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A: Сквер перед Казанским собором в Петербурге. Square in front of Kazan Cathedral in St. Petersburg.

by Koshelev, 20 meters away

Сквер перед Казанским собором, на этом месте в 1737 году находилась церковь Рождества Богородицы. Squ...

Сквер перед Казанским собором в Петербурге. Square in front of Kazan Cathedral in St. Petersburg.

B: Казанский собор

by Oleg Lobanov, 20 meters away

Казанский собор

C:

by Serge Vorobiev, 40 meters away

D: Nevskiy 26

by Ivan Garanin, 40 meters away

Nevskiy 26

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by Yuriy Filatov, 40 meters away

F: Kazan Cathedral, St. Petersburg

by Özgür Örsoğlu, 40 meters away

Kazan Cathedral, St. Petersburg

G: The Kazan Cathedral

by Timofey Dubrovskikh, 40 meters away

The Kazan Cathedral

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by Serge Vorobiev, 50 meters away

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

by Antushev Vladimir, 50 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:

by Igor Leontyev, 60 meters away

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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