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A land of superlatives, the Russian Federation or Russia is a transcontinental country that spans across eastern Europe and North Asia. It is by far the largest country in the world by area covering more than one-eighth of the world's inhabited land area and the ninth most populous with a population of about 145.93 million people as of 2020. Moscow, the capital is one of the largest cities in the world.
Saint Petersburg, Novosibirsk, Yekaterinburg, and Nizhny Novgorod are some of the other major cities of this great nation that spans eleven time zones and encompasses within its expansive fold a wide range of environments and landforms. Welcome to the land of idyllic sceneries, aesthetic artistic expressions, ancient culture-ridden cities, vodka-driven night time activities, and the land of onion domes and gingerbread cottages. Russia is famed for its many inventions in the field of space expeditions and the first human-made satellite, and other technological breakthroughs. Check out the resplendent palaces, the walled fortresses, the great trails in the wilderness, adventures on the Black Sea or explore the Kremlin. Russia is better experienced in smaller parts rather than as a whole as each region exudes a different aura and its own distinctive flavor.
Get ready to be awe-struck looking at the lofty towers and walls at the Kremlin, the State History Museum, or St. Basil's Cathedral or biking through the streets amid the sylvan greens and romantic wooden cottages at Suzdal or viewing the many masterpieces at the State Hermitage Museum, or seeking to conquer the jagged peaks even as one takes in the breathtaking views of the Caucasus Mountains. Set aside your modesty as you strip and step into the steam room at a banya at the Sanduny Baths of Moscow or spend a night out dressed in finery as you let your senses be held captive even as you witness a classical ballet or opera at the Mariinsky Theatre. Let the adventurous get their adrenaline rushing at the Great Baikal Trail, hiking through beauteous vistas along isolated beaches, meandering rivers or coniferous forests. These and many more such hangouts form a microcosm of the nation's rich diversity on offer for a discerning traveler which will certainly goad one to seek out and discover for oneself the enigma that is Russia.
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