The Russian Federation, or Russia, is a country that stretches over a vast expanse of eastern Europe and northern Asia. With an area of 17,075,400 km˛ (6,595,600 mi˛), it is the largest country in the world, covering almost twice the territory of either Canada, China, or the United States. It ranks seventh in the world in population, following China, India, the United States, Indonesia, Brazil, and Pakistan.Once the preeminent republic of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR), Russia has been an independent country since the dissolution of the union in December 1991. Under the Soviet system it was called the Russian Soviet Federated Socialist Republic (RSFSR).

 States/Provinces Of Russia