Russia, officially the Russian Federation, is a transcontinental country in Eastern Europe and North Asia. At 17,125,200 square kilometres (6,612,100 sq mi), Russia is the largest country in the world by area, covering more than one-eighth of the Earth's inhabited land area, and the ninth most populous, with about 146.77 million people as of 2019, excluding Crimea. About 77% of the population live in the western, European part of the country. Russia's capital, Moscow, is the largest metropolitan area in Europe proper and one of the largest cities in the world; other major cities include Saint Petersburg, Novosibirsk, Yekaterinburg and Nizhny Novgorod. Extending across the entirety of Northern Asia and much of Eastern Europe, Russia spans eleven time zones and incorporates a wide range of environments and landforms. From northwest to southeast, Russia shares land borders with Norway, Finland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Poland, Belarus, Ukraine, Georgia, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, China, Mongolia and North Korea. It shares maritime borders with Japan by the Sea of Okhotsk and the U.S. state of Alaska across the Bering Strait. However, Russia recognises two more countries that border it, Abkhazia and South Ossetia, both of which are internationally recognized as parts of Georgia.
Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu traveled to Syria on Tuesday where he handed a message from President Vladimir Putin to Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad, the defense ministry said. Reuters - Published
According to Reuters, the U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee, is split along party lines over whether Donald Trump’s campaign colluded with Russia in the 2016 U.S. presidential election. The division..
The expected departure of one of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's top prosecutors, Andrew Weissmann, could hint that the investigation into Russia's role in the 2016 U.S. election is nearing an end, as..
A Russian-made Soyuz rocket lifted off from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on Thursday, carrying three astronauts into space, two of whom survived a mid-air rocket failure in October. Rough Cut..
According to Business Insider, astronaut Nick Hague and cosmonaut Alexey Ovchinin are preparing to a second Soyuz launch in five months. The NASA astronaut and Russian cosmonaut were on-board a Soyuz..
A prominent U.S. investor being held in Russia on embezzlement charges has asked U.S. diplomats not to defend him because he is worried about his case becoming politicized, a prison monitor who visited.. Reuters - Published
Talks between the United States and Russia over the crisis in Venezuela were positive and substantive but the two sides were still divided over the legitimacy of President Nicolas Maduro, U.S. special.. Reuters - Published
British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt condemned the sentence handed out to a prominent human rights activist by a court in Chechnya, calling it "an awful example of Russia suppressing vital work of.. Reuters - Published
Valentina Matvienko, the speaker of the upper house of the Russian parliament, said on Tuesday that the resignation of Nursultan Nazarbayev, the president of Kazakhstan, was unexpected and very.. Reuters - Published
The Russian Ambassador to India, Nikolay Kudashev recently said that Moscow is supportive of the Indians in the recent India-Pakistan tensions in the aftermath of Pulwama terror attack on February 14 DNA - Published
By Maria Vasilyeva SHALI, Russia (Reuters) - A court in Chechnya sentenced Oyub Titiev, a prominent human rights activist, to four years in a penal settlement on Monday after finding him guilty of.. Firstpost - Published
By Anastasia Lyrchikova and Andrew Osborn SEVASTOPOL/MOSCOW (Reuters) - President Vladimir Putin flew into Crimea on Monday to celebrate the fifth anniversary of Russia's annexation of the region from.. Firstpost - Published Also reported by •Reuters
By Jan Wolfe WASHINGTON (Reuters) - An intriguing area of focus in Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into the Kremlin's role in the 2016 U.S. election is a proposed Moscow real estate deal.. Firstpost - Published
Canada will keep a 200-strong military training mission in Ukraine for another three years to help domestic security forces handle continuing tensions with Russia, Ottawa said on Monday. Reuters - Published
Russia recognizes the Republic of North Macedonia as Macedonia's new official name, Russia's Ministry of Foreign Affairs said on Monday, despite having previously expressed reservations about the.. Reuters - Published
Russia has decided to deploy nuclear-capable Tupolev Tu-22M3 strategic bombers to the Crimean peninsula in response to the U.S. rolling out missile defense systems in Romania, the RIA news agency cited.. Reuters - Published
Norway has electronic proof that Russian forces disrupted global positioning system (GPS) signals during recent NATO war games, and has demanded an explanation from its eastern neighbor, the Nordic.. Reuters - Published
President Vladimir Putin has signed into law tough new fines for Russians who spread what the authorities regard as fake news or who show "blatant disrespect" for the state online, an official portal.. Reuters - Published
Russia's Ministry of Foreign Affairs said on Monday it was seriously concerned by what it described as attempts by some opposition forces in Serbia to provoke violence during protests in Belgrade over.. Reuters - Published
United States Special Representative for Venezuela Elliott Abrams and Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov are due to meet in Rome this week to discuss the situation in Venezuela, diplomats.. Reuters - Published
Algeria's newly-appointed Deputy Prime Minister Ramtane Lamamra is expected to visit several countries including Russia, China, and some EU nations to explain the crisis in Algeria, a foreign ministry.. Reuters - Published
The United States, Canada and European Union on Friday imposed fresh sanctions to punish Russia for its 2018 attack on three Ukrainian ships as well as its annexation of Crimea and its activities in.. Reuters - Published
Russian tycoon Oleg Deripaska sued the United States on Friday, alleging that it had overstepped its legal bounds in imposing sanctions on his companies and made him the "latest victim" in the U.S... Reuters - Published
Russian businessman Oleg Deripaska said on Friday he had launched a lawsuit to try and force the United States to lift sanctions on his companies because he did not want his life's work to be.. Reuters - Published
Five years after Russia seized Crimea from Ukraine, prominent dissident Ilmi Umerov finds himself in Kiev, separated from his wife and family in Crimea whom he fears rejoining because of what he thinks.. Reuters - Published
The United States on Friday asked why Russia had not provided any evidence to back up its accusation that Paul Whelan, a detained former U.S. marine, was a spy, a day after Whelan alleged he was being.. Reuters - Published
Russia's national flag carrier Aeroflot will cancel its order of 20 Boeing 737 Max planes unless Boeing is able to guarantee the plane's safety after Sunday's deadly crash in Ethiopia by November,.. Reuters - Published
The European Union sanctioned on Friday eight more Russians over a stand-off with Ukraine in the Azov Sea, including senior security service officials and military commanders that the bloc accuses of.. Reuters - Published
MOSCOW (Reuters) - A Russian-made Soyuz rocket lifted off from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on Thursday, carrying three astronauts into space, two of whom survived a mid-air rocket failure in.. Firstpost - Published Also reported by •Reuters
By Steve Holland WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Turkey's pending purchase of the Russian S-400 missile defence system presents a national security problem for NATO, which would not be able to deploy F-35.. Firstpost - Published Also reported by •Reuters
Russia's aviation authority on Thursday suspended flights by Boeing 737 MAX planes in the country's airspace following Sunday's deadly plane crash in Ethiopia, Interfax news agency cited the.. Reuters - Published
By Suleiman Al-Khalidi AMMAN (Reuters) - The Syrian army, aided by Russian warplanes, attacked rebel-held towns in northwestern Syria on Wednesday in the most extensive bombardment in months against.. Firstpost - Published Also reported by •Reuters
By Idrees Ali WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States is aiming to test a ground-launched cruise missile with a range of about 1,000 kilometres (621 miles) in August, a Pentagon official said on.. Firstpost - Published
Former Donald Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort has been sentenced to 43 more months in prison in special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into ties between the Trump campaign and Russia... Firstpost - Published
Russia's parliament on Wednesday approved new fines for people who insult the authorities online or spread fake news, defying warnings from critics that the move could open the way to direct state.. Reuters - Published
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Lawyers for President Donald Trump's former national security adviser Michael Flynn asked a judge on Tuesday to delay his sentencing in a case that stemmed from an investigation.. Firstpost - Published
Turkey is discussing with Russia and the United States a potential military offensive in a region of northeast Syria controlled by Kurdish fighters, a Turkish defense official was cited as saying by.. Reuters - Published
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Monday blamed Russia and Cuba for causing Venezuela's political crisis by supporting President Nicolas Maduro and said he had urged India not to help Maduro's.. Reuters - Published Also reported by •Firstpost