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The bright spring sun, clear skies, jagged wire, asphalt road, concrete fence, metal, electricity pylon, old garages, private fields and houses.

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Nearby images in St. Petersburg

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A: Lagolovo, south-west from Saint-Petersburg_1

by Ivan Garanin, 240 meters away

Lagolovo, south-west from Saint-Petersburg_1

B: Sovetskaya str.8

by Ivan Garanin, 370 meters away

Sovetskaya str.8

C: Nightfield

by Ivan Garanin, 370 meters away

Nightfield

D: Green barn

by Ivan Garanin, 370 meters away

Green barn, chipped iron, near the electric power transmission pylon. Winter's sunny day. Russia, d. ...

Green barn

E: Blooming apple tree near the entrance

by Ivan Garanin, 460 meters away

Blooming apple tree near the entrance

F: Porch

by Ivan Garanin, 460 meters away

Entrance of my house. Sunny Sunday winter morning. The snow lay round white downy blanket. Silence - ...

Porch

G: Russia after snowfall

by Ivan Garanin, 470 meters away

Russia, v. Lagolovo near Saint-Petersburg. In January 2010, after a heavy snowfall. Roofage of VAZ-21...

Russia after snowfall

H: Crossroads

by Ivan Garanin, 480 meters away

Crossroads

I: Sandbox

by Ivan Garanin, 490 meters away

Sandbox

J: Lagolovo's School.

by Ivan Garanin, 490 meters away

Lagolovo's School.

This panorama was taken in St. Petersburg, 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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