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Russian Quiz Questions

  1. Vladimir Putin was born in 1952 in which Russian city?
  2. Which Siberian-born peasant won the favour of Czar Nicholas II whilst proclaiming himself a healer with the ability to predict the future?
  3. Name the Russian jeweller famous for his eggs made from precious metals and gemstones?
  4. Who received nominations for the Nobel Prize in Literature every year from 1902 to 1906 and for the Nobel Peace Prize in 1901, 1902, and 1909?
  5. The Cherry Orchard was the last play of which Russian playwright?

  6. Who was the First Secretary of the Soviet Union during the Cuban Missile Crisis?
  7. In which decade did Vladimir Lenin die?
  8. Which Russian artist pioneered abstract painting in the early 20th century and created the works Blue Rider and Composition 8?
  9. Peter the Great ruled the Russian Empire until his death in which year: (a) 1725, (b) 1805, or (c) 1885?
  10. Who was marshal of the Soviet Union and the most important Soviet military commander during World War II?
  11. Russian Dmitri Mendeleev is famous for publishing the first recognized what?
  12. Catherine the Great was the reigning empress of Russia from 1762 to 1796. In which modern-day country was she born?
  13. Which Soviet cosmonaut became the first human to travel into space in Vostok 1, on 12 April 1961?
  14. In 1985 who did the Politburo elect as General Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union?
  15. Who composed the operatic masterpiece Eugene Onegin and also the The Nutcracker ballet?
  16. Which Hollywood actor was born on July 11, 1920, in the city of Vladivostok?


  1. Saint Petersburg (then, Leningrad (1924–1991))
  2. Rapsutin (Grigori Yefimovich Rasputin)
  3. Faberge (Peter Carl Faberge)
  4. Leo Tolstoy
  5. Anton Chekhov
  6. Nikita Khrushchev
  7. 1920s (1924)
  8. Wassily Kandinsky
  9. (a) 1725
  10. Georgy Zhukov
  11. Periodic table (in chemistry, 1869)
  12. Poland
  13. Yuri Gagarin
  14. Mikhail Gorbachev
  15. Pyotr Tchaikovsky
  16. Yul Brynner