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National Research Tomsk State University, july 2009

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Närliggande bilder i Russia

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A: Kirova square

av Александр Ахтулов, 2.0 km bort

Площадь Кирова г. Томск

Kirova square

B: Leninsky district, august 2004

av Dmitri Melinchuk, 2.0 km bort

Leninsky district, august 2004

C: Wedding in a park, june 2014

av Dmitri Melinchuk, 2.5 km bort

Wedding in a park, june 2014

D: Tom river, july 2006

av Dmitri Melinchuk, 3.7 km bort

Tom river, july 2006

E: Rubin

av Vladimir Lavrentyev, 6.4 km bort

Rubin

F: Tomsk Semilugskiy Ostrog

av ukushurik ukush, 30.0 km bort

Tomsk Semilugskiy Ostrog

G: Village Itatka, june 2014

av Dmitri Melinchuk, 55.8 km bort

Village Itatka, june 2014

H: Tutalskiy rock. Field

av Denis Emelin, 85.8 km bort

Поляна возле лагеря на Дальних Тутальских скалах

Tutalskiy rock. Field

I: Church in the honour of the saints of Mefodiy and Cyril

av Denis Ivatin, 99.0 km bort

The wooden church in honor of Cyril and Methodius, on the reserve Tomskaya Pisanitsa. The reserve is ...

Church in the honour of the saints of Mefodiy and Cyril

J: Technopark coal technology

av Artem Breslavskiy, 140.3 km bort

Technopark coal technology

Det här panoramat togs i Russia

Detta är en översikt av 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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