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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.
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
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