Maximum realistic territorial gains for the Russian Empire?

Apr 2017
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U.S.A.
Being one of the largest Russian cities in 1897 is not important enough?
It only has one million people now, I see no way to quintuple its population. Only St. Petersburg and Moscow reach that amount. Unless Odessa became the capital for some reason, I can't see it happening.
 
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Ad Honoris
May 2014
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It only has one million people now, I see no way to quintuple its population. Only St. Petersburg and Moscow reach that amount. Unless Odessa became the capital for some reason, I can't see it happening.
Fair enough, I suppose; after all, even in Soviet times (at least in 1989), Odessa was only #17 by population: