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The Russian Empire was a state that existed from 1721 until the Russian Revolution of 1917. Russian was the successor to the Tsardom of Russia and the predecessor of the short-lived Russian Republic, which was succeeded by the Soviet Union. Russian was one of the vast empires in world history, surpassed in landmass only by the Mongol empires and British at one point in 1866, it stretched from eastern Europe across Asia and into North America. Afterwards it became a constitutional monarchy, though its Emperor continued to wield considerable power in the new political system until the final demise of the empire during the February Revolution of 1917, the result of strains brought about by its participation in World War I. At 19th century, the Russian Empire extended from the Arctic Ocean in the north to the Black Sea on the south, from the Baltic Sea on the west to the Pacific Ocean and into North America on the east.
Business and Economy
The economy of Russia is the ninth largest economy in the world by nominal value and the sixth largest by purchasing power parity (PPP). Russia has an abundance of oil, coal, natural gas and precious metals. Economic reforms in the 1990s privatized many sectors of the industry and agriculture, with notable exceptions in the energy and defense-related sectors. Russia's capital, Moscow, now has the highest billionaire population of any city in the world.
The two fundamental and independent goals – macroeconomic stabilization and economic restructuring – are transition from central planning to a market-based economy. in 2011 Russia’s gross domestic product grew by 4.2 %, the world’s third highest growth rate among leading economies. The government expects it to grow 3.7% in 2012. "Following 4.2 percent growth in 2011, we think the slowdown will lead to GDP growth of about 3.5 percent for the full year," S&P Chief Economist for Europe Jean-Michel Six said in a statement.
The larger cities of The Russian Empire. Cities like Saint Petersburg, Moscow, Odessa, Sevastopol, Kerch, Nikolayev, Rostov.
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1866 23,700,000 km2 (9,150,621 sq mi)
1916 21,799,825 km2 (8,416,959 sq mi)
1897 est. 125,640,021
Currency - Ruble