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Russia, or the Russian Federation, is a transcontinental country located in Eastern Europe and Northern Asia. It extends from the Baltic Sea in the west to the Pacific Ocean in the east, and from the Arctic Ocean in the north to the Black Sea and the Caspian Sea in the south. Russia covers over 17,125,200 square kilometres (6,612,100 sq mi), spanning more than one-eighth of the Earth's inhabited land area, stretching eleven time zones, and bordering 16 sovereign nations. Moscow is the country's capital and largest city, other major cities include Saint Petersburg, Novosibirsk, Yekaterinburg, Kazan, Nizhny Novgorod, Chelyabinsk and Samara.

Russia is the largest country in the world, the ninth-most populous country, as well as the most populous country in Europe. The country is one of the world's most sparsely populated and urbanized. About half of the country's total area is forested, concentrating around four-fifths of its total population of over 146.7 million on its smaller and dense western portion, as opposed to its larger and sparse eastern portion. Russia is administratively divided into 85 federal subjects. The Moscow Metropolitan Area is the largest metropolitan area in Europe, and among the largest in the world, with more than 20 million residents. (Full article...)

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Ryazhenka or ryazhanka (Ukrainian: ряжaнка, Russian: ряженка, IPA: [ˈrʲaʐɨnkə]) is a traditional fermented milk product in Belarus, Russia and Ukraine. It is made from baked milk by lactic acid fermentation. (Full article...)

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Grand Duchess Anastasia Nikolaevna, c. 1914

Grand Duchess Anastasia Nikolaevna of Russia (Russian: Анастаси́я Никола́евна Рома́нова, tr. Anastasíya Nikoláyevna Románova; June 18 [O.S. June 5] 1901 – July 17, 1918) was the youngest daughter of Tsar Nicholas II, the last sovereign of Imperial Russia, and his wife, Tsarina Alexandra Feodorovna.

Anastasia was the younger sister of Grand Duchesses Olga, Tatiana, and Maria, and was the elder sister of Alexei Nikolaevich, Tsarevich of Russia. She was killed with her family by a group of Bolsheviks in Yekaterinburg on July 17, 1918. (Full article...)

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23 November 2020 – COVID-19 pandemic
COVID-19 pandemic in Russia
Russia reports a new single-day record of 25,173 cases, bringing the nationwide total since the beginning of the pandemic to 2.11 million cases. (Anadolu Agency)
21 November 2020 – COVID-19 pandemic
COVID-19 pandemic in Russia
Russia reports a record 24,822 new cases and 467 deaths in the last 24 hours, bringing the number of cases to 2,064,748 and the death toll to 35,778. (The Times of India)
Russian President Vladimir Putin tells G20 leaders that his country is ready to provide their Sputnik V vaccine to other countries who need it. (Reuters)
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