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.
Alexei Navalny has just been named one of the most influential internet stars in the world. His aim is to run in next year's Russian presidential election. But the Kremlin has laid a number of obstacles in his path.
EU leaders have agreed to keep up the pressure on Moscow over its role in Ukraine, extending sanctions for another six months. Despite the ongoing tensions, the Russian economy has seen a slight recovery in recent months, with domestic spending picking up - giving local businesses a bit of a boost.
Every member of Russia's 2014 World Cup football team is under investigation for doping, British newspaper the Mail on Sunday has reported. Russian Deputy Prime Minister Vitaly Mutko has vehemently rejected the claims.
Local populations in the Baltic states have seen armies come and go over the decades. As NATO forces gather in the region for military exercises, this time feels different. DW's Teri Schultz reports from Lithuania.