number 1: Russia's population has fallen by 6.6 million since 1993 but however Russia's population was 141.9 million in 2010 yet it is projected to fall 10.7% to 126.6 million by 2050.

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number 2: At 1,163 trillion cubic feet, Russia has the world's second largest natural gas reserves. An Olympic-size swimming pool reportedly has a volume of 88,000 cubic feet. source British petroleum.

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Russia consumed about 3.2 million barrels of oil per day in 2012. At that pace it would take another 75 years to exhaust its reserves.

Source: British Petroleum

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number 3: Nine million commuters are said to ride the Moscow Metro every day. That's more than London and New York combined.
The Park Pobedy (Victory Park) station is probably the deepest of Moscow's subway system, going 85 meters underground. And Vykhino is the busiest station in the Moscow Metro.

Source: Reuters

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number 4: 10/18

Russia's homicide rate is twice as bad as America's.

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Russia has a homicide rate of 9.7 per 100,000, compared with 4.7 per 100,000 in the U.S. Russia's total count of 13,826 is however lower than 14,612 in the U.S.

Source: UNODC

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number 5:Russians drink nearly twice as many shots a week as Americans.

REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach

Russians drink 6.3 shots of liquor a week on average, compared with 3.3 in the U.S. But South Korea tops the list with 13.7 shots of liquor per week.

Source: Euromonitor

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