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Putin proved to be a successful and popular leader and was re-elected for the third term when eligible again in 2012.
The Great Patriotic war for USSR began; after heavy fights the Soviet Army's successful campaigns on the Eastern Front culminated in capture of Berlin.
His initiatives inadvertently released forces that went beyond his control, triggering political movements that eventually consumed the Soviet Union itself in December 1991.
The Russian Federation emerged from the Soviet Union during the turbulent events of 1990-91.
Russia shares land borders with Norway, Finland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Kaliningrad Oblast exclave on the Baltic coast, Belarus, and Ukraine to the west, Georgia and Azerbaijan to the southwest, and Kazakhstan, China, Mongolia, North Korea to the east and much of the south.
Russia can't be understood by mind, Nor measured by common yardstick. Peter The Great established the Russian Empire in 1721, although the Romanov dynasty had been in power since 1613.