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The features of Russian people vary according to region and specific ethnicity. According to genealogists, ethnic Russians have a similar appearance to Poles, Ukrainians and Slovenians, with predominantly light skin, thin lips, narrow brows and broad-tipped, protruding noses. Russian hair color is t


The Russian Federation is one country. Although the Union of Socialist Soviet Republics (USSR) consisted of multiple countries, with Russia being the most dominant, this no longer is the case.


Borschch, pirozhki, blini and pelmeni are popular Russian foods, according to About.com. Other classics of Russian cuisine include caviar, shashlyk and rye bread. Russian foods are often accompanied by sour cream, butter and mayonnaise.


Common Russian words include "da," "net" or "nyet," "on," "ya" and "zdravstvuyte." "Da" translates as "yes." "Nyet" or "net" means "no." "On" means "he," while "Ya" means "I." "Zdravstvuyte" translates as "hello." The most common word in Russian is "i," which means "and." As written Russian uses the


Common Russian last names are Ivanov, Sidorov, Smirnov and Petrov. Most of the common Russian last names end in "-in," "-ov" or "-ev." Some last names are based on first names that are no longer in common use, while others are based on the names of animals.


Some famous Russian dishes include borscht, a beet soup, and blinys, a Russian-style crepe. Blinys can be made sweet by filling them with fruits, jams or honey, or served savory, filled with ground meat, mushrooms, cottage cheese, cabbage and other vegetables.


To make a traditional white Russian, vodka and coffee liqueur in a two-to-one ratio are added to an old-fashioned glass that contains ice. A small amount of heavy cream is added to top off this cocktail drink. The proportions for one drink are usually 2 ounces of vodka to 1 ounce of coffee liqueur.


Blini, pirozhki and shashlyk are three common Russian foods that are similar to many other types of food found in other countries. Blini is a crepe or pancake that Russians top with cheese, jam, onions, caviar and other foods. Pirozhki is a pastry filled with cabbage, meat, potatoes or cheese. Shash


Popular Russian films include "Brother," "Night Watch," "Day Watch" and Andrei Tarkovsky's 1976 science-fiction art-piece "Stalker." As of May 2015, the IMAX 3D film "Stalingrad" is Russia's top-grossing film of all time. This 2013 drama is set during the Battle of Stalingrad, a major turning point


Common Russian traditions include bathing in ice water at Epiphany, celebrating the Russian New Year on Jan. 14 and celebrating Christmas in January. Other common traditions include the festival of Maslenitsa and a Winter Festival held between December and January.