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National Research Tomsk State University, july 2009

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A: Kirova square

by Александр Ахтулов, 2.0 km away

Площадь Кирова г. Томск

Kirova square

B: Leninsky district, august 2004

by Dmitri Melinchuk, 2.0 km away

Leninsky district, august 2004

C: Wedding in a park, june 2014

by Dmitri Melinchuk, 2.5 km away

Wedding in a park, june 2014

D: Tom river, july 2006

by Dmitri Melinchuk, 3.7 km away

Tom river, july 2006

E: Rubin

by Vladimir Lavrentyev, 6.4 km away

Rubin

F: Tomsk Semilugskiy Ostrog

by ukushurik ukush, 30.0 km away

Tomsk Semilugskiy Ostrog

G: Village Itatka, june 2014

by Dmitri Melinchuk, 55.8 km away

Village Itatka, june 2014

H: Tutalskiy rock. Field

by Denis Emelin, 85.8 km away

Поляна возле лагеря на Дальних Тутальских скалах

Tutalskiy rock. Field

I: Church in the honour of the saints of Mefodiy and Cyril

by Denis Ivatin, 99.0 km away

The wooden church in honor of Cyril and Methodius, on the reserve Tomskaya Pisanitsa. The reserve is ...

Church in the honour of the saints of Mefodiy and Cyril

J: Technopark coal technology

by Artem Breslavskiy, 140.3 km away

Technopark coal technology

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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