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Moscow

Moscow is the capital of Russia. It is the seat of the highest bodies of state authority. Moscow was founded in 1147 by Yuri Dolgoruky. In the 15th century Moscow became the capital of the Russian state. With the transfer of Russia's capital to St. Petersburg in 1712, it became the country's second capital. In 1918 it became the capital of Russia again, and from 1922 to 1991 it was the capital of the USSR. Present-day Moscow is the capital of the Russian Federation. Moscow has more than 5000 streets and squares taking up an area of 1000 square kilometres. The population is about 9 million, plus some three million guests visiting annually.

Moscow is the country's major industrial centre, unrivaled in the strength of its work force and range of manufactured goods. Machine building, instrument manufacture and radio electronics are the leading industries of the capital.

Moscow is a major transportation hub linked by rail, road and air with all areas of Russia and with the rest of the world. Moscow is the main scientific centre of Russia housing the Russian Academy of Sciences, 78 higher educational institutions and many scientific and research establishments. Moscow is the primary venue of important congresses and conferences, scientific symposiums, art exhibitions, festivals and sport competitions.

Moscow is the major tourist centre of Russia. Thousands of people who visit our capital, come to see its Red Square, and the famous Moscow Kremlin, numerous museums, theatres and exhibitions. The most famous cultural highlights are the Bolshoi Theatre, the Tretyakov Art Gallery, the Pushkin Fine Arts Museum and many others. The city impresses everybody with its streets lined with fine buildings, large squares, green parks, wide bridges, beautiful embankments, churches and monuments.

Moscow, as Russia's center of present-day transformation, combines the memories of the past with all that is sacred today. looking forward to the promise of a bright future.

Moscow is an everlasting youthful city, which is always growing and changing.

It is a city dear to the heart of every Russian.

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