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A: Evan Rott Show in Perm

by Mikhail Nagaitsev, 30 meters away

Evan Rott show on Oktybrskaya square, Perm, Russia

Evan Rott Show in Perm

B: Perm. Music Lessons.

by Евгений Орлов, 150 meters away

Music Lessons. Nothing brings people together not so, towns and villages, as rock music.

Perm. Music Lessons.

C: Buon Giorno Panorama

by Евгений Орлов, 150 meters away

Buon Giorno Panorama

D: Пермь. Комсомольский проспект. 1 Мая 2014.

by Евгений Орлов, 180 meters away

Пермь. Комсомольский проспект. 1 Мая 2014.

Пермь. Комсомольский проспект. 1 Мая 2014.

E: Out of Piotrovskiy bookstore

by Timofey Dubrovskikh, 190 meters away

Out of Piotrovskiy bookstore

F: Street art "Bend your own line"

by Timofey Dubrovskikh, 210 meters away

Street art "Bend your own line"

G: Perm - Cultural Capital. Building "Gazprom".

by Евгений Орлов, 240 meters away

Perm - Cultural Capital. Building "Gazprom".

Perm - Cultural Capital. Building "Gazprom".

H: Пермь. Пермский Арбат. Дворик Мастеров.

by Евгений Орлов, 280 meters away

Пермь. Пермский Арбат. Дворик Мастеров.

Пермь. Пермский Арбат. Дворик Мастеров.

I: Пермь. Пермский Арбат. Gabriel Hotel.

by Евгений Орлов, 300 meters away

Пермь. Пермский Арбат. Gabriel Hotel.

Пермь. Пермский Арбат. Gabriel Hotel.

J: Summer avenue

by Timofey Dubrovskikh, 300 meters away

Summer avenue

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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