In this photo is Catherine's Palace just located about 12 miles from St. Petersburg, Russia. Since it's quite impressive in size it now houses reserve collections of precious metals, amber, and religious artifacts from the 17th through the 20th century. Newscom
The Church of Our Savior on Spilled Blood, shown in this photo, was built in March 1881 where Emperor Alexander II was fatally assassinated, in St. Petersburg, Russia. Newscom
This July 15, 2010 photo shows hot air balloons around the Golden Ring of Russia in Pereslavl-Zalessky, Russia. The Golden Ring, is a ring of ancient cities northeast of Moscow, has been called 'open air museums' and feature unique monuments and architecture. Lu Jinbo/Newscom
The Kremlin, is a castle located in the heart of Moscow, which serves as the official residence of the President of Russia. It includes four palaces, four cathedrals and the enclosing Kremlin Wall with Kremlin towers. The Kremlin is often used to refer to the government of the Soviet Union. Newscom
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs building, built in 1948, is the central government institution charged with leading the foreign affairs of Russia. The current Foreign Minister is Sergey Lavrov. Newscom
This Sept 2006 photo shows soldiers parading in front of the monumental sculpture of Mother Homeland on the Mamajew Hill in Volgograd, the former Stalingrad, Russia. The monument commemorates the Soviet soldiers who died in the battle of Stalingrad. Uwe Zucchi/Newscom
In this photo of St. Basil Cathedral, a snow plow clears snow in Moscow's Red Square on Feb 8. The Red Square marks the geometric center of the city. Artyom Korotayev/Newscom
This photo shows the oldest church building in the Suzdal Kremlin, the original walled, fortress-like part of the city. The town rose in prominence as a religious center when it was granted city status in 1777. Newscom
In this photo of the Peterhof Palace, which is a series of palaces and gardens located in St. Petersburg, Russia. The Peterhof Palace was built under the orders of Peter the Great in the 1700's. Newscom
In this photo of Palace Square, formally known as the Russian Empire, is the central city square of St. Petersburg. Many events of worldwide significance took place here, including the 1905 Bloody Sunday massacre and the October Revolution of 1917. Newscom
In this photo, one of the largest and oldest museums of the world is The State Hermitage museum of art and culture in St. Petersburg, Russia. The museum was founded in 1764 by Catherine the Great and open to the public since 1852. Newscom
This photo shows the Moscow Metro, the new generation of trains, arriving at the newly-opened Maryina Roshcha station on June 10, 2010. Yuri Mashkov/Newscom
Mikhail Prokhorov is challenging current Russian prime minister Vladimir Putin for the presidency in March.
ByChrystia Freeland and Steve Gutterman, Reuters
Mikhail Prokhorov, a super-rich tycoon challenging Vladimir Putin for Russia's presidency in March, said his country faced the danger of violent revolution if it did not break conservative resistance and move quickly to democracy.