Russia has the largest area of any country. It extends over northern Asia and large parts of eastern Europe.
Russia is the ninth most populous country in the world. It is a permanent member of the UN Security Council and also belongs to the World Trade Organization, the Council of Europe and the Group of 20 major industrialized nations, among other bodies. Its capital is Moscow. This is a collection of DW's latest content on Russia.
Shavkat Mirziyoyev emerged as the successor to Islam Karimov who had ruled the former Soviet republic since independence in 1989. The size of the expected victory will be an indicator of prospects for reform.