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Gallery: Russia - Viking River Line
by: Paul Motter

These pics are from the Viking River Russian River Cruise, Moscow to St. Petersburg, September 6th, 2002. This was a fabulous trip as you will see by these pictures. I hope the article will be up soon.


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Church of St. Nicholas in the Kremlin

The Viking River guide leading us through the grounds of the Kremlin in Moscow

Gold plated onion domes of the Kremlin Orthodox church

Tsar-kolokol, the world's largest bell. Cast in 1730, it never rang because of an 11-ton chip crack

Tsar Cannon - cast in 1586

Tsar Cannon- with cannon balls

Our VRL guide confronts a Moscow policeman - bridge was blocked by film shoot

Statue of Brezhnev in "Statue Park"

Statues of Soviet leaders, all but ignored. Notice decoration on Andropov's head

Soviet statues awaiting dismantling in Moscow's "Statue Park"

Newer statues of interest to modern Muscovites

More statues

Peter the Great statue outside "Red October" candy factory

More modern statues

Mutilated statue of Stalin - note the caged heads behind him

close-up of heads behind Stalin - added later to depict the disgrace of his purges of his people

A Russian Soldier, at ease in the park

Our group enters Red Square - haze is from smoldering peat fires surrounding Moscow

Our guides lead us into Red Square, Department store Gum on left

Yours truly in front of St. Basil's Cathedral. Red Square

Inside the Vodka and Caviar store in Gum

More of the Vodka and Cavaiar store

Inside Gum - now more like a Western mall today

Lenin's Tomb - Red Square

Guarding the entrance to Putin's office building, Red Square

St. Basil's Cathedral - Red Square

Exterior of Gum Department Store (Red Square)

Closeup of St Basil's domes

Russian flag flies over Putin's office

Moscow street scene, exiting Red Square

Novodevichy Convent, 1524,
 
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