Russi The Russian Federation

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Russia at a glance, is also known as the Russian Federation, and is a country located in northern Eurasia. It’s considered to be federal semi-presidential republic. Russia covers 6,592,800 square miles making it the largest country in the world. It’s also home to nearly 144 million people, as of 2015, making it the world’s ninth most populous nation. Russia extends across the entirety of northern Asia and most of Eastern Europe. Spanning nine time zones, Russia covers a vast range of environments and geography. Russia is considered a “great power” and, most notably, is a member of the G20, the World Trade Organization (WTO), and is also the leading member of the Commonwealth of Independent States.

History Russia’s history dates back between the 3rd and 8th centuries AD beginning with the East Slavs who emerged as a recognizable group. The medieval state of Rus arose in the 9th century and was founded and ruled by a Varangian warrior elite and their descendants. Ultimately, Rus’ collapsed into several smaller states; most of which were overrun by the Mongol invasion and then became tributaries of the nomadic Golden Horde. Gradually over time, the Grand Duchy of Moscow rejoined the surrounding Russian territories. Following the reunification they achieved independence from the Golden Horde and dominated the cultural political legacy of Kievan Rus’. By the 18th century, the nation had greatly expanded through several different means. Conquest,…
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