EASTERN EUROPE

Russia Map

A Panama map that displays major cities, towns, highways, roads, lakes, and rivers with satellite imagery and an elevation map.

REFERENCE

Russia Political Map

Russia is located in both North Asia and Europe. It is the largest country in terms of its landmass in the world at over 17 million square kilometers (6.6 million sq mi). Altogether, this accounts for more than one-eighth of Earth’s inhabited land area. In fact, it’s so large that it crosses eleven different time zones. Russia is situated along the Arctic Ocean bordering both Europe to the east and Asia to the south. It borders 14 countries, which is the most out of any other country in the world. It includes Azerbaijan, Belarus, China, Estonia, Finland, Georgia, Kazakhstan, North Korea, Latvia, Lithuania, Mongolia, Norway, Poland, and Ukraine. Moscow is the capital and largest city in Russia. But Saint Petersburg, Novosibirsk, and Yekaterinburg are other major cities.

IMAGERY

Russia Satellite Map

Because Russia spans such a wide territory, it has a diverse mix of landscapes. For example, it contains deserts in the southwest to frozen tundra in the north. Overall, Siberia occupies three-quarters of Russia. Despite its massive landmass and frozen land, forests still cover 44% of the land area, which adds up to 882 million hectares. This makes it the most heavily forested country in the world. The country spans several climate types like temperate continental in the southeast and a cool tundra to the north. Russia is also home to Lake Baikal, which is the world’s deepest lake, holding one-fifth of the world’s fresh surface water.  At a length of 37,653 kilometers (23,396 mi), Russia also has the fourth-longest coastline along three different oceans.

PHYSICAL

Russia Physical Map

The Ural Mountains split Russia into western and eastern regions. In the west, the terrain is mostly broad plain with low hills. Then to the east, it’s the West Siberian Plain. The north is characterized as mostly tundra and vast coniferous forest in Siberia and at the Arctic Circle. Along Russia’s southern border regions, it consists of mostly highland and rugged mountains. For example, Mount Elbrus, which is a dormant volcano, is Europe’s tallest peak at 5,642 meters (18,510 ft) high. Whereas its lowest point is the Caspian Sea at −28 meters (−92 ft) below sea level.

ADMINISTRATION

Russia Federal Map

The administration divisions in Russia are a mix of federal subjects. It includes 22 republics, 9 krais, 46 oblasts, 3 federal cities, 1 autonomous oblast, and 4 autonomous okrugs. Every federal subject contains a head, a parliament, and a constitutional court.