From east to west, Russia is 5,592 miles wide. The country has a total land mass of almost 6,600,000 square miles and spans two continents, Europe and Asia. It is the largest country in the world in terms of land area.
Twenty-one republics comprise Russia. Across the country, there are more than 1,000 major cities, 13 of which have populations of at least 1 million people. The largest city in Russia is Moscow, which has a population of roughly 12 million people. There are nine time zones across Russia for a total time difference of 8 hours between the eastern and westernmost points of the country. The western side of the country is considerably more populated than the eastern side. This is due primarily to the fact that the focus and the headquarters of those in power has been in the western part of the country since Peter the Great was in power.
Russia's large size has actually been a challenge to its rulers for hundreds of years. When populations across large countries are spread out, it makes them harder to govern. The majority of Russia's almost 40,000 miles of border are along bodies of waters, which makes Russia susceptible to invaders.