Russia is the largest country in the world spanning nine time zones, its territory covers nearly twice as much of the planet as that of the next largest country, Canada.
Despite its massive size, much of the country lacks proper soils and climates due to it being either too cold or too dry for agricultural production. But in the place of the agricultural assets it has huge reserves of some of the world's most important resources like oil, gas, coal, platinum, gold, chromium and water. Mount Elbrus is Europe's and Russia's tallest peak at 5,633 meters in elevation.
Russia has both extensive coastlines bordering the Arctic Ocean and Northwest Pacific, as well as smaller coastlines on the Baltic, Black Sea as well as the Caspian Sea. Russia is bordered by Norway and Finland to the northwest, Estonia, Latvia, Belarus, and Ukraine to the west, Georgia and Azerbaijan to the southwest, Kazakhstan, China and Mongolia to the south, Japan across a strait, and North Korea to the southeast. The American state of Alaska lies opposite the easternmost point of Russia across the Bering Strait.
Moscow and Saint Petersburg are served by direct flights from most European capitals, and Moscow also has direct flights from many cities in East Asia, South Asia, Africa, the Middle East, and North America. US non-stop flights from the United States to Russia are offered by Singapore Airlines from Houston to Moscow and Domodedovo Airports.
Delta goes from New York and Atlanta to Moscows Sheremetyevo Airport, United Airlines from Washington to Moscows Domodedovo Airport and Aeroflot from New York, Washington and Los Angeles to Moscows Sheremeryevo Airport. There are also non-stop services offered from Toronto and Montreal, Canada to Moscows Domodedovo Airport operated by Transaero.
Be aware that there are 3 international airports in Moscow: Sheremetyevo (SVO) in the northwest, Domodedovo (DME) in the south and Vnukovo (VKO) in the southwest. Getting between these airports can be very challenging as there are no means of rapid transfer between them, so if you are planning a trip that requires a transfer, make arrangements for all your flights.