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A: Palace Embankment

by Sergey Zhurov, 20 meters away

Palace Embankment

B: Embankment near The State Hermitage Museum

by Ivan Garanin, 60 meters away

Embankment near The State Hermitage Museum

C: Hermitage. Jordan Staircase. Эрмитаж. Иорданская лестница

by Koshelev, 130 meters away

Парадной лестнице - блестящему шедевру барокко - отводилась важнейшая роль. Гости императоров, послы ...

Hermitage. Jordan Staircase.  Эрмитаж. Иорданская лестница

D: Вид с Дворцового моста в Петербурге

by Koshelev, 130 meters away

Вид на Петропавловский собор, Биржу на Васильевском острове, Зимний дворец - Эрмитаж, Адмиралтейство....

Вид с Дворцового моста в Петербурге

E: Garden of Winter Palace, Petersburg

by Vladimir Georgievskiy, 140 meters away

he Winter Palace (Russian: Зимний дворец) in Saint Petersburg, Russia, was, from 1732 to 1917, the of...

Garden of Winter Palace, Petersburg

F: Winter Palace

by Sergey Zhurov, 140 meters away

Winter Palace

G: Neva-river-Peterburg

by Vladimir Georgievskiy, 160 meters away

The embankment of Peterburg: splendid view of Neva river with its fountains, vessels, lines of Zimniy...

Neva-river-Peterburg

H: Saint Petersburg State Pediatric Medical University

by Gennadii Afonin, 170 meters away

Saint Petersburg State Pediatric Medical University (Санкт-Петербургский государственный педиатрическ...

Saint Petersburg State Pediatric Medical University

J: Hermitage courtyard

by Koshelev, 180 meters away

Courtyard of the Winter palace (architect G.F.Rastrelli, 18 centuries). Enters into a complex of buil...

Hermitage courtyard

This panorama was taken in St. Petersburg, Russia

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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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