Chelyabinsk. Ferris wheel
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Chelyabinsk. Ferris wheel

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B: Park of Pushkin. A fountain.

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Park of Pushkin. A fountain.

C: Arbour in the Park of Pushkin

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E: The Chelyabinsk state academic drama theatre of N.Orlova, Chelyabinsk

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F: Academic Theater of Drama

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G: path to the Drama

by Sergey Korotkov, 410 meters away

path to the Drama

H: Chelyabinsk, 275 years celebration

by Aleksey Shimeshov, 470 meters away

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I: Chelyabinsk, Sphere of Love

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J: Sfera of love

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This panorama was taken in Chelyabinsk, Russia

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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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