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Noun: Russia  rú-shu
  1. A former communist country in eastern Europe and northern Asia; established in 1922; included Russia and 14 other soviet socialist republics (Ukraine and Byelorussia and others); officially dissolved 31 December 1991
    - Soviet Union, Union of Soviet Socialist Republics, USSR
     
  2. A federation in northeastern Europe and northern Asia; formerly Soviet Russia; since 1991 an independent state
    - Russian Federation
     
  3. A former empire in eastern Europe and northern Asia created in the 14th century with Moscow as the capital; powerful in the 17th and 18th centuries under Peter the Great and Catherine the Great when Saint Petersburg was the capital; overthrown by revolution in 1917
     
  4. Formerly the largest Soviet Socialist Republic in the USSR occupying eastern Europe and northern Asia
    - Soviet Russia, Russian Soviet Federated Socialist Republic

Type of: country, empire, imperium, land, Soviet Socialist Republic, state

Part of: CIS, Commonwealth of Independent States, Eurasia

Encyclopedia: Russia, OH