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Shop "Red". Barnaul, Russia. September, 2009.

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A: Wedding Palace. Barnaul, Russia. September 2009

by Anton Eryomin & Paul Bouryanov, 90 meters away

Wedding Palace. Barnaul, Russia. September 2009

B: Monument A.S. Pushkin. Barnaul, Russia. July, 2009.

by Anton Eryomin & Paul Bouryanov, 120 meters away

Monument A.S. Pushkin. Barnaul, Russia. July, 2009.

D: Hotel "Altay". Barnaul, Russia. September 2009

by Anton Eryomin & Paul Bouryanov, 390 meters away

Hotel "Altay". Barnaul, Russia. September 2009

E: Central park. Russia, Barnaul. July, 2009.

by Anton Eryomin & Paul Bouryanov, 640 meters away

Central park. Russia, Barnaul. July, 2009.

F: The Vladimir Dukes Chapel in Barnaul

by Andrey Shevchenko, 780 meters away

The Vladimir Dukes Chapel in Barnaul

G: 2 houses with 100 years between they are builded

by Andrey Shevchenko, 800 meters away

2 houses with 100 years between they are builded

H: Publishing house "Altapress". Barnaul, Russia. September, 2009

by Anton Eryomin & Paul Bouryanov, 910 meters away

Publishing house "Altapress". Barnaul, Russia. September, 2009

I: Barnaul. Old Wooden House

by Andrey Shevchenko, 1.0 km away

Russia, Altay region, Barnaul city

Barnaul. Old Wooden House

J: The mouth of the Barnaulka River

by Andrew Chekmaryov, 1.1 km away

The mouth of the Barnaulka River

This panorama was taken in Barnaul, Russia

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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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