The research below will allow you to gain general and practical knowledge on Russia and how to get there.
Russia is the biggest country in the world, incredibly it is bigger not only than the USA or the EU, but bigger than the two of them put together. Arguably more importantly it is located in a great position for trade as it spans between three continents, Europe, Asia and the Middle East. This gives it a vast a varied climate, culture and history.
You will hear in many war and spy films, threats of being sent to the coldest part of Russian Siberia, which always makes you picture a barren snow covered wasteland. But Russia actually has a warm “continental” climate across most parts of the country. This includes the most populous areas of the country in European Russia, in the south of West Siberia and in the south of the Russian Far East, including the cities of Moscow and Saint Petersburg. The cold parts of the country are across Northern European Russia and Siberia between the Scandinavian Peninsula and the Pacific Ocean, where subarctic temperatures and extremely harsh winters.
Economically, Russia is powering forward at a GDP growth rate of 4 – 4.5 per cent year on year according to the Federal State Statistics Service (Rosstat). This is hardly surprising given Russia's vast natural resources. Oil and gas producing states are among the richest countries in the world, so as Russia is the world's biggest producer of oil and natural gas, as well as having massive reserves of most other resources, including precious metals like Platinum, gold and silver.
The Russian currency is the Ruble.
Russia’s population is currently just over 139 million, of which 79.8% are Russian, 3.8% are Tatarian, 2% Ukrainian, 1.2% Bashkiri, 1.1% Chuvashi 1.1% and 12.1% are mixed.
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