Bad idea: Napoleon invades Russia

In 1812, the French Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte (1769-1821) was informed that the Russians might plan an attack. He then mobilized more than 450,000 men for his “Grande Armée” and marched towards Russia.

Rasputin: Hard to kill

Rasputin (1869-1916) was a rather mysterious faith healer with very close relations to the ruling tsar family of Russia. He gained even more infamy leading up to his death.

The Russian Famine of 1601-1603

In 1601 through 1603, Russia experienced one of the worst famines imaginable. Around 2 million people, which was at the time over two thirds of the population,  starved to death.

Europe’s oldest known civilization?

While discussing ancient civilizations, many people think of Babylon, the Assyrians or Egyptians. One civilization that possibly predates them all is the Cucuteni-Trypillian civilization, which was located in parts of the modern day Ukraine, Moldova and Romania.