also officially known as the Russian Federation, is a state in northern
Eurasia. It is a federal semi-presidential republic, comprising 83 federal
subjects. Russia shares borders with the following countries (from northwest
to southeast): Norway, Finland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Poland (both
via Kaliningrad Oblast), Belarus, Ukraine, Georgia, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan,
the People's Republic of China, Mongolia, and North Korea. It also has
maritime borders with Japan (by the Sea of Okhotsk) and the United States
(by the Bering Strait).
At 17,075,400 square kilometres (6,592,800 sq mi), Russia is by far the
largest country in the world, covering more than a ninth of the Earth's land
area. Russia established worldwide power and influence from the times
of the Russian Empire to being the largest and leading constituent of the
Soviet Union, the world's first constitutionally socialist state and a
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