Blooming apple tree near the entrance
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Blooming apple tree near the entrance

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Panorama's in de omgeving van St. Petersburg

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A: Porch

door Ivan Garanin, minder dan 10 meter hier vandaan

Entrance of my house. Sunny Sunday winter morning. The snow lay round white downy blanket. Silence - ...

Porch

B: Sandbox

door Ivan Garanin, 30 hier vandaan

Sandbox

C: Russia after snowfall

door Ivan Garanin, 30 hier vandaan

Russia, v. Lagolovo near Saint-Petersburg. In January 2010, after a heavy snowfall. Roofage of VAZ-21...

Russia after snowfall

D: Crossroads

door Ivan Garanin, 110 hier vandaan

Crossroads

E: Ptgtmp 0u284u

door Ivan Garanin, 160 hier vandaan

Ptgtmp 0u284u

F: Winter sunset

door Ivan Garanin, 180 hier vandaan

Winter sunset. Around - private two-story house and the usual five-story, different cars, a lot of sn...

Winter sunset

G: Dk

door Ivan Garanin, 250 hier vandaan

Dk

H: Winter sunset at corner

door Ivan Garanin, 270 hier vandaan

Winter sunset. Around - private two-story house and the usual five-story, different cars, a lot of sn...

Winter sunset at corner

I: Foggy Morning

door Ivan Garanin, 280 hier vandaan

Foggy Morning

J: Lagolovo, south-west from Saint-Petersburg_1

door Ivan Garanin, 310 hier vandaan

Lagolovo, south-west from Saint-Petersburg_1

Dit panorama is genomen in St. Petersburg, Russia

Dit is een overzicht van 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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