It occupies about one- seventh of the earths surface. Its total area is about 17 million square kilometers.
THE PRESIDENT THE FEDERAL ASSEMBLY the Federation Counsil 2 representatives from each federal subject the Duma 450 deputies THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT the Chairman of the Government, Ministers THE SUPREME COURT OF THE RUSSIAN FEDERATION THE CONSTITUTIONAL COURT OF THE RUSSIAN FEDERATION THE PEOPLE All men and women over 18
Choose the right item. 1. The official name of our homeland is … a) Russia b) the Russian Federation c) the Republic of the Russian Federation 2. There are……... republics and 68 other regions in the Russian Federation. a) 21 b)12 c)17 3. The National Government of Russia consists of.... a) the President and the Prime Minister b) the President and the Council of Ministers c) the President, the Council of Ministers and the Federal Assembly 4. There are ………Houses in the Federal Assembly. a) two b) three c) four 5. The lower House of the Federal Assembly is ………… a) the State Duma b) the Council of Ministers c) the Federal Council 6. The population of Russia is about a) b) c) The Head of the Republic of the Russian Federation is ……….. a) the President b) the Prime Minister c) the Speaker of the State Duma 8. The original name of the city founded on the Neva banks by Peter the Great was ………. a) Petrograd b) St Petersburg c) Leningrad 9. The five ancient Russian towns which are known as Zolotoe Koltso (the Golden Ring) include Rostov Veliky, Suzdal, Vladimir, Zvenigorod and …………. a) Tver b) Smolensk c) Yaroslavl 10. Russia is a land of over... nationalities. a) 10 b) 100 c) 1000
The Cathedral of Basil the Blessed The monument to Minin and Pozharsky the Lenins Mausoleum the Historical Museum the Cathedral of Assumption the Cathedral of Annunciation the Cathedral of Archangels Oruzheynaya Palata the Granovitaya Palata the Spasskaya Tower the Bell Tower of Ivan the Great the Tzar-Cannon the Tzar-Bell
- Excuse me, can you tell me the way to Red Square? - Certainly, go down Twerskaya Street, turn to the right and youll be in red Square. - Thank you very much. How far is it from here? - If you walk itll take you ten minutes or a quarter of an hour. - Is there a bus or a trolleybus? - Yes, any bus will take you. Theres a bus stop just over there. - Thank you very much. - Youre welcome.
Match these important dates in the history of Russia with the events Napoleon tries to conquer Russia the USSR enters World War II Alexander II writes the decree abolishing serfdom Khan Batyi of the Golden Horde conquers Moscow, the Tartar yoke which lasted until the 16th century begins Peter the Great founds St Petersburg on 16 May the USSR breaks up Moscow hosts the XX Olympic Games Mikhail Romanov is elected Tsar of all Russia, the Romanov dynasty begins the October Revolution takes place Yuri Dolgoruky founds Moscow
Make sure that you know the Russian national holidays and festivals and match the names of the holidays, the dates and their descriptions. 1 January 7 January February/March 23 February 8 March March/April 1 May 9 May 12 June 7 November 12 December 1) Russian Independence Day 2) Orthodox Christmas 3) Constitution Day 4) Maslenitsa 5) NewYears Day 6) Victory Day 7) Day of Reconciliation and Harmony 8) Easter (Paskha) 9) Womens Day 10) Day of Spring and Labour 11) Country Defendants Day
Medvedev is the third president of the Russian Federation
Did you know that… …..Moscow, the capital of Russia was named after the River Moskva on which it stands? The name of the river has many possible origins. For example a) from Slavonic moskva = wet, swampy; b) from Slavonic most-kva = bridge water; c) from mosca = river, water ….St Isaaks Cathedral in St Petersburg is decorated with 112 granite columns? About half a million people from different parts of Russia took part in its building. ….there are 93 rivers and streams, 20 canals, and more than 100 lakes in St Petersburg? …the State Museum of Revolution in Moscow used to be the famous English Club which rich people visited? ….Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II visited Russia in October 1994? It was the first visit to Russia by a reigning British monarch. She visited Moscow and St Petersburg. …..the Romanov tsars are blood relatives to the Windsors? Tsar Nicholas II was a cousin of the Queens grandfather. His wife, Alexandra grew up at the court of her grandmother Queen Victoria. …..the Bolshoi Theatre is the oldest theatre in Moscow? It was founded on 28 March, But the theatre got its beautiful building so familiar to any Muscovite only in …..Russian people say Neither fur nor feather before beginning something important? But English-speaking people (mostly actors) say Break a leg.
born in Moscow into a family belonging to the cream of Moscow society received his early education at home at the age of eight composed his first poem published his first poem Ruslan and Lyudmila in 1820 and became famous created literary Russian, wrote a lot of poems had political views close to the Decembrists died after a duel buried in Svyatogorsk Monastery near his family estate Mikhailovskoye the best known work is Eugene Onegin ( ) Alexander Pushkin ( ), the greatest poet and writer
Peter Tchaikovsky ( ), a Russian composer was born in a village near modem Izhevsk composed a lot of symphonies, created beautiful music for operas and ballets his most famous operas Eugene Onegin (1878), Iolanta (1891), The Queen of Spades (1890); his famous ballets Swan Lake The Sleeping Beauty, The Nutcracker the Tchaikovsky House Museum in Klin was opened in 1894 the International Tchaikovsky Music Competition started in 1958 in Moscow
Georgy Zhukov ( ), a famous Russian officer, marshal of the USSR was born into the family of a poor shoemaker at the age of 11 went to Moscow to find some job took part in World War I in 1940 became a general of the Soviet Army took part in many battles during World War II was at the head of the armies in Moscow, Stalingrad, Leningrad, Kursk battles in 1969 wrote a book about his life was four times the Hero of the country
Yuri Gagarin ( ), the first Russian cosmonaut was born in a village near Smolensk spent his childhood in a big family, had a sister and two brothers in 1951 finished a vocational school, then a school of aviation and an Airforce Academy in Moscow made a space flight on board the spaceship Vostok made a tour around the Earth that lasted 1 hour 48 minutes was the first man on Earth to fly into space