Russian Federation
Российская Федерация
Flag of Russia.svg Coat of Arms of the Russian Federation.svg
AnthemPatrioticheskaya Pesnya ("The Patriotic Song (of Glinka")
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Russia (Dark Green)
(and largest city)
Official languages Russian
Recognised regional languages 27 other languages co-official in various regions
Ethnic groups (2010) 81.0% Russian

3.7% Tatar 1.4% Ukrainian 1.1% Bashkir 1.0% Chuvash 0.8% Chechen

11.0% others / unspecified
Demonym Russians (Rossiyane)
Government Federal semi-presidential constitutional republic
 -  President Sergey Mironov
 -  Prime Minister Gennady Zyuganov
Legislature Federal Assembly
 -  Upper House Federation Council
 -  Lower House State Durma
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Russia (Russian: Россия), also officially known as the Russian Federation (Russian: Российская Федерация, is a country in northern Eurasia. It is a federal semi-presidential republic. From northwest to southeast, Russia shares land borders with Norway, Finland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Poland (both with Kaliningrad Oblast), Belarus, Ukraine, Georgia, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, China, Mongolia, and North Korea. It shares maritime borders with Japan by the Sea of Okhotsk, the US state of Alaska across the Bering Strait and Canada's Arctic islands. At 17,075,400 sq km (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 world's ninth most populous nation with 143 million people as of 2012. Extending across the entirety of northern Asia and much of Eastern Europe, Russia spans nine time zones and incorporates a wide range of environments and landforms.

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