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Gorky Park entranceThis Friday, on the first day of May, the long-awaited summer officially starts in Moscow’s parks. Gorky Park will be opening its newly restored main entrance, with a viewpoint and museum where many documents relating to the park’s history will be on display, The Village website reported. In June, the park’s modern art gallery Garage will be moving from its current location to a brand new bigger building just next door designed by Dutch architect Rem Koolhaas.

One of the main differences between summer and winter in the parks is the number of outdoor cinemas on offer. This year the Hermitage Garden, Sokolniki and Krasnaya Presnya will all be showing a variety of films.

Another uniting trend is the vast amount of sports facilities that are now at people’s disposal. Krasnaya Presnya’s wide range of activities includes a skate park, a football pitch and a table tennis area, while Bauman Garden boasts the first outdoor trampoline park in Moscow, the website reported.

Park Pobedy is also opening two new sports squares. The park is kicking the summer off in style, with an opening party taking on the theme of “retro.” Highlights will include a concert of 50s hits, fashion photography and well-known Soviet cars.

Enjoy the parks in their summer dress while you can — the ice rinks will be back soon.


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More than 2.9 million of people visited museum of Moscow region last year. There are plenty of different sightseeing objects in Moscow region such as churches, monuments of military glory, architectural monuments and museums. According to the officials, Moscow-area museums are constantly being improved, prepared special programs, created interactive exhibitions for all visitors..

The region can offer guests eco-tourism, cultural, religious, scientific, educational entertainment and camps for children.

Moscow region is proud of its handicrafts. You will find a very unique production: Russian shawls, Gzhel and many other products, famous all over the world.

It is also worth noting that more and more hotels and guest houses are being opened in the Moscow region. The latest trend of the hotel business is a conversion of manors to the hotels with private parks and private entrance to rivers and lakes.

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A new museum “The world of Chocolate” was opened on Triumfalnaya square in Moscow. The visitors will know about the history of chocolate as well as will be able to try 4 types of chocolate and cocoa that was created by the recipes of different historic epochs.

The most of exhibitions are dedicated to the history of chocolate in Russia. The museum has a big collection of labels and chocolate boxes as well as some sweets that were made last century.

The visitors will have a nice opportunity to create a bar of chocolate by themselves or to buy anything in a “Chocolate shop”

The opening times: Tue-Sun from 11:00 until 19:00. The price is 400 rubles (about £7)

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Russia is a nation of stunning natural beauty, ancient culture, and widespread wealth and opulence. Since the fall of the Berlin Wall, the past twenty years have been transformative for the Great Bear of Europe and Asia, with industries rising and companies transforming into corporate leaders. Where once the leading industries in Russia were manufacturing and… manufacturing, more and more companies are entering into high tech and intellectual fields. Meanwhile, the population grows more educated, more tech-savvy, and more connected to the rest of the world.

Yet this was not always how it was in Russia, and for those visiting it can be hard to forget the Cold War and all of the imagery that accompanied it. It’s hard to watch a television show or a movie made between 1950 and 1991 and not see some reference to Soviet Russia casting a pall over the plot. Rather than flee from this history of shared conflict and animosity, Russia has embraced their history, and even offers visitors and tourists an opportunity to go and explore that mysterious, dangerous, and intriguing era of Russia’s history.

USSR and the Eastern Bloc // Infographic by lab604

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Begin at the Beginning

While your tour of Russia can include its incredible rivers and plains and its cities littered with culture and architecture new and old, you can also take some time out of your vacation to visit the relics of the Cold War. For any discerning fan of Russian or Cold War history, the Red Square in Moscow is the place to go, as this is where it all started. Revolutions were born here, and some of them even succeeded, including the Bolshevik Revolution that eventually put the Communist Party in power.

A brief tour of the Russian Revolution is incomplete without a visit to Lenin’s Tomb, as well as the burial places of other important Soviet figures such as Josef Stalin himself. Moscow also sports the Central Museum of the Armed Forces of Russia, where you can see the impressive military armaments that bolstered the Soviet Union for so long, making it a formidable competitor for global influence and power against the United States throughout the Cold War years.










Remembering War

Moscow has no shortage of museums, and so your tours of Moscow’s history needn’t end with the Armed Forces museum. For example, you can – having finished touring the Kremlin Grounds – visit the Armoury Museum, one of the oldest museums in all of Moscow. Established in 1808, the arsenal was originally built in 1508, three hundred years before it became a museum. Over the years, more and more treasures have been stored there.

From there, you can visit the WWII Victory Park at Poklonnaya Hill. One of the highest points in Moscow, the park contains tanks and other vehicles that were used during World War II. It includes a triumphal arch, the loghouse where the decision was made to abandon Moscow to the Germans, and various pieces of art. It is a beautiful area where you can appreciate the triumph of the Russians in World War II as well as the beauty of Moscow itself, as it presents a great view of the city.

The Battlefields of Science and Memory

No tour of the history of the Cold War would be complete without a trip to the Cosmonaut Training Centre in Star City. The Yuri A. Gagarian State Scientific Research-and-Testing Cosmonaut Training Center, or GCTC as it is known, trains cosmonauts for missions to space, and as you well know, this was one of the great scientific battlegrounds of the Cold War. While much of the facility is off-limits, you can still get a taste of the history made here. Without the work done here, we might never have gone to space, much less the moon.

Of course, the Cold War is over now, and all of Russia is there for you to enjoy regardless of your national or political affiliations, and we are all the richer for it. Still, while you enjoy your museums, your trips to the ballet, your excursions into Moscow, St. Petersburg, and Volgograd, remember that once upon a time this might all have been impossible. It is only through the efforts of those who worked for peace, understanding, and brotherhood that we have come to where we are today. Perhaps, in visiting Russia and remembering the conflict and animosity shared by both sides during the Cold War, we continue to prevent such misunderstandings from ever happening again.

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From 30th of September till 11th of October the Red square will be closed for visiting as it will be prepared for the festive meeting of the Olympic flame.

The Olympic torch relay will be performed in Russia since 7th of October till 7th of February – the date of the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games in Sochi. It will start on the Red square during the festival “The Circle of Light”, which will be held in the capital from 4th to 8th of October and where everybody will be able to see the Olympic flame.

Because of this event the visiting of Lenin`s Tomb will be restricted on 6th of October.

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Fake ATMs were found in airports Vnukovo, Sheremetievo and in some malls in Moscow.

According to “Moskovsky Komsomolets” newspaper ATMs are connected to the network and it seems that they operate normally. However, if you try to withdraw money it’s not possible. In fact the device is used by fraudsters to get access to customer accounts and cheat with their money.

Some ATMs were blocked by the police but according to the “MK” it is not known if the police blocked all of them in the airports or not.

To avoid unpredictable situations the safest way is to use ATMs situated in banks.

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Different themed tours – the mystical, technical and others will be organised soon at the Ostankino TV tower in Moscow. Now visitors can learn a story about the history, architectural features and technical capabilities of the complex.

One of the tours, which will be organised in the near future, will be opened for students and will be called “337 answers” as the observation deck of the tower is situated at the height of 337 metres.

A mystical tour “Technobashnya” (techno tower) is for those who come here to know different legends and mysteries. They will hear about the functional and technical features of the TV tower. The administration also plans to organise a project “One Night for a Couple” for romantic men and women.


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