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 lies far from tectonic plate boundaries, except in the Kamchatka peninsula, which is clustered with volcanoes. It is bordered by China, Mongolia, Kazakhstan, Georgia, Azerbaijan, and Ukraine to the south, and Belarus, Poland, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Finland, and Norway to the west.
Between 1922 and 1992, Russia, along with Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, Turkmenistan, Georgia, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Moldova, Ukraine, Belarus, Lithuania, Latvia, and Estonia, were part of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics.