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Центр развития детского и юношеского творчества (Дом пионеров)г. Ухта

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A: Pavlik Morozov

by Sergey Kalinin, 70 meters away

Pavlik Morozov

B: music school

by Sergey Kalinin, 200 meters away

Музыкальная школа №1 г. Ухта

music school

C: Pervomayskaya St Autumn

by Sergey Kalinin, 300 meters away

Pervomayskaya St Autumn

D: Fountain

by Sergey Kalinin, 320 meters away

Fountain

E: A.S. Pushkin

by Sergey Kalinin, 370 meters away

A.S. Pushkin

F: "PecherNIPIneft" illumination

by Sergey Kalinin, 380 meters away

"PecherNIPIneft" illumination

G: CDK

by Sergey Kalinin, 380 meters away

CDK

H: Memorial "Passage"

by Sergey Kalinin, 440 meters away

Memorial "Passage"

I: Christmas tree UGTU - 2013

by Sergey Kalinin, 500 meters away

Christmas tree UGTU - 2013

J: Pervomayskaya 47

by Sergey Kalinin, 560 meters away

Pervomayskaya 47

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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