here is some facts about Russia
The official name for Russia is the Russian Federation
Russia shares borders with many countries, including China, Ukraine, North Korea and Norway.
In terms of land area, Russia is the largest country in the world.
Russia is located across 9 time zones.
At the beginning of 2013, Russia was estimated to have a population of around 143 million.
Russian is the official language of Russia but there are many other languages used in various parts of the country.
The capital and largest city in Russia is Moscow.
Russians drive on the right-hand side of the road.
The currency used in Russia is the ruble
The world’s first satellite, named Sputnik, was launched by the Soviet Union in 1957.
The official residence of the Russian president is the Kremlin in Moscow. The name Kremlin means fortress.
Russia is one of 5 permanent members of the UN Security Council, along with the US, UK, China and France
Russia has over 40 national parks and 100 wildlife reserves.
Russia has the world’s largest area of forests.
Moscow hosted the 1980 Summer Olympic Games.
basketball, ice hockey and soccer are popular sports in Russia.
Laika was a Soviet Union space dog. She was one of the first animals in space, and the first animal to orbit the Earth. She was a mix of a Siberian Husky and a terrier. The reason for sending a dog into space was to get information about the behavior of living organisms in a space environment. Information from the flight led to the discovery of solar (from the sun) and cosmic radiation.
Laika had been a stray dog living in the streets of Moscow. She underwent training with two other dogs. She was then chosen as the dog to go up in the Soviet spacecraft Sputnik 2. It was launched into outer space on November 3, 1957.
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