1. Soviet Union, Russia, Union of Soviet Socialist Republics, USSR

usage: a former communist country in eastern Europe and northern Asia; established in 1922; included Russia and 14 other soviet socialist republics (Ukraine and Byelorussia and others); officially dissolved 31 December 1991

2. Soviet Russia, Russia, Russian Soviet Federated Socialist Republic

usage: formerly the largest Soviet Socialist Republic in the USSR occupying eastern Europe and northern Asia

3. Russia

usage: a former empire in eastern Europe and northern Asia created in the 14th century with Moscow as the capital; powerful in the 17th and 18th centuries under Peter the Great and Catherine the Great when Saint Petersburg was the capital; overthrown by revolution in 1917

4. Russia, Russian Federation

usage: a federation in northeastern Europe and northern Asia; formerly Soviet Russia; since 1991 an independent state

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