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Panorama's in de omgeving van Russia

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A: Snowmobile picnic

door Andrei Kuznetcov, 30 hier vandaan

Snowmobile picnic

B: Murmansk-NordStar

door Andrei Kuznetcov, 21.0 hier vandaan

Murmansk-NordStar

C: edge of forum

door radimir vlasenko, 21.4 hier vandaan

edge of forum

D: PARK

door radimir vlasenko, 21.5 hier vandaan

PARK

E: улица Огни Мурманска, 1

door radimir vlasenko, 21.7 hier vandaan

улица Огни Мурманска, 1

F: Murmansk Horn lake2

door Andrei Kuznetcov, 22.4 hier vandaan

Murmansk horn lake

Murmansk Horn lake2

G: Murmansk horn lake 3

door Andrei Kuznetcov, 22.4 hier vandaan

Murmansk Horn lake

Murmansk horn lake 3

H: Murmansk lakes

door Andrei Kuznetcov, 22.5 hier vandaan

Murmansk lakes

Murmansk lakes

I: Horn lake

door Andrei Kuznetcov, 23.1 hier vandaan

Murmansk,Horn lake

Horn lake

J: Murmansk paraglider

door Andrei Kuznetcov, 23.4 hier vandaan

Paraplanerism in Murmansk

Murmansk paraglider

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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