Author: Andy Young

How Many People Live in Russia?

The current (2016) population of Russia is either 144,192,450 (not including Crimea) or is 146,519,759 (including Crimea). Most of the population of Russia is found in the West and South of the country. These regions have a much higher population density than either Siberia or the Russian Far East. The Russian Federation used to be a part of the Soviet Union. When the Soviet Union collapsed in 1991, the number of people living in Russia began to fall. Over the last decade that population decline has slowed and over the past few years Russia’s population has begun to grow slowly. Russian Population Decline The population of Russia was at its highest in 1991, when it hit a high of 148,689,000. The economic and political upheaval that followed the end of the Soviet Union led to an increase in death rates. This, combined with low birth rates, led to a fall in population. At one point Russia’s population was falling by 0.5% every year – that’s about a quarter of 1 million people every year. Between 1995 and 2005, the population of Russia remained relatively stable – it neither increased nor decreased substantially. In 2009, for the first time since 1991, the number of people living in Russia increased. Since then Russia’s population has been slowly but steadily growing. Crimea and Russian Population On 18 March 2014 Russia annexed Crimea,...

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Joseph Stalin: height

Nobody is exactly sure just how tall Stalin was. Contemporary reports of the exact Stalin height vary. At the lower end, people report that he was 5 foot 4 inches (163cm) tall and, at the higher end his height shoots up to around 5 foot 8 inches (173cm). The general consensus among historians seems to be that Stalin was about 5 foot 5 tall (165cm). Today, we are forced to rely on contemporary reports and analysis of photographs because there are no official records to say how tall Stalin actually was. There are no official reports about the Joseph...

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What was the Cold War?

The Cold War was a conflict between the United States of America (and its allies) and the Soviet Union (and its allies). The conflict began in the mid-1940s, just after the end of the Second World War and ended in the early 1990s with the collapse of the Soviet Union. It is called the Cold War because the USA and USSR never fought each other directly. Key events in the cold war include the Berlin airlift, the Korean War, the Cuban Missile Crisis, the crushing of revolutions in Hungary and Czechoslovakia, détente, the Vietnam War, and the fall of...

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Why did Napoleon invade Russia?

Napoleon’’s invasion of Russia in 1812 was a disaster. The campaign started well as Napoleon and his Grande Armée pushed into Russia and even briefly occupied Moscow. But there the tide turned. As summer turned to winter, his army was forced into a humiliating retreat westward. Only 120,000 of his 500,000 Grande Armée returned home. Many think that the notorious French leader was simply a fool to take on the might of Imperial Russia. So why did he invade? Mastery of Europe Elsewhere, Napoleon had moved his forces through much of Europe unchallenged and it seemed that Russia and...

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Catherine the Great Biography

Catherine the Great was Empress of Russia between 9 July 1762 and November 17, 1796. Catherine seized power from her husband, Peter III, in a coup d’etat and, seeing herself as an enlightened despot, reigned over what is regarded by many as a golden era of Russian enlightenment and expansion. She was famed not only for her leadership of Russia, but for her flamboyant approach to life and the number of lovers she took. This flamboyance gave rise to a number of legends, most notably (and almost certainly not true) that she died while having sex with a stallion. [thrive_tabs...

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