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Russia is a very large country, that spans the boundary between the continents of Europe and Asia. The Ural mountains form the boundary between those two countries.

Russia has a very long coastline, along the Arctic Ocean. Its Arctic seaports are isolated, and sea ice limits their usefulness, for most of the year.

Russia was the most dominant republic in the Soviet Union, from its founding, in 1917, until its dissolution, in 1993.

However, the birth rates in the European portions of the Soviet Union was much lower than the birth rate in its non-European portions, which are largely populated by Muslims. Russia is reported to have the lowest fertility of any European nation.