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Population: 141,377,752
Area: 6,592,772 sq. miles
Location: Eastern Europe/Asia
Capital: Moscow
Major Cities: St. Petersburg
Language(s): Russian
Winter Olympic Debut: 1994

Pre Vancouver
Vancouver 2010

The world's largest country by area, Russia stretches from Eastern Europe across Northern Asia to the Pacific Ocean, spans 11 time zones and borders 14 countries, including China. It is tied with China for having the most international neighbors.

The first Russian state was established in the ninth century, centering in Novgorod and Kiev. Ivan the Terrible was the first to formally be declared tsar in 1547. Peter the Great founded the Russian empire in 1721.

Social unrest, economic hardship and utter disaster in World War I led to the downfall of the autocracy, culminating in the 1917 Bolshevik Revolution and the establishment of a communist regime and - five years later - the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics. The Soviet Union officially splintered on December 26, 1991.

President Boris Yeltsin resigned on December 31, 1999 and Vladimir Putin became acting-president. He was officially elected president on March 26, 2000. In March 2008, Dmitry Medvedev was elected president.

Russia: Olympic Tradition

Russia has competed as an independent nation at the last four Olympic Winter Games. In just four Olympics as an independent nation, it has won 76 medals (33 gold, 24 silver, 19 bronze). Russians won every gold medal from 1964 to 1998 in the pairs figure skating competition.

Russia: Vancouver Outlook

Russians are expected to medal in multiple figure skating events, and are gold medal favorites in men's hockey, thanks to a roster full of NHL superstars.

Explore & Compare

Explore & Compare

How many golds did the U.S. win at the 1980 Lake Placid Games? How do Norway, Sweden and Finland match up from Olympics to Olympics? Explore and compare medal standings through the years.

Parade of Nations

Parade of Nations

Parade of Nations

Images of the Parade of Nations at the 2010 Olympic Opening Ceremony.

Parade of Nations: U.S. delegation

Parade of Nations: U.S. delegation

Images of the U.S. delegation at the Opening Ceremony on Feb. 12.

2010 Medal Standings

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