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Panoramic photo by Dmitry Yurlagin Taken 13:47, 28/06/2012 - Views loading...

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A: Serebryakovo area from the sky

by Dmitry Yurlagin, 90 meters away

Serebryakovo area from the sky

B: Sosnovoborsk

by OSOB, 9.5 km away

Sosnovoborsk

C: Kubekovo

by OSOB, 9.7 km away

Kubekovo

D: Solnechnaja respublika

by OSOB, 10.1 km away

Solnechnaja respublika

E: Ermolaevo

by OSOB, 10.9 km away

Ermolaevo

F: Peschanka

by OSOB, 15.6 km away

Peschanka

G: Bridge 777. View from the left bank.

by Anatolij Semyonov, 21.3 km away

Bridge over the Yenisei River, Krasnoyarsk, Russia. The bridge connects the banks of the Yenisei Rive...

Bridge 777. View from the left bank.

H: Bridge 777. View from the Otorvysh Island.

by Anatolij Semyonov, 21.9 km away

Bridge over the Yenisei River, Krasnoyarsk, Russia. The bridge connects the banks of the Yenisei Rive...

Bridge 777. View from the Otorvysh Island.

I: Otorvysh Island

by Anatolij Semyonov, 22.3 km away

Island in the Yenisei River, Krasnoyarsk, Russia. Connected with the bulk to the Tatyshev Island. Who...

Otorvysh Island

J: Feofanikha Foreland

by Anatolij Semyonov, 23.5 km away

Foreland in the Yenisei River, Krasnoyarsk, Russia. Connected with the bulk to the Tatyshev Island. W...

Feofanikha Foreland

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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