Winter Baikal 3D Virtual tour. I'm Alex Zakirov - creator of the project Baikal360 - virtual panoramas and spherical photos. My team and me are starting to realize our long-nurtured dream . Our dream is for the world to show the unearthly beauty of the legendary Lake Baikal under ice shell . Mysterious grottos, cosmic blue ice, crystal-clear sky, Baikal seals and many other things will get fought in the lens during a long-day expedition. The beauty of Lake Baikal will be shown in 3D panoramas format. This will allow many people from different parts of the world to dip into the world of Lake Baikal as if they have really been there. This project is unique, it requires a lot of material resources and high technical training skills, as winter Baikal is not predictable: gale , cracks in the ice, impassable hummocks, low temperatures. If you want to be part of an interesting and educational project - give material or information support. We are always open to cooperation!
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 ChitaAlthough 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.