Russia spreads out over such a large area that it covers 11 time zones.
The Continental United States, in comparison, has 4 time zones.
Russia extends across the whole of northern Asia and 40% of Europe, and has a wide range of climates and landscapes.
It has the largest forest reserves in the world and its lakes contain about one-quarter of the world’s fresh water.
Throughout Russia there are only two distinct seasons, winter and summer.
A wide range of temperatures is typical, and spring and autumn is characterized by brief periods of change between extremely low and extremely high temperatures.