Monument to the lejb-guards Lithuanian regiment from the Moscow regiment. May 2011.
Monument to the lejb-guards Lithuanian regiment from the Moscow regiment near Semenovskoe. May 2011. Borodino.
Communal grave of the Soviet soldiers of 5th army at village Semenovskoe. May 2011.
Monuments to the Lejb-guards Finnish regiment and captain Alexander Ogaryov near Semenovskoe. May 201...
Monument to the Lejb-guards Lithuanian regiment near Semenovskoe. May 2011. Borodino.
Monument to the lejb-guards Artillery brigade, Borodino. May 2011.
Monument to the Lejb-guards Izmajlovsky regiment at village Semyonovsky. May 2011.
Monument to the battery №2 and light №2 companies of lejb-guards of an artillery brigade near Semenov...
Monument to the Murom infantry regiment near Spaso-Borodino monastery. May 2011.
Monument to divisions of generals Charles Meklenburgsky and Michael Semenovich Vorontsov. May 2011.
Monument to 4-th cavalry corps of general Karl Sivers near Semenovskoe. May 2011. Borodino.
The Spaso-Borodino female monastery in Voroshilovo. May 2011.
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.