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.
With international condemnation for Russia's bombing campaign in Syria and alleged human rights violations in Crimea, Conflict Zone talked to Russia's ambassador to NATO, Alexander Grushko, who rejected the criticism.
Turkish Prime Minister Yildirim has warned the EU that it has other alternatives to membership in the bloc. Yildirim did not name any options, but critics suspect Turkey could be hinting at closer relations with Russia.