12 Things You Didn’t Know About Russia



When you think of Russia, what comes to mind? Perhaps you imagine colorful buildings in Red Square, the ice and snow of Siberia, and extremely cold temperatures.

Russia is the largest country in the world, and perhaps most intimidating when you think about its size. Consisting of 6.6 million square miles, its landmass is almost twice that of the United States. Russia spans across Asia and into Europe, touches sixteen other countries and shares two maritime borders. Only China has a longer border. Russia is home to the ninth largest population, and it operates the eighth largest economy.

A land of wealthy natural resources, Russia has vast stockpiles of uranium (about 50% of the world’s supply), natural gas, oil, diamonds, coal, and gold. Imagine reaching out across that many miles to collect those resources in one place!

What you don’t know is there’s more to Russia than frozen tundra, elaborate architecture, and beautiful onion-shaped domes on buildings.

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