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Кировск
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Ладожский мост
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Музей "Прорыв блокады Ленинграда"
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Ladozhsky bridge
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Apraksin
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Neva
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Blue Cambrian clay, exposed in a quarry
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Nikolskoe town Pervomaiskaya str 17 - 2
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Old Bridge in Nikolskoe town
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Apraksin
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Barskoe lake
Vasily Kumaev & Andrew Mishin
Fortress "Oreshek". Memorial. (2009)
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Wendelstein Cable Railway
Thomas Humeau
Embankment of the Mont Saint Michel
Lars Gabrysch
Behind the castle babelsberg - Potsdam - Germany
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Between Annupuri and Niseko Village - Highside
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Jixi Fengcun ancient villages - village street -2
Martin Hertel
St Martin - No 23
Victor Pilups
Bygdin Lake
Pavel Bogdanov
Fireworks on the day of Pyatigorsk
Martin Hertel
Riemann-Hut in Austria
Vasily Kumaev & Andrew Mishin
Divnogore. Monastery. Cave church. Interior. 2. (2010)
Jürgen Schrader
Mount Whitney at sunrise
Andrea Biffi
sotto i portici di Palazzo Gotico
Nadezhda Ivanyugina
sobor Petra i Pavla 2
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Auto
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Руинный мост
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Cerkov v skale
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Finskiy zaliv
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Царицын остров
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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.