Russian is one of the most spoken languages in the world. The Russian people have a long and colorful history that traces its roots back more than a thousand years to the time of the ancient Vikings. There are many myths and stories about Russian that the common man is always curious to know more about. As it turns out, there are more than enough interesting facts about Russian that anyone interested in learning more would be well served to read up about them. If you don’t want to go that route you can also look into various interesting books that have been written on Russian which should give you a good idea of what Russian is all about.
Russian History The first Russian revolution began when Catherine the Great married a Georgian prince. He was to become the founder of the Russian Empire. For several centuries the Russian people had been living in various lands across Central Asia and the Middle East. When the Russians suddenly disappeared from those areas, their homeland was quickly inhabited by hundreds of other tribes who spoke a different type of Russian language. It wasn’t long before the Russians once again disappeared from those areas and they weren’t heard from for another two hundred years. The disappearance of the Russian people marked the beginning of two millennia of Russian history.
Russian Culture Russian is by far the most widely spoken language in the world. In fact, it is spoken by more than a quarter of the world’s population today. Russian has become a part of many nations’ cultural and national identity. Many of the most popular songs in the world are in some way related to Russian music or the culture of the Russian people.
Russian History Unlike most European countries, the Russian government has been rather reticent about releasing important historical documents. However, the internet has opened up a wealth of information about the Russian past. There are many sites online that allow people to search for missing or destroyed documents. In fact, many scholars feel that the missing documents may still be in existence and contain unknown information about the Russian royal family.
Russian History and Civil War Of all the countries in the former Soviet Union, Russia has the oldest history. Since the beginning of the century, Russian royalty had been building their empires in the Arctic regions of Siberia and Alaska. Some of these Russian royals have become extremely rich. At the beginning of the 20th century, the country experienced one of its worst economical crises in its history. This brought many social and political changes, as well as the shift in wealth.
After the communist revolution of Lenin and the defeat of the Whites, there were vast gaps in the Russian economy. Economic chaos led to the collapse of the Russian economy and the dissolution of the country’s currency. Between this and the continuing demographic decline, Russia was beset by problems of mass poverty, hunger and premature death. Many of the peasant families, which had previously been agricultural workers but were ruined by the revolution, now depended on handouts from the state or others to eat.
Russian Culture Just as there are many differences between the Russian culture and the culture of the Russian government, there are also many similarities. There is a great amount of influence from other cultures including western Europe, the Middle East, Asia and North America. Some of the most popular Russian composites include Pushkin, Tolstoy and Ramin. Other popular Russian authors include Aleksandr Pushkin (a poet and playwright), Peter Kleiner (a director) and Anna Akhmatova (a writer).
Russian food Although there are many traditional dishes, the country has become renowned for its cuisine. It features many dishes influenced by France, Germany and Italy, as well as dishes from Asia, Turkey and Central Asia. A typical Russian dinner may feature such ingredients as caviar, sardines, dumplings, peas, mushrooms and polenta. There is also a variety of breads and deserts available.