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What oceans and seas border Russia ?
Arctic Ocean (to the north):
The White Sea, the Barents Sea, the Kara Sea, the Laptev Sea, the East Siberian Sea and the Chukchi Sea
Pacific Ocean (to the East):
The Bering Sea, the Okhotsk Sea and the Sea of Japan (East Sea)
Other Seas (to the west & South west):
The Baltic Sea, the Black Sea, the Sea of Azov, the Caspian Sea.
What countries share borders with Russia ?
- People’s Republic of China
- North Korea
- Japan (by the Sea of Okhotsk)
- United States (by the Bering Strait)
What are Russia’s administrative divisions ?
Russia contains 83 federal subjects which have equal representation, but vary in levels of autonomy.
The types of divisions are : oblasts (provinces), republics, krais (territories), autonomous okrugs (autonomous districts), autonomous oblast, and federal cities.
Oblasts (provinces) – 46
- Nizhny Novgorod
Republics – 21
Somewhat autonomous areas of non-Russian ethnicity, have the right to establish an official language and constitution
- Mari El
- North Ossetia-Alania
- Sakha (Yakutia)
Krais (territories) – 9
Similar to oblasts, but different designation for historical reasons:
Autonomous orkrugs (districts) – 4
Mostly a subordinate part of a krai or oblast:
Autonomous oblast – 1
- Jewish Autonomous Oblast
Federal cities – 2
- St. Petersburg
How many time zones does Russia span ?
What is the official language of Russia ?
Russian is the official language of Russia, but some regions of Russia have an additional official language. Russian is also one of the 6 official languages of the United Nations
Other official languages in Russia:
What are the 5 largest cities in Russia ?
- Saint Petersburg
What modern-day countries were in the USSR (Union of Soviet Socialist Republics) ?
The area included in the USSR is now divided into 15 independent countries.
Republics of the Soviet Union:
All of the former Soviet Union countries except the Baltic states (Lithuania, Latvia, and Estonia) and Georgia are now part of the regional organization, the Commonwealth of Independent States.
- Russia is often called Mother Russia or the Motherland.
- The Russian language uses the Cyrillic script as its alphabet.
- Around 160 ethnic groups are found around Russia.
- Vodka is considered Russia's national drink - the word vodka is derived from the word for water.