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Russia is a country located in Eastern Europe and Northern Asia. It is the largest country in the world, covering an area of 17,075,400 square kilometers. Russia has a population of approximately 145 million people and is home to many different ethnic groups, including Russians, Ukrainians, Tatars and Bashkirs.
Russia has a long history that dates back to the 9th century when it was first established as Kievan Rus'. Over time it developed into one of the most powerful countries in Europe with its own unique culture and language. The Russian language is spoken by more than 150 million people worldwide and is one of the six official languages of the United Nations.
The Russian economy is one of the largest in Europe with an estimated GDP (Gross Domestic Product) of over $1 trillion USD (United States Dollars). It has vast natural resources such as oil and gas which make up a large part of its exports. Russia also produces many other goods such as steel, timber and agricultural products which are exported around the world.
In terms of politics, Russia has been ruled by various regimes throughout its history from Tsars to Soviet Union Communism to today's semi-presidential republic system under President Vladimir Putin who was elected for his fourth term in 2018. The government controls much media outlets within Russia but there are still some independent newspapers that have managed to survive despite government censorship attempts on them over time .
Overall Russia remains an important player on both global economic markets as well as international politics due to its size , natural resources , military strength ,and diplomatic relations with other countries .