Geography of the Soviet Union:

Yes, there are deserts in "Russia"; more specifically they are located in Central Asia, not really "Russia" proper anymore. The Kyzylkum is to the east of the Amu Daria River and the Karakum--to the west of that river.

The Kyzylkum (aka Qizilqum, Қызылқұм, etc.)--red sand--is the eleventh largest desert in the world and is split between Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan, covering almost three hundred thousand sq. km. On the west it is bounded by the Amu Daria River; and across that river is the Karakum (aka Garagum, Караку́мы, etc.)--black sand--which encompasses well over half the land area of Turkmenistan, about three hundred thousand sq. km. The Karakum is east of the Caspian Sea, south of the Aral Sea and north of Iran. Both deserts can get very hot, hot, hot.

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A tree blooms in the Kyzylkum desert!

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A sandstorm in the Karakum desert.

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A panorama image of Central Asia featuring a view of the Karakum and Kyzylkum deserts. In this image, the Caspian Sea is to the far left; the Aral Sea is in the upper center; and the "lake" in between is Lake Sarykamysh, sometimes dry. The Karakum is below the Aral Sea, and the Kyzilkum is to the right..
Used with the permission of Dr. William Bowen, California Geographical Survey