Here’s a recent addition to my growing map-card collection – the mapcard of the Russian Federation.
From northwest to southeast, Russia shares borders with Norway, Finland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Poland (both via Kaliningrad Oblast), Belarus, Ukraine, Georgia, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, 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 the largest country in the world, covering more than one eighth of the Earth’s inhabited land area. Russia is also the eighth most populous nation with 143 million people. It extends across the whole of northern Asia and 40% of Europe, spanning nine time zones and incorporating a wide range of environments and landforms.- Wikipedia
Formerly the prominent republic of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics, Russia has been an independent nation since the dissolution of the Soviet Union in 1991. As part of the Soviet Union, it was called the Russian Soviet Federated Socialist Republic, or the Russian Federation.
The Russian Federation includes 21 republics, nine territories, 46 regions, one autonomous region, four autonomous districts, and two cities of federal subordination: Moscow and St. Petersburg. The capital of Russia is Moscow (about 10million residents). The largest cities (above one million population) are: St. Petersburg (4.6m), Novosibirsk, Nizhny, Novgorod, Yekaterinburg, Samara, Omsk, Chelyabinsk, Kazan’, Perm’, Ufa, Rostov-on-Don, and Volgograd. – The Embassy of the Russian Federation in Canada Website