160+ Russia Trivia Questions and Answers

Russia is famous as the largest country by landmass in the world. With an area of 6.5 million square kilometers, Russia is 1.8 times larger than the United States and slightly larger than Pluto. Russia is the top exporter of oil and natural gas. Unbelievably, Russia’s oil and gas pipeline could wrap around the Earth 6 times.

The country is ranked 4th as the largest consumer of alcohol per capita in the world after Moldova, the Czech Republic, and Hungary. Even though moderate consumption of alcohol is advised, records show about 40,000 people die from alcohol poisoning every year. 90% of alcohol intake is by males. 1 out of 5 Russian males succumbs to death due to alcohol-related complications.

Russia Facts Trivia Questions and Answers

Russia boasts the most extended railway infrastructure in the world. Interestingly, you must spend around one week on the train to travel the whole Russian Trans-Siberian Railroad. Russia is also home to the massive Lake Baikal, the deepest lake and most significant body of freshwater in the world.

Explore the following series of Russia trivia questions and answers to jog your mind.

1. A cathedral built between 1554 and 1560 for Ivan the Terrible, to which the saint is the Russian Orthodox church in Moscow dedicated.

Saint basil


2. A Russian space program’s name meant East. What was it?



3. Which Russian Choreographer moved to the USA and became a founder member of the school of American Ballet?



4. Name the Russian composer who wrote Peter & the Wolf?

Sergei Prokofiev


5. Which  Russian chemist founded our modern periodic table?

Dmitry Ivanovich Mendeleyev


6. A Russian abstract movement originated by Malevich c. 1913. It was characterized by flat geometric shapes on plain backgrounds and emphasized the spiritual qualities of pure form.



7. Which meat dish was named after a 19th Century Russian Count?

Beef Stroganoff


8. Nene-kona in Russia, what do we call it?



9. Which is Europe’s largest country after Russia?



10. According to a 2012 report by Forbes, what country counts 96 billionaires among its citizens, second only to the U.S?



11. Which country does one associate with the following foods or drinks ‘Kvass?



12. Who described Russia as A Riddle Wrapped in a Mystery, inside an Enigma?


13. On July 12, 2000, Russia launched a rocket into space bearing the corporate logo of what company?


14. Who has the most US banknotes?



15. After Russia, what is the largest country in the world by land area?



16. Who is regarded as the most influential monarch of the Russian Romanov Dynasty?

Peter I


17. Which country was the first to abolish capital punishment in 1826?

Russia/ Siberia


18. Who is the president of Russia?


19. Radical Russian Marxists are known as?



20. Which artist born in Russia in 1887, painted a self Portrait with seven fingers Birthday and Bouquet with flying lovers?

Marc Chagall


21. Who ruled France during the Franco-Prussian War?

Napoleon III


22. Artist Marc Chegal died in 1985 in which country was he born?



23. Who sang the theme song from Russia with Love?

Matte Munroe


24. What language speakers were shot in Russia and Germany 1930?



25. Who was the first premier of Russia and served from 1917 to 1924?



26. Russia has one but the US has at least six-what?

Places called Moscow


27. Who was the jeweler to the Russian Court’s famous Easter eggs?



28. What were the Russian atrocities against the Jews called?



29. Who was the Russian Foreign Minister from 1957 to 1985?



30. Brand name was translated as Bite the wax tadpole in Russian?


31. With over 20% of the world’s forest, what nation has more forest land than any other?



32. Russian triangular musical instrument is called?



33. What well-known Russian author was also a doctor?

Anton Chekov


34. In Czarist Russia it was illegal to do what?



35. What was the pre-war German name for the Baltic city which is now Russian and called Kaliningrad?



36. Tartuffo in Spain, kartoffel in Germany and Russia what is?



37. What was Alaska before 1867?

Russian America


38. After the U.S and Russia, what is the only country to have launched a person into space aboard its own rocket?



39. The first Russian satellite was launched in which year?



40. What type of Animal is a Borzoi?

A dog the Russian Wolfhound


41. In Russia by law the homeless must be where after 10:00 PM?

At home


42. What name in Russian is equivalent to skylab?



43. What soup would be on the menu in Poland or Russia?



44. A beef dish named after a 19th-century Russian diplomat?



45. What Russian writer was deported from the Soviet Union in 1974?



46. The Russian revolutionary, Leon Trotsky, was exiled three times and eventually assassinated in which country?



47. What Russian revolutionary founded Pravda?

Leon Trotsky


48. Canada is the second largest country in the world after?



49. Which Russian physiologist went to the dogs to write conditioned reflexes?

Ivan Pavlov

50. The state Duma is the lower house of assembly in the parliament of which country?



51. In Russia the national product is called Soldatsky. What is it?



52. What Russian City was formerly known as St Petersburg, then Petrograd, and until 1918 was the capital of the country?



53. The _____Revolution began in 1905 on Bloody Sunday when troops fired at demonstrators?



54. Name the company purveyor of Vodka to the Imperial Russian Court (1886-1917)?



55. Tia Maria-Vodka and Coke make what cocktail?

Black Russian


56. What is the name given to the large Russian utensil for making tea?



57. In what year did Russian Computers programmer Alexi Pachitnov design & program the video game Tetris?



58. What 19th-century war between Russia and England, Turkey, Britain and France was named for a peninsula in the black sea?


59. What is the national airline of Russia?

Maya Island Air


60. If James Bond was to dial 007 he would be using the dialing code for which country?



61. What is the name of the Russian National Ballet?

The Kirov Ballet


62. What cocktail is made from vodka and Kahlua?

Black Russian


63. In which country is Europe’s highest mountain Mt Elbrus?



64. What is the name for Russian beet soup?



65. What national anthem is the patriotic Song?



66. If you drove in a straight line from Moscow to Madrid how many countries would you drive in altogether?



67. What is the largest soviet republic?

Russian Republic


68. What country invented high octane gasoline in 1930?



69. What is the letter of the Russian alphabet?



70. In which country were Lada cars manufactured?



71. Which country was once known as the breakfast of Russia?



72. What is the 3 Stringed Russian instrument called with the triangular body?



73. In 1939 which countries invaded Poland?

Germany –Russia


74. Which country was the setting for doctor Zhivago?



75. What is a Gopak?

A Russian dance


76. Mckinley, what US secretary of state bought Alaska from Russia for 7.2 million dollars?



77. Which country would you go to find Pervy Shag?



78. The average height of the Ural Mountains is?



79. What game of chance is physically the most demanding for the loser?

Russian Roulette


80. World’s deepest lake is _______.

Lake Baikal


81. The Russian Empire ranges from the Pacific Ocean to the ________________.

Baltic Sea


82. Can you tell Kyiv is the capital of which country today?



83. In 1979 who was revealed to be the fourth Russian spy in the Burgess, Maclean, and Philby affair?

Anthony Blunt


84. What daughter of Czar Nicholas II said to have escaped death in the Russian revolution?



85. The city Vladivostok is also called _________.

Lord of the East


86. The second most spoken language in Russia is?



87. Can you name Russian cities that are the farthest North?



88. Name the American pilot shot down over Russia in 1960?

Fransis Garry Powers


89. Russia’s major religion today is?

Orthodox Christianity


90. Canada’s day is celebrated on?

12th June


91. What did Wiliam Seward buy from Russia in 1867?



92. The longest river in Russia is?



93. Europe’s longest river is?


94. The currency of Russia is?



95. The first Czar of Russia was?

Ivan the Terrible


96. Siberia covers?

5 square miles


97. The earliest name for the city now known as Volgograd is?



98. The population of Russia is approximate?

146.7 million


99. The fish that is featured under a fur coat in this famous Russian dish.


100. The cold war started and ended in?



101. Today most Russians live in?

Northern European Plain


102. The number of republics are?



103. Can you name the river that flows through the city once known as Petrograd?



104. What is the major problem of rivers that flow into the Arctic Ocean in Siberia?



105. The national flower of Russia is?



106. Which of the following men was head of the NKVD (immediate predecessor to the KGB)?

Lavrenti Beria


107. What Politburo member was killed on December 1, 1934?

Sergei Kirov


108. Which city has the largest population?

Novosibirsk, Russia


109. Which city contains the Lavra, an ancient Orthodox monastery of caves?



110. Which General Secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union served first?

Yuri Andropov


111. Which Tsars was assassinated?

Alexander II


112. What prominent former Soviet official was murdered in Mexico City?



113. Which term is a cossack leadership title?



114. In which of these cities can you most easily find horse meat served?



115. Name a popular salad in FSU?



116. Which is one of the most-visited museums in St. Petersburg?



117. Which 19th-century Russian writer was killed in a duel in Pyatigorsk, Russia?



118. What was the name of the first man-made satellite to orbit the Earth?

Sputnik 1


119. What year did the United States and the Russian Federation begin to build the International Space Station?



120. What was the first Earth Artifact to “impact” the moon?

The coat of Arms of the Soviet Union


121. The Russian abbreviation for USSR is CCCP.  What do these letters sound like?



122. What year did Alexander 3rd come to the throne?



123. What is the Russian word for an astronaut?



124. The Russians named one of their longest-lasting space stations MIR.  What does MIR mean in English?



125. What was the name of the first man in space?

Yury Gagarin


126. Name the first joint mission between the United States and the Soviet Union?



127. Which animal species was the first to be launched into orbit around the Earth?

A dog


128. What was the name of the first woman in space?

Valentina Tereshkova


129. What had Alexander 3rd believed had made Russia weak?

Ideas from the West


130. Why was the Minister of the Interior given the power to nominate peasants to join the Zemstva?

Ensure government that loyalty went all the way to the bottom


131. How would Alexander 3rd discover his opponents?

Secret police


132. Alexander brought in Russification, what was it?

Repressed his opponents, undid the reforms of his father, restored Russia’s position internationally, and reinforce national identity


133. What could the Zemstva (local councils) no longer do?

Raise taxes without permission


134. How did Alexander 3rd use the church to his advantage?

The church preached the loyalty and obedience to Tsar and used confessions as evidence


135. How had the Tsar’s reforms affected education?

Governmental approval of any new syllabuses Universities could no longer appoint their own professors


136. After the death of Kolchak, remaining anti-Bolshevik forces in Siberia were led by General Semyonov, a tough Mongolian who had been raised in the wilds of Siberia. Which assertion about him is UNTRUE?

Foreign diplomats found dealing with his mistress helped reign him in


137. Woodrow Wilson’s Railroad commission consisted of about 800 American railroad engineers under Ben O. Johnson, sent to Russia to keep the railroads running during the Russian Civil War. Which of these assertions is UNTRUE?

The average age of the US engineers was 63


138. During the Russian Civil War armored trains known as “bronepoezd” were widely used. Which of the following assertions is UNTRUE about them?

The weight of armor gave them a top speed of 25 miles per hour


139. Which of the following assertions about Marxist Aleksandra Kollontai is UNTRUE?

She led the defense of Volgograd in 1918


140. About an hour after a bloody battle that had seen the Red Army of the Bolsheviks and the Black Army of the Anarchists exterminate the last White Army in the Crimea almost down to the last man, what reward did the Bolsheviks give to their exhausted anarchist allies?

The Red Army massacred them too


141. During the Russian Civil War in Siberia, where did the US keep Harris, their Consul General and diplomatic mission?

On a train


142. How big was Kolchak’s fleet?

One small, armed riverboat


143. During the Russian Civil War, Bolshevik Nikolai Krylenko remodeled the Russian Legal System. This, based on his belief that the single most important piece of evidence in any trial or tribunal was what?

A confession, no matter how it is beaten out of the accused


144. According to papers stored at the Head Office of Rolls Royce in Derby, before the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989, who was the last Russian to buy one of their cars after the Bolshevik Revolution?

Vladimir Ilich Lenin


145. Between 1918 and 1921, civil war raged in Russia. What tribal Russians were the famous defenders of the old regime?



146. In what Russian city were the Czar and his family executed?



147. After being overthrown by the Bolsheviks, what became of the previous Russian leader, Aleksandr Kerensky?

He dressed up as a nurse to sneak out the country


148. Who was the last Czar of Russia?

Nicholas II


149. What Marxist leader overthrew the post-Czar Russian government?


150. This person exercised considerable, not to say undue, influence on the Czar’s wife Alexandra, especially when he was away. Who was it?



151. Who initially headed the first Russian government after the abdication of the Czar?

Prince Lvov


152. What were the revolutionary communists in Russia known as?



153. The initial worker’s protests that began the revolution occured in March of 1917. What were these protests called?

The February Revolution


154. Between 1918 and 1921, civil war raged in Russia. What tribal Russians were the famous defenders of the old regime?



155. What were the large farms organized by the communists called?



156. What colors were used to describe the competing armies during the Russian civil war?

White and Red


157. What was the last name of the Tsarist dynasty which ruled Russia for over 300 years?



158. Which Government did the first ruler after Tsar Nicholas II belong to?



159. Who succeeded Tsar Nicholas II of Russia in 1917 as head of the administration?

Prince Lvov


160. Which political party was responsible for the Russian October Revolution of 1917?



161. Who in the course of two or three years after Lenin’s death in 1924 became leader of the USSR?



162. What was the “upper” class of peasants called who hated the term and the methods of collectivization?





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