Moscow is the capital of Russia. The city is a major political, economic, cultural, religious, financial, educational, and transportation centre of Russia and the world. Moscow is the most populous city on the continent of Europe and the seventh largest city proper in the world. The population as of  January 2010 was 10,562,099. Since the collapse of communism in 1989 many people have become mega-rich and millions of others have become mega-poor.

The Russian State Library is the national library of the
The Russian State Library is the national library of the Rus...
The Russian State Library is the national library of the
The Russian State Library is the national library of the Rus...
Offices of the Russian version of the FBI
Offices of the Russian version of the FBI...
Marx, Engels and Lenin reliefs on office facade
Marx, Engels and Lenin reliefs on office facade...
Ornate church in an otherwise banal neighbothood
Ornate church in an otherwise banal neighbothood...
Exterior of the elegant Pushkin Cafe
Exterior of the elegant Pushkin Cafe...
Interior of Pushkin Cafe
Interior of Pushkin Cafe...
The loo at Pushkin Cafe
The loo at Pushkin Cafe...
Lunch at Pushkin Cafe--salmon dumplings and mixed salad
Lunch at Pushkin Cafe--salmon dumplings and mixed salad...
Statue of Pushkin
Statue of Pushkin...
Pushkin Square with casino in background
Pushkin Square with casino in background...
Casino
Casino...
Park promenade
Park promenade...
Alexander column and new construction
Alexander column and new construction...
Many upscale cars inMoscow
Many upscale cars inMoscow...
Many upscale cars inMoscow
Many upscale cars inMoscow...
Ornate 'brocade' office building
Ornate 'brocade' office building...
Gilded ballerina statue
Gilded ballerina statue...
Statues of notable people
Statues of notable people...
Russian version of European Architecture
Russian version of European Architecture...
Drinking is a major past-time, as well as littering.
Drinking is a major past-time, as well as littering....
Dostoyevsky hovering above students at the National Library
Dostoyevsky hovering above students at the National Library...
Statue of Czar Peter the Great as a navigator
Statue of Czar Peter the Great as a navigator...
Another saintly church
Another saintly church...
Odd but artistic sign at a bus stop
Odd but artistic sign at a bus stop...
Railway station cafe sign
Railway station cafe sign...
Soviet Stalinist architecture and modern traffic
Soviet Stalinist architecture and modern traffic...
Novodevichy (New Maiden) Convent
Novodevichy (New Maiden) Convent...
Novodevichy (New Maiden) Convent
Novodevichy (New Maiden) Convent...
Korchma Taras Bulba Ukrainian restaurant http://www.moscow-life.com/eat/restaurants_details/16-Taras_Bulba_Korchma
Korchma Taras Bulba Ukrainian restaurant http://www.moscow-l...
Korchma Taras Bulba Ukrainian restaurant http://www.moscow-life.com/eat/restaurants_details/16-Taras_Bulba_Korchma
Korchma Taras Bulba Ukrainian restaurant http://www.moscow-l...
Korchma Taras Bulba Ukrainian restaurant http://www.moscow-life.com/eat/restaurants_details/16-Taras_Bulba_Korchma
Korchma Taras Bulba Ukrainian restaurant http://www.moscow-l...
Taras Bulba
Taras Bulba...
Waitress at Korchma Taras Bulba Ukrainian restaurant http://www.moscow-life.com/eat/restaurants_details/16-Taras_Bulba_Korchma
Waitress at Korchma Taras Bulba Ukrainian restaurant http://...
Statue of an artist (the tall one)
Statue of an artist (the tall one)...
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Ministry of Defense
Ministry of Defense...
Sweeping the park
Sweeping the park...
Novodevichy (New Maiden) Convent http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Novodevichy_Convent
Novodevichy (New Maiden) Convent http://en.wikipedia.org/wik...
Novodevichy (New Maiden) Convent
Novodevichy (New Maiden) Convent...
Novodevichy (New Maiden) Convent
Novodevichy (New Maiden) Convent...
Novodevichy (New Maiden) Convent
Novodevichy (New Maiden) Convent...
Novodevichy (New Maiden) Convent
Novodevichy (New Maiden) Convent...
Novodevichy (New Maiden) Convent
Novodevichy (New Maiden) Convent...
Novodevichy (New Maiden) Convent
Novodevichy (New Maiden) Convent...
Novodevichy (New Maiden) Convent Chapel
Novodevichy (New Maiden) Convent Chapel...
Novodevichy (New Maiden) Convent--Smolensk Cathedral
Novodevichy (New Maiden) Convent--Smolensk Cathedral...
Novodevichy (New Maiden) Convent
Novodevichy (New Maiden) Convent...
Novodevichy (New Maiden) Convent--Smolensk Cathedral
Novodevichy (New Maiden) Convent--Smolensk Cathedral...
Novodevichy (New Maiden) Convent
Novodevichy (New Maiden) Convent...
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Soviet style office tower
Soviet style office tower...
Soviet architectural detail
Soviet architectural detail...
Art display and nanny
Art display and nanny...
Art display on pedestrian street
Art display on pedestrian street...
Young people hanging out
Young people hanging out...
Hawker for an Asian restaurant
Hawker for an Asian restaurant...
Asian restaurant
Asian restaurant...
Assortment of communist T-shirts designs
Assortment of communist T-shirts designs...
Equine sculpture in the park near Red Square
Equine sculpture in the park near Red Square...
Statue of General near Red Square
Statue of General near Red Square...
Details of St Basil Cathedral in Red Square
Details of St Basil Cathedral in Red Square...
Red Square with GUM department store on right
Red Square with GUM department store on right...
Church steeple inside the Kremlin wall
Church steeple inside the Kremlin wall...
Cleaning the park around the Kremlin
Cleaning the park around the Kremlin...
Solyanka soup with a dollop of sour cream
Solyanka soup with a dollop of sour cream...
Renovations at the Bolshoi Theatre, a historic theatre designed by
Renovations at the Bolshoi Theatre, a historic theatre desig...
Billboard in front of Bolshoi Theatre
Billboard in front of Bolshoi Theatre...
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Elegant street with upscale shops
Elegant street with upscale shops...
Classic European architecture
Classic European architecture...
Baroque/neo-classic 1895 clock detail of building entrance
Baroque/neo-classic 1895 clock detail of building entrance...
Many but not many upscale cars in central Moscow
Many but not many upscale cars in central Moscow...
Traffic jam in the new prosperity of Moscow
Traffic jam in the new prosperity of Moscow...
Upscale department store
Upscale department store...
Bolshoi Theatre, a historic theatre designed by the architect Joseph
Bolshoi Theatre, a historic theatre designed by the architec...
Upscale TSUM department store
Upscale TSUM department store...
Trolley driver reconnecting her cable arms
Trolley driver reconnecting her cable arms...
Modern design
Modern design...
Park walk with young man listening to music through his
Park walk with young man listening to music through his head...
Rush hour traffic with late model cars
Rush hour traffic with late model cars...
Flower shop
Flower shop...
Modern condo developments
Modern condo developments...
Clever name for coffee shop
Clever name for coffee shop...
Exterior of Moscow circus building
Exterior of Moscow circus building...
Bronze statue of a famous circus entertainer (with tourist in
Bronze statue of a famous circus entertainer (with tourist i...
The Russian Orthodox Church (ROC) is often said to
The Russian Orthodox Church (ROC) is often said to be the la...
New and old skyline buildings
New and old skyline buildings...
The "White House'--construction started in 1965 and ended in 1981.
The "White House'--construction started in 1965 and ended in...
Front facade of the "White House'--construction started in 1965 and
Front facade of the "White House'--construction started in 1...
Russian flag at half mast atop the 'White House' in
Russian flag at half mast atop the 'White House' in mourning...
Soviet architecture
Soviet architecture...
Heroic patriotic statue
Heroic patriotic statue...
Makeshift memorial to the failed coup of 1993.
Makeshift memorial to the failed coup of 1993....
Memorial graves from the failed coup of 1993.
Memorial graves from the failed coup of 1993....
Ribbons of remembrance
Ribbons of remembrance...
Memorial to the failed 1993 rebellion
Memorial to the failed 1993 rebellion...
Exterior of a Metro station (no signs in English)
Exterior of a Metro station (no signs in English)...
Zoo entrance
Zoo entrance...
Patriotic wall sculpture celebrating the common folk
Patriotic wall sculpture celebrating the common folk...
Modern styles
Modern styles...
Hotel Metropol is a historical hotel in the center of
Hotel Metropol is a historical hotel in the center of Moscow...
Hotel Metropol is a historical hotel in the center of
Hotel Metropol is a historical hotel in the center of Moscow...
Hotel Metropol mosaic
Hotel Metropol mosaic...
Modern cinema
Modern cinema...
Billboard for women boxers
Billboard for women boxers...
Shopping mall
Shopping mall...
Trendy department store
Trendy department store...
Train station
Train station...
Train station
Train station...
Express train
Express train...
TSUM store luxury goods
TSUM store luxury goods...
Billboard for the American Pilobolus dance company
Billboard for the American Pilobolus dance company...
Russian and Moscow flags
Russian and Moscow flags...
Moscow airport terminal
Moscow airport terminal...
Moscow airport
Moscow airport...