The brown bears that live in the Kronotsky Nature Reserve in South Kamchatka are famously addicted to kerosene and gas. They sniff the leftover barrels which power the generators on the reserve. The bears even follow helicopters in flight, hoping that a few drops of precious kerosene will fall to the ground.
Once a bear has secured a barrel, they will sniff it for a few minutes and then dig a hole in the snow, lie down in it on their backs and pass out. Russian bears have also been known to be addicted to alcohol, which people give to them because they think it is funny.
Pollution at Lake Karachi
This oddly colored body of water is Lake Karachi, and it has the dubious honor of being the most polluted lake in the world. That is hardly surprising since it is situated beside the biggest nuclear facility in all of Russia, which is leaking. The nuclear waste flows straight into the stream of the Techa River, which flows directly into Lake Karachi, where it unfortunately remains.
The solution that was offered by the Russian government, they filled the lake with concrete to keep it from touching the shore.
Despite their image in the world, Russians are not only fans of winter sports, even though they are good at them. The most popular sport in the country is actually soccer. They also enjoy ice hockey, handball, boxing, tennis, athletics, and car racing.
Many Russian athletes have made a name for themselves in professional sports. Tennis players Anna Kournikova and Maria Sharapova are amazing athletes and international superstars. Alexander Ovechkin and Sergei Fedorov spring to mind immediately whenever someone brings up the sport of ice hockey.
Impressive Amount of Billionaires
Most people expect billionaires to live in New York because of its financial center or in San Francisco, home of Silicon Valley. It turns out that 62 billionaires call New York home, and between them, they have $280 billion. London and Hong Kong also have their fair share of billionaires, with 43 of them living in each city. Moscow, however, has got all of those cities beat.
It is the home to 84 of the richest people in the world, with a combined wealth of over $366 billion. Leonid Mickelson, the world’s richest man, also lives in Moscow and has amassed a fortune of $14.4 billion. You may have also heard of another famous billionaire that lives in Moscow, Mikhail Prokhorov, the owner of Brooklyn’s Barclays Center and the Brooklyn Nets.
Venice of the North
Venice, Italy, is famous for its beautiful canals and exquisite bridges, but not many people know that the city of St. Petersburg in Russia has three times the amount of bridges as the Italian tourist mecca. This has earned the Russian city the impressive nickname “Venice of the North.”
Apparently, visitors recommend visiting this city and give it high marks over the real Venice because it is much less crowded and also supposedly even more romantic. It makes you wonder if they have gondoliers, and if so, how do they sound in Russian.