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Hardiness Zone Map for Russia (RU)

Russia (RU) Hardiness Zone Map
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Region Information Data for Russia (RU)

Moscow, Russia - Source: Alexander Muchin
Russia, officially the Russian Federation, is a transcontinental country in Eastern Europe and North Asia. At 17,125,200 square kilometers (6,612,100 sq mi), Russia is the largest country in the world by area, covering more than one-eighth of the Earth's inhabited land area, and the ninth most populous, with about 144.5 million people as of 2018, excluding Crimea. About 77% of the population live in the western, European part of the country. Russia's capital, Moscow, is the largest metropolitan area in Europe proper and one of the largest cities in the world; other major cities include Saint Petersburg, Novosibirsk, Yekaterinburg and Nizhny Novgorod. Extending across the entirety of Northern Asia and much of Eastern Europe, Russia spans eleven time zones and incorporates a wide range of environments and land-forms. From northwest to southeast, Russia shares land borders with Norway, Finland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Poland (both with Kaliningrad Oblast), Belarus, Ukraine, Georgia, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, China, Mongolia and North Korea. It shares maritime borders with Japan by the Sea of Okhotsk and the U.S. state of Alaska across the Bering Strait. However, Russia recognizes two more countries that border it, Abkhazia and South Ossetia, both of which are internationally recognized as parts of Georgia.
Demonym Russian
Capital Moscow
Anthem "Gosudarstvenny gimn Rossiyskoy Federatsii" (State Anthem of the Russian Federation)
Official Motto "God is with us" (Imperial) and "Proletarians of all countries, unite!" (Soviet)
Official Flag Russia (RU) Flag
Official Language(s) Russian
Approximate Size Total 6,592,800 sq mi (17,075,200 km2)
Water (%) 13
Population 144,463,451 (2017)
Currency Russian Ruble (RUB ₽)
Drives On the Right
International Dialing Code +7
Sports Soviet and later Russian athletes have always been in the top four for the number of gold medals collected at the Summer Olympics. Soviet gymnasts, track-and-field athletes, weightlifters, wrestlers, boxers, fencers, shooters, cross country skiers, biathletes, speed skaters and figure skaters were consistently among the best in the world, along with Soviet basketball, handball, volleyball and ice hockey players. The 1980 Summer Olympics were held in Moscow while the 2014 Winter Olympics were hosted in Sochi.

Although ice hockey was only introduced during the Soviet era, the Soviet Union national team managed to win gold at almost all the Olympics and World Championships they contested. Russian players Valery Kharlamov, Sergei Makarov, Vyacheslav Fetisov and Vladislav Tretiak hold four of six positions in the IIHF Team of the Century. Russia has not won the Olympic ice hockey tournament since the Unified Team won gold in 1992. Russia won the 1993, 2008, 2009, 2012 and the 2014 IIHF World Championships.

The Kontinental Hockey League (KHL) was founded in 2008 as a successor to the Russian Super-league. It is ranked the top hockey league in Europe as of 2009, and the second-best in the world. It is an international professional ice hockey league in Eurasia and consists of 29 teams, of which 21 are based in Russia and 7 more are located in Latvia, Kazakhstan, Belarus, Finland, Slovakia, Croatia and China. KHL is on the 4th place by attendance in Europe.

Bandy, also known as Russian hockey, is another traditionally popular ice sport. The Soviet Union won all the Bandy World Championships for men between 1957-79 and some thereafter too. After the dissolution of the Soviet Union, Russia has continuously been one of the most successful teams, winning many world championships.

Association football is one of the most popular sports in modern Russia. The Soviet national team became the first European Champions by winning Euro 1960. Appearing in four FIFA World Cups from 1958 to 1970, Lev Yashin is regarded as one of the greatest goalkeepers in the history of football, and was chosen on the FIFA World Cup Dream Team. The Soviet national team reached the finals of Euro 1988. In 1956 and 1988, the Soviet Union won gold at the Olympic football tournament. Russian clubs CSKA Moscow and Zenit St Petersburg won the UEFA Cup in 2005 and 2008. The Russian national football team reached the semi-finals of Euro 2008, losing only to the eventual champions Spain. Russia had hosted the 2018 FIFA World Cup, with 11 host cities located in the European part of the country and in the Ural region.
Area Facts What is Russias ecosystem?
Russia's ecosystem consists of the polar deserts, alpine tundra, arctic tundra, and glaciers. In addition, you have the sub-taiga, bogs, south-taiga, middle-taiga, and north-taiga.

What crops are common in Russia?
Primary Russian crops include grains, barley and legumes. Nearly half of Russia's crop exports derive from wheat and winter wheat, classified as grains. Products in Russia derive from different parts of the country; winter wheat derives from the southwestern portions of Russia, while barley grows in northern locales.

Grains, as a whole, remain an important part of the Russian economy. The types of grains produced, however, vary with changes in demand and environmental conditions. Some grains, such as oats, supported Russia economically in the past, but grow in much smaller quantities. While grains export in highest quantities from Russia, legumes follow close behind. Hardy and resilient legumes, including potatoes and beets, prove ideally suited for Russia's cold climates and sub-par soils. potatoes thrive at Russia's northernmost locations, primarily regions between 50 and 60 degrees latitude. Russian potatoes provide citizens with food and nutrients, and support vodka production as well. Flax plants, also tolerant of cold and harsh climates, export from Russia for end use in textile industry. Flax plants also produce linseed oil, a key ingredient in vegetable oil. Russian crops supply humans with food and beverages, and support animal life too. Barley and corn produce animal feed. Fodder provides sustenance for Russia's livestock, which includes cows, sheep, goats and pigs.

What Kind of Animals Live in Russia?
Some of the animals found in Russia include the Amur tiger, Amur leopard, Russian Desman, snow leopard, Oriental stork, saiga antelope, polar bear, Siberian crane, giant taimen fish and European bison. Some of these animals are on the endangered watch list due to illegal hunting, drastic changes in weather conditions and habitat loss.

Russia is home to a wide variety of fauna. Around 3,090,000 square miles of its vast territory are covered in temperate forests and woodlands that serve as the natural environment for some of the country's diverse wildlife. Other animals commonly found in Russia are hedgehogs, bats, flamingos, cuckoos, lizards, snakes, newts, salamanders, frogs, wasps, bees, spiders and scorpions.
Posted By Gremelin Posted on January 8th, 2019
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