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A: Billiard room 20.11.2011

by Andrey Minenko, 70 meters away

Billiard room 20.11.2011

B: street. Mikhailovskaya 1/7 27.05.2012

by Andrey Minenko, 70 meters away

street. Mikhailovskaya 1/7   27.05.2012

C: Former Sadko 24.03.2011

by Andrey Minenko, 80 meters away

Former Sadko 24.03.2011

D: My pretty 22.09.2011

by Andrey Minenko, 130 meters away

My pretty 22.09.2011

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by Yuriy Filatov, 140 meters away

F: Nevsky Street, Kazan Cathedral

by Özgür Örsoğlu, 140 meters away

Nevsky Street, Kazan Cathedral

G: Singer house and Kazansky Cathedral

by Alexey Klement, 150 meters away

Singer house and Kazansky Cathedral

H: The Kutuzov monument and Kazansky Cathedral

by Alexey Klement, 160 meters away

The Kutuzov monument and Kazansky Cathedral

I: 2013 Cathedral of Our Lady of Kazan, St.Petersburg

by Antushev Vladimir, 160 meters away

Kazan Cathedral also known as the Cathedral of Our Lady of Kazan was dedicated to Our Lady of Kazan, ...

2013 Cathedral of Our Lady of Kazan, St.Petersburg

J: The area of arts 27.05.2012

by Andrey Minenko, 170 meters away

The area of arts 27.05.2012

This panorama was taken in St. Petersburg, Russia

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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 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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