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Interior church of Saint John the Chrysostom Godenovo.
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Life-giving Cross
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The church of Saint John the Chrysostom Godenovo.
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Hram 9325 panorama
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Hram 9364 panorama
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Hram 9312 panorama
Spaso-Jakovlevsky monastery - Rostov Velikiy
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Спасо-Яковлевский Димитриев монастырь
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Спасо-Яковлевский Димитриев монастырь
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Спасо-Яковлевский Димитриев монастырь
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Гостиница "Усадьба Плешанова"
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Гостиница "Усадьба Плешанова"
Alexey Yuzhakov
Semyenkovo. Zhukova house. Stove
Nimenenea
Tirgu-Mures Christmas tree
Jedsada Puangsaichai
Ubosot, Wat Chedi Luang, Chiang Mai
Matt Nolan
CRREL Permafrost Tunnel 5m into winze
Tom Sadowski
Tessellated Pavement 1
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Neige sur la tete de Laennec devant la Mairie de Quimper
Toni Garbasso
Pima Air Museum, Convair B 36j Peacemaker
C360.NL - Henri Smeets
Dam Square, Amsterdam at Christmas time.
Toni Garbasso
Finger Rock Trail Catalina Mountains
Jevgenijs Nikitins
Livani Glass factory
Leif Nygaard Eilertsen
Dragoer Sea Bath December 20091220v1c
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Noel Quimper pont ste Catherine
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Landing stage for yachts and boats
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Future Olympic village
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Life-giving Cross
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Festival of sandy sculptures of 2008
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Fountain Nymph
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Fashion interwar period
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Riga Art Nouveau Museum-Kitchen and maid chamber
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Waiting hall
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WWII - Sochi hospital city
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Mihails Eizenšteins-Alberta4
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Picnic on road shoulder
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Evening townscape
More About 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 ChitaAlthough 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.