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Panoramic photo by Anastasia Smelaya EXPERT Taken 23:10, 17/06/2011 - Views loading...

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A: Maikop city

by cmapuk-noxa6bl4, 660 meters away

Maikop city

B: Maykop, Adygeya

by cmapuk-noxa6bl4, 670 meters away

Майкоп, столица республики Адыгея

Maykop, Adygeya

C: Limonadniy Zavod

by Anastasia Smelaya, 710 meters away

Бывший лимонадный завод начала ХХ века в г. Майкопе.

Limonadniy Zavod

D: V teni...

by Anastasia Smelaya, 780 meters away

Маленький симпатичный скверик напротив входа в Горпарк в Майкопе

V teni...

E: Staraya lestnitsa

by Anastasia Smelaya, 2.1 km away

Старая полуразрушенная лестница на окраине Майкопа

Staraya lestnitsa

F: After us...

by Anastasia Smelaya, 7.1 km away

Постапакалиптический пейзажик.

After us...

G: Zabroshennaia Ferma

by Anastasia Smelaya, 7.3 km away

Zabroshennaia Ferma

H: Babie Leto

by Anastasia Smelaya, 7.5 km away

Babie Leto

I: U kruchi

by Anastasia Smelaya, 7.9 km away

Вид на реку Курджипс в х. Красный Мост

U kruchi

J: Chudeznoe Yavlenie - Galo. Raduga vokrug solntsa.

by Anastasia Smelaya, 30.3 km away

Chudeznoe Yavlenie - Galo. Raduga vokrug solntsa.

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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