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Irbit, Mayakovskogo-Frunze

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A: Irbit, Mayakovskogo str.13

by Sergey Cherkasskiy, 50 meters away

Irbit, Mayakovskogo str.13

B: Irbit, Mayakovskogo str.9

by Sergey Cherkasskiy, 120 meters away

Irbit, Mayakovskogo str.9

C: School 13, snow figures

by Sergey Cherkasskiy, 190 meters away

School 13, snow figures

D: School 13, Irbit

by Sergey Cherkasskiy, 200 meters away

School 13, Irbit

E: Irbit, Malguina str.47

by Sergey Cherkasskiy, 270 meters away

Irbit, Malguina str.47

F: School №9

by Sergey Cherkasskiy, 410 meters away

School №9

G: New year tree in Irbit 2012

by Sergey Cherkasskiy, 430 meters away

New year tree in Irbit 2012

H: Zhukov square

by Sergey Cherkasskiy, 470 meters away

Zhukov square

I: Irbit, Elysaryevikh str. 28

by Sergey Cherkasskiy, 740 meters away

Irbit, Elysaryevikh str. 28

J: From water tower

by Sergey Cherkasskiy, 1.2 km away

From water tower

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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