Winter in the Sormovsky park
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Winter in the Sormovsky park

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A: Winter in the Sormovsky park. Lake Park.

by Anton Fomchenko, 340 meters away

Winter in the Sormovsky park. Lake Park.

B: Rotunda in Sormovsky park

by Anton Fomchenko, 590 meters away

Rotunda in Sormovsky park

C: Sormovo Square

by Alexey Polyakov, 1.8 km away

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Sormovo Square

D: Kladovka na Pokrovke-Leto

by Anton Tsarkov, 2.2 km away

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Kladovka na Pokrovke-Leto

E: The bridge through the river Volga

by Aleksey Schetinschikov, 4.8 km away

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The bridge through the river Volga

F: meshera

by Denis Vorot, 5.0 km away

meshera NN

meshera

G: Experimental soviet houses

by Artem Svetlov, 5.1 km away

6-th microdistrict of Mesherskoye Ozero.1981-1986.

Experimental soviet houses

H: Iron Roads

by Anton Tsarkov, 5.1 km away

Iron Roads

I: Revolution square

by Andrey Golubev, 5.8 km away

Revolution square

J: Revolution Square

by Sokolov Dmitry, 5.8 km away

Revolution Square

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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