Top 10 history of Russia facts Selected as the most interesting among history of Russia related questions in History of Russia quiz What spectacular achievement of young Stalin boosted his career among Bolsheviks?Bank robbery. Before the Russian Revolution, Communist paramilitaries were often raising money through robberies and ransom kidnappings. Particularly notable was the 1907 Tiflis bank robbery, in which Stalin participated (playing minor role). The robbery resulted in 40 deaths and the theft of 341,000 rubles (equivalent to around US $3.4 million today).Created by: Luca Biaggicrime facts » What was the Russian beard token used for?Proof of tax payment. In 1705, Emperor Peter I of Russia instituted a beard tax to modernize the society of Russia following European models. Those who paid the tax were required to carry a "beard token" with them all the time.Created by: Kasiacoins facts » What kind of resources brought Russian colonists to Alaska?Sea otters. Alaska was colonized by Russian fur traders. Rather than hunting by themselves, the Russians forced the Aleuts to do the work for them. Many of Aleuts had been removed from their home islands and sent as far south as California to hunt sea otter.Created by: globalquiz.orgpolar facts » What nationality was Stalin?Georgian. Stalin's original Georgian name was "Ioseb Besarionis dze Jughashvili". The surname means son of Juga, and is derived from Georgian djuga, meaning "steel". This later became the root of his adopted name "Stalin", from the Russian word for "steel".Created by: globalquiz.orgGeorgia facts » The double-headed eagle serves as the Russian coat-of-arms. Where did it originate?It was taken over from the Byzantine Empire. After the fall of Constantinople in 1453, Moscow claimed succession to the legacy of the Eastern Roman Empire. Ivan III married Sophia Palaiologina, the niece of the last Byzantine emperor Constantine XI, and made the Byzantine double-headed eagle his own, and eventually Russian, coat-of-arms. In Byzantine heraldry, the heads represent the Emperor having authority over both secular and religious matters.Created by: stigeagles facts » Which European kingdom other than Russia used the title "tsar" for its monarchs?Bulgaria. The title Tsar in slavic languages is derived from the Latin title for the Roman emperors, Caesar. It was first used in Bulgaria from 10th to 15th century, and in Serbia (in 14th century). Later, it was used in Russia - Ivan IV was the first to use it in 1547.Created by: globalquiz.orgkings of Europe facts » What was the name of the official residence of the Russian monarchs?Winter Palace. The Winter Palace in Saint Petersburg was the official residence of Russian monarchs from 1732 to 1917. It is currently a part of much larger Hermitage Museum.Created by: globalquiz.orgpalaces facts » Where was the Cyrillic script created?In Bulgaria. The Cyrillic script was developed in the First Bulgarian Empire during the 9th century AD at the Preslav Literary School. Tradition holds that it was formalized by Saints Cyril and Methodius who brought Christianity to the southern Slavs (and so the name is derived from Saint Cyril).Created by: Bob StanleyBulgaria facts » Who was the President of the USSR?Mikhail Gorbachev is a Russian politician, author of perestroika (recreating), glasnost (publicity), uskorenie (acceleration) which purpose was to abolish communism in the USSR and to finish a Cold War. He left his post 25 Dec 1991 what symbolised the end of the almost 70 years of this country's tradition. In Russia, Gorbachev is remembered to have been responsible for destroying an empire. He got the Nobel Prize in 1990. Nowadays he is still active in public life but not taking part in Russian politics.Created by: apokalipskaUSSR facts » Which country didn't try to colonize California?Portugal. As a matter of fact the first European who explored California was Portuguese on Spanish duty - Cabrillo. However, his country never tried to estabilish colonies there. Created by: Mikołaj SołkiewiczCalifornia facts » Play history of Russia quiz and see all the questions.