1.Which region is Russia’s most valuable to farmers?

2.Nearly four million square miles in Russia’s taiga is covered by _____.

3.After the end of communism, the standard of living dropped for many Russians due to _____.
a.inflation and unemployment
b.environmental pollution
c.informal transfers
d.the return to a command economy

1 Answer

  • 1. C) Steppe. The steppe is one of the more typical Russian landscapes and contains the most favorable conditions for communities to settle around agriculture. This is due to the Steppes being more southern than most other Russian landscapes, possessing more moderate temperatures and sunshine.

    2. B) Forests. The Russian Taiga makes up almost 11 percent of the land area in the Northern Hemisphere. It is the largest type of forest on Earth and also known as a boreal forest, containing pines, spruces and evergreens with a large ecosystem of multiple animals.

    3. A) Inflation and unemployment. When the USSR collapsed in 1991, Yeltsin had no clear path to changing to capitalism and democracy so quickly. Through 'shock therapy' Yeltsin set free the prices of common products and opened Russia up to foreign investments. This caused a devalue of savings, salaries and saw a large unemployment in factories due to the government no longer supporting factories financially for the goods and products they produced. Inflation increased drastically and the new Russian Federation experienced difficulty going straight from communism to private capitalism.