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B: Roofing Saint Petersburg

by Aleksey Bordeckiy, 720 meters away

Roof with views of the Peter and Paul fortress, the Neva river and the Winter Palace.

Roofing Saint Petersburg

C: Petrogradskaya Embankment St. Petersburg

by Shurygin Andrey, 770 meters away

PETROGRADSKAYA EMBANKMENT known as Peterburgskaya Embankment until 1914. It lies between Petrovskaya ...

Petrogradskaya Embankment St. Petersburg

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by cmapuk-noxa6bl4, 810 meters away

E: Artillery Museum Old Canon

by Alexandr Suslov, 870 meters away

Artillery Museum Old Canon

F: St. Petersburg Planetarium

by Dmitriy Krasko, 900 meters away

Panorama of St. Petersburg with a starry sky of the planetarium. The planetarium was built in 1959, t...

St. Petersburg Planetarium

G: Artillery Museum Cannon Stone Bullet

by Alexandr Suslov, 900 meters away

Artillery Museum Cannon Stone Bullet

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by Serge Vorobiev, 910 meters away

I: Artillery Museum Samurai

by Alexandr Suslov, 920 meters away

Artillery Museum Samurai

J: Zayachy Island, Ioannovsky bridge

by Aleksey Zabelin, 950 meters away

Zayachy Island, Ioannovsky bridge

This panorama was taken in St. Petersburg, 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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