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Verhnyaya Boyovka
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damp in Averino
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damp in Nikolskoe
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Sherbakovka
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on the boundary of Sverdlovsk and Chelyabinsk regions
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Church in Kleopino
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house landlord
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abandoned house
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Znamenka
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Kosmakova
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строящаяся база отдыха "Карагуз" 4
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Shaanxi Xi'an Mt. Huashan 10——Gold Lock Pass
Gabor Bodis
Staircase
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CARCROSS DESERT
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Frank Lloyd Wright's Esplanade near the Waterdome
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Uragh Stone Circle at Lough Inchiquin near Kenmare Ireland
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Aberdeen Marina Breakwater
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Landscape Wellton park
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Shaanxi Xi'an Mt. Huashan 17——South Peak (Landing Wild Geese Peak)
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Sunrise in Rodos
Kobel Rudolf
The Main Prang HDR
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Écomusée de la vigne et du vin de Gradignan - France
Marco Chiaudano
Villa Torlonia, Casina Delle Civette, Entrance
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Базальтовые скалы
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View of Shartash
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plant ZHBI 4
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Ice City - 2012 - 3
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Aramil's dam
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USTU (URFU)
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Место для отдыха
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Malysheva 19 (3)
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Церковь Николая Чудотворца
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sobor spasa preobrozheniya
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temple
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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 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.