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Country (long form) Russian Federation
Capital Moscow
Total Area 6,592,771.58 sq mi
17,075,200.00 sq km
(slightly less than 1.8 times the size of the US)
Population 145,470,197 (July 2001 est.)
Estimated Population in 2050 118,233,243
Languages Russian, other
Literacy 98.0% total, 100.0% male, 97% female (1989 est.)
Religions Russian Orthodox, Muslim, other
Life Expectancy 62.12 male, 72.83 female (2001 est.)
Government Type federation
Currency 1 ruble (R) = 100 kopeks
GDP (per capita) $7,700 (2000 est.)
Industry complete range of mining and extractive industries producing coal, oil, gas, chemicals, and metals; all forms of machine building from rolling mills to high-performance aircraft and space vehicles; shipbuilding; road and rail transportation equipment; communications equipment; agricultural machinery, tractors, and construction equipment; electric power generating and transmitting equipment; medical and scientific instruments; consumer durables, textiles, foodstuffs, handicrafts
Agriculture grain, sugar beets, sunflower seed, vegetables, fruits; beef, milk
Arable Land 8%
Natural Resources wide natural resource base including major deposits of oil, natural gas, coal, and many strategic minerals, timber
note: formidable obstacles of climate, terrain, and distance hinder exploitation of natural resources
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Geography of Russia

Russia, or Russian Federation, a country of eastern Europe and northern and eastern Asia.

History of Russia

From at least the seventh century B.C. to the second, southern Russia was dominated by the Scythians, nomadic mounted herdsmen.