If you're expected to produce a paper that is a general overview, then a general topic will suffice.
However, if you're expected to write a specific analysis, then you're topic should be fairly specific.
An essay is a written composition where you express a specific idea and then support it with facts, statements, analysis and explanations.
The basic format for an essay is known as the five paragraph essay – but an essay may have as many paragraphs as needed. However, the essay itself consists of three sections: an introduction, a body and a conclusion.
And the farther along in school you get, the more complex and demanding the essays will become.
It's important that you learn early on how to write effective essays that communicate clearly and accomplish specific objectives.
Some people prefer and work better with the flowing structure of a diagram.
Others like the rigid and logical structure of an outline.
For example, lets assume the objective of your essay is to write an overview. However, if the objective or your essay is to write a specific analysis, then "RUSSIA" would be far too general a topic.
You'll need to narrow down your topic to something like "Russian Politics: Past, Present and Future" or "Racial Diversity in the Former USSR". Or to education about a person, place, thing or idea?