These plains are predominantly steppe to the south and heavily forested to the north, with tundra along the northern coast.Mountain ranges are found along the southern borders, such as the Caucasus (containing Mount Elbrus, Russia's and Europe's highest point at 18,511 feet (5642 meters), and the Altai, and in the eastern parts, such as the Verkhoyansk Range or the volcanoes on Kamchatka.Major lakes include Lake Baikal, Lake Ladoga, and Lake Onega.Russia has major deposits of petroleum, natural gas, coal, timber and many strategic minerals.
Major islands and archipelagos include Novaya Zemlya, the Franz Josef Land, the New Siberian Islands, Wrangel Island, the Kuril Islands and Sakhalin.
Investigators found eleven shell casings at the scene and found Branch unresponsive with bullet wounds to the legs, abdomen, and head.
Prosecutors say Branch had the developmental capacity of a 13-year-old and was born with a developmental disorder called hydrocephalus.
The Russian Federation emerged as a great power in the early twenty-first century, also considered to be an energy superpower.
The country is considered the Soviet Union's successor state in diplomatic matters, and is a permanent member of the United Nations Security Council.