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Can you pick the state leaders of Russia/Soviet Union without getting shot?
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Countries of the Russian/Soviet Empires
Both de facto and de jure leaders are considered correct.
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Apr 16th, 2012 at 18:10 GMT
More than ever, I want to know what wrong answers people click on.
Apr 16th, 2012 at 18:53 GMT
Having Trotsky as a wrong answer is arguable, as he was a "Leader", just not supreme leader. Maybe replace him with Georgy Zhukov, who clearly was not a political leader.
Apr 16th, 2012 at 20:51 GMT
@carbon-rod, I changed it to read 'heads of state'. That should eliminate any confusion.
Jan 28th, 2013 at 03:15 GMT
Great choices for dummy answers. Many of them are just obscure enough to make me think for a second they might be right, then remember, no, that's a (composer/novelist/fictional character).
Jan 28th, 2013 at 03:37 GMT
Igor Karkaroff, nice.
Jan 28th, 2013 at 11:26 GMT
Boris Badenov:"It is always Moose and Squirrel!"
Jan 28th, 2013 at 15:23 GMT
I thought Nicholas II was actually shot.
Jan 28th, 2013 at 17:15 GMT
This quiz is rather confused as 'Head of State' is a title with a specific meaning in Russian politics. Kalinin was head of state for most of the Stalinist period, for example. This quiz is really about the de facto leader.
Jan 28th, 2013 at 19:31 GMT
But Boris Badenov is still the world's greatest no-goodnik, even if he did report to Fearless Leader.
Jan 28th, 2013 at 20:34 GMT
I actually clicked on Igor Karkaroff. You may now take away my "I Know Russian Leaders" and "I Know Harry Potter" certificates.
Jan 29th, 2013 at 14:30 GMT
Maria Sharapova's reign of terror was a particularly dark period of Russian history.
Jan 29th, 2013 at 17:26 GMT
@NotThere, I agree. Khrushchev was never head of state, only party leader, same with Stalin. Brezhnev, Andropov, Chernenko (Chairmen of the Presidium), and Gorbachev (President), on the other hand, were heads of state.
Jan 30th, 2013 at 16:20 GMT
Alexander Kerensky would a be a good one to add.
Jan 30th, 2013 at 20:19 GMT
Anyone else spin the mouse around the options, clicking randomly until they lost? Because I assumed that's how the game is played.
Jan 31st, 2013 at 17:51 GMT
On the other hand you could argue that Medvedev never was de facto, only de iure - but then again we may have to ask about others, too. It's good as it is.
Feb 1st, 2013 at 04:29 GMT
lol @ the thought of Tsar Raskolnikov. You thought Stalin's executions were arbitrary? Ha!
Feb 1st, 2013 at 07:39 GMT
Was so hoping to see Nikolai Volkoff & Boris Zhukov.
Feb 3rd, 2013 at 18:25 GMT
Because some have questions about the remaining Characters, here is what I know: Igor Karkaoff - Character from Harry Potter || Leo Tolstoy - Writer || Rodion Romanovich Raskolnikov - Protagonsit in "Crime and Punishment"|| Fyodor Dostoyevsky - wrote "Crime and Punshiment" || Yuri Zhivago - Protagonist in "Dr. Zhivago" || Boris Pasternak - wrote "Dr. Zhivago" || Boris Karloff - Actor (Frankenstein Monster)|| Ivan Pavlov - discovered conditioning || Dmitri Mendeleev - ivented the periodic table of elements || Sergei Prokofiev - Composer || Sergei Rachmaninoff - Composer || Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky - Composer || Leo Trotzky - Politician and Philospher || Yuri Gargarin - First Human in Space || Vyacheslav Molotov - Politician || Grigori Rasputin - Monk and Advisor || Garry Kasparov - Chess Champion|| Xenia Onatopp - Antagonist in James Bond Golden Eye|| Ivan Drago - Rocky IV Antagonist || Crazy ivan - a maneuvre; not a person || Maria Sharapova - ? || Natasha Fatale - ? || Mikhail Baryshnikov - ? || Boris Badenov - ? || Anna Pavlova - ? || Igor Stravinsky - ? || Evgeni Plushenko - ? || Oksana Baiul - ? || Vladimir Nabokov - ? || Anton Chekhov - NOT from Star Trek, ? || feel free do add up
Feb 4th, 2013 at 19:41 GMT
The ONLY reason i got Dmitry Medvedev is because of doctor strangelove
Feb 4th, 2013 at 22:09 GMT
Maria Sharapova - Tennis player
Natasha Fatale, Boris Badenov - Characters from Robin and Bullwinkle
Anna Pavlova, Mikhail Baryshnikov - Ballet dancers
Igor Stravinsky - Composer
Evgeni Plushenko, Oksana Baiul - Figure skating champions
Vladimir Nabokov, Anton Checkhov - Authors
Feb 4th, 2013 at 22:11 GMT
@Geomonster: How so? He was a toddler when the movie was made...
Feb 11th, 2013 at 21:58 GMT
@Kuroryuu: I think the point of having Kasparov as one of the options is less that he used to be the world chess champion, and more that since his retirement from competitive chess he's become leader of one of Russia's main opposition parties, attempted to stand for the presidency but been obstructed from doing so by Putin and his cronies. So he'd like to be de facto leader of Russia, but hasn't been yet and almost certainly never will be.
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Mar 19th, 2013 at 04:13 GMT
Rasputin... even if he played this game and clicked a mine, he'd survive!
Mar 19th, 2013 at 04:27 GMT
Boris might have the name, but most of these leaders were Badenov.
Mar 19th, 2013 at 04:45 GMT
I'm Russian and I only got 11/14...
Mar 19th, 2013 at 04:58 GMT
Took me three (very frustrating) tries to finally work out that yes, I do actually need to include the Tsars. I don't know if that's Sporclitis or just sheer idiocy. Leaning towards the latter.
Mar 19th, 2013 at 05:00 GMT
I got blown up by a Molotov cocktail.
Mar 19th, 2013 at 05:14 GMT
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Mar 19th, 2013 at 05:27 GMT
Molotov was Chairman of the Council of People's Commissars for 11 years. I'd drop him from the quiz or make him a correct answer.
Mar 19th, 2013 at 06:33 GMT
Had Mendeleev ever been in charge, things would have been put in order....
Mar 19th, 2013 at 06:50 GMT
Of all the wrong choices, I gut busted by the Crazy Ivan manouvre... Oh, the irony!
Mar 19th, 2013 at 10:16 GMT
Maria Sharapova is not a Russian leader? The things you learn in Sporcle...
Mar 19th, 2013 at 10:28 GMT
We all remember the terrifying dictator Plushenko... :P
Mar 19th, 2013 at 10:55 GMT
Boris Badenov and Natasha Fatale!? I love it!
Mar 19th, 2013 at 11:15 GMT
I'm bangin' my shoe on the desk at the lack of Nikita Khrushchev on this quiz.
Mar 19th, 2013 at 12:00 GMT
@Niques - Only four of these are Tsars, and you can tell because they have very Tsar-like names.
Mar 19th, 2013 at 13:21 GMT
Silly quiz. Igor Karkaroff was from Bulgaria.
Mar 19th, 2013 at 13:23 GMT
I was thrown by the "de facto" in the title. Some of those leaders were de jure leaders!
Mar 19th, 2013 at 13:33 GMT
@rockgolf: not only is Khrushchev on the quiz, but, being a clickable one, his name is already printed and so we can get rid of the usual comments "Please accept the spelling Khruschev, Krushchev, Kruschev, Khrushev, Khrushchov, Krushchov, Kruschov, Khrushchëv, Kruschëv, Хрущёв, etc. etc."
Mar 19th, 2013 at 13:36 GMT
@DanCASTRO: A Khrushchev ally...
I shoulda known!
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