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Russian History A-Z
Can you guess these people, places, and things from Russian history starting with each letter of the alphabet?
Last updated: October 26, 2019
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October 8, 2019
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Territory that Russia sold to the United States in 1867 for just $7.2 million
Communist faction that came to power in 1917
Federal subject of Russia that tried to break away in the 1990s
Author who said "If there is no God, everything is permitted"
Churchill described Russia as "a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an _____"
The first of the two 1917 revolutions
Siberian prison system during the reign Joseph Stalin
One of the items on the Soviet flag
The first Tsar of Russia
Ivan the Terrible
Country that Russia warred against over rival imperial ambitions in
Manchuria and Korea
Soviet leader who de-Stalinized the country in the 1950s
Space dog who became the first animal to orbit Earth in 1957
Foreign minister who signed a non-aggression pact with Germany in 1939
The last tsar of Russia, executed in 1918
The second of the two 1917 revolutions
Mendeleev published the first version of this "table" in 1860
Contemporary term for tsar Alexis
(like Alexander the Great, Suleiman the Magnificent etc...)
Royal house that ruled Russia from 1613 to 1917
Former name of Volgograd
This writer died in 1910 having never won a Nobel Prize, considered to be
one of the greatest omissions in its history
In an event called the Holodomor, Soviet leaders inflicted a terrible famine
on this country, killing millions
Group of northern people who ruled over the Kievan Rus'
Army that fought against the Communists from 1917-1921
Princess consort of Tver who is counted as a saint in the Russian Orthodox Church
The first democratically-elected leader in Russian history
Most-decorated Soviet general of WWII
Oct 10, 2019
A quibble: weren't the Rus Norse to begin with, rather than being ruled over by them? Weren't the Rus Norse migrants? Although I don't know for sure, just a vague memory.
Oct 26, 2019
According to Wikipedia, the Rus were a loose confederation of Slavic and Finnic people ruled over by the Varangians (Norse).
Oct 11, 2019
Well now I will know what is a federal subject. I had no clue what the C question was about... As for X, no wonder why I tried Xena, but it was close ^^.
Oct 11, 2019
Mostly easy. Missed W and Q. Should have guessed W. The gulag system was used before Stalin's time as leader. Stalin was sent in to it multiple times himself as a younger man. Nikolai ought to be accepted for Nicholas.
Oct 12, 2019
I almost missed Khrushchev because in the Cyrillic alphabet his name starts with an X which corresponds to the Latin letter H. I am happy it came to my mind in the last about 20 seconds.
Oct 13, 2019
Ukraine was not technically a country at the time.
Oct 23, 2019
There is not a technical definition of country. :)
Oct 26, 2019
It should be Xenia of Tarusa, not Xenia the Tarusa.
Oct 26, 2019
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