Pretty courtyard in on of the old streets of vasilevskiy island
Usually, all spread photos of famous places associated with famous sights - museums, squares, palaces. I want to show the simple, but nonetheless interesting look place in St. Petersburg, its pretty old, its architecture, its spirit of St. Petersburg. What is not found on normal glossy promotional photos of guided tours
Morning rain May. On asphalt someone wrote a declaration of love in chalk, and asked for forgiveness ...
The old arch, with a winch middle. Now it is a dwelling house, all that remains of history - a lever ...
The main staircase old apartment building, V.I. Upatcheva. Built in 1912, since then it had to go and...
Sunday Morning. 8 am. Despite the holiday, there is constantly swarm the poor - бомжи. They have no h...
Yard House in the Big 47 prospect VO The yard was once common, but later it split, and half took a re...
Since her childhood loved to play and lazat on the dragon. Who did it and when - I do not know, but h...
29 June in St. Petersburg finished the round-the-world sailing race Volvo Ocean Race. This is the mos...
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.