Absolute Location: 60 degrees N, 90 degrees E
total area: 6,601,631 square miles
major political, economic, cultural, and scientific center
9th most expensive city and has the largest number of billionaire residents in the world
2) Saint Basils Cathedral (The Cathedral of Vasily the Blessed)
in Russia’s capital, Moscow.
built from 1555-61 by the orders of Ivan the Terrible.
church, now museum
3) Kizhi Pogost.
built only out of wood without using a single nail.
built in the 17th century on Kizhi Island as a church and is still used as one today.
-Russia and Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Estonia, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, and Uzbekistan
1924 - 1991
-forced invaders out
The Russian Orthodox Church
Approx 70% (most aren't regular churchgoers)
southern practice Islam
European language belonging to the Slavonic group of languages
In 1995 Russia had 154,000 kilometers of railroads, only 67,000 km of that were only for industries.
large distances that need to be covered
Cargo traffic is the main use of railroads in contrast to the emphasis on passenger traffic in West European railroad systems and they are more important to industries rather than people.
major exporter of crude oil, petroleum products, and natural gas
Oil was 68% of Russia’s total exports in 2013Europe and China -main buyers
Recently finalized a 30-year, $400 billion deal to supply China with natural gas from fields in Eastern Siberia.