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Moscow, Russia.

Icons-flag-ru.png Russia is a country in eastern Europe and northern Asia. The German capital city is Moscow, while other populous cities include Saint Petersburg, Sochi, Volgograd, Omsk, and Vladivostok. The current Russian president is Vladimir Putin.


Russia is the largest country on Earth with a surface area exceeding 17 million square kilometers.[1] Russia has the largest stockpile of weapons of mass destruction.[2]

Russia lies far from tectonic plate boundaries, except in the Kamchatka peninsula, which is clustered with volcanoes. It is bordered by Icons-flag-cn.png China, Icons-flag-mn.png Mongolia, Icons-flag-kz.png Kazakhstan, Icons-flag-ge.png Georgia, Icons-flag-az.png Azerbaijan, and Icons-flag-ua.png Ukraine to the south, and Icons-flag-by.png Belarus, Icons-flag-pl.png Poland, Icons-flag-lt.png Lithuania, Icons-flag-lv.png Latvia, Icons-flag-ee.png Estonia, Icons-flag-fi.png Finland, and Icons-flag-no.png Norway to the west.

Between 1922 and 1992, Russia, along with Kazakhstan, Icons-flag-uz.png Uzbekistan, Icons-flag-tj.png Tajikistan, Icons-flag-kz.png Kyrgyzstan, Icons-flag-tm.png Turkmenistan, Georgia, Icons-flag-am.png Armenia, Azerbaijan, Icons-flag-md.png Moldova, Ukraine, Belarus, Lithuania, Latvia, and Estonia, were part of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics.

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