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|Russia is about 2 times size of the US.
(SSFC, 10/9/05, Par p.27)
Russia in 2005 had 49 regions of ethnic Russians, 6 frontier territories, 11 autonomous districts, the cities of Moscow and St. Petersburg and 20 republics populated by ethnically distinct minorities. The regional governors made up the upper house of parliament, the Federation Council. It had veto power over the Communist controlled State Duma. The regions included: Chechnya; Dagestan; Ingushetia; Kabardino-Balkaria (north of Georgia); Kalmykia (on the north shore of the Caspian Sea), Karachayevo-Cherkessia (north of Abkhazia; North Ossetia; Primorye (a far east territory), Yekaterinburg (in the Urals). Several mergers were pending.
(SFC, 9/24/97, p.A10)(SFC, 9/25/97, p.A11)(Econ, 9/3/05, p.45)
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