Altai mountains, Katun river
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Altai mountains, Katun river

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A: River Katun in Altay mountains

Par Andrey Shevchenko, à 130 mètres

River Katun in Altay mountains

B: Altai mountains, horses on field

Par Andrey Shevchenko, à 710 mètres

Altai mountains, horses on field

C: Altay mountains, young conifer forest

Par Andrey Shevchenko, à 800 mètres

Altay mountains, young conifer forest

D: river Katun, Altay mountains

Par Andrey Shevchenko, à 870 mètres

river Katun, Altay mountains

E: Kosmodrom 1

Par ukushurik ukush, à 900 mètres

Kosmodrom 1

F: Kosmodrom

Par ukushurik ukush, à 930 mètres

Kosmodrom

G: Altay mountains, glade on Katun coast

Par Andrey Shevchenko, à 940 mètres

Altay mountains, glade on Katun coast

H: Hotel Room

Par Ivan Mel, A 1.8 km

Wooden room in recreation centre. Russia, Altai

Hotel Room

I: Askat Basa

Par ukushurik ukush, A 7.0 km

Askat Basa

J: Patmos Island (Altai, Chemal)

Par Ivan Mel, A 19.8 km

This island named by island small Greek island of Patmos. The island was consecrated in 1855, and lat...

Patmos Island (Altai, Chemal)

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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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