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Countries of the World: Russia
Resources about Russia including maps, facts about the land, people, history, government, political conditions, and economy.

Economy of Russia GDP (2009): $1.231 trillion. (Russian Government statistics- -RosStat) Growth rate (2009): -7.9%. Natural resources: Petroleum, natural gas, timber, furs, precious and nonferrous metals. Agriculture: Products--Grain, sugar beets, sunflower seeds, meat, dairy products. Industry: Types--Complete range of manufactures: automobiles, trucks, trains, agricultural equipment, advanced aircraft, aerospace, machine and equipment products; mining and extractive industry; medical and scientific instruments; construction equipment. Trade (2009): Exports--$301.6 billion: petroleum and petroleum products, natural gas, woods and wood products, metals, chemicals. Major markets--EU, CIS, China, Japan. Imports--$167.4 billion: machinery and equipment, chemicals, consumer goods, medicines, meat, sugar, semi-finished metal products. Major partners--EU, CIS, Japan, China, U.S. U.S. exports--$5.4 billion. Principal U.S. exports (2009)-- oil/gas equipment, autos/parts, meat, aircraft, electrical machinery, medical equipment, plastics, cosmetics, and chemicals. U.S. imports--$18.2 billion. Principal U.S. imports (2009)--oil, chemicals, aluminum, iron/steel, precious stones, nickel, fish and crustaceans, copper, base metals, and wood.

Geography of Russia Area: 17 million sq. km. (6.5 million sq. mi.); about 1.8 times the size of the United States. Cities: Capital--Moscow (pop. 10.4 million). Other cities--St. Petersburg (4.6 million), Novosibirsk (1.4 million), Nizhniy Novgorod (1.3 million). Terrain: Broad plain with low hills west of Urals; vast coniferous forest and tundra in Siberia; uplands and mountains (Caucasus range) along southern borders. Climate: Northern continental.

Government of Russia Type: Federation. Independence: August 24, 1991. Constitution: December 12, 1993. Branches: Executive--president, prime minister (chairman of the government). Legislative--Federal Assembly (Federation Council, State Duma). Judicial--Constitutional Court, Supreme Court, Supreme Court of Arbitration, Office of Procurator General. Political parties: After a shakeup in late 2008 dissolved and combined several parties, seven registered parties remain: United Russia, the Communist Party (KPRF), the Liberal Democratic Party (LDPR), Just Russia, Yabloko, Patriots of Russia, and the new Right Cause party. Yabloko, which favors liberal reforms, and Patriots of Russia failed to clear the 7% threshold in 2007 to enter the Duma. Subdivisions: 83 federal subjects (members of the Federation), including 21 republics, 9 krays, 46 oblasts, 2 federal cities, 1 autonomous oblast, and 4 autonomous okrugs. Suffrage: Universal at 18 years.

Map of Russia This Map of Russia shows the borders of the country, as well as rivers, and cities including Moscow the capital of Russia. (Maps from the U.S. State Department)

Official Name of Russia The Official Name of Russia is the Russian Federation. (Facts from the U.S. State Department)

People of Russia Nationality: Noun and adjective--Russian(s). Population (January 2010): 141.9 million. Annual population growth rate (2009 est.): 0.002%. Ethnic groups: Russian 79.8%, Tatar 3.8%, Ukrainian 2%, other 14.4%. Religion: Russian Orthodox, Islam, Judaism, Roman Catholicism, Protestant, Buddhist, other. Language: Russian (official); more than 140 other languages and dialects. Education (total pop.): Literacy--99.4%. Health: Life expectancy (2009 est.)--66.0 average; 59.3 yrs. men, 73.14 yrs. women. Work force (75.81 million, 2009 est.): Services--58.1%, industry--31.9%, agriculture--10%.

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