Russia may technically be called a Eurasian country, but all indicators state otherwise. It wouldn’t be incorrect to say that Russia is a European country with much of its territory in Asia.
- Russia comprises about 40% of the total landmass of Europe.
- 78% of Russia’s population lives in the European Russia.
- Moscow, the capital of the Russian Federation, is the second-most populous city in Europe (after Istanbul).
- The Revolt against the Mongols started from the state/principality of Muscovy, whose capital was Moscow.
- Russians are predominantly East Slavs, and all scholars and historians accept the East Slavs as ethnically Europeans.
- Russians are largely Orthodox Christians, a legacy of the Byzantine Empire.
- The Russian language is written in the Cyrillic script, which is an evolved/derived form of an ancient Greek script. Most of the “sounds ” in spoken Russian relate closely with other East European languages. The Cyrillic script and its first documented usage is credited to the First Bulgarian Empire (10th Century AD).
- Russian cuisine and eating customs are closely aligned with European traditions, and the Franco-Russian Cuisine is a testimony to the similarity in eating habits of the Russians and other Europeans.
We look forward to your comments and counter arguments.
Ref: Map of Russia