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Russia is located in Northern Asia (that part west of the Urals is included with Europe), bordering the Arctic Ocean, between Europe and the North Pacific Ocean






Capital: Moscow
Largest City: Moscow
ISO code: RUS
Currency: Russian ruble
Population: approx 144 million
Dialing Code: +7

Information & Brief History
Founded in the 12th century, the Principality of Muscovy, was able to emerge from over 200 years of Mongol domination (13th-15th centuries) and to gradually conquer and absorb surrounding principalities. In the early 17th century, a new Romanov Dynasty continued this policy of expansion across Siberia to the Pacific. Under PETER I (ruled 1682-1725), hegemony was extended to the Baltic Sea and the country was renamed the Russian Empire. During the 19th century, more territorial acquisitions were made in Europe and Asia. Repeated devastating defeats of the Russian army in World War I led to widespread rioting in the major cities of the Russian Empire and to the overthrow in 1917 of the imperial household. The Communists under Vladimir LENIN seized power soon after and formed the USSR. The brutal rule of Josef STALIN (1928-53) strengthened Russian dominance of the Soviet Union at a cost of tens of millions of lives. The Soviet economy and society stagnated in the following decades until General Secretary Mikhail GORBACHEV (1985-91) introduced glasnost (openness) and perestroika (restructuring) in an attempt to modernize Communism, but his initiatives inadvertently released forces that by December 1991 splintered the USSR into 15 independent republics. Since then, Russia has struggled in its efforts to build a democratic political system and market economy to replace the strict social, political, and economic controls of the Communist period. While some progress has been made on the economic front, recent years have seen a recentralization of power under Vladimir PUTIN and an erosion in nascent democratic institutions. A determined guerrilla conflict still plagues Russia in Chechnya.


Business
Russia Business Resources

Government
Government of Russia

Hotels
Internet
Internet Country Code: .ru; Russia also has responsibility for a legacy domain ".su" that was allocated to the Soviet Union, and whose legal status and ownership are contested by the Russian Government, ICANN, and several Russian commercial entities.

Languages Spoken
: Russian, many minority languages

Media
Russia Today
Rostelecom - News
RussiaJournal: News
Voice Of Russia

Museums
Russian Museums

Photos
MOSCOW RUSSIA PHOTOS
Winter
Spring
Summer
Fall

Religion: Russian Orthodox, Muslim, other

Search Engines
Russia Search Engines





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Lowest point
: Caspian Sea -28 m
Highest point: Gora El'brus 5,633 m

Moscow:
Moscow University Touro
Embassy of India in Moscow
State Darwin Museum of Natural History, Moscow, Russia
Moscow News
Moscow Times

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Asia Airlines
Asia Airports
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