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A: German guests on Kirovka

by Миша Галян, 40 meters away

German guests have a rest on Kirovka, Chelyabinsk

German guests on Kirovka

B: Chelyabinsk Founders Memorial

by Aleksey Shimeshov, 60 meters away

The Memorial of Chelyabinsk founders

Chelyabinsk Founders Memorial

C: Drugstore number 1 in Chelyabinsk

by Aleksey Shimeshov, 100 meters away

Drugstore number 1 in Chelyabinsk

D: Chelyabinsk, Kirovka, in front of the Opera Theatre

by Aleksey Shimeshov, 100 meters away

Chelyabinsk, Kirovka, in front of the Opera Theatre

E: The Chelyabinsk state academic opera and ballet theatre of M.I.Glinka, Chelyabinsk

by Ildar Gabdrakhmanov, 120 meters away

The Chelyabinsk state academic opera and ballet theatre of M.I.Glinka. On September, 29th, 1956 the C...

The Chelyabinsk state academic opera and ballet theatre of M.I.Glinka, Chelyabinsk

F: Kirovka

by Anton Konovalov, 130 meters away

Kirovka

G: Chelyabinsk. Walking street of Kirovka. Gateway to the future

by Ildar Gabdrakhmanov, 170 meters away

In the center of Chelyabinsk in 12 hours 21 minutes 21 December 2012, in a pedestrian street of Kirov...

Chelyabinsk. Walking street of Kirovka. Gateway to the future

H: Black Tulip

by Anton Konovalov, 190 meters away

Black Tulip

I: Monument Rozenbaum

by Sergey Korotkov, 200 meters away

Monument Rozenbaum

J: Chelyabink, shore of Miasss

by Aleksey Shimeshov, 210 meters away

Chelyabink, shore of Miasss

This panorama was taken in Chelyabinsk, Russia

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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.

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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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