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Immagini nelle vicinanze di Russia

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A: Kazan Virgin Monastery

di Andrey Sanukov, 20 metri di distanza

Kazan Virgin Monastery

B: Kazan Virgin Monastery Inside

di Andrey Sanukov, 40 metri di distanza

Kazan Virgin Monastery Inside

C: Farmers' Palace. Kazan

di Iouri Ivliev, 280 metri di distanza

Farmers' Palace. Kazan

D: Kazan Palace Farmers

di Andrey Sanukov, 280 metri di distanza

Kazan Palace Farmers

E: Palace of Farmers - Kazan

di Andrey Golubev, 320 metri di distanza

Palace of Farmers - Kazan

F: Kremlin in Kazan

di Andrey Golubev, 380 metri di distanza

Kremlin in Kazan

G: Kazan Kremlin Spasskaya Tower

di Andrey Sanukov, 380 metri di distanza

Kazan Kremlin Spasskaya Tower

I: Kazan Kremlin Consistory Tower

di Andrey Sanukov, 400 metri di distanza

Kazan Kremlin Consistory Tower

J: Kazan Kremlin Bishop's House

di Andrey Sanukov, 410 metri di distanza

Kazan Kremlin Bishop's House

Questo panorama è stato scattato in Russia

Questa è una vista generale di 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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