Russian Federation
Росси́йская Федерaция ( Russian)
Rossiyskaya Federatsiya
" Gosudarstvenny gimn Rossiyskoy Federatsii"  ( transliteration)
"State Anthem of the Russian Federation"
Location of Russia (green) Russian-administered Crimea (disputed; light green)a
Location of Russia (green)
Russian-administered Crimea ( disputed; light green)a
and largest city
55°45′N 37°37′E / 55°45′N 37°37′E / 55.750; 37.617
Official languages Russian
Recognised national languages See Languages of Russia
Ethnic groups (2010 [1])
Religion See Religion in Russia
Demonym Russian
Government Federal semi-presidential constitutional republic [2]
•  President
Vladimir Putin
Dmitry Medvedev
Valentina Matviyenko
Vyacheslav Volodin
Legislature Federal Assembly
Federation Council
State Duma
• Arrival of Rurik [3]
•  Tsardom
January 16, 1547
•  Empire
October 22, 1721
•  Republic
September 14, 1917
September 23, 1918
November 7 (October 25, OS), 1917
December 30, 1922
June 12, 1990
December 8, 1991b
• Russian SFSR renamed into the Russian Federation
December 25, 1991b
December 12, 1993
• Total
17,075,200 [4] km2 (6,592,800 sq mi) ( 1st)
• Water (%)
13 [5] (including swamps)
• 2018 estimate
144,526,636 Increase [6] (without Crimea) [7] ( 9th)
• Density
8.4/km2 (21.8/sq mi) ( 217th)
GDP ( PPP) 2018 estimate
• Total
$4.152 trillion [8] ( 6th)
• Per capita
$28,918 [8] ( 49th)
GDP (nominal) 2018 estimate
• Total
$1.522 trillion [8] ( 12th)
• Per capita
$10,630 [8] ( 67th)
Gini (2015) Positive decrease 37.7 [9]
medium ·  98
HDI (2015) Increase 0.804 [10]
very high ·  49th
Currency Russian ruble ( ) ( RUB)
Time zone ( UTC+2 to +12)
Date format
Drives on the right
Calling code +7
ISO 3166 code RU
Internet TLD
  1. The Crimean Peninsula is recognized as territory of Ukraine by a majority of UN member nations, but is de facto administered by Russia. [11]
  2. The Belavezha Accords was signed in Brest, Belarus on December 8, creating the Commonwealth of Independent States in which the Supreme Soviet of the Russian SFSR ratified the accords on December 12, denouncing the 1922 treaty. On December 25, Russian SFSR was renamed the Russian Federation and the following the day on December 26, the Supreme Soviet of the Soviet Union ratified the accords, effectively dissolving the Soviet Union.

Russia ( Russian: Росси́я, tr. Rossiya, IPA:  [rɐˈsʲijə]), also officially known as the Russian Federation [12] (Russian: Росси́йская Федерaция, tr. Rossiyskaya Federatsiya, IPA:  [rɐˈsʲijskəjə fʲɪdʲɪˈratsɨjə]), is a sovereign country in Eurasia. [13] At 17,125,200 square kilometres (6,612,100 sq mi), [14] Russia is the largest country in the world by area, covering more than one-eighth of the Earth's inhabited land area, [15] [16] [17] and the ninth most populous, with over 144 million people at the end of December 2017. [6] The European western part of the country is much more populated and urbanised than the eastern; about 77% of the population live in European Russia. Russia's capital Moscow is one of the largest cities in the world; other major urban centers include Saint Petersburg, Novosibirsk, Yekaterinburg and Nizhny Novgorod.

Extending across the entirety of Northern Asia and much of Eastern Europe, Russia spans eleven time zones and incorporates a wide range of environments and landforms. From northwest to southeast, Russia shares land borders with Norway, Finland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Poland (both with Kaliningrad Oblast), Belarus, Ukraine, Georgia, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, China, Mongolia and North Korea. It shares maritime borders with Japan by the Sea of Okhotsk and the U.S. state of Alaska across the Bering Strait.

The East Slavs emerged as a recognizable group in Europe between the 3rd and 8th centuries AD. [18] Founded and ruled by a Varangian warrior elite and their descendants, the medieval state of Rus arose in the 9th century. In 988 it adopted Orthodox Christianity from the Byzantine Empire, [19] beginning the synthesis of Byzantine and Slavic cultures that defined Russian culture for the next millennium. [19] Rus' ultimately disintegrated into a number of smaller states; most of the Rus' lands were overrun by the Mongol invasion and became tributaries of the nomadic Golden Horde in the 13th century. [20] The Grand Duchy of Moscow gradually reunified the surrounding Russian principalities, achieved independence from the Golden Horde, and came to dominate the cultural and political legacy of Kievan Rus'. By the 18th century, the nation had greatly expanded through conquest, annexation, and exploration to become the Russian Empire, which was the third largest empire in history, stretching from Poland on the west to Alaska on the east. [21] [22]

Following the Russian Revolution, the Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic became the largest and leading constituent of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics, the world's first constitutionally socialist state. [23] The Soviet Union played a decisive role in the Allied victory in World War II, [24] [25] and emerged as a recognized superpower and rival to the United States during the Cold War. The Soviet era saw some of the most significant technological achievements of the 20th century, including the world's first human-made satellite and the launching of the first humans in space. By the end of 1990, the Soviet Union had the world's second largest economy, largest standing military in the world and the largest stockpile of weapons of mass destruction. [26] [27] [28] Following the dissolution of the Soviet Union in 1991, twelve independent republics emerged from the USSR: Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and the Baltic states regained independence: Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania; the Russian SFSR reconstituted itself as the Russian Federation and is recognized as the continuing legal personality and sole successor state of the Soviet Union. [29] It is governed as a federal semi-presidential republic.

The Russian economy ranks as the twelfth largest by nominal GDP and sixth largest by purchasing power parity in 2015. [30] Russia's extensive mineral and energy resources are the largest such reserves in the world, [31] making it one of the leading producers of oil and natural gas globally. [32] [33] The country is one of the five recognized nuclear weapons states and possesses the largest stockpile of weapons of mass destruction. [34] Russia is a great power as well as a regional power and has been characterised as a potential superpower. It is a permanent member of the United Nations Security Council, as well as a member of the G20, the Council of Europe, the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC), the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO), the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), and the World Trade Organization (WTO), as well as being the leading member of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS), the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) and one of the five members of the Eurasian Economic Union (EEU), along with Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan.


The name Russia is derived from Rus', a medieval state populated mostly by the East Slavs. However, this proper name became more prominent in the later history, and the country typically was called by its inhabitants "Русская Земля" (russkaja zemlja), which can be translated as "Russian Land" or "Land of Rus'". In order to distinguish this state from other states derived from it, it is denoted as Kievan Rus' by modern historiography. The name Rus itself comes from the early medieval Rus' people, Swedish merchants and warriors [35] [36] who relocated from across the Baltic Sea and founded a state centered on Novgorod that later became Kievan Rus.

An old Latin version of the name Rus' was Ruthenia, mostly applied to the western and southern regions of Rus' that were adjacent to Catholic Europe. The current name of the country, Россия (Rossija), comes from the Byzantine Greek designation of the Rus', Ρωσσία Rossía—spelled Ρωσία (Rosía pronounced  [roˈsia]) in Modern Greek. [37]

The standard way to refer to citizens of Russia is " Russians" in English [38] and rossiyane ( Russian: россияне) in Russian. There are two Russian words which are commonly translated into English as "Russians". One is "русские" (russkiye), which most often means "ethnic Russians". Another is "россияне" (rossiyane), which means " citizens of Russia, regardless of ethnicity". Translations into other languages often do not distinguish these two groups.

Other Languages
Acèh: Rusia
Адыгэбзэ: Урысей
адыгабзэ: Урысые
Afrikaans: Rusland
Akan: Rɔhyea
Alemannisch: Russland
አማርኛ: ሩሲያ
Ænglisc: Russland
Аҧсшәа: Урыстәыла
العربية: روسيا
aragonés: Rusia
ܐܪܡܝܐ: ܪܘܣܝܐ
armãneashti: Arusia
arpetan: Russie
অসমীয়া: ৰাছিয়া
asturianu: Rusia
Avañe'ẽ: Rrúsia
Aymar aru: Rusiya
azərbaycanca: Rusiya
تۆرکجه: روسیه
bamanankan: Risila
বাংলা: রাশিয়া
Bahasa Banjar: Rusia
Bân-lâm-gú: Lō͘-se-a
Basa Banyumasan: Rusia
беларуская: Расія
беларуская (тарашкевіца)‎: Расея
भोजपुरी: रूस
Bikol Central: Rusya
Bislama: Rusia
български: Русия
Boarisch: Russland
བོད་ཡིག: ཨུ་རུ་སུ།
bosanski: Rusija
brezhoneg: Rusia
català: Rússia
Cebuano: Rusya
čeština: Rusko
Chamoru: Russia
Chavacano de Zamboanga: Rusia
Chi-Chewa: Russia
chiTumbuka: Russia
corsu: Russia
Cymraeg: Rwsia
dansk: Rusland
davvisámegiella: Ruošša
Deitsch: Russland
Deutsch: Russland
ދިވެހިބަސް: ރޫސީވިލާތް
dolnoserbski: Rusojska
eesti: Venemaa
Ελληνικά: Ρωσία
emiliàn e rumagnòl: Rossia
español: Rusia
Esperanto: Rusio
estremeñu: Russia
euskara: Errusia
eʋegbe: Russia
فارسی: روسیه
Fiji Hindi: Russia
føroyskt: Russland
français: Russie
Frysk: Ruslân
Fulfulde: Roosiya
furlan: Russie
Gaeilge: An Rúis
Gaelg: Yn Roosh
Gagauz: Rusiya
Gàidhlig: An Ruis
galego: Rusia
贛語: 俄羅斯
Gĩkũyũ: Racia
گیلکی: رۊسیه
ગુજરાતી: રશિયા
𐌲𐌿𐍄𐌹𐍃𐌺: 𐍂𐌿𐍃𐌰𐌻𐌰𐌽𐌳
गोंयची कोंकणी / Gõychi Konknni: रूस
客家語/Hak-kâ-ngî: Ngò-lò-sṳ̂
한국어: 러시아
Hausa: Rasha
Hawaiʻi: Rūsia
Հայերեն: Ռուսաստան
हिन्दी: रूस
hornjoserbsce: Ruska
hrvatski: Rusija
Ido: Rusia
Ilokano: Rusia
বিষ্ণুপ্রিয়া মণিপুরী: রাশিয়া
Bahasa Indonesia: Rusia
interlingua: Russia
Interlingue: Russia
ᐃᓄᒃᑎᑐᑦ/inuktitut: ᐅᓛᓴ
Iñupiak: Russia
Ирон: Уæрæсе
isiXhosa: IRashiya
isiZulu: IRashiya
íslenska: Rússland
italiano: Russia
עברית: רוסיה
Basa Jawa: Ruslan
kalaallisut: Ruslandi
ಕನ್ನಡ: ರಷ್ಯಾ
Kapampangan: Rusia
къарачай-малкъар: Россия Федерация
ქართული: რუსეთი
कॉशुर / کٲشُر: روٗس
kaszëbsczi: Ruskô
қазақша: Ресей
kernowek: Russi
Kinyarwanda: Uburusiya
Kirundi: Uburusiya
Kiswahili: Urusi
коми: Рочму
Kongo: Rusia
Kreyòl ayisyen: Risi
Kurdî: Rûsya
Кыргызча: Орусыя
кырык мары: Россий
Ladino: Rusia
лакку: Аьрасат
лезги: Урусат
لۊری شومالی: رۈسيأ
latgaļu: Krīveja
Latina: Russia
latviešu: Krievija
Lëtzebuergesch: Russland
lietuvių: Rusija
Ligure: Ruscia
Limburgs: Róslandj
lingála: Rusí
Livvinkarjala: Ven'a
la .lojban.: rukygu'e
Luganda: Rwasha
lumbaart: Rüssia
magyar: Oroszország
मैथिली: रूस
македонски: Русија
Malagasy: Rosia
മലയാളം: റഷ്യ
Malti: Russja
Māori: Rūhia
मराठी: रशिया
მარგალური: რუსეთი
مصرى: روسيا
مازِرونی: روسیه
Bahasa Melayu: Rusia
Baso Minangkabau: Rusia
Mìng-dĕ̤ng-ngṳ̄: Ngò̤-lò̤-sṳ̆
Mirandés: Rússia
мокшень: Рузмастор
မြန်မာဘာသာ: ရုရှားနိုင်ငံ
Nāhuatl: Rusia
Dorerin Naoero: Ratsiya
Na Vosa Vakaviti: Rusi
Nederlands: Rusland
Nedersaksies: Ruslaand
नेपाली: रुस
नेपाल भाषा: रुस
日本語: ロシア
Napulitano: Russia
нохчийн: Росси
Nordfriisk: Ruslun
Norfuk / Pitkern: Rusha
norsk: Russland
norsk nynorsk: Russland
Nouormand: Russie
Novial: Rusia
occitan: Russia
олык марий: Россий
ଓଡ଼ିଆ: ଋଷିଆ
Oromoo: Raashiyaa
oʻzbekcha/ўзбекча: Rossiya
ਪੰਜਾਬੀ: ਰੂਸ
पालि: रूस
Pälzisch: Russland
Pangasinan: Rusia
پنجابی: روس
Papiamentu: Rusia
پښتو: روسیه
Patois: Rosha
Перем Коми: Рочму
ភាសាខ្មែរ: រុស្ស៊ី
Picard: Russie
Piemontèis: Russia
Tok Pisin: Rasia
Plattdüütsch: Russland
polski: Rosja
Ποντιακά: Ρουσία
português: Rússia
Qaraqalpaqsha: Rossiya
qırımtatarca: Rusiye
reo tahiti: Rūtia
română: Rusia
Romani: Rusiya
rumantsch: Russia
Runa Simi: Rusya
русиньскый: Росія
русский: Россия
саха тыла: Арассыыйа
Gagana Samoa: Rusia
संस्कृतम्: रास्या
Sängö: Rusïi
sardu: Rùssia
Scots: Roushie
Seeltersk: Ruslound
Sesotho: Rashea
Sesotho sa Leboa: Russia
Setswana: Russia
shqip: Rusia
sicilianu: Russia
සිංහල: රුසියාව
Simple English: Russia
سنڌي: روس
SiSwati: IRashiya
slovenčina: Rusko
slovenščina: Rusija
словѣньскъ / ⰔⰎⰑⰂⰡⰐⰠⰔⰍⰟ: Рѡсїꙗ
ślůnski: Rusyjo
Soomaaliga: Ruushka
کوردی: ڕووسیا
Sranantongo: Rusland
српски / srpski: Русија
srpskohrvatski / српскохрватски: Rusija
Basa Sunda: Rusia
suomi: Venäjä
svenska: Ryssland
Tagalog: Rusya
தமிழ்: உருசியா
Taqbaylit: Rusya
tarandíne: Russie
татарча/tatarça: Русия
తెలుగు: రష్యా
tetun: Rúsia
ትግርኛ: ራሻ
тоҷикӣ: Русия
lea faka-Tonga: Lūsia
Tsetsêhestâhese: Russia
Tshivenda: Rashia
ತುಳು: ರಷ್ಯಾ
Türkçe: Rusya
Türkmençe: Russiýa
Twi: Russia
тыва дыл: Россия
удмурт: Россия
ᨅᨔ ᨕᨘᨁᨗ: Russia
українська: Росія
اردو: روس
ئۇيغۇرچە / Uyghurche: روسىيە
Vahcuengh: Ezlozswh
vèneto: Rusia
vepsän kel’: Venäma
Tiếng Việt: Nga
Volapük: Rusän
Võro: Vinnemaa
walon: Rûsseye
文言: 俄羅斯
West-Vlams: Rusland
Winaray: Rusya
Wolof: Riisi
吴语: 俄罗斯
Xitsonga: Rhaxiya
ייִדיש: רוסלאנד
Yorùbá: Rọ́síà
粵語: 俄羅斯
Zazaki: Rusya
Zeêuws: Rusland
žemaitėška: Rosėjė
中文: 俄罗斯
डोटेली: रुस
Kabɩyɛ: Ruusii