Russia is the largest country in the world and covers an area of over 10 million square miles crossing 11 different time zones. Formerly an empire in Europe and Asia, Russia comprises a territory that until 1991 was known as the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR) following the Russian Revolution of 1917. 

Officially named the Russian Federation, it borders on more countries than any other nation, occupying much of Eastern Europe and Northern Asia, bounded to the north by the Arctic Ocean, to the west by the Black Sea. From vast plains in the west to epic lakes like the Caspian Sea, and unspoilt forests to Northern Arctic tundra, in this gigantic land it is possible to experience the widest and most dramatic range of landscapes on earth. 

Russian history is legendary and often gory since Moscow’s establishment as a centre of political power during the 14th Century. From the wrath of Ivan the Terrible in the 16th century to the manic tyranny of Stalin in the 20th century, bloody revolution and war has left  its mark on the paws of Russia. 

Its people and famous sights are mainly condensed into Western European Russia, but an Asian influenced culture exists to the east. Despite its dour reputation,there is a stunning legacy of history and culture to be explored – from the cultural capital of Moscow, the ‘gateway to Europe’ with its infamous Red Square and Kremlin to the Far Eastern untamed wilderness of Asian influenced Siberian Russia, bordering China. 

Russia is a nation in a state of change, still adapting to the breakup of the USSR . From the mysteries of the Orthodox Church to the courageous suffering of its people ‘, Russia remains a mystery to the outside world, which struggles to understand a history dominated by war, violence and conquest .

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