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A: October Square

by Anton Fedorchenko, 10 meters away

Square in the center of Yekaterinburg front of the Government and the legislature of Sverdlovsk region

October Square

B: Ekaterinbrg, the Duma, Hyatt hotel, theater Drammeh

by Yuriy Bel'mesov, 140 meters away

Ekaterinbrg, the Duma, Hyatt hotel, theater Drammeh

D: стоянка у Белого дома

by Alex Zamuruew, 210 meters away

стоянка у Белого дома

E: Над Исетью

by Anton Fadeev, 250 meters away

Над Исетью

F: Dinamo Stadium. Yekaterinburg. winter 2013

by Yuriy Bel'mesov, 320 meters away

Dinamo Stadium. Yekaterinburg. winter 2013

G: sk8 in Ekaterinburg

by Oleg Lobanov, 350 meters away

sk8  in Ekaterinburg

I: Ice City - 2012 - 4

by Anton Fadeev, 550 meters away

Ice City - 2012 - 4

J: Ploshchad 1905 Goda (the main square) - reconstruction, year 2008

by Anton Fedorchenko, 550 meters away

Area in 1905 (part - a former church, in 1833-1919 - the Cathedral, in 1919 - the area of the fifth y...

Ploshchad 1905 Goda (the main square) - reconstruction, year 2008

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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