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Background: Founded in the 12th century, the Principality of Muscovy, was able to emerge from over 200 years of Mongol domination (13th-15th centuries) and to gradually conquer and absorb surrounding principalities. In the early 17th century, a new Romanov Dynasty continued this policy of expansion across Siberia to the Pacific. Under PETER I (ruled 1682-1725), hegemony was extended to the Baltic Sea and the country was renamed the Russian Empire. During the 19th century, more territorial acquisitions were made in Europe and Asia. Defeat in the Russo-Japanese War of 1904-05 contributed to the Revolution of 1905, which resulted in the formation of a parliament and other reforms. Repeated devastating defeats of the Russian army in World War I led to widespread rioting in the major cities of the Russian Empire and to the overthrow in 1917 of the imperial household. The Communists under Vladimir LENIN seized power soon after and formed the USSR. The brutal rule of Iosif STALIN (1928-53) strengthened Communist rule and Russian dominance of the Soviet Union at a cost of 10s 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, but his initiatives inadvertently released forces that by December 1991 splintered the USSR into Russia and 14 other independent republics. Since then, Russia has shifted its post-Soviet democratic ambitions in favor of a centralized semi-authoritarian state whose legitimacy is buttressed, in part, by carefully managed national elections, former President PUTIN's genuine popularity, and the prudent management of Russia's windfall energy wealth. Russia has severely disabled a Chechen rebel movement, although violence still occurs throughout the North Caucasus.
Location: Northern Asia (the area west of the Urals is considered part of Europe), bordering the Arctic Ocean, between Europe and the North Pacific Ocean
Area land: 16,377,742 sq km
Area water: 720,500 sq km
Coastline: 37,653 km
Country name conventional long form: Russian Federation
Country name conventional short form: Russia
Country name former: Russian Empire, Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic
Population: 138,739,892 (July 2011 est.)
Age structure: 0-14 years: 15.2% (male 10,818,203/female 10,256,611); 15-64 years: 71.8% (male 47,480,851/female 52,113,279); 65 years and over: 13% (male 5,456,639/female 12,614,309) (2011 est.);
Population growth rate: -0.47% (2011 est.)
Birth rate: 11.05 births/1,000 population (2011 est.)
Death rate: 16.04 deaths/1,000 population (July 2011 est.)
Net migration rate: 0.29 migrant(s)/1,000 population (2011 est.)
Sex ratio: at birth: 1.06 male(s)/female; under 15 years: 1.06 male(s)/female; 15-64 years: 0.92 male(s)/female; 65 years and over: 0.44 male(s)/female; total population: 0.85 male(s)/female (2011 est.);
Infant mortality rate: total: 10.08 deaths/1,000 live births; male: 11.58 deaths/1,000 live births; female: 8.49 deaths/1,000 live births (2011 est.);
Life expectancy at birth: total population: 66.29 years; male: 59.8 years; female: 73.17 years (2011 est.);
Total fertility rate: 1.42 children born/woman (2011 est.);
HIV/AIDS - adult prevalence rate: 1% (2009 est.);
HIV/AIDS - people living with HIV/AIDS: 980,000 (2009 est.);
HIV/AIDS - deaths: NA;
Nationality: noun: Russian(s); adjective: Russian;
Ethnic groups: Russian 79.8%, Tatar 3.8%, Ukrainian 2%, Bashkir 1.2%, Chuvash 1.1%, other or unspecified 12.1% (2002 census);
Religions: Russian Orthodox 15-20%, Muslim 10-15%, other Christian 2% (2006 est.);

note: estimates are of practicing worshipers; Russia has large populations of non-practicing believers and non-believers, a legacy of over seven decades of Soviet rule

Languages: Russian (official), many minority languages;
Literacy: definition: age 15 and over can read and write; total population: 99.4%; male: 99.7%; female: 99.2% (2002 census);
GDP (purchasing power parity): $2.229 trillion (2010 est.); $2.147 trillion (2009 est.); $2.331 trillion (2008 est.);
note: data are in 2010 US dollars

GDP (official exchange rate): $1.477 trillion (2010 est.);
GDP - real growth rate: 3.8% (2010 est.); -7.9% (2009); 5.2% (2008);
GDP - per capita (PPP): $15,900 (2010 est.); $15,300 (2009 est.); $16,600 (2008 est.);
note: data are in 2010 US dollars

GDP - composition by sector: agriculture: 4.2%; industry: 33.8%; services: 62% (2010 est.);
Population below poverty line: 13.1% (2009);
Household income or consumption by percentage share: lowest 10%: 1.9%; highest 10%: 30.4% (September 2007);
Labor force: 75.55 million (2010 est.);
Labor force - by occupation: agriculture: 10%; industry: 31.9%; services: 58.1% (2008);
Unemployment rate: 7.6% (2010 est.); 8.4% (2009);
Budget: revenues: $262 billion; expenditures: $341.1 billion (2010 est.);
Industries: complete range of mining and extractive industries producing coal, oil, gas, chemicals, and metals; all forms of machine building from rolling mills to high-performance aircraft and space vehicles; defense industries including radar, missile production, and advanced electronic components, shipbuilding; road and rail transportation equipment; communications equipment; agricultural machinery, tractors, and construction equipment; electric power generating and transmitting equipment; medical and scientific instruments; consumer durables, textiles, foodstuffs, handicrafts;
Industrial production growth rate: 8.3% (2010 est.);
Electricity - production: 925.9 billion kWh (2009);
Electricity - consumption: 857.6 billion kWh (2009);
Electricity - exports: 17.7 billion kWh (2009 est.);
Electricity - imports: 3.066 billion kWh (2009);

Statistics: CIA World Factbook.

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(independent), Moscow
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Moskovskie Novosti

(Liberal weekly), Moscow
http://www.mn.ru/

Moskovsky Komsomolets

(Mass-circulation, youth-oriented), Moscow
http://www.mk.ru

Nezavisimaya Gazeta

(Centrist), Moscow
http://www.ng.ru/

Novaya Gazeta

(Liberal semi-weekly), Moscow
http://www.novayagazeta.ru/

Novoye Vremya

(Liberal weekly magazine), Moscow
http://www.newtimes.ru/

Parlamentskaya Gazeta

(Official parlamentary), Moscow
http://www.pnp.ru/

Russia in the News

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Mirror of a War

For nearly three years, Russian readers have been riveted by the arrest and trial of Yuri Budanov, a colonel charged in the kidnapping and murder of Elza (Heda) Kungaeva, an 18-year-old Chechen girl. His case has mirrored Russians’ understanding of themselves and the second Chechen war.

The Second Oil War

Mikhail Zygar, writing for Moscow's Kommersant, reports on the oil workers' strike in Venezuela and what it means for the world economy.

Ending the Three Kims' Epoch

Novoye Vremya's Vasili Mikheev considers the daunting tasks facing newly elected South Korean President Roh Moo-hyun—and Russia.

Russia: Freedom Regained

The Russian public had hardly recovered from the Moscow theater siege before Parliament began blaming the press for expressing anti-government sentiments. In the end, President Vladimir Putin ceremoniously vetoed amendments to press and anti-terrorism laws that would have imposed new restrictions on the media.

 

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