The origins and history of Russia

The Russian Federation, generally just called Russia for short; is the biggest country in the world, covering a considerable amount of the earth's landmass. But have you ever wondered why and how it all really began? Why is it so big, and what are the things that make Russia so unique among its neighbors?

All these answers lie in an epic story of seafaring warriors, nomadic invaders and the rise and fall of an ancient state known as "Kievan Rus".