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Russia, country that stretches over a vast expanse of eastern Europe and northern Asia. Once the preeminent republic of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (U.S.S.R.; commonly known as the Soviet Union), Russia became an independent country after the dissolution of the Soviet Union in December 1991.

  • President: Vladimir Putin
  • Capital: Moscow
  • Population: 144.5 million (2017) World Bank
  • Currency: Russian ruble

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