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A: public library

by Anton Konovalov, 40 meters away

public library

B:

by lexlin©, 200 meters away

C: Chelyabinsk, Lady on Kirovka Street

by Aleksey Shimeshov, 220 meters away

Chelyabinsk, Lady on Kirovka Street

D: Revolution Square. Christmas tree.

by Sergey Korotkov, 260 meters away

Revolution Square. Christmas tree.

E: Chelyabinks, main Cristmas tree

by Aleksey Shimeshov, 270 meters away

Chelyabinks, main Cristmas tree

F: Ice-town-Chelyabinsk-evening

by Миша Галян, 290 meters away

New Year Ice town in Chelyabinsk, Russia

Ice-town-Chelyabinsk-evening

G:

by lexlin©, 300 meters away

H: Meeting against restitution in Chelyabinsk

by Миша Галян, 300 meters away

Meeting against restitution in Chelyabinsk

I: Ice town building in Chelyabinsk, Russia

by Миша Галян, 300 meters away

Ice town building in Chelyabinsk, Russia. Snow machine is working

Ice town building in Chelyabinsk, Russia

J: Chelyabinsk, new Year scene

by Aleksey Shimeshov, 300 meters away

Chelyabinsk, new Year scene

This panorama was taken in Chelyabinsk, 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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