|Religion||Russian Orthodox, Islam, Animist, Jewish, Buddhist|
|National Anthem||Hymn of the Russia|
|Newspaper||Argumenty i Fakty, Ekonomika i Zhizn.|
|Places to Visit||Moscow, St Petersburg, Trans-Siberian Railway, Hermitage, Kizhi, Lapland Biosphere Reserve, Mamaev Kurgan.|
|Transport||One can avail the daily passing international flights to Moscow plying from other European capitals and from New York, along with Hong Kong and Asian countries. Avail the ferry ride that take you to Russia, Finland, Norway, Sweden, Germany, Turkey and Georgia. Opt for the Trans-Siberian Railway from Moscow to Vladivostok or avail the Trans-Mongolian that take you to Beijing from Ulaan Baatar.|
|Shopping||Kholui and Palekh emblished boxes, Matryoshka dolls, Khokhloma wooden cups painted in gold, red and black, pottery figurines, Engraved amber, samovar, Gzhel porcelain, Vologda lace and Fabergé eggs and jewelry.|
Russia is even referred to as the Russia, which is a magnificent destination to venture to. Russia stands as one of the largest country in the world in respect to the overall landmass. Catch up with the sights that deliver the essence of primitive Russian architecture articulated in its building and cathedrals. Pack your bags right away and feel the sheer joy of adventuring along with capturing the delightful glances of the nature's enchanting splendor.
The Russia is comprised of Arctic and sub-Arctic region, and is composed of several landscapes. The land has vast stretches of plain extending from the European to the Asian territory, identified as Siberia. The southern region is steppe in nature while the northern regions are covered with dense forests, while being tundra in the northern area.
Mountain ranges stretches along the southern borders, where one may find Mount Elbrus, the highest point of Russia and Europe. One may even glance through the bursting volcanoes on the Kamchatka ranges. The Ural Mountains are known to separate the continents of Europe and Asia.
Get to see extensive coastline that expands to the areas of the Arctic and Pacific Oceans, thereby engulfing the regions of Baltic, Black and Caspian seas. Some of the major lakes passing through this region are Lake Baikal, Lake Ladoga and Lake Onega.
Location Of Russia
Russia is nestled along the northern stretches of Eurasia.
Russia is engulfed from the northwestern region to the southeastern with provinces like Norway, Finland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Belarus, Ukraine, Georgia, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, China, Mongolia, and North Korea.
Flag Of Russia :
The Russia has a simple and meaningful rectangular flag that is dominated by just three pan-Slavic colors. Also, the colors are originally from the flag of Holland. The colors in the flag - white, blue and red (top to bottom) - appear on the flag as three horizontal stripes that are equal in width. This flag began being used just after the collapse of the USSR.
Climate Of Russia
Travel to the Russia during the months of May to September, when the day temperatures ascends to about 23-35 C, while the night temperature falls to about 10-23 C. The region is prone to snow spell where the temperature reaches to about -5 C especially in the month of May and September. Do carry along your waterproof shoes for the spring season while carrying along the warm clothes for beating away the cold during the winter season.
Flora And Fauna Of Russia
The northern region of the Russia is known as the arctic desert zone, which is comprised of the Arctic Ocean and the Taymyr Peninsula coastal region. Catch up with birds and mammals along the sea like the sea calf, seal and the walrus that are settled here.
The tundra region of the northern part of Asia can be separated into arctic zone and into tundra subzones. Watch out for species like the dwarf birches, willows, lichens, and mosses along with presence of arctic fox, reindeer, white hare, lemming, and willow ptarmigan that can be commonly sighted.
The Southern tundra forest zone, which is even called as taiga, cover major portion of the area in the province. Watch out the deciduous trees, growing here along with species like the spruce, pine, fir and cedar. The animals that are found here are Russian bear, reindeer, lynx, sable and squirrel. Birds that reside in this region are mainly capercaillie, hazel-grouse, owl, and woodpecker. The broadleaf wooded forest is a home to wonderful faunas like the European wild boar, deer, roe deer, red deer, mink, and marten.
The southern region is marked with forest-steppe zone, where one may find birds like the skylarks, cranes, eagles, and the great bustard. Amur Tigers, Amur Leopards, musk deer, Himalayan bears, brown bears, reindeer, salmon can be seen quite frequently within the region.
The people of the Russia are predominantly descendents of the ancient Rus race. Almost all of them are Slavic in origin. However, there are people from other nations and other ethnicities who reside in the world's largest country; they are Tatars, Ukrainians, Bashkirs and Chuvashes.
Arts, Culture and Music of Russia :
Art : art in the Russia expresses itself in different ways. One is the Byzantine art culture of icon painting. From it descended mosaic and fresco paintings. Other forms of art in the Russia are the Russian avant-garde technique, which is a genre of modern art; Soviet Art; making Matryoshka doll; Gzhel art which specializes in styling blue-white ceramics, originating in the Gzhel town; a Russian wood painting style called Khokhloma; and the famous Slavic art of painting and decorating eggs called Pisanka.
Culture : though the Russia has a hybrid culture that reflects its Soviet past, the traits are nevertheless dominantly Slavic or more specifically, East Slavic. It is a derivation of the ancient 'Rus' culture that was steeped in Orthodox Christianity. Some of the things that make the culture of the country stand out are its various types of ballet - like Russian ballet, Ballets Russes, Barynya, Kamarinskaya; its Byzantine art and icon painting.
Music : the Russia has a rich and diverse cultural heritage.Some of the indigenous music born and nurtured in the Russia is Russian folk songs, Russian Church Music and Russian Opera.
Even traditional Russian poetry of the oral tradition called Chastushka is very lyrical. The chief types of musical instruments in the country are mainly string-based, wind-based and percussion. They are Balalaika, Domra, Semistrunnaya Gitara (Semistrunka), Gudok, Bayan, Volynka, Zhaleyka, Lozhki, Treshchotki, Buben and Zvonchalka.
Economy of Russia :
Belonging to a socialist setup, the economy of the Russia profits from diverse sectors. In the agricultural sector, the chief produce of the country includes such crops as sunflower seed, sugar beets and grain. The industrial sector of the country is a lot more progressive than the agricultural one, there being different types of industries in the country. Some of the chief ones are mining of coal and other metals; oil, chemicals, machine building, making aircrafts and other spacecrafts; textiles, foods, shipbuilding, transportation equipment; military gadgets, medical instruments, electronics and agricultural machinery. As a result of this, exports from the country are large in quantity and in range. The export commodities that bring in the most revenues are petroleum, petroleum byproducts and natural gas; wood and wood products; metals, chemicals, and military gadgets.
Ports in Russia
Ports in Russia are among one of the means of transporting goods and freights from one destination to another. The former Soviet Union had 92 seaports but after its disintegration only 41 ports belong to Russia. The development of the Ports is one of the major concerns for the Russian federal and regional governments. They are determined to rebuild the infrastructure of the ports so that international trade can be increased through its own ports.
Some of the major ports of Russia are as follows:
There are numerous Russian banks that provide various banking facilities throughout this European nation. All of them operate under the regulation of the apex bank at Russia i.e., Central Bank of Russia which is also known as Bank of Russia.
Of late, a non-commercial and non-governmental organization named Association of Russian Banks have been set up. The sole purpose of this association is to bring together all the commercial banks, credit institutions and organizations operating in functioning of finance and credit system of Russia on the same platform.
Banking facilities at Russian banks can be classified into the following three broad groups:
- Retail Banking: This type of banking is for the common man who wants to save his deposits or want to take some loan. Under this type of banking, banks at Russia also provide their customers with various facilities such as money transfer, foreign currency exchange, debit and credit cards, cross selling of products such as mutual funds, etc. and safe deposit boxes on rent,.
- Investment Banking: Many banks of Russia provide advisory and brokerage facilities including fixed income sales, trading and corporate finance, equity and derivatives transactions and proprietary research.
- Corporate Banking: This facility is for large companies. They are provided with lending facilities after the owners keep huge assets as security with the banks in Russia.
Russian Stock Exchange
The Russian Stock Exchange or RTS is the national agency which operates the day-to-work of the share market. The Russian Stock Exchange was set up in the year 1995 with the primary aim of regulating the Russian securities market as a unified sector. Initially, the Russian Stock Exchange was only providing the organized OTC stock trading.
The Russian Stock Exchange initially worked on software which was provided by the NASDAQ but then in the year 1998 it shifted towards the usage of a highly efficient in-house software and hardware system. The RTS lists all the important portfolios of domestic and foreign investors which act as a significant market indicator.
The Russia Stock Exchange also stabilizes the market prices of stocks and bonds. All relevant information of the trading opportunities in the Russian Stock Exchange is being transferred by renowned companies which provide information on financial activities.
The Russian Stock Exchange offers a huge variety of products and services like:
- NQS Bills - this informs investors about the quotation of bills issued by Russian companies
- RTS T+0 Market - anonymous market with double-auction facility with full asset deposition
- RTS Board - this system informs about quotation of securities of companies which are not listed in the stock market
- FORTS- profits and options involved in trading with ruble statement
- RTS Classic Market - dealing with ruble and dollar statement.