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The effects of climate change in Russia have contributed to an increase in droughts and wildfires in recent years.1,2 Additionally, industrial pollution and poorly disposed waste have contaminated large portions of Russia's water supply, and 35% to 60% of Russia's water reserves do not meet sanitary standards for drinking water.3 Illegal logging is another prominent environmental threat to Russia's environment, and every year the country loses $1 billion USD to illegal logging practices.4

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1 http://www.nytimes.com/2010/08/06/world/europe/06russia.html?_r=1&
2 http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/fires/main/world/20120828-russia.html
3http://www.waterworld.com/articles/wwi/print/volume-25/issue-4/regional-spotlight/easter-europe/russian-water-industry-remains-at-crossroads.html
4 http://wwf.panda.org/who_we_are/wwf_offices/russia/environmental_problems_russia/
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NPR 
Meanwhile, staff members are negotiating with three key figures in the Trump-Russia imbroglio about coming to testify. Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort, former Trump foreign policy adviser Carter Page and self-described "dirty trickster ... See more..
Washington Post 
But on this day, we were on a mission to get the press to focus on something even we found difficult to process: the prospect that Russia had not only hacked and stolen emails from the Democratic National Committee, but that it had done so to help ... See more..
CNBC 
President Vladimir Putin met French far-right party leader Marine Le Pen in the Kremlin on Friday, handing her a potential boost to her campaign to win next month's presidential election in France. Putin told Le Pen Moscow reserved the right to meet ... See more..
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Aljazeera.com 
Russia's foreign ministry has dismissed a US general's allegations that it may be supplying Taliban fighters in Afghanistan as "fabrications". Curtis Scaparrotti, the top US general in Europe, said on Thursday that he had witnessed Russia's influence ... See more..
The Independent 
Donald Trump could be forced to leave office over the investigations into his administration's links with Russia, a former national National Security Agency (NSA) analyst has warned. John Schindler, a security expert and former counterintelligence ... See more..
Politico (blog) 
Sputnik is one of Russia's government-funded news outlets aimed at international audiences. Launched in 2014, Sputnik has a goal of providing “alternative interpretations that are, undoubtedly, in demand around the world,” its head Dimitry Kiselyov ... See more..
BBC News 
The claim that the Kremlin sought to influence America's presidential election is only the latest chapter in a much longer story of mistrust between Russia and the West. Espionage - the stealing of secrets - is a well-trodden path for both sides, but ... See more..
The Guardian 
The Russian distributors have given Power Rangers an 18+ rating after criticism from several anti-gay legislators who complained about the film's inclusion of a LGBT character. WDSSPR, the Russian distributor of Power Rangers, informed cinemas on ... See more..
Forbes 
Curious things have happened to lawyers involved in a massive tax fraud investigation involving government officials in Russia. Sergei L. Magnitsky, the lawyer who initially uncovered the alleged fraud died in prison. This week, Nikolai Gorokhov, the ... See more..
Los Angeles Times 
How do you tell a plausible charge from a fevered fantasy? As allegations drip, drip about President Trump's purported ties with Russia, most news consumers will want to keep an open mind about potential wrongdoing. But they won't want to get lost in ... See more..
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Geography

North Asia bordering the Arctic Ocean, extending from Europe (the portion west of the Urals) to the North Pacific Ocean
Area

Total 17,098,242 sq km
Land 16,377,742 sq km
Water 720,500 sq km

Climate

ranges from steppes in the south through humid continental in much of European Russia; subarctic in Siberia to tundra climate in the polar north; winters vary from cool along Black Sea coast to frigid in Siberia; summers vary from warm in the steppes to cool along Arctic coast ;
Natural Resources

wide natural resource base including major deposits of oil, natural gas, coal, and many strategic minerals, reserves of rare earth elements, timber ;

***NOTE*** formidable obstacles of climate, terrain, and distance hinder exploitation of natural resources
Natural Hazards

permafrost over much of Siberia is a major impediment to development; volcanic activity in the Kuril Islands; volcanoes and earthquakes on the Kamchatka Peninsula; spring floods and summer/autumn forest fires throughout Siberia and parts of European Russia

volcanism: significant volcanic activity on the Kamchatka Peninsula and Kuril Islands; the peninsula alone is home to some 29 historically active volcanoes, with dozens more in the Kuril Islands; Kliuchevskoi (elev. 4,835 m), which erupted in 2007 and 2010, is Kamchatka's most active volcano; Avachinsky and Koryaksky volcanoes, which pose a threat to the city of Petropavlovsk-Kamchatskiy, have been deemed "Decade Volcanoes" by the International Association of Volcanology and Chemistry of the Earth's Interior, worthy of study due to their explosive history and close proximity to human populations; other notable historically active volcanoes include Bezymianny, Chikurachki, Ebeko, Gorely, Grozny, Karymsky, Ketoi, Kronotsky, Ksudach, Medvezhia, Mutnovsky, Sarychev Peak, Shiveluch, Tiatia, Tolbachik, and Zheltovsky significant volcanic activity on the Kamchatka Peninsula and Kuril Islands; the peninsula alone is home to some 29 historically active volcanoes, with dozens more in the Kuril Islands; Kliuchevskoi (elev. 4,835 m), which erupted in 2007 and 2010, is Kamchatka's most active volcano; Avachinsky and Koryaksky volcanoes, which pose a threat to the city of Petropavlovsk-Kamchatskiy, have been deemed "Decade Volcanoes" by the International Association of Volcanology and Chemistry of the Earth's Interior, worthy of study due to their explosive history and close proximity to human populations; other notable historically active volcanoes include Bezymianny, Chikurachki, Ebeko, Gorely, Grozny, Karymsky, Ketoi, ...See More Kronotsky, Ksudach, Medvezhia, Mutnovsky, Sarychev Peak, Shiveluch, Tiatia, Tolbachik, and Zheltovsky Show Less ;
Current Environmental Issues

air pollution from heavy industry, emissions of coal-fired electric plants, and transportation in major cities; industrial, municipal, and agricultural pollution of inland waterways and seacoasts; deforestation; soil erosion; soil contamination from improper application of agricultural chemicals; scattered areas of sometimes intense radioactive contamination; groundwater contamination from toxic waste; urban solid waste management; abandoned stocks of obsolete pesticides ;

Demographics

Nationality
Russian
Population
142,500,482 (July 2013 est.)
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Russia has undergone significant changes since the collapse of the Soviet Union, moving from a globally-isolated, centrally-planned economy to a more market-based and globally-integrated economy. Economic reforms in the 1990s privatized most industry, with notable exceptions in the energy and defense-related sectors. The protection of property rights is still weak and the private sector remains subject to heavy state interference. In 2011, Russia became the world's leading oil producer, surpassing Saudi Arabia; Russia is the second-largest producer of natural gas; Russia holds the world's largest natural gas reserves, the second-largest coal reserves, and the eighth-largest crude oil reserves. Russia is ...See More also a top exporter of metals such as steel and primary aluminum. Russia's reliance on commodity exports makes it vulnerable to boom and bust cycles that follow the volatile swings in global prices. The government since 2007 has embarked on an ambitious program to reduce this dependency and build up the country's high technology sectors, but with few visible results so far. The economy had averaged 7% growth in the decade following the 1998 Russian financial crisis, resulting in a doubling of real disposable incomes and the emergence of a middle class. The Russian economy, however, was one of the hardest hit by the 2008-09 global economic crisis as oil prices plummeted and the foreign credits that Russian banks and firms relied on dried up. According to the World Bank the government's anti-crisis package in 2008-09 amounted to roughly 6.7% of GDP. The economic decline bottomed out in mid-2009 and the economy began to grow again in the third quarter of 2009. High oil prices buoyed Russian growth in 2011-12 and helped Russia reduce the budget deficit inherited from 2008-09. Russia has reduced unemployment to a record low and has lowered inflation below double digit rates. Russia joined the World Trade Organization in 2012, which will reduce trade barriers in Russia for foreign goods and services and help open foreign markets to Russian goods and services. At the same time, Russia has sought to cement economic ties with countries in the former Soviet space through a Customs Union with Belarus and Kazakhstan, and, in the next several years, through the creation of a new Russia-led economic bloc called the Eurasian Economic Union. Russia has had difficulty attracting foreign direct investment and has experienced large capital outflows in the past several years, leading to official programs to improve Russia's international rankings for its investment climate. Russia's adoption of a new oil-price-based fiscal rule in 2012 and a more flexible exchange rate policy have improved its ability to deal with external shocks, including volatile oil prices. Russia's long-term challenges also include a shrinking workforce, rampant corruption, and underinvestment in infrastructure. Show Less ;
GDP Purchasing Power Parity

$2.555 trillion (2012 est.); $2.471 trillion (2011 est.); $2.369 trillion (2010 est.)
Gross National Saving

30% of GDP (2012 est.); 30.6% of GDP (2011 est.); 27.3% of GDP (2010 est.)
Agriculture Products

grain, sugar beets, sunflower seed, vegetables, fruits; beef, milk
Industries

complete range of mining and extractive industries producing coal, oil, gas, chemicals, and metals; all forms of machine building from rolling mills to high-performance aircraft and space vehicles; defense industries including radar, missile production, and advanced electronic components, shipbuilding; road and rail transportation equipment; communications equipment; agricultural machinery, tractors, and construction equipment; electric power generating and transmitting equipment; medical and scientific instruments; consumer durables, textiles, foodstuffs, handicrafts