Russia

Largest Country in the World

Basic Facts:

Population: 142,425,773

Capital: Moscow

Head of State: President Vladimir Putin

Leaders Title: President

Government: Semi- Presidential Federation

Language: Russian, 85.7%

People and Culture

Religion

Due to the ban on religious activity during the soviet years, an overwhelming amount of Russians do not practice a religion. One of the widely practiced religions, Eastern Orthdox, only consists of 1/6, or around 17% of the countries population. Another religion that may sound more familiar, is the religion of Muslim. Muslim is the second largest religion being practiced in this overwhelmingly large country. Russia is made up of about 120 different ethnic groups. Some of these ethnic groups like Slav, Mongolian, or Turkic fall among the lines of these religious categories. Slav practicing Orthodox Christian, Turkic practicing Muslim, and Mongolians practicing Buddhism.
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Population

A large amount of Russians are ethnic. About 80% of Russia's population is ethnic. Around the year of 1990, the population had a dramatic drop in numbers. Although there was never an exact explanation for the decrease, the best explanation was a widespread of abnormal alcohol use and drug use. Today, the country is trying to reverse these uses. There are multiple beneficial health programs Also, incentive payments are put in place for mothers who have multiple, or more than one child.
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Geography

Landforms

To start, Russia is covered in about 720,500 square kilometers of water. In addition to being the largest country in the world, Lake Baikal located in southern Siberia, is the deepest lake in the world. Stretching for an estimated 2 miles and being home to about 1/5 of the worlds fresh water, and 2,000 different species. Lastly there is the Irtysh River stretching for 2,640 miles. Some of the five longest lakes are Lake Ob-irtysh, Amur, Lena, Volga. Another landform like the Ural Mountains contribute to the many records Russia holds, like being the oldest mountains in the world. Overall, Russia is covered by a breath taking 17,089,242 square kilometers of land and water. 94% of Russia, is covered by land. considering the large area of land, climate varies. Some climates may be tundra, grasslands, or taigas.
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Resources and Natural Disasters

Being the largest country in the world it has it's advantages and disadvantages. Mostly economic disadvantages. Having to transport, produce and consume for the country will result in lots of instances of give and take. For example, this country struggles with air pollution (nitrogen oxides,) climate change, endangered species, hazardous waste, and marine dumping. Marine dumping specifically is a sum of economic struggles, and can result in a snowball. things like plastics or non-degradable items, sewage waste, tank or ship waste are common factors of marine dumping. Marine dumping can cause hazardous waste, endangered species, and obviously pollution. Many of Russia's natural resources are oil, natural gas, timber, coal, strategic minerals. Most of these resources put Russia ahead of the game and help balance out the advantages and disadvantages.
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Tundra. Digital image. Wikipedia. Web. 12 May 2016.

Ural Mountains. Digital image. Wikipedia. Web. 12 May 2016.