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by Serge Vorobiev, 20 meters away

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by Aleksey Shimeshov, 30 meters away

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C: Dsc08755 Dsc08774

by Aleksey Shimeshov, 40 meters away

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D: Chelaybinsk, UCDF Batizado

by Aleksey Shimeshov, 290 meters away

Chelaybinsk, UCDF Batizado

E: Chelyabinsk, South Ural State University at night

by Aleksey Shimeshov, 430 meters away

Chelyabinsk, South Ural State University at night

F: The South Ural state university, Chelyabinsk

by Ildar Gabdrakhmanov, 440 meters away

SUSU is one of the largest universities of Russia. It was founded in 1943. SUSU has 35 faculties, 13 ...

The South Ural state university, Chelyabinsk

G: ЮУрГУ вид от студента

by Arten Dudin, 440 meters away

ЮУрГУ вид от студента

H: SUSU

by Nikita Biserov, 440 meters away

ЮУрГУ после снегопада 26.04.2014

SUSU

I: SUSU 2nd Floor

by Arten Dudin, 450 meters away

SUSU 2nd Floor

J: Chelyabinsk, Gagarin park, at the pond

by Aleksey Shimeshov, 570 meters away

Chelyabinsk, Gagarin park, at the pond

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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