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The ruins of an abandoned hospital.

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A: The ruins of an abandoned hospital.

by Yuriy Bel'mesov, 10 meters away

The ruins of an abandoned hospital.

B: The ruins of an abandoned hospital.

by Yuriy Bel'mesov, 10 meters away

The ruins of an abandoned hospital.

C: Birds Hill. Berezovsky, the Urals, Russia.

by Yuriy Bel'mesov, 1.1 km away

Birds Hill. Berezovsky, the Urals, Russia.

D: garage

by Ivan, 1.2 km away

garage

E: Russia, Berezovsky, health track 2009

by Yuriy Bel'mesov, 1.7 km away

Russia, Berezovsky, health track 2009

F: bridge

by Anton Fadeev, 1.9 km away

bridge

G: In the garden

by Evgeny Pogrebnyak, 2.9 km away

In the garden

H: Pishma river

by Evgeny Pogrebnyak, 3.0 km away

Pishma river

I: Tour night

by Artem Kaygorodov, 3.1 km away

Tour night

J: Sands near Ekaterinburg

by Eu Sh, 3.3 km away

Sands near Ekaterinburg

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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