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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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""Fighting on Krakowskie Przedmieście by Juliusz Kossak
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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Credit: Sergey Prokudin-Gorsky

An early colour photograph of the "Emir of "Bukhara, "Mohammed Alim Khan, in 1911, taken by "Sergey Prokudin-Gorsky as part of his work to document the "Russian Empire from 1909 to 1915. Alim Khan, a direct descendant of "Genghis Khan, was the last emir of the "Manghud dynasty. He reigned from 1911 to 1920, fleeing to "Afghanistan when the "Bolsheviks annexed Bukhara and proclaimed the "Bukharan People's Soviet Republic.

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""Aleksandr Vasilevsky
"Aleksandr Vasilevsky was a Soviet military commander, promoted to "Marshal of the Soviet Union in 1943. He was the Soviet "Chief of the General Staff and Deputy "defence minister during "World War II, as well as "defence minister from 1949 to 1953. As the Chief of the General Staff, Vasilevsky was responsible for the planning and coordination of almost all decisive Soviet offensives, from the "Stalingrad counteroffensive to the assault on "East Prussia and "Königsberg. In July 1945, he was appointed Commander-in-Chief of Soviet forces in the "Far East, executing "Soviet invasion of Manchuria and subsequently accepting "Japan's surrender. After the war, he became the "Soviet Defence Minister, a position he held until Stalin's death in 1953. With "Nikita Khrushchev's rise, Vasilevsky started to lose power and was eventually pensioned off. After his death, he was buried in the "Kremlin Wall Necropolis in recognition of his past service and contributions to his nation.

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