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Alexander Howard
1325424.  Thu Jun 27, 2019 7:31 am Reply with quote

Ah, Russia. All them corn fields and ballet in the evening.

1325434.  Thu Jun 27, 2019 11:38 am Reply with quote

The 'Russian linesman' who said the ball crossed the line for England's contentious third goal in the World Cup final of 1966 was named Tofiq Akhramov.
He was not Russian, but Azerbaijani.
But at the time, anyone from the USSR was referred to as 'Russian', as they were the largest ethnic group in the country.

Alexander Howard
1325835.  Wed Jul 03, 2019 6:16 pm Reply with quote

And if you can name the last Emperor of Russia, and the first...

1325903.  Thu Jul 04, 2019 11:34 am Reply with quote

I'd say the first was Iwan IV - Ivan the Terrible as he is known in English - since he was the first to proclaim himself Tsar of All Russia.

But it rather depends how you define "Emperor", and to a lesser extent how you define "Russia" ...

1325909.  Thu Jul 04, 2019 12:18 pm Reply with quote

Грозный is the Russian word that comes after Ivan's name. It has more a meaning of 'awesome' than 'terrible'. I expect it is how Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin would probably like to be remembered

1329034.  Thu Aug 29, 2019 11:32 am Reply with quote

there is a law in Russia law stating that Obama cant enter Chechnya another that you cant drive a dirty car in Chelyabinsk finally importing lace pants is illegal with the exception of women underwear

1331081.  Mon Sep 30, 2019 3:51 am Reply with quote

I always found the life story of Empress Catherine the Great of Russia interesting - everything from the fact her mother in law basically told her to have an affair or else, to her overthrowing her husband and taking charge of a country she actually had very little legal right to. Not to mention her string of lovers (which did not despite rumours include a horse). Plus the rumours of her involvement in her husbands death...

There is also the story of Vladimir the Great also, more especially his religious leanings. After all he is the one who changed the religion from Paganism to Christianity. Apparently he sent out envoys to explore potential religions to convert to. He decided against Islam because he couldn't agree with giving up drinking, plus there was something about a "stench" according to the chronicles, and disliked the western church because it was not beautiful. Therefore he went with the eastern orthodox Christians in the end!


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