jashleen asks: Do the Russians regret not being a communist state anymore?
Not a lot of people in present Russia regret not being a communist state and in reality the USSR was not even close to communism in its true meaning.
Of course there are people, mostly elderly people, who still like the USSR, have nostalgia, they vote for communist party of Russia.
Also it should be mentioned that unfortunately a lot of young people don't know the history of their country well enough and they think the USSR was better than it really was.
Elizabeth asks: Is English widely spoken in Russia? I am planning a trip to visit Moscow and St Petersburg next year. Would it be too cold to visit in mid May ? Your assistance would be greatly appreciated.
Many thanks, Elizabeth.
Today English is main foreign language Russian children are studying at schools but the standards are not high so after the school not a lot of people are able to speak fluently or at least understand English. The situation is much better in large cities like Moscow and Saint Petersburg.
As for the weather in the middle of May the average temperature of May in Moscow is about 13C and 11C in Saint Petersburg.
henry asks: Russia recorded population growth for the first time since 15 years. This population growth only became from North Caucas or from all ethnics of Russia? Thanks
Your are right, the population of Russia increased by about 1,4% in 2009. But the overall death rate among the citizens of the country is still higher than the birth rate. About 350,000 people received Russian citizenship in 2009 (most of all the people from former Soviet Union countries).
The number of the regions of Russia that have the birth rate higher than the death rate is not high. Among them are Moscow city, North Caucasus republics, Krasnodar and Stavropol krays, and the regions with the deposits of oil and natural gas like Tyumen oblast, Khanty-Mansy autonomous okrug, Tatarstan, Bashkiria, Sverdlovsk oblast and some others.
fnhughy asks: What is the most common name?
According to the statistics of 2008 the most popular names parents gave their kids in Russia were:
- Girls names: Anastasiya, Mariya, Darya, Anna, Yelizaveta, Polina, Viktoriya, Yekaterina
- Boys names: Alexander, Maksim, Ivan, Artyom, Dmitriy, Nikita, Mikhail, Daniil, Yegor, Andrey
jacqueline asks: What is the regular everyday food eaten in Russia on any given day?
The food eaten by Russians varies depending on the season, income level and other factors by among the typical dishes are various soups (including borscht, fish, mushroom, pea soups and others), pelmeni (meat dumplings), potatoes dishes, kotlety (cutlets), vareniki, a variety of rigatoni, various sausages, apples, tomatoes, cucumbers, tea, coffee.