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A: White night 2012 Exhibition "Collection" of PERMM

door Timofey Dubrovskikh, minder dan 10 meter hier vandaan

White night 2012 Exhibition "Collection" of PERMM

C: Perm. The festival "White Nights" 6

door Евгений Орлов, 20 hier vandaan

This year's festival "White Nights" are under the sign of the Kama River. In the design of the town i...

Perm. The festival "White Nights" 6

D: Ice sculpture. Morning. Perm.

door Mikhail Nagaitsev, 20 hier vandaan

Ice sculpture at the morning in the Perm

Ice sculpture. Morning. Perm.

E: Fair masters near the big P

door Timofey Dubrovskikh, 30 hier vandaan

Fair masters near the big P

F: Пермь. Фестиваль Белые Ночи 7.

door Евгений Орлов, 30 hier vandaan

On the grounds of the festival performed by street musicians from different cities. Some managed to p...

Пермь. Фестиваль Белые Ночи 7.

H: White Nights 2012: Festival Town: Metal Beetle

door Timofey Dubrovskikh, 30 hier vandaan

White Nights 2012: Festival Town: Metal Beetle

I: Perm. The festival "White Nights" 2

door Евгений Орлов, 40 hier vandaan

Perm. The festival "White Nights" 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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