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White Nights 2012: Concert of Mexicans on the main stage

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A: White night 2012 Exhibition "Collection" of PERMM

by Timofey Dubrovskikh, less than 10 meters away

White night 2012 Exhibition "Collection" of PERMM

C: Perm. The festival "White Nights" 6

by Евгений Орлов, 20 meters away

This year's festival "White Nights" are under the sign of the Kama River. In the design of the town i...

Perm. The festival "White Nights" 6

D: Ice sculpture. Morning. Perm.

by Mikhail Nagaitsev, 20 meters away

Ice sculpture at the morning in the Perm

Ice sculpture. Morning. Perm.

E: Fair masters near the big P

by Timofey Dubrovskikh, 30 meters away

Fair masters near the big P

F: Пермь. Фестиваль Белые Ночи 7.

by Евгений Орлов, 30 meters away

On the grounds of the festival performed by street musicians from different cities. Some managed to p...

Пермь. Фестиваль Белые Ночи 7.

H: White Nights 2012: Festival Town: Metal Beetle

by Timofey Dubrovskikh, 30 meters away

White Nights 2012: Festival Town: Metal Beetle

I: Perm. The festival "White Nights" 2

by Евгений Орлов, 40 meters away

Perm. The festival "White Nights" 2

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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