Embankment Iset, Yekaterinburg 22 04 10
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Embankment Iset, Yekaterinburg 22 04 10

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A: Embankment Iset, Yekaterinburg 22 04 10

by Yuriy Bel'mesov, 280 meters away

Embankment Iset, Yekaterinburg 22 04 10

C: Winter city #03

by Anton Fedorchenko, 420 meters away

Winter embankment of the river Iset

Winter city #03

D: Winter city #04

by Anton Fedorchenko, 420 meters away

Winter embankment of the river Iset

Winter city #04

E: between circus and summit business centre

by Anton Fadeev, 430 meters away

between circus and summit business centre

F: Sberbank

by Anton Fadeev, 450 meters away

Sberbank

G: Памятник клавиатуре

by Anton Fadeev, 480 meters away

Памятник клавиатуре

H: hall of Summit business centre

by Anton Fadeev, 490 meters away

hall of Summit business centre

I: Winter city #02

by Anton Fedorchenko, 510 meters away

  Winter embankment of the river Iset  

Winter city #02

J: view from the terrace of Summit Business Centre

by Anton Fadeev, 510 meters away

view from the terrace of Summit Business Centre

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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