Russia is known for being the largest country in the world, encompassing a total area of around 6.6 million square miles. It is situated in Northern Asia surrounding the Arctic Ocean, which stretches from the western section of the Urals to the North Pacific Ocean.
Russia is famous for its rich history and cultural diversity in terms of literature, art, ballet and classical music. The country gave birth to influential and notorious world leaders, including Peter I, Ivan the Terrible, Lenin and Stalin. Russia is the home of prominent authors Tolstoy, Dostoevsky, Nabokov and Pushkin, as well as renowned composers Tchaikovsky, Stravinsky and Rachmaninoff. Russians are also famed for their favorite alcoholic drink, vodka and for inventing the Kalashnikov rifle.