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Team of pilots of Airforce of France on the grass of airfield of Russian MAKS 2009 airshow just before les voles.

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Panorama's in de omgeving van Russia

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A: SSJ-100-MAKS-2009

door Vladimir Georgievskiy, 80 hier vandaan

The International Aviation and Space salon MAKS is a rightful occupant of a leading position in the r...

SSJ-100-MAKS-2009

B: Election committee No. 570

door Aleksandr Kuznetsov, 660 hier vandaan

Election committee No. 570

C: Клуб "Стрела"

door Владимир Доброхотов, 710 hier vandaan

Клуб "Стрела"

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door Владимир Доброхотов, 880 hier vandaan

E: Двор гостиницы "Фон Мекк"

door Владимир Доброхотов, 1.0 hier vandaan

Двор гостиницы "Фон Мекк"

F: Maks 2008 In Zhukovsky

door Pirogov Dmitry, 1.4 hier vandaan

Maks 2008 In Zhukovsky

G: Проходные ЛИИ

door Владимир Доброхотов, 1.5 hier vandaan

Проходные ЛИИ

H: Felling of forest in Zhukovsky - 3

door Aleksandr Kuznetsov, 1.5 hier vandaan

Felling of forest in Zhukovsky - 3

I: Улица Туполева

door Владимир Доброхотов, 1.5 hier vandaan

Улица Туполева

J: Felling of forest in Zhukovsky - 2

door Aleksandr Kuznetsov, 1.5 hier vandaan

Felling of forest in Zhukovsky - 2

Dit panorama is genomen in 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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