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"Russia ("Russian: Россия, "Rossiya) is a "Eurasian "country extending over much of northern "Eurasia. It is a "semi-presidential "republic comprising 85 "federal subjects. From northwest to southeast, Russia "shares borders with "Norway, "Finland, "Estonia, "Latvia, "Lithuania and "Poland (both via "Kaliningrad Oblast), "Belarus, "Ukraine, "Georgia, "Azerbaijan, "Kazakhstan, "China, "Mongolia, and "North Korea. It also has "maritime borders with "Japan by the "Sea of Okhotsk, "Iran through the "Caspian Sea, and the "U.S. state of "Alaska by the "Bering Strait.

At 17,075,400 square kilometers, Russia is by far the "largest country in the world, covering more than an eighth of the Earth’s land area; with 143 million people, it is the "eighth largest by population. It extends across the whole of northern Asia and 40% of "Europe, spanning 11 time zones and incorporating a great range of environments and landforms. Russia has the world's greatest reserves of mineral and energy resources, and is considered an "energy superpower. It has the world's largest forest reserves and its lakes contain approximately one-quarter of the world's unfrozen fresh water.

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The "Warsaw Uprising of 1794 (otherwise the "Warsaw Insurrection"); was an armed "Polish insurrection by the city's populace early in the "Kościuszko Uprising. Supported by the "Polish Army, it aimed to throw off "Russian control of the "Polish "capital. It began April 17, 1794, soon after "Tadeusz Kościuszko's victory at "Racławice. Although the Russian forces were more numerous and better equipped, the Polish regular forces and "militia, armed with rifles and sabers from the "Warsaw Arsenal, inflicted heavy losses on the surprised enemy garrison. Russian soldiers found themselves under crossfire, shot at from all sides and from buildings, and several units broke early and suffered heavy casualties in their retreat. Kościuszko's envoy, "Tomasz Maruszewski, and "Ignacy Działyński and others had been laying the groundwork for the uprising since the spring of 1793. They succeeded in winning popular support: a National Militia was formed from several thousand volunteers, led by "Jan Kiliński, a master shoemaker and one of Warsaw's notable residents. Apart from the militia, the most famous units to take part in the liberation of Warsaw were formed of Poles who had previously been forcibly conscripted into the Russian service. A witness to the fighting was "Jan Piotr Norblin, a French-born Polish painter who created a set of sketches and paintings of the struggle.

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A "reindeer sled, "Arkhangelsk, "Russia. Late nineteenth century "photochrom. Arkhangelsk, formerly called Archangel in "English, is a "city and the administrative center of "Arkhangelsk Oblast, "Russia. It lies on both banks of the "Northern Dvina River near its exit into the "White Sea in the far north of European "Russia.

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"Manuel I Comnenus was a "Byzantine Emperor of the 12th century who presided over a crucial turning point in the history of Byzantium and the "Mediterranean. Eager to restore his empire to its past glories as the superpower of the Mediterranean world, Manuel pursued an energetic and ambitious foreign policy. In the process he made alliances with the Pope and the resurgent west, invaded "Italy, successfully handled the passage of the dangerous "Second Crusade through his empire, and established a Byzantine protectorate over the "Crusader kingdoms of "Outremer. Facing the Islamic "jihad in the "Holy Land, he made common cause with the "Kingdom of Jerusalem and participated in a combined invasion of "Fatimid "Egypt. Manuel reshaped the political map of the "Balkans and the east Mediterranean, placing the kingdoms of "Hungary and Outremer under Byzantine hegemony and campaigning aggressively against his neighbours both in the west and in the east. However, towards the end of his reign Manuel's achievements in the east were compromised by an embarrassing defeat at "Myriokephalon, which in large part resulted from his arrogance in attacking a well-defended "Turkish position.

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