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Russian Federation, is a country in northern Eurasia . It is a semi-presidential republic, comprising 83 federal subjects. Russia shares land borders with the following countries : Norway, Finland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania , Poland , Belarus, Ukraine, Georgia, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, China, Mongolia and the Democratic People's Republic of Korea. It also has maritime borders with Japan , the Republic of Korea , Sweden , Turkey , and the United States . At 17,075,400 square kilometres , Russia is, by far, the largest country in the world, covering more than an eighth of the Earth’s land area; with 142 million people, it is the ninth largest by population. It extends across the whole of northern Asia and 40% of Europe, spanning 11 time zones, and incorporating a wide range of environments and landforms. Russia has the world's largest reserves of mineral and energy resources, and is considered an energy superpower. It has the world's largest forest reserves and its lakes contain approximately one-quarter of the world's unfrozen fresh water. The nation's history began with that of the East Slavs, which emerged as a recognizable group in Europe between the 3rd and 8th centuries AD. Founded and ruled by a noble Viking warrior class and their descendants, the first East Slavic state, Kievan Rus', arose in the 9th century and adopted Christianity from the Byzantine Empire in 988, beginning the synthesis of Byzantine and Slavic cultures that defined Russian culture for the next millennium. Kievan Rus' ultimately disintegrated and the lands were divided into many small feudal states. The most powerful successor state to Kievan Rus' was Moscow, which served as the main force in the Russian reunification process and independence struggle against the Golden Horde. Moscow gradually reunified the surrounding Russian principalities 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 eastward to the Pacific Ocean and Alaska. Russia established worldwide power and influence from the times of the Russian Empire to being the largest and leading constituent of the Soviet Union, the world's first and largest constitutionally socialist state and a recognized superpower. The nation can boast a long tradition of excellence in every aspect of the arts and sciences. 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 Union albeit in a weakened state. It has the world's eighth largest GDP by nominal GDP or sixth largest by purchasing power parity with the eighth largest military budget. It is one of the five recognized nuclear weapons states and possesses the world's largest stockpile of weapons of mass destruction. Russia is a permanent member of the United Nations Security Council, a member of the G8, APEC and the SCO, and is a leading member of the Commonwealth of Independent States.

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Geography of Russia - Moscow
Geography of Russia Geography of Russia tells us about the topography of Russia. Geography of Russia also throws light on the mineral resources, climate and population of the country. Russia is the world's largest country. It has a population of about 149 million. It spreads over a land area of 6.6 million square miles. Moscow is the capital of Russia. Moscow and St Petersburg are the major cities of the country. As the largest country of the world, Russia has a diverse geography. Northern Russian which extends into the Arctic Circle consists primarily of tundra and forests, with thousands of lakes. Mountains are an integral part of Russia. The Ural Mountains cover 2,500 miles of eastern Russia. The Caucasus Mountains cross the sou...

Pushkin Festival - Moscow
Pushkin Festival Pushkin Festival

When:Jun 2006 (annual) Where:Pushkin Estate Museum (Mikhailovskoe Estate)

On the first Sunday in June every year, lovers of Aleksandr Sergeyevich Pushkin from all over the world congregate at the Mikhailovskoe Estate, now the Pushkin Estate Museum. Pushkin (1799-1837) is Russia's greatest writer and arguably, along with Shakespeare, a contender for the greatest poet ever. The perfection of his verse, particularly in his amazing verse novel Evgeniy Onegin, can only be likened to the perfection of Mozart's music. Mikhailovskoe is the estate of Pushkin's maternal family and the house where the great man spent large chunks of his life. Du...

Festival of Festivals - Moscow
Festival of Festivals Festival of Festivals - International Film Festival St Petersburg

When:23 - 29 Jun 2006 (annual) Where:St Petersburg

Held since 1993, the International Film Festival St Petersburg - known as the Festival of Festivals - brings together the best of film festivals around the world for a cinematic showcase in the last week of June every year. The event is Russia's largest non-competitive film festival and brings together cinema from all over Europe, Australia, Norway, Mexico, the USA, China, Singapore and South Korea. There is also a strand featuring new Russian cinema from the past year, shorts by new directors and both retrospectives and special screeni...

Bolshoi Opera - Moscow
Bolshoi Opera Bolshoi Opera

When:Sep 2005 - Jun 2006 (annual) Where:Bolshoi Theatre Opening Hours:Various

Housed in Moscow's famous Bolshoi Theatre alongside the Bolshoi Ballet, the Bolshoi Opera has presented an annual season since 1776. While plans are laid for major - and much needed - renovation, autumn 2003 sees the start of the 228th season. With one of the most popular of operatic traditions, especially given its continuance virtually intact into the 21st century, the Bolshoi - like its fellow company in St Petersburg, the Kirov - remains one of the most famous opera companies in the world. While St Petersburg may have seen the majority of premières thr...

Russian Cuisine - Moscow
Russian Cuisine Russian cuisine derives its rich and varied character from the vast and multicultural expanse of Russia. Its foundations were laid by the peasant food of the rural population in an often harsh climate, with a combination of plentiful fish, poultry, game, mushrooms, berries, and honey. Crops of rye, wheat, barley, and millet provided the ingredients for a plethora of breads, pancakes, cereals, kvass, beer, and vodka. Flavourful soups and stews centred on seasonal or storable produce, fish, and meats. This wholly native food remained the staples for the vast majority of Russians well into the 20th century. Lying on the northern reaches of the ancient Silk Road, as well as Russia's close proximity to the Caucasus, Persia...