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Thunderstorm in may

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A: Fedulova square at night

od dmitry-o-belov, 4.0 km daleko

Fedulova square at night

B: Monument to the 800th anniversary of Vologda

od Dmitry Levin, 5.9 km daleko

Monument to the 800th anniversary of Vologda

C: Vologda - The monument to 800-years of Vologda

od Shusharin-EDA, 5.9 km daleko

Vologda - the cultural center of Russian North. Situated between Moscow and St. Petersburg. Vologda w...

Vologda - The monument to 800-years of Vologda

D: The monument erected in honour of 800 years of Vologda

od Aleksy Kirilovskiy, 5.9 km daleko

Designed by G.P.Kontarev and T.P.Kontarev.Located on the bank of the Vologda River.

The monument erected in honour  of 800 years of  Vologda

E: Bridge of lovers

od Dmitry Levin, 6.0 km daleko

Bridge of lovers

F: Chapel in the honor of Nativity of Christ

od Dmitry Levin, 6.1 km daleko

Chapel in the honor of Nativity of Christ

H: Vologda Kremlin 2

od Алексей Попов, 6.2 km daleko

Vologda Kremlin 2

Vologda Kremlin 2

I: Vologda Kremlin

od Shusharin-EDA, 6.2 km daleko

Vologda - the cultural center of Russian North. Situated between Moscow and St. Petersburg. Vologda w...

Vologda Kremlin

J: Kremlin Square. Vologda

od Dmitry Plavkov, 6.3 km daleko

Kremlin Square. Vologda

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Just in case you mistakenly heard that it was all ice and snow in Russia, take a peek at the Big Bikini Exposition. This is right on the river Moskva in Moscow!

Moscow has been the capital of Russia for almost its entire history. The exception is during the period of the Russian Empire, which lasted from 1721 until the Russian Revolution 1917. For these two centuries the capital was St. Petersburg. The Russian Empire was the second largest contiguous Empire in world memory; only the Mongol Empire had been greater.

Check out what's happening north of Mongolia these days, in Chita

Although you may not have heard of Sochi, on the Black Sea, they're building up quickly and hope to host the 2014 Olympics.

Other periods of Russian history include the Tsardom of Russia, from Ivan IV to Peter the Great, and the Grand Duchy (14th-16th centuries).

The earliest period of Russian history was ruled by the Novgorod Republic and Kievan Rus, which was the first Russian state dating back to 800AD in Kiev.

Modern Russia remains one of the world's superpowers. They launched the earth's second satellite, called Sputnik 1, and were the first country to put a human being into orbit around earth. (The first one is called the Moon.)

After the breakup of the Soviet Union in 1991, Russia became a federal republic of 83 states.

Text by Steve Smith.

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