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It is quite possible that Russia may be best known for its long and bitter winters This extreme coldness also aided the country as a whole by keeping invaders at bay For example Adolf Hitler and his Nazi army were hesitant in entering the country during World War II In Moscow snow covers the ground for at least five months of the year In the Northernmost region of Russia there is snow present for between eight and ten months Most of the coastal waters such as ponds lakes rivers and streams remain frozen during the majority of the year But after the harsh winter months have past the weather swings harshly in the opposite direction During the warmest days of the summer it is not uncommon for the mercury to hit 100F although they average around 60F Precipitation throughout the year rain sleet and snow is usually light to moderate The wettest part of the country is the European Plain or the East Siberian Uplands where rain falls on a daily basis during the spring The majority of the vast inland receives little or no rain but approximately four feet of snow during the winter Russians like Americans enjoy watching television and reading They also love to play chess visit the movie theaters soak up the culture of an opera or play travel to a local museum go for a walk or participate in sports The government of Russia strongly supports athletic events especially team sports Soccer is unopposed as the most popular participant and spectator sport in the country Russians also enjoy gymnastics basketball and during the winter ice hockey is a hit among the children of the countrymen Russians also enjoy nature They really enjoy going on hikes and spending time in the forests Many have country cottages called dachas There they garden hike bicycle swim fish gather mushrooms and take part in the other outdoor activities Russian people also love going
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