Russia

  1. St Petersburg was founded in 1703 by Peter the Great on land which he had recently conquered from which European power?

  2. Tsar Alexander II was assassinated in 1881 outside a church in St Petersburg which has since become known as the Church of the Spilled Blood. What is its correct title?

  3. In 1941 the city of Leningrad (St Petersburg) was besieged by German forces. How long did this siege last?

  4. The longest river in Europe, the Volga, unsurprisingly forms the largest estuary in Europe when it flows into which body of water?

  5. Which empress began the Hermitage collection?

  6. What does the word Kremlin originally mean?

  7. In 1812 Muscovites burned their city to the ground rather than let it fall into the hands of which invading army?

  8. What's the name of the Cathedral inside the Kremlin where the Czars were crowned?

  9. One of the Moscovite 'tourist attractions' is the Lenin Mausoleum. What is its geometrical shape?

  10. Which Soviet author was given the honour to be buried inside the Lenin Mausoleum and now shares that burial place which such celebrities as Yury Gagarin, Yury Andropov, Leonid Brezhnev and Joseph Stalin?

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