Current Events: Russia

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Russia is located in Northern Eurasia. Russia is the largest country in the world with 6.6 million square miles.It shares borders with China, Mongolia, Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Ukraine, Belarus, Latvia, Estonia, North Korea, Lithuania, Norway, Poland, and Finland. It has nine different time zones. It is very large, but the east is not inhabited by many people. It is mainly inhabited by animals because of the weather. Russia was joined with fifteen other countries as one state, they were called the Union of Soviet Socialists Republics or the Soviet Union. They split up in 1991 into fifteen different countries. They split because each republic wanted independence and no one wanted to be together anymore. The split started with a failed coup which helped the Communist Party collapse. The communist party was the major political party of the Soviet Union. Since all republics wanted independence they formed the CIS which stands for Commonwealth of Independent States. The coup were members of the communist party, they detained Mikhail Gorbachev (who was the President of the Soviet Union) and went into Moscow with tanks and armed vehicles. They wanted to defend their freedoms. They tried to make the troops attack the parliament building where Boris Yeltsin (member of parliament and former mayor of Moscow) had his office located. Troops refused to attack, the next day they exited Moscow.after this, the formation of the CIS collapsed. Russia has a federal semi presidential republic government. Their president is Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin. He has been their president since May 7, 2012. Russia in present day has a huge monopoly on gas and oil. This is where most of Russia’s money comes from and what their economy depends on. Rus... ... middle of paper ... ...9 Apr. 2014. "EU and US Put Sanctions on Russia over Crimea." - Europe. N.p., n.d. Web. 29 Apr. 2014. Farhi, Paul. "Did the Winter Olympics in Sochi Really Cost $50 Billion? A Closer Look at That Figure." Washington Post. The Washington Post, 11 Feb. 2014. Web. 29 Apr. 2014. "Free Market Definition | Investopedia." Investopedia. N.p., n.d. Web. 29 Apr. 2014. "Inflation Definition | Investopedia." Investopedia. N.p., n.d. Web. 29 Apr. 2014. "Olympics: Going for the Gold, Spending in the Red." CNBC.com. N.p., n.d. Web. 30 Apr. 2014. "'Russia Trying to Create Climate of Chaos in Ukraine'" Global Public Square RSS. N.p., n.d. Web. 29 Apr. 2014. "Russia's Olympian Abuses | Human Rights Watch." Russia's Olympian Abuses | Human Rights Watch. N.p., n.d. Web. 29 Apr. 2014. "U.S. Said to Sanction Seven Russians, 17 Companies." Bloomberg.com. Bloomberg, n.d. Web. 29 Apr. 2014.
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