General information about Russia
The Russian Federation is the world’s largest country and spans one-eighth of the Earth’s landmass. It contains eleven time zones, covering the entire northern part of Asia, forty percent of Europe, a vast array of different climates and countless geographical features. It boasts the world’s largest mineral reserves and is one of the largest oil and natural gas producers on the planet. Its population numbers 145 million, making it the ninth most populous nation on Earth.
Russia is a federal democracy comprised of 85 federal subjects, namely 46 provinces, or oblasti, 22 republics with varying degrees of autonomy, 9 territories, or krai, 4 autonomous districts, or okrugi, 1 autonomous oblast and 3 federal cities. Kazan is the capital of the Republic of Tatarstan, a semi-autonomous republic with its own local government.
The Russian Federation is a permanent member of the UN Security Council, as well as a leading figure in the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) and a member of the World Trade Organisation (WTO), the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC), and the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO).
Full Name: Russian Federation
Population: 145 million
Major language: Russian
Major religions: Orthodox, Islam, Buddism, Judaism
Monetary unit: 1 rouble = 100 kopecks
Internet domain: .ru, .su, .рф
International dialing code: +7
There are eleven time zones in Russia, which currently observe times ranging from UTC+02:00 to UTC+12:00.
Time zones in Russia:
Russia’s climate varies considerably, from the deep Arctic chill of the far north to the searing desert heat of some inland areas further south.
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