A. Shein in Azov
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A. Shein in Azov

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Впервые в отечественной истории первым русским генералиссимусом стал в 1696 году соратник молодого царя Петра боярин Алексей Семенович Шеин, командовавший всеми войсками во втором Азовском походе.

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A: City center Azov at night

by Lev Romanov, 70 meters away

City center Azov at night

B: Monument to V.I.Lenin to Azov.

by Lev Romanov, 190 meters away

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Monument to V.I.Lenin to Azov.

C: kinoteatr oktyabr

by Lev Romanov, 250 meters away

kinoteatr oktyabr

D: Viewing point

by Lev Romanov, 310 meters away

Viewing point

E: Monument to Pushkin

by Lev Romanov, 460 meters away

Monument to Pushkin

F: Rampart Azov

by Lev Romanov, 490 meters away

Rampart Azov

G: The elements of the Azov fortress

by Vinichenko Olga, 490 meters away

The elements of the Azov fortress

H: 1 scool

by Lev Romanov, 630 meters away

1 scool

I: River port in Azov

by Lev Romanov, 730 meters away

River port in Azov

River port in Azov

J: The Azov recreation park

by Lev Romanov, 840 meters away

The Azov recreation park

This panorama was taken in 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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