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A: Церковь Зосимы и св. Савватия

by Михаил Шишов, 40 meters away

Церковь Зосимы и св. Савватия

B: Steps nearby Marine Museum / Лестница у Морского музея

by Antushev Vladimir, 50 meters away

Архангельск. Набережная Северной Двины. Лестница вниз от Соловецкого Подворья к реке возле Морского м...

Steps nearby Marine Museum / Лестница у Морского музея

C: 360-Kenozero-national-park-Arhangelsk-office

by Churbanov Yakov, 90 meters away

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360-Kenozero-national-park-Arhangelsk-office

D: Pioneer palace / Дом пионеров

by Antushev Vladimir, 120 meters away

Архангельск. Набережная. Областной центр дополнительного образования, "дом пионеров" в 2010 отметил с...

Pioneer palace / Дом пионеров

E: ОЦДО (Дворец пионеров)

by Михаил Шишов, 120 meters away

ОЦДО (Дворец пионеров)

F: Церковь Никольская

by Михаил Шишов, 130 meters away

Церковь Никольская

G: Театральный переулок

by Tatyana P, 130 meters away

Театральный переулок

I: Troitskiy 39 avenue.Troitskiy 39 Ave. Arkhangelsk, Russia

by Churbanov Yakov, 150 meters away

Troitskiy 39 avenue. Arkhangelsk, Russia ,Троицкий проспект ,дом 39

Troitskiy 39 avenue.Troitskiy 39 Ave. Arkhangelsk, Russia

J: Cinema "Sever" / Кинотеатр "Север"

by Antushev Vladimir, 170 meters away

Архангельск. Здание кинотеатра "Север" - здание бывшего кинематографа "Эдисон", черты которого отчетл...

Cinema "Sever" / Кинотеатр "Север"

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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