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1. Russia's reputation suffered internationally, however, in late 2004 when it threw its support behind government candidates in Ukraine and the Georgian region of Abkhazia; in both elections, the candidates Moscow opposed ultimately succeeded despite strong resistance on the part of the existing governments to change.
2. Russia became involved in the French Revolutionary Wars under Catherine's successor, the demented Paul I, who was murdered in 1801.
3. Russia was defeated in the unpopular Russo-Japanese war in 1905.
4. While its population is aging, the high number of deaths of working-age males due to cardiovascular disease is a major cause of Russia's demographic woes.
5. Because great emphasis is placed on science and technology in education, Russian medical, mathematical, scientific, and space and aviation research is still generally of a high order.
6. The Soviet economy and society stagnated in the following decades until General Secretary Mikhail Gorbachec (1985-91) introduced glasnost (open) and perestroika (restructuring) in an attempt to modernize Communism, but his initiatives inadvertently released forces that by December 1991 splintered the USSR into Russia and 14 other independent republics.
7. Russian is the official language of Russia and is one of the six official languages of the United Nations.
8. The Russian labor force, amounting to nearly 76 million workers in 2009, is undergoing tremendous changes.
INTERLUDE-- Are you finding this article helpful so far? I hope so because that's the purpose of this article - to get you better educated about Russia and other related topics. Below are the additional facts that should assist with your research:
1. In a dramatic speech in September 1993, President Yeltsin dissolved the Russian parliament and called for new national elections and a new constitution.
2. In late 1994, the Russian security forces launched a brutal operation in the Republic of Chechnya against rebels who were intent on separation from Russia.