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Soviet Union Country Quiz

Guess these facts about the former country of the USSR.
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First submittedMarch 23, 2017
Last updatedMarch 24, 2017
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Hint
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First leader of the Soviet Union
V.I. 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
Most important export
Oil
Name for the Soviet army
Red Army
Satellite launched in 1957
Sputnik 1
First person to orbit the Earth
Yuri Gagarin
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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
Nuclear plant that melted down in 1986
Chernobyl
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 66
Mar 23, 2017
It's very nice of you to give a hint about the ruling committee (I wouldn't have gotten it otherwise), but the way it's written is wrong. It'd be better if it's ____buro or even ____byuro: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Politburo
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level 82
Mar 23, 2017
I might've gotten it if it was "buro" or "byro". Only thing with "boro" I could think of was "Marlboro".
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level 79
Mar 24, 2017
Yes, only "buro" or "byuro" would be correct, more or less equivalent in meaning to "bureau" in English. "Boro" means some kind of town in English, nothing in Russian.
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level ∞
Mar 24, 2017
Fixed
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level 71
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 80
Mar 27, 2017
I'll second Quizmaster's recommendation. An impressive book, if a bit depressing at times.
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level 65
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 77
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 65
Apr 24, 2017
Should have accepted just "Yuri" or "Gagarin". Also, it's so weird I can forget KGB...
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level 34
Jun 7, 2017
2:39, THIS WAS EASY
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level 62
Aug 15, 2017
Should mention the Baltic states they invaded.
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level 65
Aug 15, 2017
Seconded.
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level 67
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 66
Aug 15, 2017
I tried to spell "tavaritch" instead of "comrade"...
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level 64
Aug 16, 2017
"tovarish" worked for me
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level 76
Aug 15, 2017
The most important export was revolution!
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level 78
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 73
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 40
Aug 16, 2017
Time for a law comparable to Godwin's Law.
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level 44
Aug 16, 2017
90%, not bad I guess.
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level 43
Aug 18, 2017
Could you include petroleum as an answer for exports - that's the official term.
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level 50
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 35
Aug 19, 2017
Seconded.
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level 77
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 50
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 65
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 44
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 51
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 45
Aug 4, 2018
Damn it, I kept typing GagaREV, not Gagarin! Would have gotten that one otherwise...
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level 54
Dec 2, 2018
19/20. Comrade Lenin, I salute you!
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level 44
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 47
Jun 13, 2019
15/20 I have failed you
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level 38
Jul 18, 2019
Can't believe that I missed Warsaw Pact. Brain freeze.
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level 48
Jul 25, 2019
can you please accept "Communism" for "Communist Party"? Thanks!