Weird Things About Russia And Why It’s A Bizarre Country

When people think of Russia, things like Vladimir Putin, vodka, and supermodels may come to mind. For those who aren’t familiar with Russia and the country’s culture and history, these stereotypes can be hard to escape. But there’s so much more to the largest nation in the world, including some very strange aspects that are often overlooked.

Check out these often overlooked quirky facts about Russia.

The Controversial Way Russia Was Named Host

On December 2, 2010, Russia was selected as the host of the 2018 World Cup, which also qualified their team for the tournament. This didn’t go down without controversy, however. The English Football Association accused the Russian team of bribing FIFA members in order to secure the bid.

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President of the FIFA, Sepp Blatter, let it slip that the votes had been swayed to announce Russia as the host. He then announced that he would be stepping down from his role on June 2, 2015, six days after the U.S. government indicted FIFA officials.