Russia: Communities Around the World

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Russia: Communities Around the World

RussiaGrade 3: Communities Around the World

Geographically, Russia is the largest country in the world. It spans two continents, from Asia to Europe, including nine different time zones! The Northern coast of Russia is a tundra, a cold nonliveable environment. Russia's North is mostly forests, while the South is "steppe," or rich grasslands. Russia also contains 10% of the world's arable (farmable) land, and is one of the largest sources of freshwater!

About RussiaRussia's population is 142,423,773, making it the 10th largest country in the world. If you are from Russia, you are considered to be "Russian," and you would probably speak their official language, Russian. There is no official religion in Russia, but it is estimated that 15-20% of people are Russian Orthodox, 10% are Muslim, but most people are non-practicing. Most people, 74% of the population, live in cities such as the capital, Moscow, or a major city like St. Petersburg.

The first settlements in Russia were the Scandanavians and the Slavs, who settled around 500 A.D. Most people in Russia are descendents of the Slavs. The Mongols (Ancient Chinese) took over Russia and ruled until the 1550s, when the first tsar, or ruler of Russia, Ivan the Great, drove them out. Russia was ruled by tsars until 1917, when they revolted against their government and elected Vladimir Lenin. Russia became the Soviet Union, which ruled 11 other countries in Europe and was a communist government, where people do not own property. They recently became a democracy, like the United States, in 1991 when the Soviet Union broke up and they stopped practicing communism. Their current president's name is Vladimir Lenin.

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Check out some pictures of Russia's capital, Moscow!

A Video about City Life in Russia!


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