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Residential complex "Gusi-Lebedi"
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View from the top 27 floors
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Construction site on the Tourist st.
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Optikov st. 33
Artem Dudkevich
Yakhtennaya street. Barrow. Sunset.
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Dmitriy Krasko
Grilled salmon in minus 20 degrees
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Mt eboshi
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High View Nature Trail, Joshua Tree National Park, California, USA
Robert Mročka
Ostrava z věže Nové radnice
Jan Koehn
O'zapft is - Bergkirchweih 2012
Bill Bailey
Route 66 Winslow Arizona
Viktor Vokic
Catacombs of Paris
Calvin K McDonald
Corona Arch (west), Moab, Utah, USA
Omar Junior
Alagamento na Rua Joaquim Nabuco
Andy Bryant
Oberrothorn Zurich Switzerland
Leszek Cuper
Warszawski balon widokowy
Bill Edwards
The REI Pinnacle, Seattle, WA
Gregory Panayotou
Promenade among Jatiluwih's beautiful terraced rice fields
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Pier of the first district of port
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Bolshaya Nevka
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The vacant lot on the place marshalling yard
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Wasteland
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Under the railway bridge
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The court of the Kurlyandskaya st.
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'Blockade tram' type MS
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Field
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Near the railway station Oredezh
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Dibunovskaya st. 77
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Railway ferry Gorkovskaya - Shevelevo
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Highway in the village of Nadbelye
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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 ChitaAlthough 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.