(CNN)Here’s some background information about Russia. The Russian Federation is the largest country in the world, covering more than one ninth of the earth’s land area. About Russia:(from the CIA World Factbook)Area: 17 million sq km (1.8 times the size of the United States.) Population: 142,257,519 (July 2017 est.) Median age: 39.6 years old Capital: Moscow Read More Ethnic groups: Russian 77.7%, Tatar 3.7%, Ukrainian 1.4%, Bashkir 1.1%, Chuvash 1%, other or unspecified 14.1% (2010 census, most recent available) Religion: Russian Orthodox 15-20%, Muslim 10-15%, other Christian 2% (2006 est.) GDP (purchasing power parity): $4 trillion (2017 est.) GDP per capita: $27,800 (2017 est.) Unemployment: 5.5% (2017 est.) Other Facts:One of the top producers of natural gas and oil in the world. The legislative body, the Federal Assembly, is made up of the lower house, the State Duma, and the upper house, the Federation Council. Russia spans nine time zones. Contains one fourth of the world’s fresh water. READ: 2016 US Presidential Election Investigation Fast Facts Timeline:1613 – Mikhail Romanov’s coronation establishes the Romanov dynasty, which lasts for more than 300 years. 1917 – The Bolshevik Revolution begins. The new government formed eventually becomes the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics,… Read full this story
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