Let’s get a quick understanding of the two
The Soviet Union was a socialist state (country) that does not exist anymore. It was created by a Russian leader named Vladimir Lenin in 1922.
It’s full name was Union of Soviet Socialist Republics, or USSR.
Does not exist, meaning?
It broke up in 1991. It had consisted of 15 smaller states – spanning part of Eastern Europe and part of Northern Asia.
It was the largest country in the world.
What do you mean “broke up?”
It means that the USSR was not one country anymore and all the smaller states that and made up the country became independent countries – like Russia and Ukraine (and many others)
So Russia and Soviet Union are not the same?
Not they are not.
Russia, or The Russian Federation, used to be a part of the Soviet Union and became an independent country it broke up. It was the biggest and the most dominant state in the USSR when it was a part of the country.
Read – The Russia-Ukraine Crisis Explained
Today, Russia is still the largest country in the world.
Here are some facts about Russia:
- Russia extends across eleven time zones
- It borders sixteen nations
- It’s capital and largest city is Moscow
- Saint Petersburg is its cultural centre and second-largest city.
- Its president is Vladamir Putin
You can see Russia’s map here
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