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    Russian fighter jets at Victory Day military parade in Moscow.
    Russian fighter jets at Victory Day military parade in Moscow, painting the sky in the colors of the Russian flag, white, blue, and pink.
    Image: Pavel Kazachkov

     
    Location map of Russia. Where in the world is Russia
    Location map of Russia


    Flag of Russian Federation
    Flag of Russia

    Destination Russia, a Nations Online Project Profile of the world's largest country. The country, officially the Russian Federation, which is commonly referred to as Russia, is located partly in Eastern Europe and partly in North Asia; it borders the Arctic Ocean to the north.

    Russia is bordered by 14 countries, Azerbaijan, Belarus, China, Estonia, Finland, Georgia, Kazakhstan, North Korea, Latvia, Lithuania, Mongolia, Norway, Poland, and Ukraine. It also shares maritime borders with Japan, Sweden, Turkey, and the United States.

    With an area of 17,098,242 km2, the country is more than twice the size of the contiguous United States. It is the largest country in the world (by area) and covers more than 11% of the Earth's landmass. However, vast regions of the country were uninhabited or uninhabitable.

    Russia is a country with a low population density (8.5 people/km2, compared with Germany 226 people/km2, and the USA about 33 people/km2). But still, Russia has a population of 146.8 million people (in 2020), it is the number 9 in the Top 10 of the most populous countries. Most Russians live in the westernmost fifth of the country in the European part of Russia.
    The capital and largest city is Moscow, the core of political power and the center of culture and trade. St. Petersburg, the former imperial capital, is Russia's second-largest city and an important Russian port on the Baltic Sea.

     

    Russian Federation | Rossiyskaya Federatsiya




    National Emblem of Russia
    The double-headed eagle is the State Seal of the Russian Federation.
    Background:
    The defeat of the Russian Empire in World War I led to the seizure of power by communists and the formation of the USSR.

    The brutal rule of Josef STALIN (1924-53) strengthened Russian dominance of the Soviet Union at the cost of tens of millions of lives. The Soviet economy and society stagnated in the following decades until General Secretary Mikhail GORBACHEV (1985-91) introduced glasnost (openness) and perestroika (restructuring) in an attempt to modernize communism. However, his initiatives inadvertently released forces that by December 1991 splintered the USSR into 15 independent republics.

    Since then, Russia has struggled in its efforts to build a democratic political system and a market economy to replace the strict social, political, and economic controls of the communist period. Russia shifted toward a centralized authoritarian state under President Vladimir PUTIN (2000-2008, 2012-present) in which the regime seeks to legitimize its rule through managed elections, populist appeals, and a foreign policy focused on enhancing the country's geopolitical influence. The most recent example of this is Russia's role in the Libyan Civil War, where it played all sides to get a seat at the negotiating table. Libyan and U.S. officials accuse Russia of deploying fighters through a private security contractor, the Wagner Group, to key battleground areas in Libya in the past months. [1]
    (Sources: CIA - The World Factbook and others)
     

     

    Country Profile



    Official Name:
    Rossiyskaya Federatsiya
    short form: Rossiya
    int'l long form: Russian Federation
    int'l short form: Russia
    former: Russian Empire, Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic

    ISO Country Code: RU, RUS
    Actual Time:
    Moscow, Saint-Petersburg:
    Wed-Nov-11  18:16
    Local Time = UTC +3h
    Actual Time: Novosibirsk:
    Wed-Nov-11  22:16
    Local Time = UTC +7h
    Daylight Saving Time (DST) March - October

    Country Calling Code: +7

    Capital City: Moscow (pop. 12.5 million)

    ...show more



    Official Sites of Russia

    Note: External links will open in a new browser window.

    The Kremlin complex in Moscow
    View of the Kremlin, with the Kremlin Wall, the towers, and the Grand Kremlin Palace (right). The 'fortress inside a city,' is overlooking the Moskva River in the center of Moscow. The term Kremlin is also often used to refer to the government of Russia.
    Image: Ed Parsons


    Political system
    Russia is a federal republic and, in theory, a multi-party representative democracy, wherein the President is the head of state, and the Prime Minister is the head of government. The President is also the Supreme Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation. Russia's legislature is the bi-cameral Federal Assembly of Russia (parliament), which consists of the State Duma (lower house), and the Federation Council (upper house), headed by the Chairman of the Federation Council (speaker).



    Official Government websites

    Russian Government
    Russia's Home Page.

    President of Russia
    The official website of Russia's president, who is again Vladimir Putin.

    Russia's bicameral Federal Assembly (Legislative)
    Council of Federation
    The upper chamber of the Russian parliament.
    State Duma
    The State Duma is the lower house of the Federal Assembly of Russia.

    Ministry of Foreign Affairs
    The Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs is a government institution in charge of the foreign policy and foreign relations of Russia. Its official website also provides information about diplomatic and consular missions of Russia abroad.

    Diplomatic Missions:
    Permanent Mission of the Russian Federation to the UN
    Russia is one of the five permanent members of the UN Security Council.
    Embassy of the Russian Federation in the USA
    Washington D.C.

    Statistics
    Goskomstat
    State Committee of the Russian Federation on Statistics.
    Interstate Statistical Committee of the CIS
    Official statistical information on the social and economic situation in the CIS countries.


    The House of the Government of the Russian Federation, Moscow
    The House of the Government of the Russian Federation in Moscow (left). The building at the Moskva River is known as the Russian White House; it serves as the office of the Russian government and is the workplace of the Russian Prime Minister. The building in the background is the Kudrinskaya Square Building, one of seven Stalinist skyscrapers in the city.
    Image: Water-brother
     

     


    Maps of Russia



    European Russia Map
    Map of European Russia (click map to enlarge)
    Image: ? nationsonline.org


    Maps


    Map of Russia
    Political Map of the Russian Federation.
    Map of European Russia
    Political map of European Russia.
    Google Earth Google Earth Russian Federation
    Searchable map and satellite view of the Russian Federation.
    Google Earth Google Earth Map of Moscow
    Searchable map and satellite view of the capital, Moscow.

    Google Earth Google Earth Map of Moscow Kremlin
    Labeled map/satellite view of the Moscow Kremlin.

    Maps of Russian Cities:
    Google Earth Saint Petersburg
    Google Earth Nizhniy Novgorod
    Google Earth Kazan
    Google Earth Novosibirsk
    Google Earth Yekaterinburg
    Google Earth Rostov-on-Don
    Google Earth Volgograd
    Google Earth Saransk
    Google Earth Samara
    Google Earth Kaliningrad
    Google Earth Sochi
    Searchable map and satellite view of Russia's Winter Olympic capital 2014.

    Other maps
    Russia - Autonomous Areas in Russia
    Chechenya (Chechen Republic) Map
    Ethnolinguistic Groups of the Caucasus Region

    Continent:
    Map of Central and Eastern Europe
    Political map of Central and Eastern Europe.
    Map of the Baltic Sea Area
    Political map of the Baltic Sea region.
    Map of the Caspian Sea
    Map of the Caspian Sea with surrounding Countries.
    Map of Europe
    Political Map of Europe.
    profile Map of Asia
    Reference Map of Asia.
     
     

     


    News of Russia



    various Russian newspapers

    Online News from Russia


     

    Russia has over 400 daily newspapers, but like in the US, TV is the primary news source. Television is the most powerful sector of the Russian media industry. But unlike the US, the leading national networks are either run directly by the state or owned by companies with close links to the Kremlin. Russia Today (RT), an international English-language news station, is state-funded and aims to present "global news from a Russian perspective." However, many observers have accused the pro-Kremlin TV (RT) of spreading disinformation and conducting an information war both at home and abroad.
    (Source: BBC and nationsonline.org)



    Major Russian Newspapers and News Agencies

    News Agencies
    Interfax
    Russian News Agency (in Russian).
    Interfax Information Services Group
    The international website of Interfax.
    Tass
    Formerly Itar-Tass, Russian News Agency.
    Prime
    Russian business news agency.

    Russian Newspapers (in Russian)
    Delovoy Peterburg
    dp.ru is a Saint Petersburg based daily business newspaper.
    Izvestia
    The online portal of the broadsheet newspaper with national and international news.
    Kommersant
    A major daily liberal newspaper.
    Komsomolskaya Pravda
    Nationwide daily tabloid newspaper.
    Moskovsky Komsomolets
    The online version of the Moscow-based daily newspaper.
    The Moscow Times
    News from Moscow and the rest of the world (in English).
    Nezavisimaya Gazeta
    Russian daily newspaper for an educated politicized audience.
    Novaya Gazeta
    The Russian newspaper is well known for its critical and investigative coverage of Russian political and social affairs.
    Rossiyskaya Gazeta
    Government-owned Russian newspaper.
    Trud
    Trud (English: Labor), is a full-color newspaper and a voice of the "center-left," published in Moscow.
    Vladnews
    Vladivostok News on-line.

    TV
    NTV (Cyrillic: НТВ)
    Homepage of the critical TV-Station (in Russian).
    RT (Russia Today)
    Russian propaganda TV and online magazine funded by the Russian government.

     

     


    Arts & Culture of Russia


    Wassily Kandinsky: Murnau with railway and castle
    Murnau with railway and castle (1909).
    Painting: Wassily Kandinsky


    Arts & Culture



    Museums
    Imperial egg "Rosebud", one of the jewelled eggs created by the House of Fabergé, in St. Petersburg
    Imperial egg "Rosebud", one of the jewelled eggs created by the House of Fabergé, in St. Petersburg.
    Image: Mikhail Ovchinnikov

    The State Hermitage Museum
    The second-largest art museum in the world presents the development of world culture and art from the Stone Age to the 20th century.
    The Moscow Kremlin
    The Kremlin complex serves as the official residence of the President of Russia and as a museum.
    Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts
    The museum houses one of the most representative collections of European art in Russia, ranging from antiquity to modernity.
    The State Russian Museum
    The State Russian Museum in St. Petersburg houses the most extensive collection of Russian art in the world.
    The State Tretyakov Gallery
    One of the largest museums in Russia with more than 100,000 works of art, the museum of the history of Russian art presents icons, paintings, graphics, and sculpture.

    Museums in Russia (official list)
    Detailed information about any Russian museum. The official list of Russian museums, more than 3000 museums are listed.

    Bulgakov Museum Moscow
    Mikhail Bulgakov was a Russian writer, physician, and playwright, and author of The Master and Margarita and Heart of a Dog.

    Performing Arts
    Bolshoi Ballet
    Famous Russian classical ballet in the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow.
    Golden Mask
    Russian performing arts festival and the site for the National Theater Award.
    Mariinsky Theatre
    The historic theater for opera and ballet in Saint Petersburg opened in 1860. It was here, where many of the stage masterpieces of Tchaikovsky, Mussorgsky, and Rimsky-Korsakov had their premieres.
    Moscow Art Theatre
    A renowned drama theater, founded in 1898 by Konstantin Stanislavsky and Vladimir Nemirovich-Danchenko.


    Libraries
    National Library of Russia
    The country's oldest state library, St. Petersburg.
    Russian State Library
    The largest library in Europe and the second-largest in the world, is located in Moscow.


    More Russian Art
    Lyubov Popova: Portrait of a Philosopher
    Portrait of a Philosopher.
    Painting: Lyubov Popova (1915)

    Marc Chagall
    Russian-French artist of Belarusian Jewish origin.

    Peter Carl Fabergé
    Imperial Court Jeweler to the Russian Tsars and inventor of the famous Fabergé egg.

    Wassily Kandinsky
    (1866–1944), Russian painter and theorist, and a pioneer of abstract art. Art blog with Kandinsky artworks and quotes.

    Lyubov Popova
    Wikipedia entry for the Russian avant-garde artist, painter, and designer.

    Alexander Rodchenko
    Wikipedia entry for the St. Petersburg-born Russian artist, sculptor, photographer, and graphic designer.

    Pavel Tchelitchew
    MoMA collection of the Russian-born surrealist painter.

    Russian Art + Culture
    International guide to the world of Russian art and culture. The organization is also the founder of the Russian Art Week in London.

     

     


    Business & Economy of Russia


    Moscow International Business Center or Moskva-City
    Moscow International Business Center (Москва-Сити) at Moskva River in the western part of the city.
    Image: Deensel


    Russia has an upper-middle income economy with state ownership in strategic areas. Following the collapse of the USSR, market reforms in the 1990s led to the privatization of much of Russia's industry and agriculture, with striking exceptions in the energy and defense sectors.
    The country's economy is based on oil, gas, precious metals, agriculture, and arms exports. The country relies primarily on energy revenues. Energy makes up 65% of Russia's exports and 25% of its total revenue. [3] The Russian government controls the oil and gas industries.


    Bank of Russia
    The Central Bank of the Russian Federation.

    Moscow Central Stock Exchange
    The largest exchange group in the Russian Federation.

    American-Russian Chamber of Commerce and Industry
    The U.S.-Russia Chamber of Commerce (USRCC), a 501(c)(6) nonprofit organization headquartered Houston, Texas.

    Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Russian Federation
    Our goal is to promote the growth of the Russian economy, clear trade barriers, and support investment initiatives.

    Russian National Trade Point
    Russia Foreign Trade Center is included in the World Trade Point Federation (WTPF).


    Major Russian Companies
    The three largest Russian companies are active in the oil and gas sector. Two of them are State-owned enterprises.

    Gazprom
    Russian energy company majority-owned by the government, headquartered in Saint Petersburg. The company has several hundred subsidiaries and affiliated companies in Europe and Central Asia. [4]

    Lukoil
    Lukoil is the largest non-government owned company group in Russia; the multinational energy corporation is based in Moscow.

    Rosneft
    Russian oil and gas company whose majority stake is held by the state-owned company Rosneftegaz JSC.

    Rostec
    Russian state company for the development, production, and export of high-tech industrial products for the civil and military sectors.

    Sberbank
    Sberbank is a Russian financial conglomerate and the largest multinational bank in Russia and Central and Eastern Europe.

    VTB Bank
    Russian universal bank with a wide range of banking services.

    x5
    X5 Retail Group is one of the leading Russian multi-format food retailers. The group manages the supermarkets of several retail chains.

    Magnit
    Big Russian retail group, mainly active in the European part of Russia.

    Rosseti
    Russian power utility headquartered in Moscow.

    AvtoVAZ
    Russian car manufacturer, known mainly for the production of Lada vehicles.

    United Aircraft Corporation
    UAC is a Russian aerospace and defense consortium consisting of the largest aircraft manufacturers in Russia, Sukhoi, Mikoyan-Gurevich, Tupolev, Ilyushin, and Irkut.

    For more major Russian companies, see this list.



    Transportation

    Space
    Roscosmos
    The Roscosmos State Corporation for Space Activities is in charge of a broad spectrum and different types of space flight and cosmonautics programs.

    Air
    Aeroflot
    The Russian flag carrier.

    East Line Group
    Group of companies for air transportation and airport management at Domodedovo International Airport.

    Rossiya Airlines
    The Russian airline is headquartered in Saint Petersburg.

    Siberia Airlines (S7 Airlines)
    Russia's biggest domestic airline.

    Transaero
    Transaero Airlines was a Russian airline; it filed for bankruptcy on 1 October 2015.

    Ural Airlines
    Russian airline based in Yekaterinburg.

    UTair
    UTair is a Russian low-cost airline and one of the five largest air carriers; it is the largest Russian helicopter airline.


    Building of Moskovsky railway terminus in Saint Petersburg
    Moskovsky railway terminus in Saint Petersburg.
    Image: A.Savin


    Rail
    Russian Railways
    The official website of Russian Railways (JSC), with information on passenger and freight transportation, online services, infrastructure, and railway maps. The wholly state-owned railway is Russia's fifth-largest company.

    Railway Ticket Reservation Center
    Railway adventure in Russia.

    Trans-Siberian Railway
    Railway guide with a photo-gallery of stations, views, and bridges.
     

    Vladivostok icebreaker and Soviet submarine S-189 anchored in Saint Petersburg
    Vladivostok icebreaker beside Soviet submarine S-189, anchored in Saint Petersburg. The icebreaker was built at Vyborg Shipyard. In the background, you can see the Norwegian cruise liner MS Black Watch.
    Image: DarthWeirdo
     

     


    Tourism in Russia



    Ergaki nature park in Krasnoyarsk Krai, Siberia Russia
    Ergaki is a nature park located in the south of the Krasnoyarsk Krai in the Western Sayan mountain range in southern Siberia.
    Image: Andrea Gennad


    Destination Russia - Travel and Tour Guides



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    Travel Russia
    Travel in Russia, very official information by The Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation's Federal Agency for Tourism.

    Travel Guide to Russia
    Russian National Tourist Office in the UK.
    Russian National Group
    Russian National Tourist Office in the US.
    WayToRussia.Net
    A comprehensive guide to Russia and a travel services directory.

    Wikivoyage: Russia
    Wikivoyage entry for Russia.

    City Guides

    Moscow
    Moscow
    Moscow city website.
    Moscow
    Moscow tourism web site.

    St. Petersburg
    Saint Petersburg
    The official portal to St. Petersburg, offering a wide variety of information about the city and its life.
    Visit Petersburg
    Official city tourism portal of St. Petersburg.

    Perm
    City of Perm
    Official web-site.
     
    Hotel
    Grand Hotel Europe
    Russia's oldest operating grand hotel founded in 1703.

    Caucasus
    Troubled borderland
    BBC News about the Caucasus region.
     

    Grand Cascade of Peterhof Palace, Petergof, Saint Petersburg, Russia
    Grand Cascade of Peterhof Palace. "The Russian Versailles," built by Peter the Great at the beginning of the 18th century, is part of a Russian UNESCO World Heritage Site.
    Image: Alex 'Florstein' Fedorov
     

    UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Russia
    There are 18 cultural and 11 natural UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Russia and 25 sites on the Tentative List (see the List)

    World Heritage Site Landscapes of Dauria
    The Daurian Steppe eco-region extends from eastern Mongolia into Russian Siberia and northeastern China. Cyclical climate changes, with distinct dry and wet periods, lead to a great diversity of species and ecosystems with global significance. Grassland and forest, as well as lakes and wetlands, serve as habitats for rare animal species.

    World Heritage Site Putorana Plateau
    The subarctic and arctic ecosystems within the Russian Putoransky State Nature Reserve in northern Central Siberia offer pristine taiga, forest-tundra, tundra, and polar desert systems, as well as untouched cold-water lake and river systems.

    World Heritage Site Cultural and Historic Ensemble of the Solovetsky Islands
    The archipelago in the Onega Bay of the White Sea in Arkhangelsk Oblast is renowned as the site of the Solovetsky Monastery. The six islands have been inhabited since the 5th century B.C.; the archipelago preserves significant traces of human settlement dating back two millennia. The site has several churches, built between the 16th and 19th centuries, which bear witness to the presence of the monastic religious communities that have settled on the islands since the 15th century.

    Solovetsky Islands monastry
    View of the monastery complex on Solovetsky Islands, Arkhangelsk Oblast of Russia. Solovetsky Islands is an archipelago of six islands in the White Sea, an inlet of the Barents Sea. The Cultural and Historic Ensemble of the Solovetsky Islands is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
    Image: Alexxx Malev
     

     


    Education in Russia



    Moscow State University
    Lomonosov University is also known as Moscow State University.
    Image: Uwe Brodrecht
     

    Education & Research

    The Moscow State University
    Lomonosov Moscow State University (MSU), a public research university, was the first Russian university founded in 1755.
    Russian Academy of Science
    The Russian Academy of Sciences (RAS) was established by order of Emperor Peter I in February 1724. Russia's national academy currently includes more than 600 institutions and over 50,000 scientific researchers.
    Saint-Petersburg State University
    The oldest Russian higher education institution is a state-owned university based in Saint Petersburg, founded in 1724. SPbU is the second-best multi-faculty university in Russia after Moscow State University.
    Novosibirsk State University
    NSU is a national research university located in Novosibirsk in the southwestern part of Siberia.
    Samara State Aerospace University
    SSAU trains specialists for the rocket and space, aviation, electronic, metallurgical, and automotive industries.
    Samara State University
    A leading multi-faculty university in the city of Samara.
    Tyumen State University
    The first university in the Tyumen Oblast consists of 12 academic institutes and trains specialists in 175 fields.

    Project 5-100
    Project 5-100 is a special government program for the development of large Russian universities to improve the reputation of Russian higher education and bring at least five universities among the hundred best universities in the world.

    Russian Space Research
    Astronomical Institute
    Astronomical Department of Saint Petersburg State University.
    Space Research Institute (IKI)
    Investigations of Outer Space.
    Google Earth Google Earth Baikonur Cosmodrome
    Satellite view of the Russian Baikonur Cosmodrome space launch facility in Kazakhstan.
     
     
     

     


    Environment & Nature



    Eruption of Klyuchevskaya Sopka, a stratovolcano on the Kamchatka Peninsula in the Russian Far East.
    The eruption of Klyuchevskaya Sopka, a stratovolcano on the Kamchatka Peninsula. It is the highest mountain in Siberia and the highest active volcano of Eurasia at 4,750 m (15,580 ft).
    Image: ISS Expedition

    Russia's environmental issues
    The country's environmental problems are man-made, like air pollution from heavy industry, emissions of coal-fired electric plants, and transportation in major cities.
    Industrial, municipal, and agricultural pollution of inland waterways and seacoasts. Deforestation; soil erosion; soil contamination from improper application of agricultural chemicals. The problem with nuclear waste disposal, there are scattered areas of sometimes intense radioactive contamination. And there is the issue with urban solid waste management, groundwater contamination from toxic waste, and abandoned stocks of obsolete pesticides.

    There are also environmental problems caused by climate change. Arctic permafrost has been diminishing for many centuries. The result is the thawing of soils and the release of methane gas, a potent greenhouse gas, which contributes to an increased rate of global warming.

    Arctic Council
    The Russian Federation is a member-state of the Arctic Council, a high-level intergovernmental forum that addresses issues faced by states with territory in the Arctic and the indigenous people of the Arctic.

    Bellona Foundation
    Bellona — St. Petersburg is a branch of the environmental rights organization, the Bellona Foundation, which is headquartered in Oslo.

    Russian Environment NGOs: An Endangered Species
    Human Rights Watch article about the fact that Russian authorities labeled one of the country’s most prominent environmental groups, Bellona-St. Petersburg, a “foreign agent organization.”

    Ecodefense
    Anti-nuclear and safe energy movement.

    Greenpeace Russia
    Greenpeace organization of Russia.

    Russia - Friends of the Earth International
    Russian Social-Ecological Union / Friends of the Earth Russia.

    Socio-Ecological Union
    The Socio-Ecological Union is the only international ecological organization born in the USSR.


    Composite image of the Lena River delta
    This composite image of the Lena River delta in the Sakha Republic of Russia was created using 30 years worth of surface water data from the Global Surface Water Explorer: Global Surface Water Explorer
    Image: Daniel Coe

     

     


    Russia History



    The Zaporozoic Cossacks write a letter to the Turkish Sultan Mehmed IV
    Zaporozoic Cossacks write a letter to Sultan Mehmed IV of the Ottoman Empire. [5]
    Painting: Ilya Yefimovich Repin (1844 – 29 September 1930)


    Russia's history begins with the formation of the Kiev Empire (from 980 to 1240), the Kiev Rus, the first East Slavic empire, which was formed in the 10th century. Staraya Ladoga and Novgorod became the first major cities of the new union of immigrants from Scandinavia with the Slavs and the Finnish-Ugric people.

    History of Russia
    Part of a series on the History of Russia by Wikipedia.

    Russia profile - Timeline
    BBC article about significant events in Russia's history.

    H-Russia
    Russian and Soviet history - bibliographical, research and teaching aids
    Museum of History of Moscow.

    History of Russia
    Comprehensive articles about Russia's history by HistoryWorld.

    Russia | Geography, History, Map, & Facts
    Entry at Encyclopaedia Britannica.

    Russian conquest of Siberia
    Wikipedia entry for the time when Siberia became part of Russia.
     

    Peter and Paul Fortress, Zayachy Island, Saint Petersburg
    Aerial view of Peter and Paul Fortress on Zayachy Island (literally Hare Island) in the Neva River in Saint Petersburg. The Peter and Paul Fortress is a citadel from the early 18th century, the origin and historical center of the city of St. Petersburg.
    Image: Andrew Shiva

     

     


    Indigenous People of Russia



    Buryats - Native Peoples of Siberia (1895)
    Buryats - Native Peoples of Siberia (1895). Image from a Library of Congress collection.
    Original image at Novosibirsk State Museum of Regional History and Folklife

    Not every Russian is an ethnic Russian, which are an East Slavic ethnic group native to European Russia. Ethnic Russians make up approximately 80% of the population of the country. There are about 160 other indigenous peoples and ethnic groups living within the country's borders. At Wikipedia, you will find a list of Indigenous small-numbered peoples of the North, Siberia and the Far East.

    Ancient Siberia
    Permanent exhibition at the Novosibirsk State Museum of Local History & Nature.

    Culture Center of the Northern Asian First Peoples' Art
    For foreigner's & our first people's information, founded '96 in Ulan -Ude (Buryatia, Russia).

    Museum Complex Ivan Slovtsov
    The museum in Tyumen houses the collections of Ivan Slovtsov and Nikolai Chukmuldin.

    Khanty-Mansiysk
    The Khanty-Mansiysk Autonomous District is a member of the Russian Federation, named after the native peoples Khanty and Mansi.

    Russian Association of Indigenous Peoples of the North (RAIPON)
    a public organization that aims to protect human rights and uphold the interests of the indigenous peoples of the North, Siberia, and the Far East of Russia

    TuvaOnline
    Site related to the Republic of Tuva, the former Tannu Tuva, a country in south Siberia, and a member of the Russian Federation (in Russian), see also Friends of Tuva.
     
     

     


    Additional Information




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    Rambler
    Russian search engine and one of the largest Russian web portals. (in Russian).

    Russia On The Net
    Was one of the first Russian Net directories. The domain is now on sale for about 150.000 $US.


    Sources and additional Information on Russia


    Amnesty International: Russia

    BBC Country Profile: Russia

    FAO: Russia

    GlobalEDGE: Russia

    The Heritage Foundation: Russia

    Human Rights Watch: Russia

    OEC: Russia

    Reporters Without Borders: Russia

    Wikipedia: Russia

    The World Factbook -- Russia

     

     



     
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