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A: White Nights 2012: Exhibitions in the Green Plaza

by Timofey Dubrovskikh, 690 meters away

White Nights 2012: Exhibitions in the Green Plaza

B: Behind the scenes

by Timofey Dubrovskikh, 780 meters away

Behind the scenes

C: Street art by Black Max

by Timofey Dubrovskikh, 870 meters away

Street art by Black Max

D: Palace of culture "Soldatov"

by Timofey Dubrovskikh, 900 meters away

Palace of culture "Soldatov"

E: Perm. Komsomolskaya Square. Coffee City.

by Евгений Орлов, 910 meters away

Пермь. Комсомольская Площадь. "Кофе Сити".

Perm. Komsomolskaya Square. Coffee City.

F: Пермь. Комсомольский проспект, 70А.

by Евгений Орлов, 960 meters away

Пермь. Комсомольский проспект, 70А.

Пермь. Комсомольский проспект, 70А.

G: Пермь. В мастерской у Футлика.

by Евгений Орлов, 970 meters away

Архитекторы Перми. В мастерской у Футлика главный архитектор города Перми  Игошин Г.М.

Пермь. В мастерской у Футлика.

H: Пермь. 1-я Красноармейская, 41А(1)

by Евгений Орлов, 980 meters away

Пермь. 1-я Красноармейская, 41А.

Пермь. 1-я Красноармейская, 41А(1)

I: Street art "Perm long stories 2011" 5

by Timofey Dubrovskikh, 1.0 km away

Street art "Perm long stories 2011" 5

J: Street art "Perm long stories 2011" 6

by Timofey Dubrovskikh, 1.0 km away

Street art "Perm long stories 2011" 6

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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