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.
Amid the political maelstrom surrounding the leaked, and wholly unverified, accusations that the Kremlin possesses compromising information on Donald Trump, a new Russian word has entered the global lexicon - 'kompromat' - which means compromising material. From Moscow, Charles Maynes has this look at the history and possible future of Kremlin kompromat in the Trump era.
Last Monday, around 300 US marines arrived in Norway for a six month deployment. Nothing unusual you might think in a NATO member state hosting troops from another NATO country. But this, along with the arrival of several thousand US troops in other NATO countries bordering Russia has provoked strong reactions from Moscow. Lars Bevanger reports.
The joint attack is the latest example of Moscow co-opting a key NATO member as it tries to, again, become a superpower. Russian led peace talks are due to convene in Kazakhstan next week without the UN or the US.