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A: Peak of Big Bogdo

by Dmitry Konnov, 300 meters away

Peak of Big Bogdo

B:

by Dmitry Konnov, 370 meters away

C: Big Bogdo

by BolshoyName, 390 meters away

Big Bogdo

D: Гора Богдо. Смотровая площадка.

by © Denis Gavrilin, 400 meters away

Отличная смотровая площадка, но не столько на гору, а на озеро Баскунчак.

Гора Богдо. Смотровая площадка.

E: Lake Baskunchak 2

by Med-Art, 400 meters away

views from Great Bogd, вид с Большого Богдо

Lake Baskunchak 2

F: Богдо

by © Denis Gavrilin, 400 meters away

Гора Большо́е Богдо́ (149,6 м над уровнем моря) — самая высокая точка Прикаспийской низменности. Она ...

Богдо

G: Lake Baskunchak 3

by Med-Art, 420 meters away

Lake Baskunchak,salty lake,озеро Баскунчак, соленое озеро

Lake Baskunchak 3

H:

by Dmitry Konnov, 420 meters away

I: Гора Богдо. Беседка ветра.

by © Denis Gavrilin, 450 meters away

Подножие горы Богдо лежит на два десятка метров ниже уровня моря, а вершина — примерно на 130 выше. В...

Гора Богдо. Беседка ветра.

J: Гора Богдо. Флора

by © Denis Gavrilin, 460 meters away

Гора Богдо является единственным в России местообитанием пискливого геккончика. Но я ни одного не вст...

Гора Богдо. Флора

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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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