Want to sell your car? Take a piano class. Interested in law school? Perhaps you should audition for "Guys and Dolls." A fine arts degree can teach you so many useful skills. Part 4 features Michelle Jarvis (AA, '10).
- Russia is the largest country in the world, in terms of land area.
- Russia borders 14 countries: Norway, Finland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Belarus, Ukraine, Georgia, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, China, Mongolia, and North Korea.
- About 100 languages (besides Russian) are used across the country; Ukrainian and Belarusian are Russian's closest linguistic relatives.
- Russia is located across 9 time zones.
- Its population is around 143 million.
- The Russian language is one of the official languages of the United Nations.
- There are 33 letters in the Russian Alphabet: 10 vowels, 21 consonants, and 2 signs (ь, ъ).
- The Russian language is an official language in Russia, Belarus, Moldova, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan, and is widely spoken in the Ukraine.
- There are approximately 150 million Russian-speakers in the world.
- The official residence of the Russian president is the Kremlin in Moscow. The word Kremlin means "fortress."
- The executive power is split between the President and the Prime Minister, but the President is more dominant. The legislature is composed of the Federal Assembly: the State Duma – the lower house, and the Federation Council – the upper house.
- Russia is one of 5 permanent members of the UN Security Council, along with the US, UK, China and France.
- Lake Baikal is the largest freshwater lake in the world. It reaches 1642 metres (5,387 feet) in depth.
- Mount Elbrus is the highest mountain in Russia (and Europe), it reaches a height of 5642 metres (18,510 feet).
- Russia's Volga River is the longest in Europe, with a length of around 3690 kilometres (2293 miles).
- Russia produces a large amount of renewable energy thanks to its well-developed hydropower stations.
- The country has the world's largest natural gas reserves, the 8th largest oil reserves, and the second largest coal reserves.
- The Trans-Siberian railway from Moscow to Vladivostok on the Pacific coast is the world's longest railway (5800 miles long).
- The closest point between Russia and the United States is only 4 km.
- The Tsar Kolokol bell is the largest bell in the world, with a height of 6.14 meters and a weight of 223 tons. It is located on the grounds of Kremlin of Moscow.
- The Tsar Cannon is (according to the Guinness Book of Records) the largest piece of artillery by caliber in the world and is a major tourist attraction on the grounds of the Moscow Kremlin.
- Russian language is the language of some well-known writers : Pushkin, Tolstoy, Dostoyevsky, Chekhov, Sholohov.
- Russia has a free education system and free health care for all its citizens.
- Moscow has the largest number of billionaire residents in the world and is the second most expensive city in the world.
- Approximately 3.13 million Americans trace their ancestry to Russia.
- Chemist Dmitry Mendeleev invented the Periodic table of modern chemistry.
- Yury Gagarin was the first man to orbit the earth in a spacecraft.
- Soviet engineer Hovhannes (Ivan) Abgari Adamian was one of the founders of color television.
The singer Vitas sings about following your dreams and your guiding star no matter how hard it may be.
This song is one of the most popular songs in Russia and some other countries, like Japan, by Alla Pugacheva. It was written in 1981. It is about a poor artist, who is in love with an actress that loves flowers. He sells everything he has so he can buy her millions of roses and get her attention. This was a legend about the artist Nico Pirosmani that was in love with the actress Margarita.
This song was written in 1964. It is about Moscow, the singer describes it as the best city in the world.
This song is about Russia; the video has some beautiful scenes of Russian nature.