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Anton Tsarkov
Svadba Na Dache. Den vtoroi
Anton Fomchenko
Carousel in Avtozavodsky park
Dmitriy (dimfoto)
Botanical garden 001
Dmitriy (dimfoto)
Botanical garden 003
Dmitriy (dimfoto)
Botanical garden 002
Alexey Polyakov
Airport airplane AH-26
Alexey Polyakov
Museum_Locomotive
Anton Tsarkov
Derevyannyi dom nomer 1 na ulice Krasnozvezdnaya
Anton Tsarkov
Iron Roads
Anton Tsarkov
Трамвай, Нижегородский
Anton Tsarkov
Apocalyptic studies. Part 2
Anton Tsarkov
Construction On Vorovskogo street - Wasteland
Roberto Scavino
Ancient cemetery among vineyards, infrared panorama
Melkan Bassil
Beautiful Sunset Cedars Lebanon
Leif Nygaard Eilertsen
Going fishing
PaVeL Bobkov
Winter christening on the river
Tobias Hahn
Gare de Guillemins
Dan Perlman
Temperate rainforest Olympic Peninsula, Washington
Martin Kneth
Main market hall in Morondava
jan dolk
Brazilian family
Erik Krause
Grimsel Alpine Power Dam
Tibor Illes
An enormous storm (tornado) destroyed the sunflower
Melkan Bassil
Zayed Mosque - Abu Dhabi
Erik Krause
The cascade at grimsel lake
Anton Tsarkov
Bridge Pool At Night
Anton Tsarkov
Kladovka na Pokrovke-Leto
Anton Tsarkov
Nos Rostrum
Anton Tsarkov
Rojdestvenskaya Fireshow
Anton Tsarkov
Krai
Anton Tsarkov
Мечеть в Турции - Манавгат
Anton Tsarkov
Kupanie I Rybalka Bathing And Fishing
Anton Tsarkov
Stadion «Vodnik» Glavnoe zdanie
Anton Tsarkov
Lake Seliger
Anton Tsarkov
Kolomna Palace - Arch
Anton Tsarkov
Мост На Гребешковском Откосе
Anton Tsarkov
Svadba Na Dache. Den vtoroi
More About 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 ChitaAlthough 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.