The Russian stove has always been more than just a source of heating. It is an element of culture, a sleeping place, a character in fairy tales and the focal point in a traditional Russian house. Find out who was fond of lying on the stove, in which part of the stove the household spirits lived and why unmarried girls hid behind the stove.
Russians eventually switched to the metric system of measurement after the 1917 Bolshevik Revolution, but until then, they had used numerous units to measure length. Moreover, different regions used different names to describe them.