or Russian Rossiya geographical name 1. (or formerly Muscovy) former empire E Europe & N Asia coextensive (except for Finland & Kars, a mountainous region now in NE Turkey) with the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics capital St. Petersburg 2. the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics 3. (or officially Russian Federation) independent country in E Europe & N Asia bordering on Arctic & Pacific oceans & on Baltic & Black seas; a constituent republic ( Russian Republic (or Soviet Russia) of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics 1922-91 capital Moscow area 6,592,812 square miles (17,075,383 square kilometers), population 148,000,000)

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