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Moscow City
Sep 08, 2012

Moscow is Russia's capital city and it is also the most well-known Russian city throughout the world.  It is the largest and most populous city in Russia, with a population of almost 12 million inhabitants, and is globally known as the billionaire capital of the world, as it currently leads in terms of number of billionaires.  Its neighbouring cities include Penza, Nizhniy Novogorod and it exists adjacent to the Ukraine border.  Located in western Russia, this beautiful city showcases the best in Russian architecture which look like extravagant palaces.  The Moskva river runs through the city, adding to the splendor and even more activities for visitors to pack their vacation schedule with.

The Moscow Metro is one of the most developed and extensive subway network in the world.  An incredible amount of labor and time has been invested in its development, and it has a long history spanning decades, from 1935 to 2003.  The lines available are Sokolnicheskaya, Zamoskvoretskaya, Arbatsko-Pokrovskaya, Filyovskaya, Koltsevaya, Kaluzhsko-Rizhskaya, Tagansko-Krasnopresnenskaya, Kalininskaya, Serpukhovsko-Timiryazevskaya, Lyublinsko-Dmitrovskaya, Kakhovskaya and the Butovskaya lines.

Moscow's name was directly derived from the Moskva River which was first referenced in the 10th century.  Its history has been rather eventful, undergoing eras such as the Battle of Kulikovo, Russo-Crimean Wars, the Polish-Muscovite War, Battle of Klushino, Salt Riot, Copper Riot, Moscow Uprising, plague epidemics in the 1950s, the Plague of 1771, Russian Revolution, Battle of Moscow, etc.  On another note, it also hosted the Summer Olympic Games of 1980.

There is a presence of several ethnic groups that makes up the total population of the city.  Most of which comprises of Russians.  Other ethnicities includes: Ukrainian, Tatar, Armenian, Azeri, Jews, Belarusian, and minorities such as Ossetians, Chuvash, Chechen, Moldovan and Mordvin.  Famous celebrities includes the likes of Olesya Rulin, Svetlana Khodchenkova, Anna Kournikova, Veronika Vernadskaya, Pasha D. Lychnikoff, Natasha Shneider, Igor Jijikine, Jenya Lano, Valeriy Nikolaev, Maria Kalinina, Michael Lucas, and so many more.  Moscow has also delivered in terms of providing Olympians, e.g. Anna Sidorova, Nastia Liukin, Tatiana Golovin, Yuri Shapkin, Natalya Matveyeva, Nadezda Alexandrova, Jana Khokhlova, Alexander Ovechkin, etc.

Main tourist attractions in this part of Russia, includes: the infamous Red Square with the Lenin Mausoleum and St. Basil Cathedral, The Bolshoi Theatre, The Kremlin, Pushkin Museum, Old Arbat Street, Novodevichy Convent, Tretyakov Gallery, The Church of the Ascension, Ostankino Tower, and the institute of Russian Realist Art.  That is not all.  Moscow also offers Tverskaya Street, Gorky Park, Museum of Soviet Arcade Machines, Victory Park, Vorobyovy Gory, the Garden of Fallen Monuments, Bunker-42, Christ the Savior Cathedral and the Russian State Library.  Visitors who enjoy large gardens and parks will not want to miss the array of variety in this region.  They include: the Kolomenskoye, State Museum-Reserve Tsaritsyno, Park Sokolniki, Japanese garden in Botanichesky Sad, Patriarshi Ponds Area and the Bulgakov Master and Margaret.  Entertaining activities are available for all tourists.  Such as the Novaya Opera, Nikulin Circus, Russian Bathhouse, Kva-Kva Water Park, Hot air balloon ride, Moscow Zoo and the MiGs over Moscow.

Moscow has approximately 10 state universities: Russian State Medical University, Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology, Lomonosov Moscow State University, Bauman Moscow State Technical University, Moscow State Institute of International Relations, etc.