RUSSIA STUDY GUIDE 1Which is the world’s largest state in terms of territory?Has Russia been a colonial power or only had an isolationist policy?Which is the mountain range that is located between the Caspian & Black Seas?What regional location contains Russia’s largest cities & densest population?Which mountain range runs North and South, is relatively low and has abundant minerals?The vegetation and climate type of Russia’s northernmost locations is known as what?The coniferous forest located south of the treeless plains is known as what?Located in Russia’s Eastern Frontier Highlands, which is the deepest rift lake in the world?
Due to frequent invasions in the 11th through 13th centuries, the Kievan Rus Slavs moved to what location?Who was responsible for re-orienting the Russian Empire to the Baltic Sea?Catherine the Great was associated with Russia’s territorial expansion to where?Which group seized power and changed its name to the Communist Party after the forced abdication of Czar Nicholas II?The transfer of Russians and their cultural traditions and practices to non-Russian republics is called what?In the Soviet Union, a large collective farm was called what?Gorbachev’s policy of economic restructuring was called what?Who is the current President of the Russian Federation?Does Russia have a dispersed population with great transportation networks throughout the realm, or is its transportation networks and population concentrated in particular region(s) of the country?RUSSIA STUDY GUIDE 2
RUSSIA STUDY GUIDE 3Which current Russian ethnic republic has been fighting for independence since the 1990s?Which former Russian Republic, which is now an independent country, experienced a Summer 2008 conflict with Russia in South Ossetia? Vast distances, cold temperatures worsened by strong Arctic winds, difficult terrain, poor soils, and limited options for survival best summarizes the environmental conditions of what Russian region? Japanese trade relations with Russia has been held up by a dispute over what? What has recently been discovered on and around Sakhalin in the Far East?How has irredentism become a challenge for Russians since the Soviet Union break-up?Since the break-up of the Soviet Union, has Russia’s population experienced a population explosion or population implosion?What other notable demographic change regarding males in Russia happened following the break-up of the Soviet Union?
WORLD GEOGRAPHIC REALMSTransition Zones – some in RussiaYou will find out why
MAJOR GEOGRAPHIC QUALITIESWorld’s largest territorial stateSmall & concentrated popHi latitudes & harsh environmentFew ice-free portsFormer world colonial powerMulticultural
DEMOGRAPHIC DATA*Data NameWorld Russian Realm *RussiaDevelopmental DataStatus Natural Increase %1.20.0Very Low Infant Mort / 1000 4114Mid-lowLife Expect (years) M = 68 F = 72 M = 64 why? F = 75Low/ High% Literacy M ~ 85 F ~ 73 M > 99 F > 99 High% Urban Pop5172HighPer Capita GNI ($) 10,760~ 18,000