Pronunciation: (rush'u), [key]
1. Also called Russian Empire. Russian, Rossiya. a former empire in E Europe and N and W Asia: overthrown by the Russian Revolution 1917. Cap.: St. Petersburg (1703–1917).
2. See Union of Soviet Socialist Republics.
3. See Russian Federation.
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