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A: Artillery Museum Old Canon

by Alexandr Suslov, 300 meters away

Artillery Museum Old Canon

B: Artillery Museum Cannon Stone Bullet

by Alexandr Suslov, 360 meters away

Artillery Museum Cannon Stone Bullet

C: Artillery Museum Samurai

by Alexandr Suslov, 370 meters away

Artillery Museum Samurai

D: Roofing Saint Petersburg

by Aleksey Bordeckiy, 400 meters away

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

Roofing Saint Petersburg

E: Zayachy Island, Ioannovsky bridge

by Aleksey Zabelin, 440 meters away

Zayachy Island, Ioannovsky bridge

F: St. Petersburg Planetarium

by Dmitriy Krasko, 440 meters away

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

St. Petersburg Planetarium

G: Entrance to the Peter & Paul Fortress

by Sergi March, 460 meters away

The St. Peter and Paul Fortress (Russian: Петропавловская крепость) is the original citadel of St. Pe...

Entrance to the Peter & Paul Fortress

H: Artillery Muzey Bronevik

by Alexandr Suslov, 530 meters away

Artillery Muzey Bronevik

I: Artillery Museum Kalashnikov1

by Alexandr Suslov, 540 meters away

Artillery Museum Kalashnikov1

J: Artillery Museum Kalashnikov

by Alexandr Suslov, 550 meters away

Artillery Museum Kalashnikov

This panorama was taken in St. Petersburg, Russia

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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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