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Российская Империя
Russian Empire
Timeline: Russian America
Preceded by 1721 — 1917 Succeeded by
Flag of Russia Flag of the Alaskan Republic (Russian America)
Flag of the Soviet Union
Flag of Russia Lesser Coat of Arms of Russian Empire
Flag Coat of Arms
Russian Empire (orthographic projection)
Location of the Russian Empire
Capital
(and largest city)
Saint Petersburg
Other cities Dalny, Moscow, Ross, Warsaw
Language Russian (lingua franca)
Religion
  main
 
Eastern Orthodoxy
  others Catholicism, Buddhism, Islam, Protestantism
Government Absolute monarchy
Currency Ruble

The Russian Empire (Russian: Российская Империя, Rossiyskaya Imperiya) was a former empire that stretched from Eastern Europe, across Northern Eurasia, and including parts of North America. Russia was an absolute monarchy, in which the Tsar (also known as the Emperor) had total control.

The Empire collapsed into revolution in 1917, eventually solidifying into the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics in Eurasia and the Alaskan Democratic Federative Republic in North America. Today the Russian Federation is regarded as a successor state to the Russian Empire (and the Soviet Union).


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