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General information
Common nameRussia
Local nameРоссийская Федерация
Rossiyskaya Federatsiya
NameРоссийская Федерация
Rossiyskaya Federatsiya
Государственный гимн Российской Федерации
(tr.: Gosudarstvenny gimn Rossiyskoy Federatsii)
State Anthem of the Russian Federation
Largest citycapital
Official languagesRussian official throughout the country; 27 others co-official in various regions
Ethnic groups79.8% Russians
3.8% Tatars
2.0% Ukrainians
1.2% Bashkirs
1.1% Chuvashes
12.1% Others and Unspecified (2002)
GovernmentFederal semi-presidential republic
PresidentDmitry Medvedev
Prime MinisterVladimir Putin
Chairman of the Federation CouncilValentina Matviyenko (UR)
Chairman of the State DumaBoris Gryzlov (UR)
LegislatureFederal Assembly
Upper HouseFederation Council
Lower HouseState Duma
Rurik Dynasty862
Kievan Rus'882
Vladimir-Suzdal Rus'1169
Grand Duchy of Moscow1283
Tsardom of Russia16 January 1547
Russian Empire22 October 1721
Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic7 November 1917
Union of Soviet Socialist Republics10 December 1922
Russian Federation25 December 1991
Total Area6592800 sq mi (17075352 km2) (1st)
Water %13 (including swamps)
Population census142905208 (2010)
Density (pop.)8.3/km2 (217th) (21.5/sq mi)
GDP PPP$2.376 trillion (2011) (6th)
GDP (PPP) per capita$16,687
GDP (nominal)$1.884 trillion (2011) (9th)
GDP (nominal) per capita$13,235
Other information
Gini42.3 (2008) (high)
HDI(+) 0.719 (2010) (high) (65th)
CurrencyRuble (RUB)
Drives on theright
Internet, .su, .рф
Calling code+7

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Russia c-enaudio=en-us-Russia.oggˈrʌʃə or c-enˈrʊʃə ( ), officially known as both Russia and the Russian Federation ( ), is a country in northern Eurasia. It is a federal semi-presidential republic, comprising 83 federal subjects. From northwest to southeast, Russia shares borders with Norway, Finland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Poland (both via Kaliningrad Oblast), Belarus, Ukraine, Georgia, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, China, Mongolia, and North Korea. It also has maritime borders with Japan by the Sea of Okhotsk, and the United States by the Bering Strait. At 17075400 km2, Russia is the largest country in the world, covering more than one eighth of the Earth's inhabited land area. Russia is also the ninth most populous nation with 143 million people. It extends across the whole of northern Asia and 40% of Europe, spanning nine time zones and incorporating a wide range of environments and landforms. Russia has the world's largest reserves of mineral and energy resources. It has the world's largest forest reserves and its lakes contain approximately one-quarter of the world's fresh water.

The nation's history began with that of the East Slavs, who emerged as a recognizable group in Europe between the 3rd and 8th centuries AD. Founded and ruled by a Varangian warrior elite and their descendants, the medieval state of Rus arose in the 9th century. In 988 it adopted Orthodox Christianity from the Byzantine Empire, beginning the synthesis of Byzantine and Slavic cultures that defined Russian culture for the next millennium. Kievan Rus' ultimately disintegrated into a number of smaller states; most of the Rus' lands were overrun by the Mongol invasion and became tributaries of the nomadic Golden Horde. The Grand Duchy of Moscow gradually reunified the surrounding Russian principalities, achieved independence from the Golden Horde, and came to dominate the cultural and political legacy of Kievan Rus'. By the 18th century, the nation had greatly expanded through conquest, annexation, and exploration to become the Russian Empire, which was the third largest empire in history, stretching from Poland in Europe to Alaska in North America.

Following the Russian Revolution, Russia became the largest and leading constituent of the Soviet Union, the world's first constitutionally socialist state and a recognized superpower, which played a decisive role in the Allied victory in World War II. The Soviet era saw some of the most significant technological achievements of the 20th century, including the world's first human spaceflight. The Russian Federation was founded following the dissolution of the Soviet Union in 1991, but is recognized as the continuing legal personality of the Soviet state.

Modern-day Russia has the world's 9th largest economy by nominal GDP or the 6th largest by purchasing power parity, with the 5th largest nominal military budget. It is one of the five recognized nuclear weapons states and possesses the largest stockpile of weapons of mass destruction. Russia is a great power and a permanent member of the United Nations Security Council, a member of the G8, G20, the Council of Europe, the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation, the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation, the Eurasian Economic Community, the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), and is the leading member of the Commonwealth of Independent States.

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