Karelia

[ kuh-reel-yuh; Russian kuh-rye-lyi-yuh ]
/ kəˈril yə; Russian kʌˈryɛ lyɪ yə /

noun

a region in the NW Russian Federation in Europe, comprising Lake Ladoga and Onega Lake and the adjoining area along the E border of Finland.

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Karelia
/ (kəˈriːlɪə, Russian kaˈreljə) /

noun

a region of NE Europe comprising areas of both Finland and Russia. Following the Russo-Finnish War (1939–40) a large part of what had been Finnish Karelia was annexed by the former Soviet Union; together with the part of Karelia which already belonged to Russia at that time, it corresponds roughly to the modern Karelian Republic in Russia
another name for the Karelian Republic
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