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Unformatted text preview: 1. Introduction o Setting the Boundaries • Maps of Russia redrawn in 1990, after disintegration of USSR • Now includes Russia, Ukraine, and Belarus as the core; also Georgia, Armenia, and Moldova o Russia is largest country on Earth in terms of land area o It is rich in resources, but has some of world's harshest climates o Rapid political and economic change since 1990 • From centrally planned economy to capitalism • From authoritarian dictatorship to democracy • The region's economy is currently weak, commitment to democracy uncertain, nationalist movements threaten stability • Ukraine, Belarus, Georgia, Armenia must all work on global relationships 2. Environmental Geography o A Devastated Environment • Air and Water Pollution Air pollution caused by clustered factories, few environmental controls, and low quality fuel Water pollution comes from industrial waste, raw sewage, and oil spills • Ex. Pulp and paper factories polluted Lake Baikal • The Nuclear Threat...
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- Spring '08
- Geography, centrally planned economy, Post-Soviet Era, (Gulag Archipelago), USSR nuclear weapons, old nuclear reactors