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Russia, or the Russian Federation, is a transcontinental country located in Eastern Europe and Northern Asia. It extends from the Baltic Sea in the west to the Pacific Ocean in the east, and from the Arctic Ocean in the north to the Black Sea and the Caspian Sea in the south. Russia covers over 17,125,200 square kilometres (6,612,100 sq mi), spanning more than one-eighth of the Earth's inhabited land area, stretching eleven time zones, and bordering 16 sovereign nations. Moscow is the country's capital and largest city, other major cities include Saint Petersburg, Novosibirsk, Yekaterinburg, Kazan, Nizhny Novgorod, Chelyabinsk and Samara.

Russia is the largest country in the world, the ninth-most populous country, as well as the most populous country in Europe. The country is one of the world's most sparsely populated and urbanized. About half of the country's total area is forested, concentrating around four-fifths of its total population of over 146.7 million on its smaller and dense western portion, as opposed to its larger and sparse eastern portion. Russia is administratively divided into 85 federal subjects. The Moscow Metropolitan Area is the largest metropolitan area in Europe, and among the largest in the world, with more than 20 million residents. (Full article...)

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Chebureki is a deep-fried turnover with a filling of ground or minced meat and onions. It is made with a single round piece of dough folded over the filling in a crescent shape.

Chebureki is a national dish of Crimean Tatar cuisine. They are popular as snack and street food throughout the Caucasus, Central Asia, Russia, Lithuania, Ukraine, Eastern Europe, as well as with the Crimean Tatar diasporas in Turkey and Romania. (Full article...)

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Sergo Konstantinovich Ordzhonikidze, born Grigol Konstantines dze Orjonikidze (24 October [O.S. 12 October] 1886 – 18 February 1937), was a Georgian Bolshevik and Soviet politician.

Born and raised in Georgia, Ordzhonikidze joined the Bolsheviks at a young age, and quickly rose within the ranks to become an important figure. Arrested and imprisoned several times by the Russian police, he was in Siberian exile when the February Revolution began in 1917. Returning from exile, Ordzhonikidze took part in the October Revolution that brought the Bolsheviks to power. During the subsequent Civil War he played an active role as the leading Bolshevik in the Caucasus, overseeing the invasions of Azerbaijan, Armenia, and Georgia. He backed their union into the Transcaucasian Socialist Federative Soviet Republic (TSFSR), which helped form the Soviet Union in 1922, and served as the First Secretary of the TSFSR until 1926. (Full article...)

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27 November 2020 – COVID-19 pandemic
COVID-19 pandemic in Russia
Russia reports a new single-day record of 27,543 cases, bringing the nationwide total of confirmed cases to 2.21 million. (The Moscow Times)
26 November 2020 – COVID-19 pandemic
COVID-19 pandemic in Russia
Russia reports a record 25,487 new cases and 524 deaths in the past 24 hours, bringing the total number of cases to 2,187,990 and the total number of deaths to 38,062. (Novaya Gazeta)
25 November 2020 – Libyan Civil War (2014–2020), Libyan peace process
The United States Department of the Treasury announces unilateral sanctions on the Libyan National Army-linked al-Kaniyat militia and its leader, Mohamed al-Kani, after Russia blocks the United Nations Security Council from blacklisting the group for alleged human rights abuses committed in the city of Tarhuna during the 14-month military offensive led by Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar. (Reuters)
25 November 2020 – COVID-19 pandemic
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