About Russia

With the total area of 17,125,200 square kilometers (6,612,100 sq. mi) Russia is the largest country in the world. Russia is covering more than one-eighth of the Earth’s inhabited land area, and is the ninth most populous, with over 146.6 million people at the end of March 2016. It occupies most of eastern Europe and north Asia, stretching from the Arctic Ocean in the north to the Black Sea and the Caucasus in the south and from the Baltic Sea in the west to the Pacific Ocean in the east, Russia spans eleven time zones and includes a wide range of environments and landforms..

From northwest to southeast, Russia shares land borders with Estonia, Latvia, Norway, Lithuania and Poland (both with Kaliningrad Oblast) Belarus, Ukraine, Georgia, Azerbaijan, Finland, Kazakhstan, China, Mongolia, and North Korea. It shares maritime borders with Japan by the Sea of Okhotsk and the U.S. state of Alaska across the Bering Strait.

Russia has frequently been described in the media as an energy superpower. Russia has a wide natural resource base, including major deposits of timber, petroleum, natural gas, coal, ores and other mineral resources. In recent years, the country has the world’s largest natural resources, the 8th largest oil reserves, and the 2nd largest coal reserves. Russia is the world’s leading  oil exporter and the largest oil producer, while also natural gas exporter and second largest natural gas producer.

Most of Russia consists of vast stretches of plains that are predominantly  steppe to the south and heavily forested to the north, with tundra along the northern coast.

Russia has thousands of rivers and inland bodies of water, providing it with one of the world’s largest surface water resources. The enormous size of Russia and the remoteness of many areas from the sea result in the dominance of the  humid continental climate, which is prevalent in all parts of the country except for the tundra and the extreme southeast.

Russia has the higher graduates in term of percentage of population in the world, at 54%. The Russian constitution guarantees free education system to its citizens, however entry to subsidized higher education is very competitive. Because of great emphasis on technology and science in education, Russian medical, scientific, mathematical, and aerospace research is generally of a high order.

The oldest and largest Russian universities are Moscow State University and  Saint Petersburg State University. In the 2000s, to create higher education and research institutions of comparable scale in Russian regions, the government launched a program of establishing “federal universities”, mostly by merging existing large regional universities and research institutes and providing them with a special funding.

Climate

The climate of Russia comprises of monotony and the diversity type. The country faces extreme cold during the winter season. Some of the coldest places in the world are located in Russia. There are several factors that determine the climate of Russia one of which includes the large size of the country. Russia is amidst the few countries in the world that face extreme climate conditions. Russia stretches in the north of Eurasia which is also known as the super continent.

History

The Russian dynasty was founded by Viking Rurik in 862. The Mongols invaded the country in 1237. Most of the major cities were destroyed by the Mongols. In 1861, serfdom was abolished from Russia. In 1980s, the country began to experience supply shortages. Imported goods began to flood into the country. Putin’s rise to power is a significant event in Russian history. Putin brought about political stability in the country.

Geography

Russia spans over an area of 10,672,000 miles. The country covers all climatic zones except the tropical region. The Russian territory is comprised of vast plains. In the eastern regions, mountain ranges are located. The country is a large source of mineral resources. Most of the Russian territory lies in the temperate belt. The main river of the country is Volga which flows to the Caspian Sea. The mid Russian regions are known for the mixed forests.

Economy

The GDP of Russia is approximately 1.47 trillion $ which makes it as one of the most developed countries in the world. The growth rate of the country is quite high at 4%. Natural resources like petroleum and natural gas constitute for a major portion in the GDP. Russia exported nearly $376 billion of petroleum products in the year 2010 which makes it one of the top most countries in the world in terms of export. The industries constitute of automobile, manufacturing, petroleum, gas and energy. The major importers of Russia are China, Japan and USA. Medicine education in Russia has also contributed to the country’s GDP since many foreign students come to pursue higher education.

People

With a population of more than 140 million, Russia is one of the biggest countries in the world. The people living in this country have originated from more than 100 ethnic groups which add to the diversity of the country. The literacy rate in Russia is very high and stands at almost 100%. More than eight million students were enrolled into different colleges and universities in Russia making it one of the most literate countries in the world..

Health

The Russian constitution offers free health services to its citizens. There are many government health agencies that take care of people in any type of health issues. The life expectancy for males in Russia is around 59 years as compared to 73 years for women.

Language

Russian is the primary language of the country however there are people who speak English, Chinese, Ukrainian and other dialects. MBBS in Russia has given rise to number of foreign language courses for the students.Russian universities are world famous for their MBBS course curriculum and affordable fee structure. Let’s have a look at some of the universities and their fee structure.

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