Country Name - Russian FederationRussian Federation flag

Head of statePresident Vladimir Putin
Capital CityMoscow
Official LanguageRussian, others
GDP (PPP) 2013 Estimate ($ billions)3491.62
Population 2012143,533,000
Ease of Doing Business Rank 201492
Scientific ranking 201415
HDI ranking 201357
Visitor Health InformationClick here
Ambassador to the UKH.E. Mr Alexander Yakovenko
Embassy DetailsEmbassy of the Russian Federation
Embassy Address6-7 Kensington Palace Gardens, London, W8 4QP
Telephone020 7229 6412
Data Sources: GDP - IMF World Economic Outlook Database (Oct 2013), Population data - World Bank, Ease of Doing Business Rankings - World Bank, Scientific Rankings - SCImago Journal Rank, HDI Rankings - United Nations

Russia is the largest country in the world encompassing much of northern Eurasia. It shares borders with 14 countries including 6 New Silk Road countries. Russia has access to 13 of the world's seas giving in turn access to the Arctic, Pacific and Atlantic Oceans.

The size of the country is reflected within its geography. From north to south the country is swathed sequentially in vast areas of tundra, coniferous forest (taiga), mixed and broad-leaf forests, grassland (steppe), and semi-desert as the changes in vegetation reflect the changes in climate; the eastern area of the country sees greater regions of taiga which are more suited to the colder climate.

Russia is one of the world's richest countries in terms of mineral wealth. It is ranked first in the world for natural gas reserves and eighth for crude oil reserves.