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Russia (; , ), also officially known as the Russian Federation (, ), is a [country] in northern [Eurasia] . It is a [federal] [semi-presidential] [republic] , comprising [83 federal subjects] . Russia shares [borders] with the following countries (from northwest to southeast): [Norway] , [Finland] , [Estonia] , [Latvia] , [Lithuania] and [Poland] (both via [Kaliningrad Oblast] ), [Belarus] , [Ukraine] , [Georgia] , [Azerbaijan] , [Kazakhstan] , [China] , [Mongolia] , and [North Korea] . It also has maritime borders with [Japan] (by the [Sea of Okhotsk] ) and the [United States] (by the [Bering Strait] ).

At , Russia is by far the ['''largest country in the world'''] , covering more than a ninth of the [Earth] 's land area. Russia is also the [ninth most populous nation in the world] with 142 million people. It extends across the whole of northern Asia and 40% of Europe, spanning [11 time zones] and incorporating a wide range of environments and landforms. Russia has the world's largest reserves of mineral and energy resources, and is considered an [energy superpower] . [First Post; Beware Russia Energy Superpower, 12 October 2006]
CNN, ["Russia; A superpower rises again"] by Simon Hooper], December 2006

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