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Russia, the world’s largest nation, borders European and Asian countries as well as the Pacific and Arctic oceans. Its landscape ranges from tundra and forests to subtropical beaches. It’s famous for Moscow's Bolshoi and St. Petersburg's Mariinsky ballet companies. St. Petersburg, founded by Russian leader Peter the Great, has the baroque Winter Palace, now housing part of the State Hermitage Museum’s art collection.

 

 Gov.ru - Russian Government

Kremlin.ru - President of Russia

Council.gov.ru - Council of Federation

Duma.gov.ru - The Federal Assembly of Russia

Mid.ru - Ministry of Foreign Affairs

 

Russianembassy.org - Embassy of the Russian Federation in the USA

Gks.ru - Goskomstat The Russian Federation on Statistics

Cisstat.com - Interstate Statistical Committee of the CIS


 

Interfax.ru - Interfax Russian News Agency

Tass.ru - Itar-Tass Russian News Agency

Izvestia.ru - Izvestia National and international news

Themoscowtimes.com - The Moscow Times

Pravda.ru - Pravda National and international news

Vladnews.ru - Vladnews Vladivostok News

Ntv.ru - NTV Independent TV-Station


 

Tcart.com - TC Art Gallery by Catherine Yakovina

Hermitagemuseum.org - The State Hermitage Museum

Kreml.ru - The Kremlin Museum

Museum.ru - Museums in Russia

Tretyakovgallery.ru - The State Tretyakov Gallery

Russianmuseums.info - Museums in Russia (official list)

Nlr.ru - National Library of Russia

Rsl.ru - Russian State Library

Earthburg.ru - United Space Of Humanity

Iis.ru - Institute of the Information Society - Russia

Mos.ru - The Municipality of Moscow

Gov.spb.ru - Saint Petersburg City Administration

Tuvaonline.ru - The Republic of Tuva


 

Cbr.ru - The Central Bank of the Russian Federation

Mse.ru - Moscow Central Stock Exchange

Arcci.org - American-Russian Chamber of Commerce and Industry

Superjob.ru - Russian Business Cooperation Network Corporation


 

Aeroflot.com - Aeroflot The Russian flag carrier

Utair.ru - Russian helicopter airline

Eng.rzd.ru - JSC "Russian Railways"

Transsib.ru - Trans-Siberian Railway

Map of the Russian Federation

Russia-travel.com - travel and tourism

Waytorussia.net - guide to Russia

Belmond.com - Grand Hotel Europe

Trivago.com - Hotels in Russia


 

Kafkas.org.tr - Kafkas Vakfi - Caucasus Foundation

Moscow-city.ru - Official City of Moscow Tourism web site

Petersburgcity.com - Saint Petersburg City


 

Msu.ru - The Moscow State University - MGU

Ras.ru - Russian Academy of Science

Ssau.ru - Samara State Aerospace University

Astro.spbu.ru - Astronomical Istitute


 

Iki.rssi.ru - Space Research Institute (IKI)

Satellite View of Baikonur Cosmodrome

Ecodefense.ru - nti-nuclear and safe energy movement

Greenpeace.org - Greenpeace organization of Russia

Seu.ru - The Socio-Ecological Union

Geographia.com - History of Russia

Networks.h-net.org - Russian and Soviet history - bibliographical

Alexanderpalace.org - Russian History Websites


 

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Rambler.ru - Rambler Russian search engine

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History of Russia (https://www.britannica.com/place/Russia)

Russiacountry that stretches over a vast expanse of eastern Europe and northern Asia. Once the preeminent republic of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics(U.S.S.R.; commonly known as the Soviet Union), Russia became an independent country after the dissolution of the Soviet Union in December 1991.

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  • The western Greater Caucasus range near Mount Dombay-Ulgen, Stavropol kray (territory), Russia.
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The western Greater Caucasus range near Mount Dombay-Ulgen, Stavropol kray (territory), …
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Russia is a land of superlatives. By far the world’s largest country, it covers nearly twice the territory of Canada, the second largest. It extends across the whole of northern Asia and the eastern third of Europe, spanning 11 time zones and incorporating a great range of environments and landforms, from deserts to semiarid steppes to deep forests and Arctic tundra. Russia contains Europe’s longest river, the Volga, and its largest lake, Ladoga. Russia also is home to the world’s deepest lake, Baikal, and the country recorded the world’s lowest temperature outside the North and South poles.

 

The inhabitants of Russia are quite diverse. Most are ethnic Russians, but there also are more than 120 other ethnic groups present, speaking many languages and following disparate religious and cultural traditions. Most of the Russian population is concentrated in the European portion of the country, especially in the fertile region surrounding Moscow, the capital. Moscow and St. Petersburg (formerly Leningrad) are the two most important cultural and financial centres in Russia and are among the most picturesque cities in the world. Russians are also populous in Asia, however; beginning in the 17th century, and particularly pronounced throughout much of the 20th century, a steady flow of ethnic Russians and Russian-speaking people moved eastward into Siberia, where cities such as Vladivostok and Irkutsk now flourish.

  • Buildings line the banks of a waterway in Saint Petersburg, Russia. Many waterways flow through the city.
  • A time-lapse tour of St. Petersburg, Russia.
  • Cathedral of the Resurrection of Christ (commonly known as Church of the Saviour on Spilled Blood) at night in St. Petersburg.
St. Petersburg, Russia.
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Time-lapse video of St. Petersburg.
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Cathedral of the Resurrection of Christ (commonly known as Church of the Saviour on Spilled Blood) …
Geoff Tompkinson/GTImage.com (A Britannica Publishing Partner)

Russia’s climate is extreme, with forbidding winters that have several times famously saved the country from foreign invaders. Although the climate adds a layer of difficulty to daily life, the land is a generous source of crops and materials, including vast reserves of oil, gas, and precious metals. That richness of resources has not translated into an easy life for most of the country’s people, however; indeed, much of Russia’s history has been a grim tale of the very wealthy and powerful few ruling over a great mass of their poor and powerless compatriots. Serfdom endured well into the modern era; the years of Soviet communist rule (1917–91), especially the long dictatorship of Joseph Stalin, saw subjugation of a different and more exacting sort.

 
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The Russian republic was established immediately after the Russian Revolution of 1917 and became a union republic in 1922. During the post-World War II era, Russia was a central player in international affairs, locked in a Cold War struggle with the United States. In 1991, following the dissolution of the Soviet Union, Russia joined with several other former Soviet republics to form a loose coalition, the Commonwealth of Independent States(CIS). Although the demise of Soviet-style communism and the subsequent collapse of the Soviet Union brought profound political and economic changes, including the beginnings of the formation of a large middle class, for much of the postcommunist era Russians had to endure a generally weak economy, high inflation, and a complex of social ills that served to lower life expectancy significantly. Despite such profound problems, Russia showed promise of achieving its potential as a world power once again, as if to exemplify a favourite proverb, stated in the 19th century by Austrian statesman Klemens, Fürst (prince) von Metternich: “Russia is never as strong as she appears, and never as weak as she appears.”

Russia can boast a long tradition of excellence in every aspect of the arts and sciences. Prerevolutionary Russian society produced the writings and music of such giants of world culture as Anton ChekhovAleksandr PushkinLeo TolstoyNikolay GogolFyodor Dostoyevsky, and Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky. The 1917 revolution and the changes it brought were reflected in the works of such noted figures as the novelists Maxim GorkyBoris Pasternak, and Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn and the composers Dmitry Shostakovich and Sergey Prokofiev. And the late Soviet and postcommunist eras witnessed a revival of interest in once-forbidden artists such as the poets Vladimir Mayakovsky and Anna Akhmatova while ushering in new talents such as the novelist Victor Pelevin and the writer and journalist Tatyana Tolstaya, whose celebration of the arrival of winter in St. Petersburg, a beloved event, suggests the resilience and stoutheartedness of her people:

The snow begins to fall in October. People watch for it impatiently, turning repeatedly to look outside. If only it would come! Everyone is tired of the cold rain that taps stupidly on windows and roofs. The houses are so drenched that they seem about to crumble into sand. But then, just as the gloomy sky sinks even lower, there comes the hope that the boring drum of water from the clouds will finally give way to a flurry of…and there it goes: tiny dry grains at first, then an exquisitely carved flake, two, three ornate stars, followed by fat fluffs of snow, then more, more, more—a great store of cotton tumbling down.

 

For the geography and history of the other former Soviet republics, see MoldovaEstoniaLatviaLithuaniaBelarusKazakhstanKyrgyzstanTajikistanTurkmenistanUzbekistanArmeniaAzerbaijanGeorgia, and UkraineSee also Union of Soviet Socialist Republics.

Land

Russia is bounded to the north and east by the Arctic and Pacific oceans, and it has small frontages in the northwest on the Baltic Sea at St. Petersburg and at the detached Russian oblast (region) of Kaliningrad (a part of what was once East Prussia annexed in 1945), which also abuts Poland and Lithuania. To the south Russia borders North KoreaChinaMongolia, and KazakhstanAzerbaijan, and Georgia. To the southwest and west it borders UkraineBelarusLatvia, and Estonia, as well as Finland and Norway.

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  • Western Russia.
  • Typical wooden buildings in a village in the Central Ural Mountains near Kungur, Russia.
 
Western Russia.
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Typical wooden buildings in a village in the Central Ural Mountains near Kungur, Russia.
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Extending nearly halfway around the Northern Hemisphere and covering much of eastern and northeastern Europe and all of northern Asia, Russia has a maximum east-west extent of some 5,600 miles (9,000 km) and a north-south width of 1,500 to 2,500 miles (2,500 to 4,000 km). There is an enormous variety of landforms and landscapes, which occur mainly in a series of broad latitudinal belts. Arctic deserts lie in the extreme north, giving way southward to the tundra and then to the forest zones, which cover about half of the country and give it much of its character. South of the forest zone lie the wooded steppe and the steppe, beyond which are small sections of semidesert along the northern shore of the Caspian Sea. Much of Russia lies at latitudes where the winter cold is intense and where evaporation can barely keep pace with the accumulation of moisture, engendering abundant rivers, lakes, and swamps. Permafrost covers some 4 million square miles (10 million square km)—an area seven times larger than the drainage basin of the Volga River, Europe’s longest river—making settlement and road building difficult in vast areas. In the European areas of Russia, the permafrost occurs in the tundra and the forest-tundra zone. In western Siberia permafrost occurs along the Yenisey River, and it covers almost all areas east of the river, except for south Kamchatkaprovince, Sakhalin Island, and Primorsky Kray (the Maritime Region).

Relief

On the basis of geologic structure and relief, Russia can be divided into two main parts—western and eastern—roughly along the line of the Yenisey River. In the western section, which occupies some two-fifths of Russia’s total area, lowland plains predominate over vast areas broken only by low hills and plateaus. In the eastern section the bulk of the terrain is mountainous, although there are some extensive lowlands. Given these topological factors, Russia may be subdivided into six main relief regions: the Kola-Karelian region, the Russian Plain, the Ural Mountains, the West Siberian Plain, the Central Siberian Plateau, and the mountains of the south and east.

 

The Kola-Karelian region

Kola-Karelia, the smallest of Russia’s relief regions, lies in the northwestern part of European Russia between the Finnish border and the White Sea. Karelia is a low, ice-scraped plateau with a maximum elevation of 1,896 feet (578 metres), but for the most part it is below 650 feet (200 metres); low ridges and knolls alternate with lake- and marsh-filled hollows. The Kola Peninsula is similar, but the small Khibiny mountain range rises to nearly 4,000 feet (1,200 metres). Mineral-rich ancient rocks lie at or near the surface in many places.

 

The Russian Plain

Western Russia makes up the largest part of one of the great lowland areas of the world, the Russian Plain (also called the East European Plain), which extends into Russia from the western border eastward for 1,000 miles (1,600 km) to the Ural Mountains and from the Arctic Ocean more than 1,500 miles (2,400 km) to the Caucasus Mountains and the Caspian Sea. About half of this vast area lies at elevations of less than 650 feet (200 metres) above sea level, and the highest point (in the Valdai Hills, northwest of Moscow) reaches only 1,125 feet (343 metres). Nevertheless, the detailed topography is quite varied. North of the latitude on which Moscow lies, features characteristic of lowland glacial depositionpredominate, and morainic ridges, of which the most pronounced are the Valdai Hills and the Smolensk Upland, which rises to 1,050 feet (320 metres), stand out above low, poorly drained hollows interspersed with lakes and marshes. South of Moscow there is a west-east alternation of rolling plateaus and extensive plains. In the west the Central Russian Upland, with a maximum elevation of 950 feet (290 metres), separates the lowlands of the upper Dnieper River valley from those of the Oka and Don rivers, beyond which the Volga Hills rise gently to 1,230 feet (375 metres) before descending abruptly to the Volga River. Small river valleys are sharply incised into these uplands, whereas the major rivers cross the lowlands in broad, shallow floodplains. East of the Volga is the large Caspian Depression, parts of which lie more than 90 feet (25 metres) below sea level. The Russian Plain also extends southward through the Azov-Caspian isthmus (in the North Caucasusregion) to the foot of the Caucasus Mountains, the crest line of which forms the boundary between Russia and the Transcaucasian states of Georgia and Azerbaijan; just inside this border is Mount Elbrus, which at 18,510 feet (5,642 metres) is the highest point in Russia. The large Kuban and Kuma plains of the North Caucasus are separated by the Stavropol Upland at elevations of 1,000 to 2,000 feet (300 to 600 metres).

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