(CNN)Here's some background information about Russia. The Russian Federation is the largest country in the world, covering more than one ninth of the earth's land area.
(from the CIA World Factbook)
Area: 17 million sq km (1.8 times the size of the United States.)
One of the top producers of natural gas and oil in the world.
1613 - Mikhail Romanov's coronation establishes the Romanov dynasty, which lasts for more than 300 years.