Russia has been all over the headlines recently.
As the world’s eighth largest economy Russia can’t be ignored.
The sheer scale of its pipelines, for instance, its stockpile of highly enriched uranium, or its population decline are mind-boggling.
We put together some key facts about Russia.
Russia's pipelines, including condensate, gas, liquid petroleum gas, oil water, and refined products, are 259,913 kilometers long. The Earth, meanwhile, is 40,075 kilometers in circumference.
Source: The World Fact Book
Russia has 695 tonnes of highly enriched uranium (HEU), the most of any country in the world. The U.S. has the world's second largest stockpile at 604 tonnes.
The Adler -- Krasnaya Polyana road would have cost less to build if it was paved entirely with foie gras.
It cost Russia $US8.6 billion to pave the Adler -- Krasnaya Polyana road that was about 30 miles long. Krasnaya Polyana was host to many of the events at the Sochi Winter Olympics.
'The same road paved entirely with foie gras, for example, would be 8.6 inches thick, from airport to halfpipe,' reports Ben Collins. This is based on the price of foie gras in Carrefour: $88 per kilogram.
Russia used to have 11 time zones but cut it down to nine in 2010. 'The less fractional division of the country will enable us to resolve a number of transport and communications issues, will increase its manageability and strengthen the position of Russia as an important chain in the world's global infrastructure,' President Dmitry Medvedev said at the time.
Source: The Economist
Nine million commuters are said to ride the Moscow Metro every day. That's more than London and New York combined.
Standing on the shore of Russia's Lake Karachay would give you 600 roentgen of radiation, enough to kill a human.
The lake is located in one of Russia's largest nuclear facilities, which was kept a secret until 1990. 'The Techa river, which provided water to nearby villages, was so contaminated that up to 65 per cent of locals fell ill with radiation sickness -- which the doctors termed 'special disease,' because as long as the facility was secret, they weren't allowed to mention radiation in their diagnoses,' writes Jess Zimmerman at the Grist.
Russia's 20 richest people have a combined net worth of over $US227 billion, which is larger than Pakistan's GDP.
Russia is the fifth-deadliest place to be a journalist.
Source: Committee to Protect Journalists