The faces of Russia, part 2

The Mendeleyev Journal’s presentation of The Faces of Russia continues, part 2. Russia’s large geographical territory gives her a diverse climate and a broad mix of ethnic groups. The northern coastline borders on the Arctic Ocean bringing severe and long winters while the south of Russia is characterized by hot desert areas.

The southwest is rich in farm land growing wheat, barley, oats, potatoes and sunflowers. Many beautiful faces grow in Russia’s southwest as well.

The white birch is the national tree of Russia.

According to the 2010 census, Russia is mostly an urban country and 74% of Russians live in urban areas – either towns or cities.  Moscow, the sixth largest city in the world with almost 12 million population is Russia’s capital and largest city. Saint Petersburg, considered Russia’s “northern Capital” is the second largest with over 4 million. There are ten other Russian cities with populations of more than a million people.