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Saint-Petersburg White nights. Rostral Columns and rised Dvortsovy Bridge

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A: File0003

by Alexey Klement, less than 10 meters away

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B: Dsc2947 Panorama Panorama

by Alexey Klement, less than 10 meters away

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D: Strelka of Vasilevsky Island and the Rostral column - night

by Dmitriy Krasko, 20 meters away

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E: Strelka Vasilievskogo ostrova

by Якимов Денис, 70 meters away

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F: Birzhevaya Square

by Alex Maksiov, 70 meters away

Birzhevaya Square

G: Ice on the Neva river

by Sergey Zhurov, 70 meters away

Ice on the Neva river

H: Strelka Vasilievskogo ostrova

by Якимов Денис, 70 meters away

Стрелка Васильевского острова

Strelka Vasilievskogo ostrova

I: Birzhevaya Square

by Alex Maksiov, 100 meters away

Birzhevaya Square

J: Stock Exchange

by Sergey Zhurov, 120 meters away

Stock Exchange

This panorama was taken in St. Petersburg, Russia

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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.

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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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