Here in Borovichi they have a professional Bandy team. Bandy, a prehistoric version of hockey which originated in Russia in the 1700s, looks like a mashup of soccer and field hockey on a giant ice surface with 10 players per side + a goaltender (without stick and defending a huge goal). Heading earns you a 5 minute penalty!
Have your mind blown by this video:
Bears abound in Yaroslavl. I suppose the apocryphal story of Yaroslavl the Wise killing a bear with his hands might have something to do with several of these examples (the somewhat unhappy Masha who lives in a cage by herself with a rubber tire on the grounds of the Spaso-Preobrazhensky Monastery and the full, legit bear skin hanging above the bed in my hotel here).