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Top 10 Longest Rivers in Russia

Russia is the largest country in the world in terms of land area. Several largest natural and manmade objects can also be found in Russia. Geographically, parts of Russia are located both in the continents of Asia and Europe. Despite its huge land area, large portion are wasted barren lands.

Russia is the largest country in the world in terms of land area. Several largest natural and manmade objects can also be found in Russia. Geographically, parts of Russia are located both in the continents of Asia and Europe. Despite its huge land area, large portion are wasted barren lands.

Here are the 10 longest rivers in Russia.

1.) Yenesei-Angara-Selenge River

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The longest river in Russia is the Yenisei-Angara-Selenge River system. The combined length of the 3 rivers is 5,539 km.

Yenisei

Length: 748 km

Feature: Largest river system flowing to the Arctic Ocean.

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Angara River

Length: 1,779 kilometers

Features: The only river flowing out of Lake Baikal

     The headwater tributary of the Yenisei River

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Selenga River or Selenge River

Length: 992 km

Feature: Flows into Lake Baikal

The headwaters of the Yenisei-Angara River system

2.) Ob-Irtysh River

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The Ob – Irtysh River is the second longest river in Russia. It is 5,410 km in length and flows through Kazakhstan, China and Mongolia.

Ob or Obi

Length: 2,962 km

Features: World's seventh longest river.

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Irtysh River

Length: 4,248 kilometers

Feature: Its name means White River

3.) Amur-Argun River

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Amur-Argun is the 3rd longest river in Russia. It flows through Russia, China and Mongolia and has a total length of 4,444 kilometers.

Amur or Heilong Jiang

Length: 2,824 km

Features: World’s 10th longest river

Ergune or Argun

Length: 620 km

Feature: Marks the border between China and Russia

4.) *Lena River

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Lena River is the 4th longest river in Russia with a length of 4,400 km.

Features: The easternmost of the great Siberian Rivers that flow into the Artic Ocean

                  World’s 11th longest river in the world

                  World’s 9th largest watershed

      The greatest river whose watershed is entirely within national ranges of Russia

5.) *Volga River

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Volga River, with a length of 3,645 kilometers and flows to the Caspian Sea, is the 5th longest Russian river.

Features: Europe’s largest river

                Regarded as Russia’s national river

6.) *Lower Tunguska River

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Lower Tunguska is considered as the 6th longest river in Russia with a total length of 2,989 kilometers.

Feature: Tributary of the Yenisei

7.) *Viljuy River

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With a length of 2,650 kilometers, Viljuy River is the 7th longest Russian river.

The Vilyuy basin is sparsely populated.

8.) *Kolyma

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Kolyma, with a length of 2,513 kilometers, is the 8th longest river in Russia. It flows to the East Siberian Sea.

Feature: It is frozen 8 months each year

9.) Upper Ob – Katun River

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The Upper Ob-Katun River has a length of 2,490 kilometers making it the 9th longest Russian river.

Katun River

Length: 688 kilometers

Feature: One of Russia’s navigable rivers

10.) *Ural River

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Ural River is the 10th longest Russian river with a total length of 2,428 kilometers. It is shared by Russia and Kazakhstan. It flows to the Caspian Sea and is also called Jay?q/Zhayyq.

Feature: Europe’s 3rd longest river

*The Rivers Lena, Volga, Viljuy, Kolyma and Lower Tunguska are all exclusively located or flow in Russia only.

See also

Bizarre, Unique and Weird Rivers of the World

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Comments (5)

I love to travel, got to Finland and so close to Russia...wish I had gone to visit. Thanks for the tour! You got buzzzed

Great facts here, vote up!

I never expected Russia to be so beautiful. I enjoyed reading and seeing your photos. Beautiful!!!!

Very interesting.  Beautiful pic too.

Beautiful photos and interesting statistics.

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