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The word "Moscow" conjures up the Kremlin, Red Square and images of intensely cold winters against the backdrop of colorful onion domes.
Moscow, as Russia's capital city, was home to more than 12 million residents as of 2015, according to the CIA World Factbook, and countless non-residents. While the population consists mainly of ethnic Russians, other groups are represented in relatively small numbers. Russia's capital city is expensive, and the closer to the center you stay, the more pricey your accommodations will be. It's prudent to stay on the outside of the city and take the metro into the city center. Moscow is the seat of Russia's government, and the Kremlin, at turns an opulent and forbidding house of government, sits in the heart of the city.
Moscow holds a top spot in the world's most expensive cities. The Russian capital is an international business center, and after the fall of the Soviet Union in 1991, international corporations have set up branches in Moscow. Industries like hospitality have risen to meet the need, ensuring that Moscow continues to grow.
Moscow is home to many Russian museums about its writers that seek to stop time for their greatest fans. Moscow's metro stations are attractions in themselves. Opulently decorated in fine materials by master craftsmen, the Moscow metro stations are a unique and impressive aspect to Russia's transit system.
Moscow never lost its intensity or spirit -- one that has inspired writers and poets, ensnared the nobility with its charms, and proved to be the center of Soviet mystique during the Cold War.
Moscow represents both the Russia of yesterday and the Russia of today.