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APEC Individual Action Plan - Russian Federation
Report updated annually by each Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Member Economy recording its actions that help realize the APEC goal.

Australian Government - Russia
Country profile, economic and trade information, and foreign relations from the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

BBC News Country Profile: Russia
A guide to history, politics and economic background of countries from BBC News.

CIA World Factbook - Russia
Country profile provides information on country background, geography, people, government, communications, transportation, military, and transnational issues.

FAO and Russian Federation
Information on economic and agricultural issues from the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). It also has a good selection of maps.

Human Development Report on Russian Federation
Provides quick statistics on human development, economy, labor force, and population from the United Nations Development Programme.

IAEA - Russian Federation
Country factsheet on multilateral and safeguard agreements from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).

IEA - Russia
Country information, energy-related statistics, graphs and publications from the International Energy Agency (IEA).

ITC - Russian Federation
Country-specific trade and market profiles, map, and trade statistics from the International Trade Centre (ITC).

Library of Congress Country Study - Russia
This is a book-length report studying the history, social customs, and politics of the country from early times to the present.

NGOs in Russia: East of the Urals
Listing of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) from the Civil Society International.

NGOs in Russia: West of the Urals
Listing of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) from the Civil Society International.

OECD - Russia (Non-Member Economy)
Country information, statistics, publications, and news from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).

OHCHR - Russian Federation
Country background, treaties, reporting status, calendar of events and publications related to human rights from the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner on Human Rights (OHCHR).

UNESCO Worldwide - Russian Federation
Highlights cooperation between the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and its Member States. United Kingdom's Foreign and Commonwealth Office - Russian Federation
Country profile covering history, politics, economy, human rights, relations with the UK, and travel.

UNdata - Russian Federation
Provides summary, economic, social, and environmental statistics from the United Nations Statistics Division.

United Nations Statistics Division: Environment Snapshot - Russian Federation
Country snapshots offer national environment statistics.

U.S. Commercial Service - Russia
Country profile about doing business abroad by the Commercial Service, the global business solutions unit of the Department of Commerce.

U.S. Department of Energy - Russia
Country energy profile for production, consumption, U.S. oil imports, and CO2 emissions.

U.S. Department of State - Background Note: Russia
This resource provides background information on issues such as the economy, history, politics, and foreign relations. The State Department also provides access to annual reports on human rights and terrorism.
Find Articles & More Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) Declassified Documents
Declassified information available from the FOIA Electronic Reading Room. Enter "Russia" or "Soviet Union" as the search terms. CrisisWatch Database
Monthly bulletin of significant situations of conflict or potential conflict around the world.<

Congressional Research Service (CRS) Reports CU
The Congressional Research Service (CRS), the research arm of Congress, prepares reports (usually under 20 pages long) on topics of interest to members of Congress. Enter "Russia" or "Soviet Union" as the search terms.

Declassified Documents Reference System CU
Search this database to find declassified documents related to the former Soviet Union and Russia.

Defense Technical Information Center (DTIC)
Department of Defense Scientific and Technical Reports Collection provides access to citations to unclassified unlimited documents that have been entered into DTIC's Technical Reports (TR) Database, as well as the electronic full-text of many of these documents.

Digital National Security Archive CU
Database of primary declassified documents regarding critical U.S. policy decisions. Enter "Russia" or "Soviet Union" as the search terms. Facts on International Relations and Security Trends (FIRST)
An integrated database containing information on armed conflicts and peace keeping, arms production and trade, military expenditure, armed forces and weapons.

Global Legal Information Network (GLIN)
"Public database of official texts of laws, regulations, judicial decisions, and other complementary legal sources contributed by governmental agencies and international organizations."

Human Rights Watch - Russia
News and reports related to human rights.

LexisNexis Academic Country & Region Reports CU
News, country briefings, and country risk guides. Filter by country or choose "Country & Region Reports" from publication type.

OECD iLibrary CU
The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development's (OECD) online collection of statistical databases, books and periodicals.

UNdata
UNdata provides a single entry point allowing users to search and download numerous statistical resources of the United Nations System.

U.S. Census Bureau Foreign Trade Statistics - Russia
U.S. trade in goods (imports, exports and balance) with Russia.

World dataBank
Contains data from the World Bank, including the World Development Indicators & Global Development Finance, Gender Statistics, Education Statistics, Health Nutrition and Population Statistics, African Development Indicators, Global Economic Monitor, and Millennium Development Goals. Users can select variables (some going as far back as 1960) to create customized tables, charts, maps, and reports.

WHO/Europe Databases
Databases of national health statistics and other data on the health situation in European countries from the World Health Organization Regional Office for Europe.

Worldwide Incidents Tracking System (WITS)
WITS is the National Counterterrorism Center's database of terrorist incidents.
Black Sea Economic Cooperation (BSEC)
BSEC is a multilateral political and economic initiative aimed at fostering interaction and harmony among the Member States, as well as to ensure peace, stability and prosperity encouraging friendly and good-neighbourly relations in the Black Sea region. There are 12 member countries: Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bulgaria, Georgia, Greece, Moldova, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Turkey and Ukraine.

Commonwealth of Independent States
Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) is an international alliance of the former Soviet Republic countries. Council of Europe and the Russian Federation
"Founded in 1949, the Council of Europe seeks to develop throughout Europe common and democratic principles based on the European Convention on Human Rights and other reference texts on the protection of individuals." There are 47 member states.

Delegation of the European Commission to Russia
The Delegations of the External Service serve European Union interests throughout the world.

Embassy of the Russian Federation
Diplomatic representation of Russia in the United States.

Embassy of the United States in Moscow, Russia
Diplomatic representation of the U.S. in Russia.

European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (ERDB) - Russia
Strategy, projects, fact sheet, and news about Russia and the ERDB.

EU's Relations with Russia
Overview, country strategy, agreements, and documents on the European Union's relations with Russia.

Group of Eight (G-8) Information Centre
The G8 is an international forum for the governments of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Russia, the United Kingdom and the United States.

Group of Twenty (G-20)
The G-20 is a group of 19 of the world's largest economies and the European Union. The G-20 is an informal forum that promotes open and constructive discussion between industrial and emerging-market countries on key issues related to global economic stability.

IAEA In Focus: Chernobyl
Reports, stories, background documents, multimedia presentations, and photos from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).

IMF - Russian Federation
Country information, reports and publications from the International Monetary Fund.

NATO Partnership for Peace Country
The Partnership for Peace (PfP) is a programme of practical bilateral cooperation between individual Partner countries and NATO. It allows Partner countries to build up an individual relationship with NATO, choosing their own priorities for cooperation. There are 23 partner countries (including Russia).

Permanent Mission of the Russian Federation to the United Nations
Website of member state missions and their representatives to the United Nations.

ReliefWeb - Russian Federation
ReliefWeb, administered by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), provides news, documents, maps, and background information on emergency assistance by country.

UNHCR
News, operations, statistics, background, analysis and policy, and maps from the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. Select Russia from the "Browse by country" drop-down menu on the right.

United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Russia
UNDP helps countries work toward human rights, democratic governance, poverty reduction, crisis prevention and recovery, energy and environment for sustainable development, and HIV/AIDS prevention.

United Nations Division for Sustainable Development - Russian Federation
Economic, social and environmental policies and plans for sustainable development from the UN Department Economic and Social Affairs.

United Nations in the Russian Federation
UN Country Team in Russia.

USAID - Russia
United States Agency for International Development (USAID) economic and humanitarian assistance programs.

U.S. Department of State - Russia
U.S.-Russia relations, diplomacy, and country background notes.
  • Background Notes - Russia
    Provides country background and foreign policy information for the American public from the Department of State's Bureau of Public Affairs.
World Bank - Russian Federation
World Bank data, projects, and research in Russia.

World Trade Organization - Russian Federation (Observer Country)
Provides key information on trade statistics, WTO commitments, disputes, trade policy reviews, and notifications for observer countries.
UNAIDS - Russian Federation
Country situation analysis and news from the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS.

USAID Health: HIV/AIDS - Russia
United States Agency for International Development (USAID) HIV/AIDS intervention program in Russia.

WHO - Russian Federation
Information and statistics on the status of public health in Russia from the World Health Organization (WHO).
Annual Report to Congress on the Safety and Security of Russian Nuclear Facilities and Military Forces (February 2002)
Unclassified report to Congress from the National Intelligence Council assessing the safety and security of the nuclear facilities and military forces in Russia.

BLACKSEAFOR
The Black Sea Naval Cooperation Task Group is a regional organization for securing Black Sea.

The CAESAR, POLO, and ESAU Papers: Cold War Era Hard Target Analysis of Soviet and Chinese Policy and Decision Making, 1953-1973
Declassified documents from the CIA.

Center for Defense Information (CDI) - Russia
Provides analysis, news and interviews on defense issues and Russia.

The Cold War Era: Records and Research at the National Archives and Records Administration
Federal records and presidential materials documenting Cold War activities from the National Archives and Records Administration.

Cold War International History Project (CWIHP)
Collection of digital reports and transcripts from the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. International Court of Justice (ICJ)
ICJ is the principal judicial organ of the United Nations. ICJ "has a twofold role: to settle, in accordance with international law, legal disputes submitted to it by States (Contentious cases ) and to give advisory opinions (Advisory proceedings) on legal questions referred to it by duly authorized United Nations organs and specialized agencies." Military Policy Awareness Links (MiPALS) - Russia
MiPALs are published by the National Defense University (NDU) Library to provide access to key U.S. policy statements on the country or topic for Military Education Research Library Network (MERLN) users.

NTI - Russia Profile
Nuclear, biological, chemical and missile development programs, policies and activities from the Nuclear Threat Initiative (NTI). NTI is non-profit organization with a mission to strengthen global security and fulfill the Non-Proliferation Treaty’s goals and ambitions. NTI's members are from the United States, Russia, Japan, India, Pakistan, China, Jordan, Sweden, France and the United Kingdom.

Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe
The OSCE is responsible for post-conflict elections, human rights and regional military stabilization. There are 56 participating states (including Russia).

Russia Military Guide
Maps, agencies, military branches, nuclear capability, news, and references from GlobalSecurity.org.

Russia: Security Assistance
Country-by-country listing provides information on Political-Military-administered security assistance funds from the Bureau of Political-Military Affairs.

United Nations Security Council Permanent Member - Russia
The UN Security Council is responsible for the maintenance of international peace and security. The Council is composed of five permanent members — China, France, Russian Federation, the United Kingdom and the United States — and ten non-permament members that are elected by the General Assembly for two-year terms and not eligible for immediate re-election.
The library collection contains numerous secondary, federal, and international sources of information on Russia.

 

Try these searches to see some of the resources in Chinook, the library catalog:

 

Electronic Resources Print and Electronic Resources
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(Russia or Soviet) and histor* (Russia or Soviet) and histor*
(Russia or Soviet) and politic* (Russia or Soviet) and politic*
(Russia or Soviet)
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