My partner and i are researching Russia, one of the most exciting countries in Europe. Did you know that New Years Eve is one of the most popular holidays in Russia? When you enter Russia, they put more food on the table than they can eat to show abundance.

Several colonies, states, and provinces vote together for their new prime minister. The federal assembly has two houses, 168- seat Federation council, 450- seat State Duma; voting age is 18. Most ministries and federal services report directly to the prime minister, who then reports to the president. A small number of bodies responsible for security and foreign policy are, however, directly under the president's authority. Informally they are collectively referred to as the "presidential bloc." This consists of the Interior Ministry, the Foreign Ministry, the Emergencies Ministry, the Defence Ministry, the Justice Ministry and seven federal agencies and services.

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Christianity is a big religion in Russia. Church is claiming 15 to 20 percent of the population. More than 10 percent of the population are Muslim. Churches other than the Russian Orthodox are allowed to operate if they register with authorities and prove they have a long-standing presence in Russia. Islamic and Jewish groups do not face these restrictions. Small groups of Buddhists also practice in the country.
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The history of the Russian Federation is brief, dating back only to the collapse of the Soviet Union in late 1991. Since gaining its independence, Russia was recognized as the legal successor to the Soviet Union. Alexander II (1855–1881) pushed Russia's borders to the Pacific and into central Asia. Serfdom was abolished in 1861, but heavy restrictions were imposed on the emancipated class. Revolutionary strikes, following Russia's defeat in the war with Japan, forced Nicholas II (1894–1917) to grant a representative national body (Duma), elected by narrowly limited suffrage. It met for the first time in 1906 but had little influence on Nicholas.

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Education is free between the ages of 6 and 17. Education is highly valued, however, economic hardship has led to some school closures and teacher strikes. More than five hundred universities, medical schools, and technical academies are found throughout the country. Higher education may be public or private; it takes five years to earn a degree.
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Me and my partner have learned that Russia is one of the most exciting countries in Europe. We learned that Christianity is a huge part of Russians lives. Plus, Russia's history is new and it only dates back to the collapse of the Soviet Union. Finally that their education is free from the ages six to seventeen, but highly valued.

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