Grigori Perelman, a Russian mathematician, successfully proved the Poincaré conjecture (one of the seven Millennium problems) in papers made available in 2002 and 2003. When his work survived review, he was offered a Fields Medal and the $1,000,000 Millennium Prize, both of which he turned down.
Russian fighter pilot Alexey Maresyev’s plane was shot down by the Germans in 1942 and he crash landed in enemy territory. Both his legs were severely mangled, but he managed to get himself to the friendly turf after crawling for 18 days in the snow. His legs had to be amputated below the knee. He got himself on crutches and prosthetics and within a year danced in front of a judge to prove he was battle ready. He then went on to fly 86 combat missions and took out 11 enemy warplanes.
After a Polish impostor named Dimitriy Ivanovich who claimed the throne of Russia was found out. He was executed, burned, and had his ashes shot out of a cannon back towards Poland.
During 9/11, the Russian government canceled military exercises in the North Atlantic, Pacific, and Arctic Oceans, in order to avoid provoking the US, which had raised its military alert readiness to DEFCON 3.
There are pictures over 100 years old that are in full color taken with a special camera from all over Russia.
48 countries including the US and Russia have signed an international treaty that bans the use of weather control in times of war.
Russia out-produces Saudi Arabia in Oil Production by 1,000,000 barrels per day.
A Russian scientist, Alexander Bogdanov, hoped to achieve everlasting life, by transfusing blood with others who were younger than him. Later, he died after transfusing a student with malaria, who made a full recovery after the transfusion.
Russians have built an anti-ship cruise missile that is meant to be fired in groups of about 8. On the way to the target, they all fly very low to hide from radar, except one. One will fly higher up, acting as a spotter and guide and use its radar to look for ships and will guide the others. If it is destroyed (because it flying higher and easier to detect) another missile in the group will rise up and take over the role of guide. And if it is destroyed another and so on. The guiding missile will also make an assessment of the targets if it finds multiple ships, prioritizes and then designate the targets for the other missiles. If a ship is destroyed it will reassign targets. They were designed to take out carrier task forces. They’ve been operational since 1985. Basically, the Russians have had suicidal, swarming, co-operating drones for thirty years.
Cosmonaut Sergei Krikalev was in space when the Soviet Union was dissolved. He went up a Soviet citizen and returned a Russian citizen.
Russians celebrate the New Year twice, once on January 1st and then again on January 14th.
During WWII, the Russians used a biplane (Polikarpov Po - 2) on the Eastern Front that was so slow, German planes couldn’t target it without potentially stalling.
In 2012, a team of scientists from the Russian Academy of Sciences successfully revived a flowering plant (Silene stenophylla) from a 32,000-year-old fruit buried by a squirrel in the Siberian permafrost.
While the Russian Tsar Bomb is the largest nuclear device ever detonated, it was the ‘cleanest’ nuclear bomb ever detonated. Its modifications removed 97% of its fallout.
Russian Railways president Vladimir Yakunin wants to build a bridge across the Bering Strait from Russia to Alaska. This would make possible an almost 13,000-mile road trip from New York to London.
If a child is found abandoned on Russian territory and the parents remain unknown for more than 6 months, that child gains Russian citizenship.
A man in Russia domesticated foxes that now sell for $9000. Curiously, the friendly gene came attached to some other physical genes that made the foxes look like other domestic animals: curly tails, white faces, droopy ears. It took only about 35 years to completely domesticate the species.
In 2006, Russia gifted USA a 9/11 memorial monument, which was erected in Bayonne, New Jersey.
Russian cosmonauts carried a convertible shotgun which doubled as an ax and machete into space. The shotgun was kept to kill bears in case the crew landed in a remote area in the Taiga region of Russia.
“UVB-76” is a mysterious Russian radio signal (on 4625 kHz). For almost 40 years, a repeating buzzing sound has been broadcasted, though every few years it stops, and a Russian voice reads numbers and Russian names. In 2013, for the first time, UVB-76 issued an order: “Command 135 initiated.”