It is the largest country in the world. It covers the total area over 17 million sq km. The Arctick Ocean in the north, the Black, Azov and Caspian Seas in the south; washes the country by the Bering sea, sea of Japan and Okhotsk in the east and in the west by the Baltic Sea. Russiais a land of long rivers and large lakes. The largest of all R’s rivers is the Volga. This river is a major transport route from north to south and a source of hydroelectric energy. The three largest lakes in Russia are Baikal in South-Eastern Siberia and Ladoga and Onega in the Norhtern Russia. Baikal is the world’s most ancient lake and the deepest one. It contains 1/5 of the world’s fresh water. The relief of Russia is mostly flat. Russiais located on two plains: the Great Russian plain and the Western Siberian plain. There are various types of climate on the territory of Russia. Russiais one of the coldest and most northern countries. Russiahas symbols. The State symbol of Russiais a three colored banner with three horizontal stripes: white, blue and red. The white stripe symbolizes the earth, the blue one-the sky, and the red one symbolizes liberty. A new National Emblem is a two-headed eagle, which is the most ancient symbol of Russia.