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A: Bolsheokhtinsky Bridge

by Churbanov Yakov, 250 meters away

 Bolsheokhtinsky Bridge (Russian: Большеохтинский мост, before 1917 - Peter the Great Bridge, Russian...

Bolsheokhtinsky Bridge

B: Saint Petersburg city. Bolsheokhtinsky Bridge 2

by njifoo, 310 meters away

The bridge was build in 1909 and named after the Russian monarch Piter the Great, after 1917 it had b...

Saint Petersburg city. Bolsheokhtinsky Bridge 2

E: View of the Smolny Cathedral in Malookhtinsky Prospect

by Dmitriy Krasko, 510 meters away

Neva river

View of the Smolny Cathedral in Malookhtinsky Prospect

F: At Smolny (1) 26.08.2011

by Andrey Minenko, 810 meters away

At Smolny (1) 26.08.2011

G: At Smolny (2) 26.08.2011

by Andrey Minenko, 870 meters away

At Smolny (2) 26.08.2011

H: At Smolny (3) 26.08.2011

by Andrey Minenko, 910 meters away

At Smolny (3) 26.08.2011

I: Смольный собор в Петербурге

by Koshelev, 920 meters away

В 1740-е годы наследница царского престола Елизавета Петровна решила провести последние годы своей жи...

Смольный собор в Петербурге

J: SMOLNY CATHEDRAL, St Petersburg

by Churbanov Yakov, 940 meters away

 This is a Stereo- (or Anaglyph-) equi-panorama. You need red/cyan spectacles (red over left eye) to ...

SMOLNY CATHEDRAL, St Petersburg

This panorama was taken in St. Petersburg, 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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