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Biggest Cities in Russia

How many of Russia's 20 most populous cities can you name?
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Last updated: April 24, 2021
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First submittedNovember 7, 2011
Times taken69,715
Average score45.0%
Rating4.48
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Population
City
12,480,481
Moscow
5,398,064
Saint Petersburg
1,625,631
Novosibirsk
1,493,749
Yekaterinburg
1,257,391
Kazan
1,252,236
Nizhny Novgorod
1,196,680
Chelyabinsk
Population
City
1,156,659
Samara
1,154,507
Omsk
1,137,904
Rostov-on-Don
1,128,787
Ufa
1,093,771
Krasnoyarsk
1,058,261
Voronezh
1,055,397
Perm
Population
City
1,008,998
Volgograd
932,629
Krasnodar
838,042
Saratov
807,271
Tyumen
699,429
Tolyatti
648,146
Izhevsk
82 Comments
+8
Level 41
Nov 7, 2011
yeah, hard. i got 5
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Level 18
Dec 6, 2014
Quite hard. I got 20/24!
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Level 22
Jun 4, 2016
I got 100%
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Level 44
Jan 19, 2015
lol I got 5 too.

I could have cheated and cut and pasted them all because Ican't spell them worth anything lol

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Level 71
Dec 1, 2017
I got 21/24, but isn't Tyumen bigger than Irkutsk?
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Level 71
Dec 1, 2017
Tyumen's Population is 621,918, and Irkutsk's Population is 601,993
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Level 66
May 24, 2021
Please, never cheat on JetPunk.
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Level 57
May 1, 2017
so you did not copy paste ?
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Level 14
Nov 8, 2011
99% got moscow, and 98% got earth on the 8 planets quiz. Humans are weird!
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Level 53
May 24, 2021
Hate to be THAT guy buuuuuut....

The people who take the planets quiz, an easier quiz and in the realm of science, are a different set of people to those who take this quiz.

Barring some rarities the likelihood is the takers of this quiz are a subset of those who take the planets quiz. A subset particularly interested in Geography or Russia, and so very likely to get Moscow.

For instance, I wouldn't be surprised if 100% of the people who got Moscow, could also get the Earth as a Planet of the Solar System. But I would doubt that 100% of those who guessed Earth, would also know Moscow is the largest city in Russia.

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Level 54
Apr 29, 2012
That was hard 18/24, and apparently Vodka isnt a Russian answer
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Level 55
Mar 28, 2016
Really? Because I was pretty sure vodka was a Russian answer. Maybe not to this quiz, but you know, in general.
+1
Level 62
Jan 2, 2022
Stop being an idiot,every Russian human (including myself) are just straightforward sick and tired of hearing dyslexic stereotypes like this. "VoDkA PlAnEt Is RuSsIa"
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Level 56
Apr 25, 2022
@PopgoestheWeasel and Americans are sick of people calling them fat and dumb, get over it.
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Level 53
Nov 11, 2022
agreed
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Level 74
Nov 23, 2012
The spellings aren't that tricky if you have seen the names written, but if you only remember them from hearing them, that's a little harder. For example, I got 17/24, but I also knew Voronezh. It's just that I typed Veronezh but didn't think to try Voronezh.
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Level 22
May 6, 2014
I got most because i understand but can you use yekaterinburg as yekarinburg
+4
Level 36
Aug 25, 2014
Got all. My girlfriend is Russian.
+26
Level 82
Aug 25, 2014
See? That's why I need to get a Russian girlfriend.
+15
Level 91
Aug 25, 2014
That ain't the only reason.
+18
Level 87
Mar 24, 2017
I get emails about that all the time.
+12
Level 82
Dec 24, 2017
They ought to advertise on this website
+3
Level 79
Mar 22, 2020
@kal They do now.
+1
Level 56
Apr 25, 2022
@tschutzer yeah it is
+3
Level 63
Mar 2, 2017
Never had a girlfriend of any nationality other than American, but my physics professor is Russian (he actually shares his last name with one of these cities). Didn't help much on the quiz. 6/24
+23
Level 76
Dec 9, 2018
Mr. Saint Petersburg was your teacher too?
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Level 57
Aug 25, 2014
20/24. Almost got Ulyanovsk as well - I thought it was Ulyanov or Ulyevsk. Also missed Perm, Saratov and Voronezh.
+10
Level 60
Aug 27, 2014
Let's see. Moscow. St. Petersburg. Um... What were those Risk territories?
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Level 83
Oct 4, 2015
Ha yes, I tried putting in all the Risk places I could think of. The only other one I actually got was Nizhny-Novgorod, because it's in Michel Strogoff by Jules Verne.
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Level 32
Sep 22, 2014
Got all on first try because I lived in Kazan for five years as a bartender. My wife is Russian too, so naturally that helps ha.
+3
Level 66
Oct 24, 2014
I always thought that Krasnodar and Krasnoyarsk where the same city but in different languages.
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Level 66
Dec 18, 2014
Got 17, but I always forget Rostov!
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Level 84
Apr 1, 2015
Can't believe Springfield didn't work. Typing all the words from the Risk board helped.
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Level 41
Nov 6, 2015
How are some of these even pronounceble?
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Level 56
Apr 25, 2022
Russian
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Level 44
Jan 22, 2016
got 22, 1 was misspelled, so pretty much that's 23... yea, it's hard, even for russian, after like 15 i just started guessing...
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Level 82
Jul 20, 2016
seriously need many more spellings for yekaterinburg
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Level 80
May 10, 2017
only one: Sverdlovsk ;)
+9
Level 71
May 24, 2021
The 3 banes of my JetPunk existence: Yakaterinburg, Antananarivo, Yamoussoukro.
+5
Level 42
Mar 5, 2022
What about Ouagadougou, Massachusetts and Sri Jayawardenepura Kotte?
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Level 54
May 13, 2022
Massachusetts is pretty bad yes, but Ouagadougou you just have to type in Ouaga and you get it, and for Sri Jayawardenapura Kotte you can type in just Sri Kotte.
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Level 63
Aug 14, 2022
Why did you said this earlier? I tired to write Sri Jayawardenepura Kotte every time

Try to write a Petropavlovsk-Kamchatskiy or Blagoveshchensk, after this YeBurg will seem like the simplest word 🤣

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Level 66
Apr 10, 2024
or just spell it right
+2
Level 37
Jul 22, 2016
I got 11, I mean how are these even possible to pronounce? Annoyed I missed Chelyabinsk :/
+2
Level 66
Feb 9, 2017
There should be Khabarovsk, with 611 thousand inhabitants, the city certainly bigger than Irkutsk, Vladivostok or Yaroslavl
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Level 61
Apr 3, 2017
According to Google and Wikipedia it's closer to 590 thousand, but that's still big enough to make the list.
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Level 25
Jun 27, 2017
I got 2, Ima boss!!!!!
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Level 62
Jan 2, 2022
Probably St.Petersburg,and Moscow?
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Level 33
Sep 24, 2017
I only got Moscow. Only city in Russia I knew without looking at the Atlas.
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Level 69
Jan 27, 2023
Not even St. Petersburg?? The historic capital of Russia, the birthplace of Lenin and Putin, the siege of Leningrad (aka St. Petersburg), Catherine the Great, the culture hotspot of Russia, the 6th biggest city in all of Europe?

THERE IS EVEN A CITY IN FLORIDA CALLED THE SAME NAME

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Level 32
Nov 4, 2017
Wow, I thought I was way below average with 8.
+2
Level 65
Jun 2, 2021
Me too.

But I'm a Taiwanese Junior High School Student!

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Level 29
Nov 24, 2017
Try the type-in version here
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Level 79
Dec 22, 2017
Will you accept Novgorod for Nizhny Novgorod?
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Level 69
Dec 24, 2017
No - when 'Novgorod' is used by itself, it usually refers to Veliky Novgorod. Two very different cities
+2
Level 89
Dec 22, 2017
Only knew #1, 2 and 3 :(
+2
Level 40
Mar 11, 2018
i got 3
+2
Level 82
Jun 1, 2018
I've only been to Moscow and St Petersburg (and Peterhof), and the long mostly empty stretches of highway between, but both cities were lovely.
+12
Level 89
Jul 22, 2018
Could you accept Barn Owl for Barnaul?
+2
Level 66
Sep 26, 2018
[bərnɐˈul] and /ˈbɑɹn ˌaʊəl/ are 2 different pronounciations.
+2
Level 15
Oct 5, 2018
haha!
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Level 32
Mar 21, 2019
Reading how hard the Spelling is... But when you are a slav you just replace č with ch š with sh j with y and you are done. I see how it is hard to you Like chinese is to me.
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Level 82
Jun 8, 2019
This time missed Izhevsk, Tolyatti, Samara, and... Novosibirsk. >_
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Level 82
May 24, 2021
2 years later using my own comment to cheat I picked up the 3 that I was still missing this time around... at least I remembered Samara on my own...
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Level 83
Aug 22, 2020
only got 4 but got one point . knew the big two got one from soccer and one from an infamous 1980 /90s serial killer ( Rostov ripper ) .
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Level 68
Dec 3, 2020
Is it bad that I only know half of these because of air crash investigation? Yaroslavl, Perm, Rostov-on-Don, Irkutsk, Omsk, Kazan...
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Level 43
Dec 28, 2020
I got 6/24 I forgot like 5 Russian cities that I knew
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Level 45
Jan 2, 2021
Wikipedia now has a 2020 population version.
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Level 95
Apr 24, 2021
LOL got them all but only 4 /5 points, first time I've seen that happen!
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Level 72
Apr 25, 2021
Please accept voronesh for voronezh
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Level 87
Apr 29, 2021
Why? It's two completely different Cyrillic letters. Sh is ш and zh is ж. Not a transliteration problem. Similarly, "Noscow" should also not be accepted. :)
+1
Level 72
May 12, 2021
Why ? Because they sound similar. Leonid Brezhnev and Leonid Breshnev are both accepted in another quiz.
+1
Level 58
May 24, 2021
Kiev ?
+10
Level 57
May 24, 2021
Kiev is in Ukraine mate.
+5
Level 69
Sep 17, 2022
You sound like Putin.
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Level 82
Oct 20, 2022
Not even close.
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Level 32
May 24, 2021
i got moscow st petersburg and perm :/
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Level 56
May 24, 2021
Please accept Oof a for Ufa.
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Level 68
Nov 6, 2021
Odd, I thought Vladivostok should have made it since it's an important city. But apparently, it's population is just over 600k, which is less than I expected.
+1
Level 39
Nov 23, 2021
12,480,481Moscow

100%

100%

5,398,064Saint Petersburg

98%

100%

1,008,998Volgograd

64%

100%

1,493,749Yekaterinburg

62%

100%

1,252,236Nizhny Novgorod

60%

100%

1,257,391Kazan

54%

100%

1,625,631Novosibirsk

53%

100%

1,137,904Rostov-on-Don

50%

100%

1,154,507Omsk

47%

100%

1,128,787Ufa

42%

100%

1,055,397Perm

41%

100%

1,156,659Samara

40%

100%

1,196,680Chelyabinsk

37%

100%

932,629Krasnodar

35%

100%

1,058,261Voronezh

28%

100%

1,093,771Krasnoyarsk

27%

100%

838,042Saratov

25%

100%

699,429Tolyatti

17%

100%

807,271Tyumen

16%

100%

648,146Izhevsk

12%

+1
Level 45
May 24, 2022
I guessed Kyiv. Says a lot about our society.
+1
Level 70
Feb 28, 2023
I always think Volgograd is bigger than it actually is