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A: Черёмуха в цвету

by Михаил Шишов, 70 meters away

Черёмуха в цвету

B: aurora borealis

by Михаил Шишов, 100 meters away

aurora borealis

C: Гидролизный завод

by Михаил Шишов, 600 meters away

Гидролизный завод

D: После дождя на Повракуле

by Михаил Шишов, 690 meters away

После дождя на Повракуле

E: Under The Bridge

by Михаил Шишов, 720 meters away

Under The Bridge

F: Закат на маймаксе

by Михаил Шишов, 870 meters away

Закат на маймаксе

G: Dvor in Arkangelsk

by Михаил Шишов, 1.2 km away

Dvor in Arkangelsk

H: улица Торговая

by Михаил Шишов, 1.2 km away

улица Торговая

I: Весенний потоп в Архангельске

by Михаил Шишов, 1.2 km away

Весенний потоп в Архангельске

J: Маймаксанский потоп

by Михаил Шишов, 1.2 km away

Маймаксанский потоп

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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