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Художественная школа, городская поликлиника №2

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A: Chibyu River Bridge

by Sergey Kalinin, 380 meters away

Chibyu River Bridge

B: Forestry College

by Sergey Kalinin, 430 meters away

Forestry College

C: Komsomolskaya Square

by Sergey Kalinin, 440 meters away

Komsomolskaya Square

D: Christmas tree USMN - 2013

by Sergey Kalinin, 450 meters away

Christmas tree USMN - 2013

E: Transneft SMN

by Sergey Kalinin, 470 meters away

Транснефть ОАО "СМН" г. Ухта

Transneft SMN

F: New year 2012

by Sergey Kalinin, 470 meters away

New year 2012

G: Komsomolskaya Square

by Sergey Kalinin, 500 meters away

Komsomolskaya Square

H: USMN - christmas tree 2013

by Sergey Kalinin, 510 meters away

USMN - christmas tree 2013

I: Christmas tree SGP - 2013

by Sergey Kalinin, 580 meters away

Christmas tree SGP - 2013

J: Gazprom

by Sergey Kalinin, 610 meters away

Gazprom

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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