10 most difficult history of Russia riddlesHistory of Russia quiz
Where does the name of the Russian currency come from - the ruble?
from the red color
from a two-headed eagle
from notches on the edge
The word "ruble" comes from the verb meaning "break" and refers to the Middle Ages, when pieces of silver were broken into smaller ones when changing money. The ruble was the world's first decimal currency: it was decimalised in 1704 when the ruble became legally equal to 100 kopeks.
Which country didn't try to colonize California?
Coincidentally, the first European who explored California was a Portuguese on Spanish duty - Cabrillo. However, his country never tried to establish colonies there.
What kind of resources brought Russian colonists to Alaska?
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.
Who invented the Matryoshka doll?
Jurij Pawlowicz Siemionow
The first Russian nested doll set was made in 1890 by Vasily Zvyozdochkin, Russian turning craftsman, wood carver and doll maker. The dolls often follow a theme; the themes may vary, from fairy tale characters to Soviet leaders. Matryoshka dolls are often referred to as "babushka dolls", babushka meaning "grandmother" or "old woman".
Which currency was the first to be converted to the decimal system?
British pound sterling
Frank of revolutionary France
The new ruble, introduced by the monetary reform of Peter the Great in 1704, was the first currency based on the decimal system.
What was the Russian beard token used for?
proof of tax payment
money in Vostok Antarctic Station
Bolshevik's propaganda symbol
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.
BT was a series of Soviet light tanks. What does BT stand for?
The BT tanks (Russian: Bystrochodny tank, lit. "fast moving tank") were a series of Soviet light tanks produced in large numbers between 1932 and 1941. They were lightly armoured, but reasonably well-armed for their time, and had the best mobility of all contemporary tanks.
Where was the Cyrillic script created?
in the Byzantine Empire
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).
What spectacular achievement of young Stalin boosted his career among Bolsheviks?
composition of the future anthem of the Soviet Union
public critcism of Lenin
assassination of the Russian Prime Minister
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).