16 Fascinating Facts You Never Knew About Russia
1. The capital's famous Red Square did not get its name from communism
While media outlets like to associate Russia with all-things communist- despite the breakup of the Soviet Union occupying almost 30 years ago- the country's cities are like most others in Europe. Contrary to popular belief, even the naming of the famous Red Square isn't related to communism.
Red Square actually derives from the word "krasnyi", which once meant beautiful. It has nothing to do with the red budenovka hat that became an archetypal part of the Communist military uniforms during the civil war.