a successful one.
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Level 44
Aug 19, 2017
Seconded.
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Level 82
Aug 19, 2017
A "tried" invasion? You mean like... the Russians were gearing up to invade Finland... they all piled in to their van... and then got a flat tire before they were able to cross the border?

If there were ever Soviet troops on Finnish territory without being invited there, then Finland was invaded.

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Level 55
Aug 21, 2017
No, I means as in Finland was never fully invaded. The USSR was never able to invade the whole Finland. So saying that "Finland was invaded" just sounds wrong to me. The USSR attacked Finland, tried to invade it, didn't succeed and Finland never lost its independence. But I'm also starting to believe this is just a language thing as English isn't my first language and maybe I'm just somehow misunderstanding the whole meaning of the word invade/invasion. Because what I understand when someone says "this country was invaded" is that the enemy troops have spread to every part of that country and it has lost its independence.
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Level 82
Sep 7, 2020
An invasion can be in any part of a country. It doesn't require that you occupy that country in its entirety. Once troops have crossed the border, an invasion has occurred.
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Level 66
Feb 11, 2021
A nation can be said to have invaded another even without achieving their desired end result.
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Level 67
Feb 21, 2018
"Invaded" is not the same as "Conquered". An unsuccessful invasion is still an invasion.
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Level 49
Mar 19, 2018
that would be like saying the Nazis didn't invade Prokhorovka .. during the Battle of Kursk. or that the Russians didn't invade Crimea during world war II either.. ;)

irony since they got lost on GPS and by accident invaded Crimea again not that long ago :)

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Level ∞
Sep 29, 2020
This has come up in other quizzes as well. I believe it may be an English as a second language issue. "Invaded" merely means that troops from a country violated the territory of another country. It does not mean they conquered it.
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Level 48
Aug 22, 2017
It's funny that the newspaper's name was "Pravda". It actually means truth.
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Level 49
Mar 19, 2018
yes. It meant "truth". It was propaganda.. so whenever anyone says the word truth I always ask whose Truth.. lol
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Level 64
Feb 26, 2019
It's also a bit ambiguous - Pravda was the official party newspaper, the official state newspaper was Izvestia.
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Level 69
Feb 10, 2021
Yeah, I remembered that it meant truth, but just couldn't remember the Russian name for it. Tried typing "truth," just in case that was accepted, but no luck.
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Level 44
Aug 4, 2018
Damn it, I kept typing GagaREV, not Gagarin! Would have gotten that one otherwise...
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Level 55
Dec 2, 2018
19/20. Comrade Lenin, I salute you!
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Level 66
Feb 8, 2019
Got all the answers right with 2:48 remaining at 3:39:59 PM on February 8, 2019. My point total increased by 5 points, to 776. I am currently at Level 29 working towards 800 points to reach Level 30. All this coming from an American.
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Level 51
Jun 13, 2019
15/20 I have failed you
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Level 37
Jul 18, 2019
Can't believe that I missed Warsaw Pact. Brain freeze.
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Level 58
Jul 25, 2019
can you please accept "Communism" for "Communist Party"? Thanks!
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Level 72
Feb 28, 2020
Please accept "CPSU" (Communist party of the Soviet Union)
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Level 51
May 18, 2020
Vladimir Lenin doesn't work
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Level 82
Sep 7, 2020
That's because he's on the dole.
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Level 60
Oct 7, 2020
Please start a series of country quizzes with historic countries. There is already a well done East Germany quiz by the user TvB!
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Level 75
Feb 10, 2021
Link to that quiz. Good quiz, but probably tough for foreigners.
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Level 69
Feb 10, 2021
Please accept "Kosmonaut" too.
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Level 28
Feb 10, 2021
When you featured the Greenland Country Quiz, I believed in you that we are going to stop. Now we have the 199th quiz! What country will be the 200th? Yugoslavia? LOL!
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Level 54
Feb 10, 2021
You should make a badge like "country trivia", but it only contains former countries.
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Level 60
Feb 10, 2021
Thank goodness the Soviet Union doesn't exist anymore. And with that, communism across the globe became a fraction of what it once was. Lose your freedom in the name of equality, good riddance!

Although sadly today we're starting to have our freedoms infringed upon for the sake of a divisive media and oversensitive people who don't seem to understand the difference between hate speech and fact. Complacency will of course only help this problem.

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Level 67
Feb 10, 2021
100% agree
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Level 66
Feb 10, 2021
This is not correct. The censorship to which you are alluding is a badge of freedom: the citizenry is expressing its opinion on the issue and media networks (i.e., the free market) are responding accordingly. People are making demands and they are being met. This is totally different than government censorship. The government is not passing laws banning free speech; it's not even involved. On top of that, you're still free to say whatever you want, any time you want. But there is no requirement that Twitter or whoever accommodate you. They, as part of their freedom, can kick you out of their domain, just as I have the freedom to tell you to tell leave my home if you starting spouting bigotry. This is freedom at work. You are free to say what you want, and others are free to call for your ouster as a result. If the results are bad, that's a failure of the people, not the government.
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Level 67
Feb 10, 2021
While the censorship may not be directly implemented by the government or technically infringe upon our freedom of speech, I would argue that certain members of the free market (the influential media networks for example) are blatantly censoring things that people say which are contrary to their political ideals. They claim that all of the censorship is in the name of fact vs. "fake news," but sadly this is no longer the case. This is still censorship, and I wouldn't be surprised if the scale at which it is present (the "big" social media networks, Facebook/Twitter) is somewhat comparable to communist censorship, just in our modern society. (Mainly because social networks and media networks have such an incredible degree of influence today.)
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Level 66
Feb 11, 2021
I disagree. Government censorship brings penalties. Fines. Jail. It scares people from speaking their minds. Having a Facebook post taken down isn't a big deal, frankly, and I return to the refrain that it is entirely within people's power to just not rely on Facebook. It's only so powerful because the people let it be. I don't use Facebook. I'm not uninformed (I daresay not using it has made me more informed). I can still find reliable news by going to reliable networks. If you read the Times, the Wall Street Journal, and the Economist (and stay off the op-ed pages!) you'll get lots of good information, and the biases, though extant, are negligible enough that it's pretty easy to parse out what actually happened. Facebook's dominance is just another consequence of the free market. McDonald's is more popular than steamed vegetables, but you can still get a healthy meal if you're disciplined about it. Power to the people.
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Level 57
Feb 10, 2021
Pravda means "True" in Russian
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Level 50
Feb 11, 2021
That is true.
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Level 65
Feb 11, 2021
I spend one minute trying to spell Khrushchev only to better read the dates and realized it was much easier
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Level 60
Feb 12, 2021
2:01

easy but lots of fun

Thanks!