Facts

Most of the sections below give key quantitative data about Russia in comparison with several groups of its international competitors and peers, including Western nations, BRICS, petrostates and former Soviet republics. The exceptions are Russia 101, which compares Russia only to the United States, and Russia #1s, which focuses on areas in which Russia has at some point surpassed all countries in the world (or at least in Europe), from nuclear warheads and satellite launches to heroin use and inmate deaths.

Russia 101

Basic facts and stats vis-Ă -vis the U.S.

Demographics

Economy

Military & Security

Education

Russia #1s

An assorted list of Russia-related superlatives—most, least, best, worst, coldest, biggest, etc.

Miscellaneous