|Karelia (kəˈriːlɪə, Russian kaˈreljə)|
|1.||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|
|2.||another name for the Karelian Republic|
respublika (republic), far northwestern Russia. It is bordered to the north by Nenets, to the east by the White Sea, to the south by Lake Ladoga, and to the west by Finland. The capital is Petrozavodsk, on the western shore of Lake Onega.
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