The Capital of Russia is Moscow

By: Douglas Scott

is the capital of Russia and the country's economic, educational, financial, and transportation centre. It sits on the Moskva River. In 2006, Forbes magazine ranked Moscow as having the highest number of billionaires in the world. Thirty-three of Russia's 36 billionaires live in the city.

Moscow possesses a large number of various sport facilities and over 500 Olympic champions lived in the city by 2005. Moscow is home to sixty-three stadiums and eight football and eleven light athletics manages, of which Luzhniki Stadium is the largest and the 4th biggest in Europe. Forty other sport complexes are located within the city, including twenty-four with artificial ice.

One aspect of the city remains constant and that is The winter are harsh in the city of Moscow. Despite the bitter cold, there is nothing so beautiful as to see the St Basil's Cathedral in the falling snow.

Despite the long nights and cold weather, in recent years Moscow has become a 24-hour city. The range of chic bars, clubs and live entertainment on offer is extensive. Most places operate a strict door policing. Lap dancing bars have become extremely popular too and going to them, for men and women, is far more acceptable than it might be in other cities in Europe.

The shopping centres and outlets for chic brands such as Tiffany, Gucci, Rolex and Vertu have proliferated thanks to their appeal to the obscenely rich and the inspirational middle-classes. 14 Tverskaya was built in the 1880s as a nobleman's palace, it was turned into a shop in 1901, which has somehow managed to survive huge political and economic turmoil to retain many of its original features such as curling marble pillars, mahogany shelving and candelabras. It is now owned by an upmarket supermarket chain.

The Kremlin at the centre of Moscow is an outstanding historical building and architectural monument that serves as a symbol for the whole of Russia. In 1970-1980s the unique restoration works took place in the Kremlin. And in 1990 it was included in the World Cultural Heritage List of UNESCO.

Red Square is a large open square in the centre of Moscow. It is located in front of the Kremlin's western wall. The square is fenced in the State Historical Museum building, the GUM building, and St. Basil Cathedral. For many centuries Red Square has served as the place for important historical events. It became the burial place of Vladimir Lenin. In 1929-1930 the Mausoleum was rebuilt in stone, and in 1930-1931 the rostrums above the Mausoleum were constructed after architect V. Frantsuz's design.

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