The Memorial Pushkin Apartment Museum
The Memorial Pushkin Apartment Museum is the last house of a famous Russian writer, Alexander Pushkin. It is one of the most popular museums of St. Petersburg situated in the centre of the city not far from the Winter Palace. The museum is housed in Alexander Pushkin's memorial apartment where he lived between 1836 and 1837. He died after being mortally wounded in a dramatic duel. On a wave of nationwide grief for the untimely death of this major Russian literary figure, Pushkin's apartment has been carefully preserved and remains a fine example of a nobleman's residence of the 1830s. The museum contains numerous literary and historical exhibitions, charting the life, work and times of Russia's greatest writer.
The new Hermitage - the first building in Russia, created specially for placing of art collections of...
(Sorry for my English, because it's not my native language)Palace Square (Saint Petersburg) in spring...
Palace Embankment of the Neva in St. Petersburg is located on the right bank of Kutuzov Embankment to...
Christmas lights on the Palace Embankment. Also visible Strelka of Vasilevsky Island and the Petropav...
Hermitage Museum - main entrance view from the Palace Square, One of the richest art colections are o...
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.