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Russia (Russian: Россия, Rossiya), officially the Russian Federation (Russian: Российская Федерация, Rossiyskaya Federatsiya), is the largest country in the world and its land stretches across both Europe and Asia. Its largest city and capital is Moscow.
The Russian Empire was an empire formed from medieval kingdoms dating back to the 9th century. It was involved in World War I as a member of the Allies, but pulled out in 1917 following the October revolution. By 1922, the newly established Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic, along with the Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic, formed what would become the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics or USSR. At its height in the mid-twentieth century the Soviet Union was a massive economic, industrial and military power.
In 1991, following the collapse of the Soviet Union, the Russian Federation was declared. Since 1991, Russia has been involved in several regional conflicts, such as the Chechen Wars and the Russo-Georgian War. Russia is a permanent member of the United Nations Security Council, and a leading member of the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO), a military alliance of 6 post-Soviet states.
Russia plays a prominent role in several novels and films of the Ryanverse.