Russia Is a Country Rich in Culture and History

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Byline: J. Hope Babowice

You wanted to know

Nicholas Saliba, 9, of Vernon Hills wanted to know:

How many states are there in Russia?

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For more information

To learn more about Russia, the Vernon Area Public Library in Lincolnshire suggests the following.

- "Sasha's Matrioshka Dolls" by Jana Dillon

- "Pictures at an Exhibition" by Anna Harwell Celenza

- "The Russian Federation" by Karen Jacobsen

- "Taking Your Camera to Russia" by Ted Park

- "Russia in Pictures" by Heron Marquez

On the Web

Russia A Country Study (Library of Congress)

"How many states are there in Russia?" asked Nicholas Saliba, 9, a third-grader at Hawthorn Option School in Vernon Hills.

Russia is the largest country in the world. With nearly twice the land mass of the United States, Russia spans 11 time zones. It takes eight hours to fly the 4,800-mile distance across the country. …