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Where Is Russia?

Russia's Location


St Petersburg, Russia
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Russia has often been in the news and will host the Olympics in 2014 and the World Cup in 2018. Where is Russia?

Russia's Location

Russia straddles both Europe and Asia in the northern hemisphere. It is considered a part of Eastern Europe. Russia can be found in the upper right-hand corner of a map of Eastern Europe. The Ural Mountains run through Russia and separate the European side of the country from the Asian side. Part of Russia, the Kaliningrad Oblast, is separated from the main part of the country in the west. Russia has coastline along the Arctic Ocean, Pacific Ocean, Baltic Sea, Black Sea, Sea of Azov, and the Caspian Sea. Fourteen countries border Russia:
  • East of Russia: Norway, Finland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland (both via Kaliningrad Oblast), Belarus, and Ukraine
  • South of Russia: Georgia, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, the People's Republic of China, Mongolia, and North Korea

Russia's borders can be seen more clearly on a map of Rusisa.

Getting to Russia

Most travelers will fly into Russia. Moscow and St. Petersburg are its two most popular European cities. These cities are connected to the rest of Russia by air and train.
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