Russian History A-Z

Can you guess these people, places, and things from Russian history starting with each letter of the alphabet?
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Last updated: October 26, 2019
First submittedOctober 8, 2019
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A
Territory that Russia sold to the United States in 1867 for just $7.2 million
Alaska
B
Communist faction that came to power in 1917
Bolsheviks
C
Federal subject of Russia that tried to break away in the 1990s
Chechnya
D
Author who said "If there is no God, everything is permitted"
Fyodor Dostoyevsky
E
Churchill described Russia as "a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an _____"
Enigma
F
The first of the two 1917 revolutions
February Revolution
G
Siberian prison system during the reign of Joseph Stalin
Gulag
H
One of the items on the Soviet flag
Hammer
I
The first Tsar of Russia
Ivan the Terrible
J
Country that Russia warred against over rival imperial ambitions in
Manchuria and Korea
Japan
K
Soviet leader who de-Stalinized the country in the 1950s
Nikita Khrushchev
L
Space dog who became the first animal to orbit Earth in 1957
Laika
M
Foreign minister who signed a non-aggression pact with Germany in 1939
Vyacheslav Molotov
N
The last tsar of Russia, executed in 1918
Nicholas II
O
The second of the two 1917 revolutions
October Revolution
P
Mendeleev published the first version of this "table" in 1860
Periodic Table
Q
Contemporary term for tsar Alexis
(like Alexander the Great, Suleiman the Magnificent etc...)
Quiet
R
Royal house that ruled Russia from 1613 to 1917
Romanov
S
Former name of Volgograd
Stalingrad
T
This writer died in 1910 having never won a Nobel Prize, considered to be
one of the greatest omissions in its history
Leo Tolstoy
U
In an event called the Holodomor, Soviet leaders inflicted a terrible famine
on this country, killing millions
Ukraine
V
Group of northern people who ruled over the Kievan Rus'
Vikings
W
Army that fought against the Communists from 1917-1921
White Army
X
Princess consort of Tver who is counted as a saint in the Russian Orthodox Church
Xenia of Tarusa
Y
The first democratically-elected leader in Russian history
Boris Yeltsin
Z
Most-decorated Soviet general of WWII
Georgy Zhukov
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Level 73
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.
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Level ∞
Oct 26, 2019
According to Wikipedia, the Rus were a loose confederation of Slavic and Finnic people ruled over by the Varangians (Norse).
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Level 80
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 ^^.
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Level 79
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.
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Level 68
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.
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Level 82
Oct 13, 2019
Ukraine was not technically a country at the time.
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Level 71
Oct 23, 2019
There is not a technical definition of country. :)
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Level 50
Dec 14, 2019
who cares people which died horribly were mostly Ukrainians, and now the country is called Ukraine
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Level 87
Oct 26, 2019
It should be Xenia of Tarusa, not Xenia the Tarusa.
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Level ∞
Oct 26, 2019
Fixed
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Level 71
Dec 13, 2019
Dostoyevsky is such a great author. It’s a terrible shame that Dr. Peterson has been misusing Dostoyevsky’s work in an attempt to defend his strange “philosophy.”
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Level 45
Dec 13, 2019
The hardest part was the translation of the Dutch names Chroesjtsjov, Dostojevski and Bolsjewiek.
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Level 43
Dec 13, 2019
Not a bad quiz. You should accept "Xsenia" for Xenia however.
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Level 66
Dec 13, 2019
Please accept Varyag for Varangians/Vikings.
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Level 64
Dec 13, 2019
I thought I did pretty good, but my score was below average. Does that mean only the really brainy ones took this quiz?
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Level 65
Dec 14, 2019
I should think so (I got 23 by the way)
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Level 65
Dec 14, 2019
For G, it should be 'during the reign of Joseph Stalin'. ('of' is missing)
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Level 66
Mar 23, 2020
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Level ∞
Mar 24, 2020
Ok, fixed
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Level 65
Dec 14, 2019
For 'M', I tried to think of a Russian-sounding word starting with 'M', and tried 'Molotov' - surprised it was correct!
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Level 69
Dec 14, 2019
Holodomor was actually larger than just Ukraine, more people died in Russia and Kazakhstan because of it
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Level 58
Dec 19, 2019
Technically, que last tsar of Russia was Peter the Great back in early 1700’s. He has changed his (and sucessors) title to Emperor