Definition of Russia
1 or officially Russian Federation independent country in eastern Europe and northern Asia bordering on the Arctic and Pacific oceans and on the Baltic and Black seas and covering the largest area of any country in the world; capital Moscow area 6,601,668 square miles (17,098,242 square kilometers), population 142,123,000
Note: From 1922 to 1991, Russia was a constituent republic of the U.S.S.R. called the Russian Republic .
2 the U.S.S.R. —a common usage despite the fact that the U.S.S.R. included other republics besides Russia
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