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The Monument to the Conquerors of Space, built in 1964, is just one of many memorials to the Soviet era scattered around MOSCOW. Find the others in our FEATURES section

The Monument to the Conquerors of Space, built in 1964, is just one of many memorials to the Soviet era scattered around MOSCOW. Find the others in our FEATURES section

In the GUM department store, they’ve created a Soviet-era canteen, the kind every workplace ran for its employees at that time — by design. Otherwise, in modern MOSCOW, so much is an unintended memorial to the USSR

In the GUM department store, they’ve created a Soviet-era canteen, the kind every workplace ran for its employees at that time — by design. Otherwise, in modern MOSCOW, so much is an unintended memorial to the USSR

Impromptu dancers on the Patriarchal Bridge over the Moscow River with the grandiose Church of Christ the Saviour behind them. The architecture is old, the spirit renewed. Check out our MOSCOW feature this month

Impromptu dancers on the Patriarchal Bridge over the Moscow River with the grandiose Church of Christ the Saviour behind them. The architecture is old, the spirit renewed. Check out our MOSCOW feature this month

We have a saying about the past: The old days were better, the girls were younger then,” says Moscow car restorer Ilya Sorokin, who confesses to a fondness for the vanished land of his childhood.

We have a saying about the past: The old days were better, the girls were younger then,” says Moscow car restorer Ilya Sorokin, who confesses to a fondness for the vanished land of his childhood.

Leningradskaya Hotel in MOSCOW has new lifts and a spruced-up interior, but to visit is to indulge in nostalgia for the country in times past

Leningradskaya Hotel in MOSCOW has new lifts and a spruced-up interior, but to visit is to indulge in nostalgia for the country in times past

A train pulls into the Marylina Roshcha Metro Station – MOSCOW is an intriguing mixture of old memories and new developments

A train pulls into the Marylina Roshcha Metro Station – MOSCOW is an intriguing mixture of old memories and new developments

Twenty years after the fall of the Soviet Union, its epic history lives on in the buildings and monuments of MOSCOW

Twenty years after the fall of the Soviet Union, its epic history lives on in the buildings and monuments of MOSCOW


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Twenty years after the fall of the Soviet Union, its epic history lives on in the buildings and monuments of Moscow, inspiring both awe and nostalgia. The Moscow metro was commissioned by Stalin to be incredibly ornate, as is seen here at the Maryina Roscha station. (Pete Seaward)

The legacy of the Soviet Union

Twenty years after the fall of the Soviet Union, its epic history lives on in the buildings and monuments of Moscow, inspiring both awe and nostalgia. The Moscow metro was commissioned by Stalin to be incredibly ornate, as is seen here at the Maryina Roscha station. (Pete Seaward)

BBC article on arts and architecture in Moscow : Remnants of Russia's past

Remnants of Russia’s past

BBC article on arts and architecture in Moscow : Remnants of Russia's past

The GUM, a thriving shopping mall opposite the Kremlin, was once the country’s flagship store. Many of the stores in the mall today show their nostalgia by creating displays with various Soviet items. The first floor is also home to a Soviet-era canteen. (Pete Seaward)

The legacy of the Soviet Union

The GUM, a thriving shopping mall opposite the Kremlin, was once the country’s flagship store. Many of the stores in the mall today show their nostalgia by creating displays with various Soviet items. The first floor is also home to a Soviet-era canteen. (Pete Seaward)

This now-disused communications bunker, located 60m below the streets of Moscow, is a constant reminder of the fear of nuclear war. It was accessible only by a reinforced life shaft concealed within the false front of a building, and workers could have survived for three months in the event of a nuclear attack. Since 2007, Bunker 42 has been a museum. (Pete Seaward)

The legacy of the Soviet Union

This now-disused communications bunker, located 60m below the streets of Moscow, is a constant reminder of the fear of nuclear war. It was accessible only by a reinforced life shaft concealed within the false front of a building, and workers could have survived for three months in the event of a nuclear attack. Since 2007, Bunker 42 has been a museum. (Pete Seaward)

Stacks of tinned condensed milk and Soviet drink-dispensers can be found throughout the GUM. (Pete Seaward)

The legacy of the Soviet Union

Stacks of tinned condensed milk and Soviet drink-dispensers can be found throughout the GUM. (Pete Seaward)

Across the Moscow River from the Kremlin stands the House on the Embankment, which is a complex of more than 500 apartments built to house the senior members of the Communist Party. It was an experiment in communal living: an urban village with its own shops and clubs and kindergarten. However, 240 inhabitants were shot and more were arrested in Stalin’s purges. Today, one of the rooms is a museum. (Pete Seaward)

The legacy of the Soviet Union

Across the Moscow River from the Kremlin stands the House on the Embankment, which is a complex of more than 500 apartments built to house the senior members of the Communist Party. It was an experiment in communal living: an urban village with its own shops and clubs and kindergarten. However, 240 inhabitants were shot and more were arrested in Stalin’s purges. Today, one of the rooms is a museum. (Pete Seaward)

Stalin’s legacy is preserved in more than just the metro system. He also commissioned the Seven Sisters -- seven skyscrapers that surround the city in a loose ring. Two of the Seven Sisters are hotels, including the Leningradskava, pictured here. (Pete Seaward)

The legacy of the Soviet Union

Stalin’s legacy is preserved in more than just the metro system. He also commissioned the Seven Sisters -- seven skyscrapers that surround the city in a loose ring. Two of the Seven Sisters are hotels, including the Leningradskava, pictured here. (Pete Seaward)

A full size rocket -- the kind that shot Soviet cosmonauts into space -- is on display in the All-Russia Exhibition Centre. (Pete Seaward)

The legacy of the Soviet Union

A full size rocket -- the kind that shot Soviet cosmonauts into space -- is on display in the All-Russia Exhibition Centre. (Pete Seaward)

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Been to DC but would like to go back and take my WWII veteran dad to see the memorial.

Been to DC but would like to go back and take my WWII veteran dad to see the memorial.

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