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Moscow, on the Moskva River in western Russia, is the nation’s cosmopolitan capital. In its historic core is the Kremlin, a complex that’s home to the president and tsarist treasures in the Armoury. Outside its walls is Red Square, Russia's symbolic center. It's home to Lenin’s Mausoleum, the State Historical Museum's comprehensive collection and St. Basil’s Cathedral, known for its colorful, onion-shaped domes. Weather: -12°C, Wind SE at 3 km/h, 85% Humidity Established: Before 1147 Population: 11.92 million (2012)
Kazan is a city in southwest Russia, on the banks of the Volga and Kazanka rivers. The capital of the Republic of Tatarstan, a semi-autonomous region, it's known for the centuries-old Kazan Kremlin, a fortified citadel containing museums and sacred sites. Kremlin landmarks include the tiered Tower of Soyembika, the blue-and-gold domed Annunciation Cathedral and the vast, colorful Kul Sharif Mosque. Weather: -5°C, Wind SE at 18 km/h, 91% Humidity Mayor: Ilsur Metshin
Vladivostok is a major Pacific port city in Russia overlooking Golden Horn Bay, near the borders with China and North Korea. It's known as a terminus of the Trans-Siberian Railway, which links the city to Moscow in a 7-day journey. In the city center is Central Square, where a towering memorial pays tribute to local soldiers who fought Japanese forces in the early 20th century. Weather: -14°C, Wind N at 18 km/h, 49% Humidity Population (2010 Census): 592,034 inhabitants Population: 598,927 (2012)
St. Petersburg is a Russian port city on the Baltic Sea. It was the imperial capital for 2 centuries, having been founded in 1703 by Peter the Great, subject of the city's iconic “Bronze Horseman” statue. It remains Russia's cultural center, with venues such as the Mariinsky Theatre hosting opera and ballet, and the State Russian Museum showcasing Russian art, from Orthodox icon paintings to Kandinsky works. Weather: -11°C, Wind E at 18 km/h, 84% Humidity Economic region: Northwestern Federal district: Northwestern
Lake Baikal is an ancient, massive lake in the mountainous Russian region of Siberia, north of the Mongolian border. Considered the deepest lake in the world, it’s circled by a network of hiking paths called the Great Baikal Trail. The village of Listvyanka, on its western shoreline, is a popular starting point for summertime wildlife-spotting tours, plus wintertime ice-skating and dog sledding. Area: 31,722 km² Length: 636 km Max. depth: 1,642 m (5,387 ft) Location: Siberia, Russia
Petergof or Peterhof, known as Petrodvorets from 1944 to 1997, is a municipal town in Petrodvortsovy District of the federal city of St. Petersburg, located on the southern shore of the Gulf of Finland. Population: 73,199; 64,791; 81,525. Area: 48.3 km²
Novosibirsk is a city in Siberia, southern Russia, bisected by the Ob River. The Trans-Siberian Railway fueled much of the city's 19th-century growth, symbolized by the Novosibirsk Rail Bridge, which still stands today. In the city center is the 19th-century, Byzantine-style Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, with its golden domes. The expansive Novosibirsk Opera and Ballet Theatre borders Lenin Square. Weather: -15°C, Wind SW at 11 km/h, 79% Humidity Population (January 2015 est.): 1,567,087 inhabitants Population (2010 Census): 1,473,754 inhabitants Federal subject: Novosibirsk Oblast
Krasnoyarsk is a city on the Yenisei River in Siberia, Russia. On the river’s left bank, Central Park Gorky has a children’s train, carnival rides and statues of writers Maxim Gorky and Alexander Pushkin. To the north, the 19th-century Paraskeva Pyatnitsa Chapel offers city views atop Karaulnaya Hill. South of the city center, Stolby Nature Sanctuary is home to volcanic rock pillars ("stolby") and sprawling forests. Weather: -14°C, Wind SW at 11 km/h, 64% Humidity Population: 1.007 million (2012)
Ulan-Ude is the capital city of the Republic of Buryatia, Russia; it is located about 100 kilometers southeast of Lake Baikal on the Uda River at its confluence with the Selenga. City status since: 1775 Capital of: Republic of Buryatia Weather: -24°C, Wind S at 3 km/h, 75% Humidity
Rostov northeast of Moscow. Population: 31,792 (2010 Census); 34,141 (2002 Census); 35,707 (1989 Census). Area: 32 km² Founded: 862 Postal code(s): 152150 Weather: -16°C, Wind SE at 6 km/h, 86% Humidity
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