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Russia is an ethnically diverse country, with around 160 ethnic groups and approximately 100 spoken languages. Russia is the home of the world's most famous ballet companies, the Bolshoi (Moscow) and the Mariinsky (Saint Petersburg), and dominated professional chess for the last century. Between 1927 and 2005, Chess World Champions included: Alekhine, Botvinnik, Smyslov, Tal, Petrosian, Spassky, Karpov, Kasparov, Khalifman, and Kramnik. During this period, only the years 1935-37 (when Max Euwe won) and 1972-75 (when Bobby Fischer won) saw no Russian/Soviet Champion. Today, 24 of the world's top 100 chess players are Russian.
Russia has made major contributions to world culture through literature (Pushkin, Chekhov, Tolstoy, and Dostoyevsky), philosophy (Bakunin and Kropotkin), and classical music (Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninoff, Stravinsky, and Shostakovich). A large proportion of the world's scientific literature is published in Russian, and the country has produced a number of influential scientists, from mathematicians such as Nikolai Lobachevsky (inventor of non-Euclidean geometry), to chemists such as Dmitri Mendeleev (inventor of the Periodic table), and physicists such as Alexander Popov (inventor of radio) and Nikolai Basov & Alexander Prokhorov (co-inventors of laser technology).
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