Bolshoi Gorod (Big City)

There is a free newspaper here called Bolshoi Gorod. Since I can’t sit down to eat alone without something to read, I picked it up and set about practicing my russian. I got to a page with the headline “Statistics”. They were quite interesting. So, here they are.

Most Popular Names for children born in 2005 in Moscow

Girls

  1. Anastasia (3576)
  2. Maria (2982)
  3. Anna (2288)
  4. Darya (2194)
  5. Victoria (1948)

Boys

  1. Alexander (2780)
  2. Maxim (2154)
  3. Nikita (2108)
  4. Ivan (2054)
  5. Dmitry (1774)

Oldest Moscow Metro Stations

  1. 15.05.1935 Sokolniki – Park Kultury, Okhotniy Rad – Smolenskaya
  2. 20.03.1937 Smolenskaya – Kievskaya
  3. 13.03.1938 Kominterna Street (Alexandrovski Garden) – Kurskaya
  4. 11.09.1938 Sverdlova Square (Teatralnaya) – Sokol
  5. 01.01.1943 Sverdlova Square (Teatralnaya) – Avtozavodskaya

Price Breakdown for a bottle of Vodka

  • 3.67 roubles for the vodka
  • 3.33 roubles for the bottle
  • 1.17 roubles for the sticker
  • 1.61 roubles for the bottle cap
  • 0.22 roubles for packing into a box
  • 0.78 roubles for the trademark
  • 0.98 roubles for production losses
  • 2.56 roubles for market losses
  • 20.96 roubles for profit (surprise, surprise! -ed.)
  • 29.20 roubles for excise tax
  • 11.60 roubles for sales tax

Total price: 76.05 roubles

Dates

Which anniversary date in 2006 means the most to you?

  1. 63% 65th anniversary of the start of the Great Patriotic War (WW II)
  2. 50% 45th anniversary of Gagarin’s first space flight
  3. 47% 20th anniversary of the Chernobyl disaster
  4. 30% 15th anniversary since the collapse of the USSR
  5. 18% 5th anniversary of September 11
  6. 14% 85th anniversary of the academic Sakharov’s birthday
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