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Russia is the largest country in the world geographically, but only has about half the population of America, with 149 million citizens. As a democracy, Russia makes international headlines for its effective economic reform policies. Known as a tourist destination, the unique architecture of Russia is one of its most popular features. Russia is typically a contributor to industrial or mining exports but also adds considerably to the world’s grain markets. Unique business headlines related to Russia include building a transcontinental transportation corridor that is mainly situated in Russian territory. Like the United States, Russia is a major factor in space exploration and building-related technology.