The Russian Federation stretches from the most eastern part of Europe across the northern part of Asia. It is the largest country in the world, but only the ninth most populated nation. Some quick facts about Russia include:

  • Russia covers approximately 1/8th of the Earth’s inhabited land mass, and spans 9 time zones.

  • Moscow is the capital city of Russia.

  • The country launched the first successful human space flight in 1961. Russian Yuri Gagarin was the first human to journey into outer space.

  • It is a permanent member of the United Nations Security Council (China, France, the U.K. and the U.S are the other members).

  • The Russian Constitution states that it is a Federation with a Prime Minister and a President.

  • The Federation consists of 46 provinces, 21 republics, 9 territories, 4 autonomous districts, 1 autonomous province, and 2 federal cities.