The largest part of the Soviet Union was Russia, and when the Soviet Union broke up, Russia adopted a Constitution and a new flag, declaring itself the Russian Federation on June 12, 1990.
|This is the first Russian nesting doll.|
One of my favorite aspects of Russian culture is the matryoshka or nesting doll. Nowadays you can find modern nesting dolls of things such as Winnie-the-Pooh and cats, but even the old fashioned matryoshka aren't as old as you might think; the craft began in some workshops near Moscow in 1890.
Watch the hand-carving of nesting dolls, using a lathe.
Make some nesting dolls!
To learn more about Russia, check out the BBC News' profile.
Enchanted Learning has a variety of resources, including Russian map activities and worksheets that teach beginning Russian language.
And Kids' Culture Center has a lot of links to explore a lot of Russian topics.