|GeographyArea: 17 million sq. km. (6.5 million sq. mi.); about 1.8 times the size of the United States.Cities: Capital--Moscow (pop. 10.4 million). Other cities--St. Petersburg (4.6 million), Novosibirsk (1.4 million), Nizhniy Novgorod (1.3 million).Terrain:
Broad plain with low hills west of Urals; vast coniferous forest and
tundra in Siberia; uplands and mountains (Caucasus range) along
southern borders.Climate: Northern continental.PeopleNationality: Noun and adjective--Russian(s). Population (January 2009): 141.9 million. Annual growth rate (2009 est.): -0.467% (population declining). Ethnic groups: Russian 79.8%, Tatar 3.8%, Ukrainian 2%, other 14.4%. Religion: Russian Orthodox, Islam, Judaism, Roman Catholicism, Protestant, Buddhist, other. Language: Russian (official); more than 140 other languages and dialects. Education (total pop.): Literacy--99.4%.Health: Life expectancy (2007 est.)--67.5 average; 61.4 yrs. men, 73.9 yrs. women.Work force (90.152 million, 2007 est.): Production and economic services--84%; government--16%.
Independence: August 24, 1991.
Constitution: December 12, 1993.
Branches: Executive--president, prime minister (chairman of the government). Legislative--Federal Assembly (Federation Council, State Duma). Judicial--Constitutional Court, Supreme Court, Supreme Court of Arbitration, Office of Procurator General.
parties: After a shakeup in late 2008 dissolved and combined several
parties, seven registered parties remain: United Russia, the Communist
Party (KPRF), the Liberal Democratic Party (LDPR), Just Russia,
Yabloko, Patriots of Russia, and the new Right Cause party. Yabloko,
which favors liberal reforms, and Patriots of Russia failed to clear
the 7% threshold in 2007 to enter the Duma.
autonomous republics, 47 oblasts, 2 federal cities (Moscow and St.
Petersburg) and 14 autonomous territories and regions.
Suffrage: Universal at 18 years.
GDP (2008): $1.67 trillion.
Growth rate (2008): 5.6%.
Natural resources: Petroleum, natural gas, timber, furs, precious and nonferrous metals.
Agriculture: Products--Grain, sugar beets, sunflower seeds, meat, dairy products.
range of manufactures: automobiles, trucks, trains, agricultural
equipment, advanced aircraft, aerospace, machine and equipment
products; mining and extractive industry; medical and scientific
instruments; construction equipment.
Trade (2008): Exports--$368 billion: petroleum and petroleum products, natural gas, woods and wood products, metals, chemicals. Major markets--EU, CIS, China, Japan. Imports--$256 billion: machinery and equipment, chemicals, consumer goods, medicines, meat, sugar, semi-finished metal products. Major partners--EU, NIS, Japan, China, U.S. U.S. exports--$9.3 billion. Principal U.S. exports
(2008)--oil/gas equipment, autos/parts, meat, aircraft, electrical
machinery, medical equipment, plastics, cosmetics, and chemicals. U.S. imports--$26.7 billion. Principal U.S. imports
(2008)--oil (64%), chemicals, aluminum, iron/steel, precious stones,
nickel, fish and crustaceans, copper, base metals, and wood.