"Нельзя угадать, где можно совершить неожиданное открытие. Им может оказаться как старинный причудливый домик в одном из переулков в центре, так и граффити с национальными мотивами, украшающее случайно затесавшийся среди московских новостроек на окраине Минский дворик…"
"These are my grandparents. They went on vacation to the USSR in 1982. I have to assume the two men in hats to the left are KGB spies. Presumably the closer one is going for the young, hip look. I think the blue jacket my grandpa is wearing was bought at GUM."
"The depository librarians got together at the UN Information Centre in Moscow for training whose main focus was on the UN documentation and use of UN databases."
"At one end of Red Square in Moscow is this, St Basil's Cathedral. Built in the 16th century on the orders of Ivan the Terrible, its distinctive columns have long been Russia's most recognisable landmark.
As a child it's more or less all I knew about what the Soviet Union looked like, because I kept seeing it in the background behind TV reporters. Looking back, it's actually quite ironic that St Basil's kept its status as a symbol of Moscow, given that the Communists weren't exactly keen on religion, and indeed turned the cathedral into a secular museum. These days, if you walk from Red Square towards the old KGB headquarters at the nearby Lubyanka Building, you walk past a gleaming Bentley dealership, which offers a fairly potent clue as to the eventual outcome of the Cold War.
Inside, the cathedral is dark and full of lots of small little rooms, much more like a castle than a church. But then, it was built almost five centuries ago. There's a well known legend that Ivan saw to it the architect's eyes were put out after he'd finished building it, so he'd never be able to produce anything as beautiful again. Sadly for lovers of good stories, but thankfully for the architect, it's not true, as he went on to design the large Kremlin area in the city of Kazan after he'd done St Basil's.
This picture was taken in 2004 while I was staying in Moscow on my round-the-world backpacking trip."
"In their protest on Feb. 21, Pussy Riot wore colourful balaclavas, short dresses and bright tights as they burst into the Christ the Saviour Cathedral in central Moscow and belted out a "punk prayer" to the Virgin Mary to "Throw Putin out!"
They say they did not mean to offend Orthodox Christian believers, but aimed to highlight the close relationship between Putin and the head of the Russian Orthodox Church, Patriarch Kirill, who called the Russian leader's 12-year rule "a miracle of God"."
"Jumping with Lenin and Stalin at Red Square in Moscow. Red Square (Krasnaya ploshchad) is the most famous city square in Moscow, and arguably one of the most famous in the world. The square separates the Kremlin, the former royal citadel and currently the official residence of the President of Russia, from a historic merchant quarter known as Kitay-gorod. As major streets of Moscow radiate from here in all directions, being promoted to major highways outside the city, the Red Square is often considered the central square of Moscow and of all Russia."
"On the 26th of October the UN Day 2017 took place in the International organizations documents center of the Russian State Library. It was organized jointly with the UN Information Center in Moscow. Its theme is “Sustainable Development Goals – Changing the World for the Better”.
Among the key-note speakers there were representatives of some Moscow-based UN agencies, such as UNEP, UNIDO, FAO, IOM, as well as Russian experts, teachers and numerous students from different Moscow universities and Diplomatic Academy of the MFA. They discussed such urgent issues as poverty, hunger, migration, health, education, industrial development, innovations, climate change and some others for the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. UN officials and other speakers were united in one thing: each of us and the entire world community should mobilize efforts to achieve 17 SDG and build a better world with no one left behind.
The UN depository librarians prepared a thematic exhibition: “Peace and a decent life for all on a sustainable planet” dedicated to 17 SDG. A lot of rare and new United Nations documents, publications and photos from the depository fund of the Russian State Library revealed the goals from different angles.
A virtual exhibition was also prepared with lots of links to UN websites. Both exhibitions were of great interest to the audience."
"Red Square, late evening in the summer, as seen from the Moscow River. People want the same things... even as our governments push us farther apart. Hoping it's only temporary."
"There is only one Bolshoi. Last spring, to finish that sentence, I would have said “there is only one Bolshoi Ballet.” But, when I got to the famed theater in Moscow I was schooled. It is actually called, “the Bolshoi Theater.” This matters to me simply because I had intended to go to the imperial palace to see ballerinas glide across the stage and fly around on wires. But what I had unknowingly purchased, was tickets to the opera.
The Enchantress, Tchaikovsky’s obscure opera about a bewitching innkeeper named Kuma (Faust’s’ eternal feminine’), was captivating from curtain up. By act II, though, I still awaited a prima ballerina en point to sneak on to stage — knowing fully at this point that this was an opera and not a ballet. “No! Seeing the ballet here is my destiny!” And apparently, so was seeing the opera. Beneath more than one hundred sparkling chandeliers, among ornate walls of plaster statuettes and gold embellishments dripped in red velvet, I watched the otherworldly, masterful opera. What an unexpected joy (and a fortuitous cause to return.)"