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Butovo's Cross near Temple. Butovo firing range. Panorama. May 2011.

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Butovo's Cross near Temple of new martyrs and confessors of Russia in Butovo. Butovo Shooting Range. May 2011.

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A: Temple of new martyrs and confessors of Russia in Butovo. May 2011.

by Alexander Adashkevich, 40 meters away

Temple of new martyrs and confessors of Russia in Butovo. Butovo Shooting Range. May 2011.

Temple of new martyrs and confessors of Russia in Butovo. May 2011.

B: Skobelevskaya 36

by Igor Negura, 2.9 km away

Skobelevskaya 36

C: Skobelevskaya street and light metro station. South Butovo, Russia, Moscow.

by Alexander Adashkevich, 3.1 km away

Skobelevskaya street and light metro station. South Butovo, Russia, Moscow.

Skobelevskaya street and light metro station. South Butovo, Russia, Moscow.

D: Winter forest

by Igor Negura, 3.3 km away

Winter forest

E: Polyani and Skobelevskaya streets. South Butovo, Moscow, Russia.

by Alexander Adashkevich, 3.6 km away

Polyani and Skobelevskaya streets. South Butovo, Moscow, Russia.

Polyani and Skobelevskaya streets. South Butovo, Moscow, Russia.

F: Lazareva, Yujnobutovskaya streets, Admiral Ushakov parkway and light metro station.

by Alexander Adashkevich, 3.7 km away

Lazareva, Yujnobutovskaya streets, Admiral Ushakov parkway and light metro station. South Butovo, Mos...

Lazareva, Yujnobutovskaya streets, Admiral Ushakov parkway and light metro station.

G: Winter in Butovo

by Igor Negura, 3.8 km away

Winter in Butovo

H: Ujnobutovskaya and Gorchakova streets. South Butovo, Moscow, Russia.

by Alexander Adashkevich, 3.9 km away

Ujnobutovskaya and Gorchakova streets. South Butovo, Moscow, Russia.

Ujnobutovskaya and Gorchakova streets. South Butovo, Moscow, Russia.

J: Winter on the North Butovo

by Alexander Peskov, 4.0 km away

Дата съемки - 3 января 2011г. Лес между районами Северное и Южное Бутово

Winter on the North Butovo

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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