Russia by Picture

Can you identify these people, places, and things associated with Russia?
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Last updated: March 21, 2018
First submittedMarch 13, 2018
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(1957 newsmaker)
(Russian invention)
(writing system)
(former empress)
(mystical faith healer)
(tennis player)
(longest railway line)
(an island)
(a lake)
(a peninsula)
(tallest mountain in Europe)
(museum)
(theater)
(area in central Moscow)
Bolshoy Theatre
St. Basil's Cathedral
Fabergé Egg
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Level 84
Mar 19, 2018
Actually, the writing you're displaying is Old Church Slavonic. Even Russians with full knowledge of Cyrillic might have a hard time reading that.
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Level 74
Mar 19, 2018
Text is appropriate. It is still cyrilic script, the writing system that conects Slavic people. Even I from Serbia could read it and understand and I never learned it.
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Level 84
Mar 19, 2018
It's kind of like showing old German Gothic script and calling it "Latin alphabet". Yes it's technically true, just not a good example.
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Level ∞
Mar 20, 2018
Changed the picture
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Level 75
Mar 19, 2018
A Russia quiz without either Red Square or the White House!
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Level 79
Mar 21, 2018
There are two buildings from the Red Square.
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Level 71
Mar 20, 2018
Isn't cyrillic alphabet invented by Bulgarians?
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Level 74
Mar 20, 2018
No, but it is not Russian invention also, they are just using it.
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Level 72
Mar 20, 2018
It needs to be associated with Russia, not necessarily invented in Russia. Croissants are also associated with France, but were invented in Austria, for example.
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Level 71
Jun 14, 2018
The Cyrillic alphabet (or to be more correct an earlier version of it) was invented by the saint brothers (Constantine-) Cyril and Methodius who are born in Thessaloniki. They develop an alphabet which should allow the Slavic nations to read the Bible in their own language and not in Greek or Latin. This should help for the easier spread of Christianity among the Slavs. The first alphabet however was quite complicated. Search glagolitic script and you'll see what I mean. Later, one of Cyril and Methodius pupils, St. Clement of Ohrid develops a new alphabet and calls it "cyrillic" in the name of his teacher. And this is the one which is still used today.
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Level 74
Mar 20, 2018
could tranSiberian be allowed?
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Level ∞
Mar 21, 2018
Okay
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Level 59
Jun 14, 2018
You should allow Sahalin for Sakhalin. Kept trying Sahaline, Sahaleen and every other version I could think of. The 'k' never crossed my mind, it's silent anyway.
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Level 74
Feb 19, 2021
Not silent in English.
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Level 43
Jun 14, 2018
Maybe also accept "table of mendeleev" ?
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Level 49
Jun 14, 2018
No Trump presidency?
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Level 81
Jun 14, 2018
No Collusion! Be Best! Stormy Daniels!
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Level 68
Jun 14, 2018
lol
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Level 85
Aug 4, 2018
FAKE T**S! Whoops, I mean fake news!
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Level 68
Jun 14, 2018
Balalalalalalalalalalalalalaika
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Level 37
Jun 14, 2018
It's "Bolshoi", not "Bolshoy".
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Level 76
Feb 4, 2019
It's transliterated, not English. Both are fine.
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Level 72
Jun 15, 2018
How is "Periodic System of Elements" not accepted?
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Level 85
Aug 4, 2018
C'mon
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Level 65
Jun 15, 2018
Not giving me "TransSiberia"? Fine.
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Level 84
Jun 18, 2018
D'oh! I tried to spell Kournikova several different ways...didn't dawn on me I had the wrong female Russian tennis player!
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Level 71
Jun 18, 2018
The same happened to me too! Twice.
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Level 85
Aug 4, 2018
Kournikova was hotter.
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Level 51
Jun 28, 2018
Can you accept 'Balshoy' for Bolshoy?
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Level 48
Aug 15, 2018
Her name is Katarina not Chaterine
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Level 74
Feb 19, 2021
It's Catherine in English.
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Level 45
Sep 5, 2018
Ermitage without the H should be good, too.
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Level 28
Apr 24, 2019
It should be Ermitazh not Hermitage. Nobody writes it like that.
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Level 65
Oct 27, 2020
I'm afraid most Brits do.
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Level 74
Feb 19, 2021
And most English speakers.
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Level 60
Dec 3, 2019
Could you accept Mendeleev table ? and another spelling of Katharina ?
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Level 51
Feb 7, 2020
It's strange, that Sharapova is considered like the most famous and important Russian sportsman. In fact this is Ovechkin who is the main Russian athlet.

Sharapova is practicaly foreigner for us.

The popularity of Rasputin is also enough odd for me.

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Level 65
Oct 27, 2020
So interesting to hear comments like this. I've never heard of Ovechkin so looked him up; he appeared with lots of other current Russian athletes I don't know.

My memories are of the 60s and 70s when we watched with awe the track and field greats like Borzov (then a member of USSR olympic team) and Press, and the amazing gymnasts and ice skaters of the USSR, Tourischeva and the Protopopovs among them. And of course, Lev Yashin.

Hard to compare with today because the shadow of doping hangs over that era but older Brits who were interested in sport would know those names I think.

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Level 57
Apr 14, 2020
Easter egg!
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Level 43
Nov 9, 2020
Shut up, the alphabet is Bulgarian...