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A: Ruins

by Alexey Bazlaev, 2.0 km away

Russia, Siberia, Krasnoyarsk, Academ campus On the top of ruins of protracted building of Institute o...

Ruins

B: akadem

by andrey air_man, 2.0 km away

akadem

C: Yenisei River from the Gremyachya Griva

by Anatolij Semyonov, 2.5 km away

One of the greatest rivers in the world and the deepest river in Russia. The view from the Gremyachya...

Yenisei River from the Gremyachya Griva

D: High Coast

by Andrew Borus, 2.6 km away

High Coast

E: Monastir

by OSOB, 2.6 km away

Monastir

F: Night

by Alexey Bazlaev, 2.6 km away

Russia, Siberia, Krasnoyarsk City Night over the Enisey River

Night

G: home

by andrey air_man, 4.0 km away

дом

home

H: 20120222 Img 3632 9 Panorama Cube Cube Equi

by andrey air_man, 4.1 km away

20120222 Img 3632 9 Panorama Cube Cube Equi

I: noname viewpoint #3

by Dmitry Yurlagin, 4.1 km away

noname viewpoint #3

J: Skala Chyortov Palecz / Devil Finger Rock

by Anatolij Semyonov, 4.3 km away

Скала в заповеднике Столбы, Красноярск, Россия. Хребет Каштак. Первая скала по пути на Столбы по речк...

Skala Chyortov Palecz / Devil Finger Rock

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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