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Residential complex "Gusi-Lebedi"
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View from the top 27 floors
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Строительная площадка на ул.Туристской
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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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Фортуна 13 двор
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Фортуна 13
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Daniel Oi
Silver Birch Grove, Anglesey Abbey, England
Richard Hart
Dodge Dart 1964 Bolsa Chica Beach California
Rod Edwards
The Racetrack
Glen Claydon
Chisenupuri Peak
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Dunwich beach
Tim Hayes
George Washington Masonic Memorial Interior
John Leith
Corrigall farm museum, Harray, Orkney
Andrea Biffi
Montmartre by night
Roberto Scavino
Grinzane Castle, infrared panorama
Jeff Scholl
Above Bigfork Bay, Montana in the summer
Rod Edwards
Craig Marshall Keeler
Brian Richards
Pier Remains, Horseshoe Cove, Sandy Hook, New Jersey
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Former territory of the 'MP-4'
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Field
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Water pump
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The court of the Kurlyandskaya st.
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Central design Bureau for marine engineering 'Rubin'
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Bolshaya Nevka
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Oredezh HPP
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Average dam in the village of Nadbelye
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Pedestrian bridge across the river Great
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Wasteland
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Former territory of the tram Park 'Konyashina'
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Krasutski st. 4
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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.