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A: Peter and Paul Fortress in St. Peterburg

by Sergi March, 130 meters away

The St. Peter and St. Paul Fortress (Russian: Петропавловская крепость) is the original citadel of St...

Peter and Paul Fortress in St. Peterburg

B: Zayachiy island-Neva

by Andrey Golubev, 150 meters away

Zayachiy island-Neva

C: Peter&Paul Fortress

by Andrey Golubev, 170 meters away

Peter&Paul Fortress and Saint Peter's&Saint Paul's Cathedral. Zayachiy island, Saint-Petersbu...

Peter&Paul Fortress

D: Entrance to the Peter & Paul Fortress

by Sergi March, 190 meters away

The St. Peter and Paul Fortress (Russian: Петропавловская крепость) is the original citadel of St. Pe...

Entrance to the Peter & Paul Fortress

E: Petropavlovskaya Fortress

by Alex Maksiov, 210 meters away

Petropavlovskaya Fortress

F: The Neva gate of the Peter and Paul Fortress

by Sergey Zhurov, 220 meters away

The Neva gate of the Peter and Paul Fortress cut a wall and leave to Neva where the small berthing Co...

The Neva gate of the Peter and Paul Fortress

G: Peter & Paul Cathedral

by Min Heo, 220 meters away

Peter & Paul Cathedral

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by Igor Leontyev, 220 meters away

I: Zayachy Island, Ioannovsky bridge

by Aleksey Zabelin, 220 meters away

Zayachy Island, Ioannovsky bridge

J: St.Peter's&St.Paul's Caphedral

by Andrey Golubev, 230 meters away

Saint Peter's&Saint Paul's Caphedral at the Peter&Paul Fortress. Zayachiy island, Saint-Peter...

St.Peter's&St.Paul's Caphedral

This panorama was taken in St. Petersburg, 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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