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Russia, or the Russian Federation, is a transcontinental country located in Eastern Europe and Northern Asia. It extends from the Baltic Sea in the west to the Pacific Ocean in the east, and from the Arctic Ocean in the north to the Black Sea and the Caspian Sea in the south. Russia covers over 17,125,200 square kilometres (6,612,100 sq mi), spanning more than one-eighth of the Earth's inhabited land area, stretching eleven time zones, and bordering 16 sovereign nations. Moscow is the country's capital and largest city, other major cities include Saint Petersburg, Novosibirsk, Yekaterinburg, Kazan, Nizhny Novgorod, Chelyabinsk and Samara.

Russia is the largest country in the world, the ninth-most populous country, as well as the most populous country in Europe. The country is one of the world's most sparsely populated and urbanized. About half of the country's total area is forested, concentrating around four-fifths of its total population of over 146.7 million on its smaller and dense western portion, as opposed to its larger and sparse eastern portion. Russia is administratively divided into 85 federal subjects. The Moscow Metropolitan Area is the largest metropolitan area in Europe, and among the largest in the world, with more than 20 million residents. (Full article...)

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Vologda butter

Vologda butter, or Vologodskoye Maslo (Russian: ), formerly known as Parisian butter, is a type of butter made in the Vologda region of Russia, known for its sweet, creamy and nutty flavor. It gets its flavor from its particular manufacturing process, which involves an exact set of temperatures and fat content; as well as due to the vegetation and breed of cows found in Vologda. (Full article...)

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Grand Duchess Olga Nikolaevna, c. 1914

Grand Duchess Olga Nikolaevna of Russia (Olga Nikolaevna Romanova) (Russian: ? ?, IPA: [v'l?ik?j? kn'?na 'ol nk?'la?vn?] (Velikaya Knyazhna Ol'ga Nikolaevna); 15 November [O.S. 3 November] 1895 - 17 July 1918) was the eldest child of the last Tsar of the Russian Empire, Emperor Nicholas II, and of Empress Alexandra of Russia.

During her lifetime, Olga's future marriage was the subject of great speculation within Russia. Matches were rumored with Grand Duke Dmitri Pavlovich of Russia, Crown Prince Carol of Romania, Edward, Prince of Wales, eldest son of Britain's George V, and with Crown Prince Alexander of Serbia. Olga herself wanted to marry a Russian and remain in her home country. During World War I, she nursed wounded soldiers in a military hospital until her own nerves gave out and, thereafter, oversaw administrative duties at the hospital. (Full article...)

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25 November 2020 - Libyan Civil War (2014-2020), Libyan peace process
The United States Department of the Treasury announces unilateral sanctions on the Libyan National Army linked al-Kaniyat militia and its leader, Mohamed al-Kani, after Russia blocks the United Nations Security Council from blacklisting the group for alleged human rights abuses committed in the city of Tarhuna during the 14-month military offensive led by Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar. (Reuters)
25 November 2020 - COVID-19 pandemic
COVID-19 pandemic in Russia
Russia reports a record 507 new deaths in the past 24 hours, bringing the nationwide death toll to 37,358. (The Moscow Times)
24 November 2020 - COVID-19 pandemic
COVID-19 pandemic in Russia
Russia reports a record 491 new deaths in the past 24 hours, bringing the nationwide death toll to 37,031. (NAO24)
24 November 2020 - Russia-United States relations, United States and the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea
Russia says its navy made a United States destroyer turn back after threatening to ram it, claiming that the destroyer violated Russia's territorial waters in the Peter the Great Gulf, "passing the maritime border by two kilometers". The U.S. navy says that their destroyer conducted a freedom of navigation operation to challenge a Russian claim "inconsistent with the rules of international law as reflected in the Law of the Sea Convention to enclose the waters of a bay". (TASS) (NBC News)



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Complete equality of rights for all nations; the right of nations to self-determination; the unity of the workers of all nations--such is the national program that Marxism, the experience of the whole world, and the experience of Russia, teach the workers.

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