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by Анатолий Макаров, 30 meters away

B: 7 K-7 appartments at one point

by Artem Svetlov, 1.0 km away

Quarter on the street Obrucheva. Here are demolished the old five-story houses that were built in the...

7 K-7 appartments at one point

C: Brownfield, redevelopment on Novye Cheremushki district

by Artem Svetlov, 1.1 km away

Quarter on the street Obrucheva. Here are demolished the old five-story houses that were built in the...

Brownfield, redevelopment on Novye Cheremushki district

D: 70 km on the bike on the night Moscow

by Ruben Karapetyan, 1.3 km away

70 km on the bike on the night Moscow

E: Voroncovkii Park

by Roman Efimoff, 1.6 km away

Voroncovkii Park

F: Skatepark in Lomonosovsky

by Alexey, 1.6 km away

Skatepark in Lomonosovsky

G: Musor

by Roman Efimoff, 1.6 km away

Musor

H:

by Анатолий Макаров, 1.9 km away

I: Shopping center "Ramstor the Capitol"

by Artem Ryazanov, 2.6 km away

Shopping center "Ramstor the Capitol"

J: Tsaritsyno Museum

by Olga Agni, 2.7 km away

Tsaritsyno - palace and park ensemble in the south of Moscow; laid on the orders of Empress Catherine...

Tsaritsyno Museum

This panorama was taken in 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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