Some major events in Russia's history include the settlement of Scandinavian Vikings in Kiev and Novgorod, the reign of the first czar in 1547, the expansion of the Russian Empire in the 17th and 18th centuries, and the ... More »

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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 sec... More »

Russia is the world’s largest country and the only one to span two continents, Europe and Asia. Although once known for its scientific expertise, 21st century Russia is suffering from the effects of decades of isolation,... More »

Russia is in both Europe and Asia, spanning the continental divide marked by the Ural Mountains and covering about 17 million miles. Approximately three-quarters of Russia is in Asia, expanding east from the Ural Mountai... More »

Russia's official name is the Russian Federation. The country took this name after the breakdown of the Soviet Union in 1999. The Russian Federation is often referred to simply as Russia. More »

People have lived in the area that is modern-day Russia for as long as 1.5 million years. However, until the ninth century, these people composed a loose collection of cities and nomadic tribes rather than a unified nati... More »

At its narrowest point, the gap between Russia and the mainland of Alaska is 55 miles wide. However, if including the Russian-owned island of Big Diomede and the American-owned island Little Diomede, Alaska and Russia co... More »