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A: Salut

by Yuriy Bel'mesov, 90 meters away

Cinema "Salut" Fall 2009. City Ekaterinburg, Russia, the Urals. Cinema was rebuilt in the last time i...

Salut

B: Kolizey

by Yuriy Bel'mesov, 100 meters away

Cinema Coliseum "Yekaterinburg. Hall, 1st floor. Cinema is located in a historic building, has 2 cine...

Kolizey

C: Salut

by Yuriy Bel'mesov, 120 meters away

Cinema "Salut" Fall 2009. City Ekaterinburg, Russia, the Urals. Cinema was rebuilt in the last time i...

Salut

D: Свердловское областное музыкальное училище им. П.И.Чайковского

by Anton Fedorchenko, 300 meters away

1928 год. Учебному заведению присвоено имя великого русского композитора П. И. Чайковского http://www...

Свердловское областное музыкальное училище им. П.И.Чайковского

F: Фотографический музей «Дом Метенкова»

by Anton Fedorchenko, 330 meters away

Персональные экспозиции Антона Федорченко и Татьяны Третьяковой откроются в рамках проекта "Молодые ф...

Фотографический музей «Дом Метенкова»

G: Dam in the Ekaterinburg

by Peter Manaenko, 350 meters away

Dam in the Ekaterinburg

H: Paris Commune Square

by Anton Fedorchenko, 410 meters away

Area on the main avenue in Yekaterinburg. Former Wood area of Ekaterinburg in 1919, was renamed the a...

Paris Commune Square

I: Vysotsky (skyscraper) - the highest point (188.3 m)

by Anton Fedorchenko, 420 meters away

The highest point (188.3 m) More photos in my journal:http://ant-bravo.livejournal.com/56767.html

Vysotsky (skyscraper) - the highest point (188.3 m)

J: Parental garden

by Silin Dmitriy, 420 meters away

Parental garden

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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