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Butter Meadow (Russian: Масляный луг) in fall at morning after the rain

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The Yelagin Palace, placed on Yelagin Island at the mouth of Neva River in St. Petersburg, Russia. The villa was designed by the architect Carlo Rossi.

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A: Latona Pano

by Aleksey Zabelin, 60 meters away

Latona Pano

B: The Yelagin Island

by Vladimir Ivanov, 110 meters away

The Yelagin Island

C: Big Square Pano

by Aleksey Zabelin, 270 meters away

Big Square Pano

D: The opening of the motorcycle season 2014 in SPb

by Salin Aleksandr, 390 meters away

The opening of the motorcycle season 2014 in SPb

E: Savushkina st. 68-70

by Salin Aleksandr, 560 meters away

Savushkina st. 68-70

F: Square Margelov

by Salin Aleksandr, 640 meters away

Square Margelov

G: Office2

by Evgeny Verveyko, 790 meters away

Office2

H: Yamaha Music Shop

by Alexandr Suslov, 960 meters away

Yamaha Music Shop

I: Dibunovskaya st. 77

by Salin Aleksandr, 1.1 km away

Dibunovskaya st. 77

J: Dibunovskaya st. 77

by Salin Aleksandr, 1.1 km away

Dibunovskaya st. 77

This panorama was taken in St. Petersburg, 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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