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Panoramic photo by Anton Grinevskiy Taken 14:20, 12/08/2012 - Views loading...

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A: A green country house in Brekhovo, Tver' region

by Anton Grinevskiy, 80 meters away

A green country house in Brekhovo, Tver' region

B: May in Brekhovo

by Anton Grinevskiy, 90 meters away

May in Brekhovo

C: Starry Night

by Anton Grinevskiy, 150 meters away

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Starry Night

D: Brekhovo at night

by Anton Grinevskiy, 220 meters away

Brekhovo at night

E: Khotcha river in May

by Anton Grinevskiy, 320 meters away

Khotcha river in May

F: May, Khotcha river

by Anton Grinevskiy, 400 meters away

May, Khotcha river

G: Absent bar

by smirnov_petr, 7.6 km away

Absent bar

H: Church of the Ascension of Christ

by Dmitry Argunov, 16.4 km away

Church of the Ascension of Christ

I: Russia. Tver oblast. Edge of a wood

by Ilya Pisarev, 16.5 km away

Russia. Tver oblast. Edge of a wood

J: Russia. Tver Oblast. Forest border

by Ilya Pisarev, 16.6 km away

Russia. Tver Oblast. Forest border

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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