Uspenski Cathedral, Ryazan, Russia
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Uspenski Cathedral, Ryazan, Russia

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A: Uspenski Cathedral, Ryazan

by Alexander Cherkasov, 10 meters away

Uspenski Cathedral, Ryazan

B: Uspenski Cathedral terrace

by Alexander Cherkasov, 40 meters away

Uspenski Cathedral terrace

C: Uspenski Cathedral terrace

by Alexander Cherkasov, 50 meters away

Uspenski Cathedral terrace

D: Uspenski Cathedral and the belfry

by Alexander Cherkasov, 50 meters away

Uspenski Cathedral and the belfry

E: Inside Ryazan kremlin

by Alexander Cherkasov, 50 meters away

Inside Ryazan kremlin

F: Ryazan kremlin

by Seomane, 60 meters away

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G: Naberezhnaya Trubezhnaya Ryazan

by Alexander Cherkasov, 100 meters away

Naberezhnaya Trubezhnaya Ryazan

H: Ryazan kremlin

by Seomane, 110 meters away

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Ryazan kremlin

I: Trubej, Ostrov, Ryazan

by Alexander Cherkasov, 170 meters away

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J: Ryazan kremlin

by Seomane, 250 meters away

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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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