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Russia (Russian: Россия, Rossiya), officially known as the Russian Federation (Российская Федерация, Rossiyskaya Federatsiya), is a sovereign state which spans across Eurasia. Russia is bordered by 14 nations and shares a maritime border with Alaska and Japan.
The Russian Federation became an independent nation on December 26, 1991 (following the dissolution of the Soviet Union the previous day). In 1993, a coup d'état removes President Boris Yeltsin. After securing power, Vice President Alexander Rutskoy and the Congress of People's Deputies revert some of Yeltsin's economic and political policies. The subsequent chaos would result in the adoption of a new constitution which establishes Russia as parliamentary republic and a federation comprised of equal republics.
In 1995, the Communists (headed by Gennady Zyuganov) secure a majority government in the Federal Assembly, making him the Chairman of the Government (Prime Minister). Under Zyuganov's chairmanship, the Russian economy would return to a period of economic stagnation and would continue to open relations with the West and (especially) Alaska. The 1990s would also see the restoration of some Soviet imagery and policies, with the most noted events being the reunification of Belarus with the Russian Federation and the adoption of a Soviet-styled flag.