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A: Gatchina palace

by Ilya Savitskiy, 50 meters away

Platz of Gatchina palace. Russia, North-West region. Winter

Gatchina palace

B: Gatchina

by Ivan Vania, 250 meters away

22-08-2013

Gatchina

C: The Orthodox Church of St. Alexey

by Ivan Garanin, 11.4 km away

Построена в начале XX в. по проекту гражданского инженера И. В. Экскузовича.babs71.livejournal.com/49...

The Orthodox Church of St. Alexey

D: Memorial defenders of the Motherland

by Ivan Garanin, 14.4 km away

During World War II while approaching Otechestvennoly nemtsky troops to Leningrad from the cruiser "A...

Memorial defenders of the Motherland

E: Monument to the sailors cruiser "Aurora".

by Ivan Garanin, 14.7 km away

At this point in September, 1941, № 2 sailors gun cruiser "Aurora", under the command of Lieutenant A...

Monument to the sailors cruiser "Aurora".

F: Spring at Orekhovaya mountain

by Ivan Garanin, 15.0 km away

Spring at Orekhovaya mountain

G: Near Ioanovskoe cemetery

by Ivan Garanin, 15.2 km away

Near Ioanovskoe cemetery

H: Railway station Mozhayskoe

by Ivan Garanin, 15.5 km away

Railway station Mozhayskoe

I: Voronya (Crow) mountain

by Ivan Garanin, 15.5 km away

The hill height 175.9 m above sea level, located to the south-west of St. Petersburg. Is the highest ...

Voronya (Crow) mountain

J: A typical plot in horticulture.

by Dmitriy Krasko, 16.2 km away

A typical plot in horticulture.

This panorama was taken in Russia

This is an overview of 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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