The largest country in the world
at 17,075,400 square
kilometres (or 6,592,800 sq mi), Russia has accumulated quite an impressive
reputation. Covering more than an eight of the Earth's land area, 142 million
people live there making it the ninth largest nation by population
Still known for its impressive days as the expansive Union of Soviet Socialist
Republics (USSR), Russia was the world's first and largest constitutionally
socialist state. A recognized superpower, the USSR was known for its excellence
in both arts and science winning many awards in both fields.
Russia changed drastically after the dissolution of the Soviet Union in 1991,
but it continues to be a powerful and important nation. It has one of the world's
fastest growing economies and the world's eight largest GDP by nominal GDP.
Russia is also one of the five countries which officially recognized nuclear
weapons states. In conjunction with this title, Russia is also a permanent member
of the United Nations Security Council, the G8, APEC and the SCO, and is a leading
member of the Commonwealth of Independent States.
A European city in a country that lies over a vast part of
Asia, Moscow holds one-tenth of all Russian residents.
The city is located in the western region of Russia and is the capital and epicentre
of political, economic, cultural, religious, financial, educational, and transportation
happenings. "Muscovites", as residents are known, tend
to be cultured and worldly. This may be due to the many scientific, educational,
and artistic institutions that are based here. An intoxicating mix of the exotic
and the familiar, it is the largest city in Europe with the Moscow metropolitan
area ranking among the largest urban areas in the world.
The city is situated on the banks of the Moskva River which flows through much
of central Russia. Moscow is actually located in a basin for the Volga, Oka,
Klyazma, and Moscow rivers. The city of Moscow is 994 sq. km with 49 bridges
spanning the rivers and canals that criss-cross the city.
Forests are another part of Moscow's make-up. They coveer over a third of the
territory in the region. A variety of animals like elk, wild boar, deer, foxes,
weasels, lynx, martens, and birds make their home here.
Located in the UTC+3 time zone, Moscow has a humid
continental climate. The summers tend to be warm and humid and the winters are
long, cold, and hard. High temperatures occur during the warm months of June,
July and August at about 23 °C (73 °F). Heat waves sometimes grip the city anywhere
between May to September with temperatures spiking up to 30 °C (86 °F). Winters
are harshly chilly with temperatures dropping to approximately 9 °C (15.8 °F).
There is consistent snow cover for 3 to 5 months a year, usually from November