Russian History A-Z

Can you guess these people, places, and things from Russian history starting with each letter of the alphabet?
Quiz by Aaron197
Last updated: February 12, 2021
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First submittedOctober 8, 2019
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Territory that Russia sold to the United States in 1867 for just $7.2 million
Communist faction that came to power in 1917
Federal subject of Russia that tried to break away in the 1990s
Author who said "If there is no God, everything is permitted"
Fyodor Dostoyevsky
Churchill described Russia as "a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an _____"
The first of the two 1917 revolutions
February Revolution
Siberian prison system during the reign of Joseph Stalin
One of the items on the Soviet flag
The first Tsar of Russia
Ivan the Terrible
Russia nearly lost its entire Pacific fleet in a disastrous war with
this country in 1904-05
Soviet leader who de-Stalinized the country in the 1950s
Nikita Khrushchev
Space dog who became the first animal to orbit Earth in 1957
Foreign minister who signed a non-aggression pact with Germany in 1939
Vyacheslav Molotov
The last tsar of Russia, executed in 1918
Nicholas II
The second of the two 1917 revolutions
October Revolution
Mendeleev published the first version of this "table" in 1860
Periodic Table
Contemporary term for tsar Alexis
(like Alexander the Great, Suleiman the Magnificent etc, in this case Alexis the ...)
Royal house that ruled Russia from 1613 to 1917
Former name of Volgograd
This writer died in 1910 having never won a Nobel Prize, considered to be
one of the greatest omissions in its history
Leo Tolstoy
In an event called the Holodomor, Soviet leaders inflicted a terrible famine
on this country, killing millions
Group of northern people who ruled over the Kievan Rus'
Army that fought against the Communists from 1917-1921
White Army
Princess consort of Tver who is counted as a saint in the Russian Orthodox Church
Xenia of Tarusa
The first democratically-elected leader in Russian history
Boris Yeltsin
Most-decorated Soviet general of WWII
Georgy Zhukov
Level 78
Oct 10, 2019
A quibble: weren't the Rus Norse to begin with, rather than being ruled over by them? Weren't the Rus Norse migrants? Although I don't know for sure, just a vague memory.
Level ∞
Oct 26, 2019
According to Wikipedia, the Rus were a loose confederation of Slavic and Finnic people ruled over by the Varangians (Norse).
Level 52
Aug 6, 2021
Well, whether they were originally Norse is doubtful, they were and are eastern Slavs. And the city of Novgorod "invited the vikings to rule over them" as they say in Russian textbooks.
Level 85
Oct 11, 2019
Well now I will know what is a federal subject. I had no clue what the C question was about... As for X, no wonder why I tried Xena, but it was close ^^.
Level 83
Oct 11, 2019
Mostly easy. Missed W and Q. Should have guessed W. The gulag system was used before Stalin's time as leader. Stalin was sent in to it multiple times himself as a younger man. Nikolai ought to be accepted for Nicholas.
Level 69
May 28, 2023
It doesn't say 'established by Stalin'. And how did your genius fail you on W and Q? Those two are pretty 'easy'.
Level 72
Oct 12, 2019
I almost missed Khrushchev because in the Cyrillic alphabet his name starts with an X which corresponds to the Latin letter H. I am happy it came to my mind in the last about 20 seconds.
Level 85
Oct 13, 2019
Ukraine was not technically a country at the time.
Level 78
Oct 23, 2019
There is not a technical definition of country. :)
Level 56
Dec 14, 2019
who cares people which died horribly were mostly Ukrainians, and now the country is called Ukraine
Level 50
Sep 8, 2021
there's also not great evidence to show the famine was "inflicted," most of it comes from nazi propaganda.
Level 92
Oct 26, 2019
It should be Xenia of Tarusa, not Xenia the Tarusa.
Level ∞
Oct 26, 2019
Level 48
Dec 13, 2019
The hardest part was the translation of the Dutch names Chroesjtsjov, Dostojevski and Bolsjewiek.
Level 46
Dec 13, 2019
Not a bad quiz. You should accept "Xsenia" for Xenia however.
Level 68
Dec 13, 2019
Please accept Varyag for Varangians/Vikings.
Level 68
Dec 13, 2019
I thought I did pretty good, but my score was below average. Does that mean only the really brainy ones took this quiz?
Level 77
Dec 14, 2019
I should think so (I got 23 by the way)
Level 77
Dec 14, 2019
For G, it should be 'during the reign of Joseph Stalin'. ('of' is missing)
Level 67
Mar 23, 2020
Level ∞
Mar 24, 2020
Ok, fixed
Level 77
Dec 14, 2019
For 'M', I tried to think of a Russian-sounding word starting with 'M', and tried 'Molotov' - surprised it was correct!
Level 67
Dec 19, 2019
Technically, que last tsar of Russia was Peter the Great back in early 1700’s. He has changed his (and sucessors) title to Emperor
Level 73
Feb 12, 2021
I have no clue what the Q question or answer is about.
Level 58
Sep 7, 2022
V: pls add "varyags".
Level 39
May 21, 2023
Find a way to incorporate Ukraine into the quiz without making sweeping claims about an open question and subject of scholarly debate. For example, historians J. Arch Getty, Wheatcroft, Davies, and Tauger convincingly argue against the notion that the famine was inflicted against Ukraine by the Soviet leadership.