The hill height 175.9 m above sea level, located to the south-west of St. Petersburg. Is the highest point in the vicinity of St. Petersburg. Located near Walnut Hill, which, along with the mountain Kirchhoff (mountain), form Duderhof height. Appearance Crow Mountains - the result of a glacier of the last glaciation of the Late, at the edge of which in one of his stops piled moraine material. According to some researchers, it was further moved to Happy Ice, which can be regarded as a moraine hill Magpie head. In clear weather from the top of Crow Mountain offers an overview in a radius of 30-40 km, are distinctively southern St. Petersburg. At the beginning of the Great Patriotic War of 1941-45 in the Crow Mountains was posted Battery A, equipped with guns from the cruiser "Aurora" (in memory of the naval gunners in 1974 built a memorial). In September 1941, after fierce fighting the Nazi troops occupied the Crow Mountain and turned it into a fortified stronghold. German spotters had with Crow Mountains monitor shelling of Leningrad
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 ChitaAlthough 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.