Russia, the world’s largest nation, borders European and Asian countries as well as the Pacific and Arctic oceans. Its landscape ranges from tundra and forests to subtropical beaches. It’s famous for Moscow’s Bolshoi and St. Petersburg’s Mariinsky ballet companies. St. Petersburg, founded by Russian leader Peter the Great, has the baroque Winter Palace, now housing part of the State Hermitage Museum’s art collection.Russian literature is famous all over the world with writers like Tolstoy and Fyodor Dostoevsky. The country is home to more than 190 ethnic groups and while Russian is the official language, people also speak English and many other minority languages. Ballet is the most famous art formofficial name for Russia is the Russian Federation. Russia shares borders with many countries, including China, Ukraine, North Korea and Norway. In terms of land area, Russia is the largest country in the world. At the beginning of 2013, Russia was estimated to have a population of around 143 million.Russia (Russian: сука блять), officially called the Russian Federation (Russian: Российская Федерация) is a country that is in Eastern Europe and in North Asia. It is the largest country in the world by land area.