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Birzhevaya Square

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Billeder tæt på St. Petersburg

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A: Strelka Vasilievskogo ostrova

Af Якимов Денис, 20 meter væk

Стрелка Васильевского острова, спуск к воде

Strelka Vasilievskogo ostrova

B: Strelka of Vasilievsky Island

Af Sergey Zhurov, 70 meter væk

The Old Saint Petersburg Stock Exchange and Rostral Columns, are significant examples of Greek Reviva...

Strelka of Vasilievsky Island

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Af Arshak Israelyan, 80 meter væk

E: Vasilyevsky island's Arrow. Night.

Af Artem Dudkevich, 90 meter væk

Vasilyevsky island's Arrow. Night.

F: Stock Exchange

Af Sergey Zhurov, 110 meter væk

Stock Exchange

G: Birzhevaya Square

Af Alex Maksiov, 130 meter væk

Birzhevaya Square

H: Strelka Vasilievskogo ostrova

Af Якимов Денис, 130 meter væk

Стрелка Васильевского острова

Strelka Vasilievskogo ostrova

Dette panorama blev taget i St. Petersburg, Russia

Dette er et overblik over Russia

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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