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Russia also officially known as the Russian Federation (Russian: Российская Федерация, tr. Rossiyskaya Federatsiya), is a country in northern Eurasia. It is a  federal semi-presidential republic, comprising 83 federal subjects. From northwest to southeast, Russia shares borders with NorwayFinlandEstoniaLatviaLithuania and Poland (both via Kaliningrad Oblast), BelarusUkraine,GeorgiaAzerbaijanKazakhstanChinaMongolia, and North Korea. It also has  maritime borders with Japan by the Sea of Okhotsk, and the United States of Alaska across the Bering Strait. At 17,075,400 square kilometres (6,592,800 sq mi), Russia is the largest country in the world, covering more than one-eighth of the Earth's inhabited land area. Russia is also the world's ninth most populous nation with 143 million people as of 2012. Extending across the whole of northern Asia, Russia spans nine time zones and incorporates a wide range of environments and landforms. Russia has the world's largest reserves of mineral and energy resources and is the largest producer of oil and natural gas globally. Russia has the world's largest forest reserves and its lakes contain approximately one-quarter of the world's liquid fresh water.

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